Baby shower – build a baby’s library

by Jen on March 29, 2012 in baby shower

When I found out my sister was pregnant I knew that I would be planning a baby shower. The pressure was on. A million ideas danced around in my head. I had to pick a theme and then get down to creating. Fortunately, I had a lot of help from my 2 sister-in-laws. I knew that books had a significant place in our hearts, so why not make it a party to build this little boys library! We tried to incorporate classic children’s books into every aspect of the party; invitations, decorating and food. Here are a few things that we included in our library themed baby shower.

We started with the invitation…first stop, Etsy. When I came across these adorable library card invitations, that I could have customized, I knew I had found the perfect invitations. Come back for Kitchen Counter Confidential tomorrow to meet the woman who created the invitations from lil’ mop tops.

The next step was decorating. I cut apart second hand books and sewed bunting which I hung throughout the living and dining room. I was able to use the second hand books through out the shower. The pages became the background for any note cards we used.

the bunting was draped off of temporary hooks (3M Command hooks)
My friend lent me the book “Cherry Cake and Ginger Beer” by Jane Brocket. This cook book is filled with recipes for foods from different children’s books. With this cookbook we were able to bake and cook dishes from various children’s books. Including a 4 tier stunning strawberry layer cake from Anne of Green Gables. It was super tall and very tasty.
Of course we also decorated with piles of books all over the house. This was an easy decoration and my girls were able to do all of the decorating. They placed out all of their favourite books; Geronimo and Thea Stilton, Rainbow Fairies and Nancy Drew.
We even changed the kids word wall to include baby shower themed words. I wanted to include “episiotomy” but didn’t think it was appropriate for an afternoon with the ladies.
As an extra present, we asked each guest to write a few words of wisdom for my sister. I have put the words into a keepsake book.

The take home gift for each guest was a bag with gummy worms..book worms (sorry, didn’t get a photo of that one). And, we made a bookmark for each guest. I just fell in love with the quotation “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents” by Emilie Buckwald.

So, that was our baby shower. Now the baby is here and hopefully will enjoy all of his books one day. The best part was hearing the stories behind the books selected. Everyone gave books that were truly significant to them. My sister is well loved and so is the new babe.

Have you hosted a baby shower before? What theme did you choose?

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Growing a Jeweled Rose March 29, 2012 at 11:14 pm

Oh wow! I love this baby shower idea! All of your decorations were adorable. I especially love the invitations :)

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Jen @ lil Mop Top March 30, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Everything turned out great! Looks like a great shower. Thanks for linking back to me! :)

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Emily April 12, 2012 at 10:24 am

I’m the maid of honor for one of my best friends, and now I have a great idea to stow away for when they start having kids! Love this!

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Jessie July 22, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Do you have the file you created for the bookmark? I love it and it’d be great for me to pass out to parents on back to school night!

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Jessie July 22, 2012 at 3:12 pm
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