A Children's Book Birthday Party

I honestly believe I have been planning EA's first birthday since the day she was born. I know I have had a Pinterest board about it for at least that long.
I adore children's books and am anxious to develop that passion in EA as well. 

The invitations were a mix of several things I found on the internet. I was looking for something that was pretty, but very child appropriate- I LOVED how they turned out!

Each food at the party was based on a children's book-

We had Mouse's Cookie

and Worm's Dirt Cake

1 fish, 2 fish

Ollivander's Wands

And Lilly's Cheese Doodles

Caterpillar's Dinner

Green Eggs and Ham (Ham sandwiches- they were in the oven when I took this picture)
We also had Pigeon's Hot Dogs, but I missed that picture.

EA had a striped smash cake and grown up birthday cake to go with A Bad Case of Stripes.

Our drink station was decorated with an EA themed chalkboard featuring the things she loves right now- activities, food, and toys. Everyone drank from mason jars in true Pinterest fashion.

For our table, I used a burlap runner, then topped it with terrific book fabric I found several months back at FabricalaCarte on Etsy. 

A chocolate station

I made the banner with brightly color card stock, book pages, and letters. Each layer is stacked and connected with bright ribbon.
BTW my awesome husband made the frame in the middle of the mantle. Isn't he amazing?

My favorite book ever. 

EA's photo banner was made with book pages, matching colorful card stock, and my favorite monthly pictures printed in 5x7. The numbers are hot glued to clothes pins and connect to ribbon that matched the Happy Birthday Banner.
We had a copy of Happy Birthday to You by Dr. Seuss to use as a guest book. People chose a page to sign and give their love to EA! 

EA loved her cake. Though you can't see it in this picture, she had a ONE banner hanging from the front of her high chair that matched the Happy Birthday and photo banners.

The party was a absolute success! EA had a blast and I think her guests did too! I can't believe a year has come and gone- this girl is just amazing.

Birthday Booklist
A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog by Mo Willems
The Paperbag Princess by Robert Munsch


  1. SO cute! You did a great job with all of the planning, decorations, and food!

  2. I really can't get over how completely precious this is! Everything from the books and food to the invitations to cute little Emily Ann. I love that you're incorporating Harry Potter into her life from an early age. :)

  3. So fitting! I can't even count the number of times you read me click clack books in college :)

  4. Oh stop, this is just too precious! Throw my 22nd birthday party please?

  5. This is SO cute! What a great idea!

  6. Wow! This is the most amazing party theme and the details are fabulous. My friends threw us a book theme shower becaus eom love you and love books so much. I love all the themed foods. You have me wanting to copy this detail by detail. Isn't imitation the sincerest form of flattery?

  7. This is such a great idea. You should come link it up on my blog. The theme this week is Storybook Birthday Ideas.http://saraella.com/2013/05/storybook-birthday-partyideas.htm

  8. This is a DARLING party! I would really love if I could talk to you about the invitations. Can you email me at abrewer87@gmail.com? Thank you so much!

  9. Can you tell me how you made the invitations??? Thanks!

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  11. How did you make the invitations? This is a great idea and I'm going to borrow a few things for a librarian retirement party in a few months :D

  12. I am also interested in how you did the invites. Could you e-mail me please (jessicalaurel1988@gmail.com)

  13. okay, this is EXACTLY the inspiration I needed for my daughter's first birthday in a couple of months! how beautiful - thank you so much for the ideas! (I would also love to know how you made the invitations, if possible - jaclynn.meindl@gmail.com)

    Thank yoU!!

  14. Wonderful arrangements! Hoping for the best success party next week. One of the budgeted venues in NYC are booked and catering is finalized by my colleague. Cookies and different desserts are selected from online menu cards. Prepared speeches as well. Platter crockery is mentioned in the list of catering requirements.

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