A Storybook Themed Baby Shower
Once upon a time, there was a storybook themed boys baby shower that Leigh Ann Wilkes, of Your Home Based Mom, and her friend threw. It was full of cute and clever ideas straight from the pages of their favorite childrens books! Using passages from each book for inspiration, the food, a diaper cake and colorful decorations were all chosen with these favorites in mind. Find a comfortable chair as you follow along for one imaginative, page-turning baby shower!
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To set the stage for their book themed shower, guests were sent a darling enclosure card and invitation designed by Lily Grove Designs. Party goers were invited to forego a card and bring a book for the baby instead. Arent the little onesies so cute? Inspired by the cute onesie designs on the invitation, Leigh Ann hung sweet custom onesies on a clothesline as part of the party décor. I love that each was labeled with chapter 1 and chapter 2 instead of the traditional, one month, two month and so on.
I adore childrens literature and love the books around which Leigh Ann and her friend designed the refreshment table. A bright, festive and (according to Leigh Ann) easy, inexpensive backdrop was created using hand punched polka dots and craft paper. The dramatic backdrop was created with paper rosettes made from pages of a book and a no sew book page pennant banner. The backdrop really helped unite the various books and reinforce the baby shower theme.
Created by Leigh Ann, the diaper cake was definitely a highlight of the refreshment table and also a wonderful gift for the mother-to-be. I love how Dr. Seuss books were tucked in the different layers, adding to the storybook baby shower concept.
Leigh Ann had a lot of fun with the menu! Each item was chosen specifically to coordinate with a childrens book. The inspirational books chosen were some of Leigh Anns favorites from when she read to her children. The first book incorporated was If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, by Laura Numeroff. A jar of delicious looking chocolate chip cookies was filled for guests to enjoy. There were also adorably decorated mice sugar cookies! I love how each food offering was accompanied by a copy of the book, a printed food label and sweet display items.
Next up was the book, Blueberries for Sal, by Robert McCloskey. Leigh Ann served blueberry and raspberry fruit crisp in individual Mason jars. Are you drooling like I am? I love how the Mason jars are given height atop a cake stand made even taller by way of a stack of vintage books.
You cant include Judi Barrett’s book, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and not serve meatballs! Leigh Ann made gluten free, honey balsamic meatballs. They sound and look amazing!
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle is another favorite book with kids and adults. To represent this book, Leigh Ann prepared fresh fruit kabobs to look just like caterpillars.
Finally, the last book used was the classic Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. Hawaiian ham and cheese sandwiches were a delicious offering that coordinated with this book.
A few additional enticing treats were also served up for shower guests to enjoy. Darling cupcakes with edible duckies looked cute in their striped cupcake wrappers. When cupcakes are the question, the answer is always yesat least in my book! Little cups were filled with gummy book worms. After all, you have to have bookworms whenever books are present, right?
I dont know about you, but I happen to think this storybook baby shower had a pretty happy ending! Whats not to love about a shower inspired by some of the cutest childrens books around?! Take a peek at Leigh Anns Facebook page for even more party inspiration.
Looking for party supplies for your baby shower? We think youll love these party sources put together by the baby sitters at Spaceships and Laser Beams:
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar: miniature edition
- Green Eggs and Ham
- If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
- Cupcake Stand (hold 23 cupcakes)
- 25-Pack Baking Cups, Powder Blue
- Metal Bucket (White) Party Accessory
- 4-Piece Porcelain Serving Bowl Set
- Large White Porcelain Dish Serving
- EdgeVantage White Three Tier Server Station
- Glass Cookie/Candy Jar, 1-Gallon
- Deli Wrap Interfolded Wax Paper / Dry Waxed Food Liner
- Kraft Wrapping Paper, 48″ x 200′ Roll, Natural
- Dessert Table Party Kit, Includes Half Pint 8-Ounce Mini Mason Jars with Light Orange Peach Striped Straws
- Multi Colored Mini Fan Decorations 5ct
- Dr. Seuss Pennant Banner
- 4 Tier Decorate It Yourself Babyshower Diaper Cake
- Gerber Unisex-Baby 5 Pack Variety Onesies Brand
- Wood Clothespins with Spring, 50-Pack, 4.75×5
- Cotton/Polyester Blend Clothesline
- Green Plastic Banquet Table Cover
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