Thursday, April 10, 2008

Party Inspirations from Children's Books

Our homes are filled with books of all kinds! What better way is there to find inspiration for a party than in the charming illustrations and events of your child's favorite stories?

Over at plumpudding, Megan blogs about her unusual carrot cake inspired by the delightful book Shall I Knit You a Hat.

She draws all sorts of ideas from her bookshelf, listing the work that inspired each one, ranging from bite-size cookies, a face-painting station, a pinata, to, of course, a book corner! Plans were in the works for a craft project, and I think it was a fantastic idea. I only wish I'd had a party like this when I was a little girl!

To read more about Megan's party and her many book-ish inspirations, click here. Her blog, plumpudding, is a crafty resource on its own, so be sure to add it to your regular reading!

This reminds me of a party I didn't attend but only heard about: a friend threw a Dr. Seuss-themed first birthday party for her son, Sam, complete with Dr. Seuss books as party favors. Of course he wore a custom tee with "Sam I Am" on the front, from the infamous Green Eggs and Ham. A similar idea could work well for twins, especially if you get those "Thing 1" and "Thing 2" onesies and perhaps make a Cat in the Hat Hat cake.

Some of my favorites children's books that I think might make great party themes:

  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • The Real Mother Goose
  • Where the Wild Things Are
  • The Little Engine That Could
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit

  • Not to mention the many books for older kids that could spark imaginations, from Harry Potter to The Chronicles of Narnia. I could write a whole series of posts on this. Perhaps I just might!

    What favorite books would you use for your kids' party themes?

    HT: The Motherload.

    1 comment:

    Megan said...

    Thanks for including me on your blog. I love parties and am always interested in new party ideas-I've bookmarked your blog!