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Today is a close friend’s due date. We are so excited to have a nephew-in-love to spoil while we wait to have our own children. The mama to be in currently in the hospital, so we’ll have to see if baby boy arrives today!
About a month ago I helped throw a children’s book baby shower along with another mutual friend. She hosted at her home and took care of all the food, and I planned the activities and decorations. The theme was based on the fact that the mom-to-be wanted each guest to bring a children’s book instead of a card to build the beginnings of baby boy’s library. I was thrilled, because I have a large collection of children’s books and related toys.
One of my favorite gifts to give at baby showers are children’s books. I recommend that you choose a book that has a personal connection for you, whether it was one you loved as a child, one your own child loves, or a classic. My personal favorite to give is I am a Bunny by Richard Scarry, because it was my favorite as a child. Here are some other well-loved children’s books:
For the decorations, I paired children’s books with their respective figurine or stuffed animal and scattered them around the party area. I also created a children’s book themed bunting to hang over the window in the living area.
Here’s how I did it (no books are destroyed with this method).
Children’s Book Baby Shower Bunting
White twine or baker’s twine
- Copy the front covers of classic children’s books from your personal collection or the library onto white cardstock. I choose 10 different titles, but for a longer bunting you could do more or print multiple copies of each cover.
- Draw and cut a pendant shaped template out of a piece of white cardstock.
- Trace around the pendant template on each copied cover. I choose to position the template so most of the title on each cover would be featured.
- Punch two holes in the top of each pendant.
- Thread twine through the back of the first hole and the front of the second hole of each pendant until all are strung on the twine.
- After hanging, adjust pendants to the desired distance apart.
Children’s Book Baby Shower Activity
Our main activity at the children’s book themed baby shower was creating a Baby’s First ABC Book.
It was a huge hit both with all the guests and the mom-to-be. I designed my own pages to go in a 8X8 album. Here is how some of the pages turned out:
Our second activity was a diaper message station. Every guest wrote a silly or thoughtful message on a diaper to brighten up the many diaper changes that will be part of their life as parents of a newborn. I also filled a basket with packs of diapers and wipes to start them off.
What is your favorite children’s book?