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Children’s lit is one of my favorite place to start when planning a baby shower (see the Storybook Shower and the Cat in the Hat shower). It’s like you have a built in decor scheme, color palette, source of graphics all in one place. Plus, you can use the books themselves as decor. With that, I give you our latest Children’s Lit inspired shower- the Curious George Baby Shower.
THEME- Curious George, of course.
With a palette of yellow, brown, red and aqua, the shower decor was big on geometric patterns, vintage Curious George prints, buntings made out of book pages, pom poms, cake stands (mostly topped with bananas and sock monkeys), yellow hats and yellow ties.
All of the party signage was a printable package made by Whistle While You Work. I usually make my own graphics, but I have to tell you, I loved having the printables. The party pack included cupcake toppers, cupcake wrappers, favor labels, food labels, banners and signs. It freed me up to work on the other parts of the decor and the menu. And Ashlie does such a great job! Even better, she’s agreed to do a giveaway of your choice of a printable party pack later this week, so check back in.
MENUWe made an entire “Bananas for…” menu. As in- Jen is bananas for… chips and queso, mango salsa, anything chocolate, raspberries and pears, Almond Joys, Kit Kats, soft chocolate chip cookies, and spinach artichoke dip. The menu was a little random, but delicious.
And honestly, I think this was my favorite baby shower treat table yet. It’s probably not the most aesthetically pleasing, nor the most delicious, but it was the easiest treat table I’ve ever done, and therefore its the best. The simplicity of an All Store Bought Treat Table (ok… pretty much all store bought- I made the red velvet cupcakes), combined with the fact that it turned out to be both yummy and a huge hit with the shower guests (not to mention inexpensive!) was beyond fabulous. I have a post in the works about creating an entire treat buffet from the grocery store.
The drinks were pretty simple- sweet tea, water (with “hydration for thirsty monkeys” water bottle wraps), and “Banana Puddin’ Tini’s” with and without alcohol (“+sauce” and “no sauce”). The Banana Puddin-tini’s were Trish’s brainchild and were a HUGE hit. Seriously, even if you don’t like banana, you should make one of these.
“Thanks a bunch” for coming (paired with a bunch of bananas) and “Chocolate Chimp Cookies” were the big send off for guests. Simple and fabulous- I love those kinds of favors.
All in all, this little shower was a huge success. And I’ve started a list of other children’s lit shower themes in the back of my planner. Ever since I saw Anneliese’s Golden Book Shower, I’ve wanted to do one too. And wouldn’t a James in the Giant Peach Shower be fun? Or a Poky Little Puppy Shower (there’s even a built in menu- strawberry shortcake, chocolate custard, rice pudding)? Or a Moose, Goose and Little Nobody Shower (that’s the one pictured above)?
What are your favorite children’s books that are in your kids’ collections? What were your favorites when you were little? Help me add to my Someday Shower (and hunt-down-at-Goodwill) lists!
Haley @ thedistractedblogger says
My favorite children’s books: The Zodiac Bears, Uncle Wiggily’s Story Book, anything Mercer Mayer, Dr. Seuss, and the Berenstain Bears.
Oooh, I don’t have Uncle Wiggily or The Zodiac Bears… I’ll put those on my list! Thanks for the suggestions! 🙂
What a cute and fun baby shower theme!
I wasn’t sure if anyone has mentioned this yet, but the RSS feed doesn’t seem to be updating. The last post in the feed is from Jan. 26. Just thought you might want to know. =)
Hey Michaela! Thanks for the heads up. Do you follow in Google Reader? They’d mentioned that they’re disabling their non-blogspot feeds- I wonder if they’ve done that already.
Thanks again for mentioning it!
Love it! I’d love to do this for a kids birthday party. Filing this one!
Thanks bettina- it’d be super easy to modify for a bday party! 🙂
I agree that children’s books are a great jumping off point for all sorts of events. I’ve been (obsessively) planning my youngest daughter’s 1st birthday party since pretty much the moment she was born. We are going for a vintage storybook feeling. Decor like your grandma’s house in the 70’s (doilies and vintage fabrics) and images pulled from 70’s era Little Golden Books.
I do want to give a shout-out to one of my all-time fave children’s book author/illustrator: Richard Scarry. I also think you could base some cool parties for slightly older children on poems by Shel Silverstein.
I love Richard Scary (I used several of his books in the decor for the sip ‘n see that’s up on the blog today). And I’ve never thought of using Shel Silverstein, but what a great idea!!!
I also always want to do a Charlie Harper party, using his fantastic illustrations. 🙂
The vintage storybook shower that’s on the blog today might be similar to what your plan for your daughter’s party! 🙂