For my daughters 7th birthday, I wanted to incorporate something she was very interested in at her age: reading! This little bookworm loves all things books and I jumped at the chance to make her a whole DIY party dedicated to books! :)
I originally wanted to host the party at our local library but they did not allow social functions in their conference room, so we hosted at my local church, and I had such a good time planning it all out. :) I recently had my external hard drive die on me, so I lost a years worth of photos unfortunately (insert very sad face here). I lost the photos of the super adorable library card invitations and library card pockets, but I do still have the photos of the day thankfully!
I made an array of finger foods for her party, all inspired by a particular classic children’s books.
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish—Goldfish crackers
Peter Rabbit—Veggie platter
The Very Hungry Caterpillar—Fruit platter
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie— Homemade cookies
Olivia at the Circus—Popcorn
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-- Chocolate pudding
Cheese Belongs to You—Cheese platter
Oh, the Places You’ll Go—Birthday cake design and book quote
The red and blue dotted background behind her birthday table were actually just a few rolls of dollar store gift wrap hung up side by side. So an 8 foot wide background cost me $4!
I made her a birthday banner made from a $1 dictionary (dollar store) that I tore pages out of and stamped in acrylic paint my individual letters. I already had the paint and ribbon, so basically, this was a $1 to make this custom book banner. :))
As I mentioned, I lost the photos of my invitations (OMGosh they were CUTE!!!!), but I carried on the theme of the invitations to the thank you’s somewhat. I included in our thank you take home gift, a small spiral notebook (that I altered with our theme bookworm), and included instructions for making a bookmark at home, a pencil with “Alexis 7th Birthday!” inscribed, an “I love reading” pin assortment, and “I love reading” stickers. I also went to thrift stores and bought a bunch of excellent used condition books in all themes and reading difficulty, and told each guest to take one or two home with them!
The “thanks for coming!” was the same kind of card I used for the invitations, except that I had each “you’re invited” library card tucked inside a homemade library card pocket, with our bookworm friend (like on the spiral notebooks) on the pocket too. On my original invites I had written out the date, time, location, RSVP info, and a note that said “Please bring your favorite book to share,” so that each child could read their favorite book to their friends during the party. I hoped this would encourage guests to gift a book (easy to store!) if they wanted to bring a gift. We were also moving around this time, so I added our address for her friends to write to her (pen pals!). We love books. She got so many books and fabulous vintage ones too. She’s read all of them long ago. She’s quite the advanced reader. :)
Here’s my lovely on her big day! Happy 7th birthday to my big girl!
Thanks so much for reading! Do you ever theme your children’s parties too? :)