Wednesday, October 16, 2013

A Birthday Party for Bookworms {for Children}

On Saturday we celebrated our older two daughters' birthdays with a Book Birthday Party. I really wasn't sure how this theme would come together because I am NOT creative or arts & crafty, but I was determined to give it a go because (1) my girls LOVE books and (2) I was hoping for fewer toys.  

I think it went rather well. Here are a few pictures from our day:

The Decorations

Basically, I stacked books, tied a bow around them, and added a balloon on top. Then, I set some pictures of the birthday girls together against the stacks, surrounding the books with rice krispie treat "book worms."

The Cake

This is just one of the TWO cakes my parents made, the other being a pretty cool castle complete with all the princesses. We were going for an open book here in case you couldn't tell :)

Party Fun!

The girls wanted their friends to come dressed as their favorite book characters. Here's our Cora dressed as Angelina Ballerina. Too bad her eyes were closed & you can't see her cute tail :)  

Our nieces Lacey and Ellie dressed up as American Girls, and our Kate was Fancy Nancy. We also had a Tinker Bell (Peter Pan), Joshua & Caleb (the Bible), and Dorothy (The Wizard of Oz).



In addition to the pinata, which we have every year because they're just so much fun, I wanted to play a game in keeping with the book theme. I present the Book Scavenger Hunt

Basically, I created cards with a clue on one side and a picture of the book on the other. The clues were lines from famous children's books. As the children figured out the book, they had to find it (we hid the clues in a circle around the house since my clues didn't give a hint as to the next clue's location). 

I think the scavenger hunt was a hit! The children were able to figure out all of the books, and they enjoyed searching for the next clue.

Party Favors

Since it was a "book" party, I wanted everyone to leave with a book. I scoured Goodwill's bookshelves for weeks looking for good condition Little Golden Books for each child to take home. 

This was a Pinterest find: Bags of gummy worms labeled "Book Worms."

Plus, the pinata was full of candy and treats that the kids bagged up and took home

All in all, the Book Birthday Party was a hit in my book! The beauty was that the girls received only BOOKS -- aside from a few fun toys from sweet grandparents.

Still, we had a fun day with family & friends, sharing our love of books. I hope this post inspires you to consider hosting a Book Birthday Party, too!

Have you ever found a party theme that really worked for your kids? What was it?

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  1. Sounds like you had a blast! I love the cake, centerpieces and scavenger hunt! What a fun idea! And having the kids dress up as characters was so cute!

    1. Thanks! We had a lot of fun. I just wish I had had time to dress up. I was going to be Amelia Bedelia :)

  2. I'm visiting from Tina's blog--and I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea--especially the book scavenger hunt. Who had more fun--the kids during the hunt, or you doing the hunt preparation??? What great memories you made! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Oh, I had so much fun making that scavenger hunt! Digging through old children's books, searching for pictures, it was a blast! But the kids enjoyed it too, especially the bubbles at the end :)

  3. Our little girls have done "dress up as book characters" parties.
    I'm impressed with all the ideas you came up with. Thanks for sharing on Booknificent Thursday

  4. That is TOO CUTE! Your daughters are adorable! Yeah, we need to dress up like book characters more often. They LOVE it, plus it gives us opportunity to read those books :)

    Don't be too impressed; most of the ideas came from Pinterest!

  5. I love this!! We'll have to give this a try one year! By the way, I think a printable form of your book scavenger hunt would be a huge hit on Pinterest. I know I would want to download it to use for the kids.

    1. Gabby, I had actually thought of creating a printable of the scavenger hunt but wasn't sure anyone would be interested. I guess I will get on that, even if it's just for you :)

  6. Oh I love, love,love this!!!
    Thanks so much for the ideas! Pinning and sharing!

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    1. Thank you Kimberly. Gotta love Pinterest! I couldn't have come up with these ideas without it!