Do you have a favorite children’s book?
You know… that one you can recite from memory because you’ve read it so many times?
On Saturday morning, I hopped out of bed early with storybooks on my mind. I sorted through our shelves of books, pulling out all of the ones that were classics. I had teamed up with two of my friends, Jami and Sarah, to host a baby shower for our friend, Lindsay.
We had found tons of ideas for a storybook themed shower on Pinterest. Jami had planned out all of our themed foods, like a Hungry Caterpillar fruit salad, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs meatballs and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie cookie tray.
I designed and cut out banners with characters from classic children’s stories. And Sarah planned out some cute decorating touches…
But we needed just one thing more for our decor… books!
I set up children’s books all around the living room, entry and kitchen. When my kids saw them, they immediately sat down and started reading them to each other. I was amazed at what a flood of memories washed over me just looking through those books and hearing them read the words again.
Now that they are 17, 15, 13 and 8, and can read on their own, we don’t spend much time reading books together. But the words came right back, and I could recite many of them by heart.
- Dinosaur Roar
- Are You My Mother?
- The Bear Snored On
- Put Me in the Zoo
Oh, how I cherish those days of little kids snuggled up in my lap reading books together!
Anyway… Here are a few other details from the shower, which was SO fun to put together. I had been working super hard the month before to get ready for Easter at our church. (When you work for a church, Easter is pretty much the biggest day of the year!)
My husband saw me cutting and pasting together the banners and other decorations, and remarked at how happy I looked. There’s nothing like doing something creative to help me relax after a long few weeks! Somewhere in my secret dreamworld life, I imagine myself spending my days as a professional birthday party planner. (Is there such a thing?!?) I wonder if I would get bored designing and cutting out decorations for parties all day long.
I was in charge of creating the invitation for the shower. After searching the Internet for ideas, I came up with this one… an invitation designed to fold out like a little book. I Photoshopped characters from classic stories to create this simple, but cute invitation.
Jami did an amazing job planning out our spread of children’s book-themed food!
I used my Silhouette to print and cut the banners and signs for the food. Since I had already found a lot of storybook characters to create the invitations, it was easy to put together the other signs. I used the “registration” feature on my Silhouette to first print the characters on shiny cardstock, then cut out the circles on my Silhouette.
Sarah created this adorable wreath, using small books and stuffed animals she found in the $1 aisle at Target.
She added lots of other tassels and finishing touches…
We simply printed out one more themed cover for these little clipboard notebooks that we gave as party favors…
And then we added more books and quotes to finish off the decorating…
For our party games, we created a sheet with lines from classic children’s books and the guests had to guess which book they were from.
And then, we played the game, “Guess what’s in the diaper?” I loaded diapers with an assortment of candy, fruit and other foods, like melted cheese, mashed up Fig Newtons and my favorite, guacamole! I think this photo says it all!
As always, planning the party was almost as much fun as the party itself. But I especially loved my little stroll down memory lane through the pages of all of those books.
So what about you? What’s your favorite children’s book?