We love a good character driven birthday party here and books are an awesome place to start looking for ideas. Here’s a roundup of our favorite birthday parties inspired by children’s books. Click the book titles to see pictures and party details.
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie– Based on the book series by Laura Numeroff, this is the theme I picked for the Goober’s first birthday and I still love love love it. We made a cute chocolate chip cookie pull-string pinata and played Pin the Cookie on the Mouse. Simple, handmade felt play food that looked like milk and cookies made the perfect favors for our little guests.
The Pigeon Party– The blog Smashed Peas and Carrots did an adorable book party celebrating Mo Willems’ latest Pigeon book, The Pigeon Needs a Bath, and I think it would make a terrific birthday party theme. The Pigeon books are hilarious and the illustrations lend so well to simple, inexpensive decorations like Pigeon balloons and cupcakes. Food for the party is pretty simple and cute. SP&C did mini hotdogs, candy birds nests, duckling crackers, and pigeon cupcakes.
Skippyjon Jones– This party goes so well with Cinco de Mayo, but it really is an anytime great party idea. What can be better than Mexican food, pinatas, and siamese cats who think they are chihuahuas! I love the taco shell garlands and the bright and colorful colors used to decorate the space. Build your own tacos are a great idea for those picky little eaters and Skippyjon lollipops make adorable favors.
The Lorax– Dr. Suess and birthdays sometimes seem like they go hand in hand, but I find this party based on The Lorax is one of my favorite book/party adaptations. Mustaches, fun & vibrant colors, and green party supplies make this party modern and cool.
Pinkalicious– I’m a sucker for these books since I’m such a huge cupcake fan and this book is adorable and translates so well as a little girl’s dream birthday party. Dress up, arts and crafts, and a fairy photobooth make great activities for the kids in addition to snacking and the traditional present opening festivities. Bonus to this themes is that they have a whole line of Pinkalicious papergoods available to purchase at almost any party store.
Harold and the Purple Crayon– I love themes that aren’t super popular and require a bit more effort to pull together too and this party theme is both adorable and definitely not overdone. Its such a perfect little book about the power of imagination and being creative. I especially love the pie pops and the purple moon pull-string pinata!
Very Hungry Caterpillar Party– I love that this book comes with built in food ideas, some of which are actually healthy, which can be a rarity with kids’ parties. There are a ton of blog posts about this theme, but Polkadots and Puppies has one of my favorites. I love the craft she provided for the older kids and the little touches like the strawberries and apples with little caterpillar holes cut out.
Fancy Nancy– For the extra fancy little girl in your life, you really should look in to throwing a Fancy Nancy party, based on the book by Jane O’Connor. I love this party with its glitter and glitz, something that is sometimes lacking in houses occupied solely by little boys. If cupcakes, tutus, tissue garlands, and posh poodles are your thing, this is the party theme for you!
Little Blue Truck– This is another book that gets read ALL THE TIME in our house and I love it since it is about being kind to all and helping those in trouble. Earning Our Stripes throw this party for her 2 year old and I am in love with every detail, especially the farm-fresh veggie and Chicken feed, the simplicity of the blue picnic tablecloths, and the adorable fondant cake toppers! Major props for throwing a “green” party too.
How do Dinosaurs…– So these Jane Yolen books are pretty much the only way we can get the Goober to brush his teeth and go to bed without a major battle. While this party I’ve linked to isn’t explicitly based on Jane Yolen’s books, it is an great place to start and I especially love the trail mix and dinosaur favors.
Elephant and Piggie– Gasp! Another Mo Willems series made my list! I love this party’s use of a library reading corner and a craft table. The best detail though is the cut-out-board Elephant and Piggie photobooth and props. Super cute.
Madeline– This party would be perfect to throw at one of our local art studios, like Bubbles & Brushes in Newnan or In the Art of It in Tyrone. The yellow and blue color combination is so striking and classic and painting canvases makes both a great party activity and party favor.
Olivia– Your little girl doesn’t have to be named Olivia to have an Olivia-themed party. This sweet little piggie book makes for a perfectly classic party with its red and white polkadots, sweet little mini cheesecake treats, and little red bow accents.