Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Storybook “Meet the Baby” Shower

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Since the two months before Luke was born were taken up with Christmas and Logan’s superhero party, my friend Sarah waited until after Luke was born to have a baby shower.  We aptly named it a ‘meet the baby’ shower instead and set a light dinner for friends with a storybook theme.

What a fun theme this was to plan!  There were tons of ideas on the internet and I had plenty of my own to share, being a children’s book lover.  At first I scoured my shelves and picked all of our favorite books and scanned them into my computer.  Then I planned a menu around food named books that I knew.  I looked for the books I didn’t already own at the library and scanned them as well.  (It wasn’t until I had scanned at least 20 books into the computer that I realized that I could just look on Google Images for the book covers I wanted!  Silly me.  So if you do  this theme for a party of your own, save yourself the trouble and just use Google Images.)

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I printed all of the book cover images on to cardstock, matted it with a second piece of card stock and Sarah put together block and clothespin place markers for our buffet style meal.

2011_April_babyshower-100-49Our menu for our Storybook themed dinner consisted of:

Main Courses:

  • The Little Red Hen – Bread and butter
  • Eat Your Alphabet A to Z – Vegetable platter
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Fruit bowls
  • Pete’s a Pizza – Pizza bites
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs – Meatballs
  • Stinky Cheese Man – Cheese and cracker platter
  • Green Eggs and Ham – Spinach Quiche
  • Three Little Pigs – Pigs in a blanket

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Snacks:

  • Pumpkin Baby – Mini pumpkin muffins
  • One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish – Rainbow goldfish
  • Rain Makes Applesauce – Applesauce

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To Drink:

  • Blueberries for Sal – Blueberry punch

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Dessert:

  • Jellybeans for Breakfast – Jellybeans (tis the season, after all.)
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie – Cookie favors to take home
  • Cakepops (not on theme, but a friend of mine made them and they were incredible!  So good!)

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The d├ęcor was simple:

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My favorite children’s books along with some blocks and some storybook characters we had on hand.  Sarah had Pooh Bear, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and Curious George. 

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I had the entire cast of Where the Wild Things Are:

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I made a banner that said “Once Upon A Time” printed on simple cardstock that we hung from Sarah’s great room arch.

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Favors were also on theme with two cookies in each bag and a sticker that read “and they lived happily ever after” on the front.

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We played a game of word scramble that I made up with “Natural Mama” words such as doula, waterbirth, breastfeeding, sling, and cloth diaper.

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The rest of the time we hung out and got to know Luke a little bit.  Although he spent much of the party like this:

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We had a lovely time!  Thank you Sarah for everything!!

7 comments:

Kelli Simone said...

What a lovely party!! The theme and its application is so thoughtful and well done.

Looks like it was a great party...its made me hungry (after having eaten breakfast). ksp

~L~ said...

THAT
WAS
BEAUTIFUL!

Sadie said...

Looks like a lovely party! Beautiful set up.

Erika said...

What a wonderful idea! It looks like a fantastic time. Thanks for sharing!

erika~ the inspired mama said...

cute, cute, CUTE!! i wish i lived closer so i could come celebrate with you <3
xo,
erika

Val in the Rose Garden said...

Thank you! I really loved it, and it was so easy to put together! We saved all the pieces so that our church could do a quick baby shower anytime they want to with this theme. :)

Blessings,

Val

Brenda Little said...

What a brilliant party. I love the idea of it being a meet the baby party since everyone wants to see the new baby anyway and the idea of it being a children's book theme. Well done!