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.)
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.
- 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
- Pumpkin Baby – Mini pumpkin muffins
- One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish – Rainbow goldfish
- Rain Makes Applesauce – Applesauce
- Blueberries for Sal – Blueberry punch
- 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!)
The décor was simple:
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.
I had the entire cast of Where the Wild Things Are:
I made a banner that said “Once Upon A Time” printed on simple cardstock that we hung from Sarah’s great room arch.
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.
We played a game of word scramble that I made up with “Natural Mama” words such as doula, waterbirth, breastfeeding, sling, and cloth diaper.
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:
We had a lovely time! Thank you Sarah for everything!!