11 June 2010
Last weekend we hosted a baby shower for some of our sweet friends. Since I'm a children's librarian and the hubs and I think fostering the love of books is a super important task as a parent, we decided it would be fun to make this a "book-themed" baby shower. One of my favorite blogs, Cakies, was a source of inspiration on this. Her friends did one for her that was WAY cute. I loved their idea of book-themed food and so I came up with a similar list of books to plan a menu from. This took a LOT of time, so I really want to share it with you, reader - just in case you may ever want to replicate. Yep. You're welcome.
Well, you already saw the "Hungry Caterpillar" invitations we made for the occasion (Tim was my handy circle-cutter man). The Hungry Caterpillar was kind of my little go-to guy for the party as well. So, I made some sticker bookplates for guests to dedicate their book gifts with that little guy, as well as lollipop "thanks for coming" labels. I gotta say, the lollys were quite a BIG hit with the under-ten crowd in attendance.
Some of the other fun touches were all the tiny book covers on skewers and popsicle stick easels to go with the food equivalents.
We had some great games, too. This "Alternative Titles" game was too funny, created by Pink Tea. You have to guess what the actual title of the book is, with a clue like "Evening Salutations to a Celestial Orb" (to which the answer is "Goodnight Moon"). Hilarious! We also had a book character guessing game, where you have a character taped to your back and you must guess who you are by asking yes or no questions. Tim was the lion, Aslan - he was so proud of that. Then we did a "Guess the Book Cover" game with some photoshopped covers (pictured below).
Maybe the most entertaining of all the games was the creation of our very own children's book for Emily and Brandon! We passed around a blank book and each of us had to draw a picture of the previous sentence written and then add a sentence of our own. Here is a video of Brandon reading the crazy book. Warning - it's pretty wacky.
Anyway, I decorated with some of my stash of Golden Books, an old chalk board, and some funky old fabrics. I also cut out 80+ construction paper circles to decorate the white brick wall in our back yard. It made a great backdrop to taking some silly pictures! What fun!