Can you picture it? Your little one all dressed up for his or her birthday party? Or dressed as his favorite book character for a safe and fun Halloween? Or thrilled to be throwing a summer celebration for her friends or classmates? All you need is a theme.
Well, the Lit Mama has one. Yeah yeah.
Books are such an important part of littles’ lives (at least, they are if you’re doing it right). There are so many wonderful stories out there and they should be celebrated. So next time you’re roped into throwing a party for littles, come right here to the Lit Mama, get some great ideas, download the slew of freebies in this post and get your party on!
There are tons of things you can do with a book theme.
Have a Book Exchange
Littles love getting new books, but sometimes they get a little tired of one they’ve read 100 times. Maybe their friends have one they would like to trade. Have everyone bring a book with them that they would like to get rid of. Put the books in a pile. You could play a game to decide who gets to pick his new book first. Simon Says or Duck Duck Goose would work. Littlest suggested Mother May I. Remember that one? Oh yeah. My boys are old school. Middle suggested Bingo. Any of those have a single winner at a time, but won’t take too long and everyone will get to win. But you’ll maybe want to have a couple extra picked up from Goodwill or a rummage sale so the last couple of kids don’t end up with their own books or books they absolutely hate.
Even if you print out the free bookmarks below, you can provide your guests with glitter, glue, stickers, and yarn or ribbon and let them have fun making them unique. If you want to give them even more artistic freedom, just cut a piece of cardstock into 2-inch strips and let them go to town.
Use pages of old books to create a table runner or place mats
Ahem. My besty, Abby, who is the most creative person I know, makes rose wreaths from old books and hymnals. I have one displayed proudly in my home. But I cringe to think of the stories that can no longer be read. So if you’re going to do this, I suggest finding a 1980s nonfiction book about, say, tax law so you won’t be destroying a good story. But that’s just me. It might not go with the theme very well.
Make bunches more supercool book decorations
- Hang pages from picture books from the ceiling with streamers (shudder).
- Make a mini-book garland–make a construction paper cover, cut down printed pages or book pages to fit, staple together, and hang from jute with clothespins.
- Print out colorful favorite book quotes, frame them, and place them on gift and food tables.
- Make party hats from picture book pages (I have to get over my aversion to tearing up books now).
Provide awesome bookish snacks
- Set out a bowl of gummy worms to represent How to Eat Fried Worms
- Next to it, place a bowl of chocolate kisses to represent The Kissing Hand
- Put out Goldfish Crackers or Swedish Fish for One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
- Make book sandwiches-cut tortillas into a square, write a title on your ‘book’ with food coloring, and fill it with yummy goodness for the ‘pages.’
- Make your favorite deviled egg recipe, adding green food coloring to the yolks for Green Eggs and Ham
- Make tea cupcakes for Alice in Wonderland. Bake cupcakes as usual, let them cool, then drop each one in a teacup before frosting. So cute!
- Book drinks–wrap paper cups or water bottles in book pages
Create unique gift bags
You can pick up both picture books and chapter books (often the brilliant classics) at Dollar Tree for a buck. You can also get journals and pens. You can also print out the bookmarks at the bottom of this post or any of the several others in my subscriber freebies. (Oh, and this post does not contain subscriber freebies. All of these free beauties will download automatically, whether you subscribe to me or not. But you should still subscribe to me. Because this is not the only awesome idea I have had or will ever have. Plus, I’m just fun). If you gift books and bookmarks and a place for littles to write their own books, you’ve created a gift bag that goes with your theme on the cheap. 10 kids? That just cost you $20 if you’re Dollar Tree savvy. And it’s stuff your guests will Actually Use. Yeah yeah.
Now on to the freebies!
Start off with these awesome Library Card Invitations you can fill out however you want!
Add a beautiful Secret Garden Party Banner.
Decorate your table with these awesome Alice in Wonderland Place Cards.
Tag your gift bags with fun Wizard of Oz Gift Tags.
Finally, use these Charlotte’s Web bookmarks to fill your gift bags or for the party-goers to decorate themselves.
Yeah yeah, I want to throw this party Right Now. I wonder where I can round up some kids..?