Parties From the Pages


Birthday parties tend to be easier to execute when there is a theme in place, and whether you choose a colour, number, superhero, favourite animal, food or season as the backdrop for your bash, everything is easily organized when there is a specific subject to base your food, decor and games around.
Some of my personal favourite party themes have come from the pages of popular children’€™s novels. My boys have been to a Harry Potter party, and when Alex Rider was the book du jour in our house, my husband and I put together a spy party that the neighbourhood kids still talk about, complete with secret identities, an outdoor scavenger hunt and invitations that were delivered in manila envelopes and marked ‘€˜TOP SECRET.’€™

Book-themed parties are great for the first and second birthday, when a baby’€™s interests aren’€™t quite defined yet, and if you want to keep the party simple and not too matchy-matchy you can just pull out one or two elements from a story, like blogger extraordinaire, Deb, did with her son’€™s Subway-inspired cake.

Here is a list’€”in no way complete’€”of some of my favourite children’s books that would make excellent party themes.

Ages 2’€“5

Anything by Dr. Seuss
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Clifford the Big Red Dog
Curious George
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Peter Rabbit
We’€™re Going on a Bear Hunt
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Fancy Nancy
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Ages 6’€“9

Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Harry Potter
Anne of Green Gables
Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Wizard of Oz
Robin Hood

Have you ever thrown a book-themed party? Please share your story and/or photo in the comments!


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