Reader Question: Book Themed Parties

by Cat on October 28, 2010

How about a little QA today? Reader Elizabeth is throwing a book shower and wanted to get some inspiration. I just LOVE book themed parties and had some immediate thoughts. Designing Moms and readers please do weigh in if you have any ideas or suggestions! Let’s help her make this the biggest, baddest book shower ever!

above: Hanging Book Rack, Flag and Rosette Canvas Bins, Measuring Bin, Canvas Magazine Holder, Dog Print Bin, Owl Bin

To the Designing Moms,
I LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog!!  It fills me with SOOO much inspiration – that I can’t even begin to dream of.. EVERY NOW AND THEN I get a ‘genious’ idea and am able to fully follow through on the theme/scheme/ or plan — but more often than not – it falls slightly short of my vision.
I am assisting with a book shower honoring my sister who is expecting her first child (my nephew).  The shower is the end of November and I volunteered to be in charge of displaying / gathering — the books/gifts as guests bring them.  I volunteered for this THINKING – THere HAS to be a clever way to do this…..I am pretty good at ROLLING with ideas ONCE I GET THEM – so even a few THOUGHTS would help me.
MANY THANKS,  Elizabeth

Answer/Suggestion:  First off,  thumbs up for having a book themed shower…how lucky that your nephew will acquire a mini-library for his nursery.   I love the idea of not only being able to give books as gifts but the display as well for the honoree.  After all, she’s going to need a place for all that kid lit!  If you have a door nearby, this Hanging Book Rack is a great place to start (and it’s under $40).  The bins are made of canvas so they’re just begging to be personalized…you can stencil, glue, paint, stitch.  I pulled some ideas above from bins on Etsy (and you can also purchase them if you are pressed for time!).  My personal favorite is that stitched flag banner.  How cute would it be to create it with fabric scraps in the color of the baby’s nursery?  Or cutting out the baby’s initials for each bin?  You can even have an activity during the shower where the guests  help to decorate the bins.
I hope this gets you a little kickstart!
xx, Cat
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StarLelani October 28, 2010 at 9:04 am

Great ideas!! I actually saw this in a craft activity at my daughter’s summer camp using plastic frames glued to the fabric container. You can put in pictures of the family or the baby when he’s born.


tori October 28, 2010 at 9:43 am

I went to a book shower once where the hostess gave book marks as the favors to all of the guests. Isn’t that a sweet idea? You could get really creative with that idea and hand make them. Or you could even make some simple book marks and have them in a basket for the guests to write a sweet little message to the baby and mama.


aya October 28, 2010 at 3:00 pm

My best friend’s wedding was book themed and favors for the guests were a blank journal with a custom dust jacket with their each name on its spine. They were shelved spined out, inside wooden crates (you can see the photos at this link:
Perhaps you can tweak this idea and make a custom “belly band” jackets for each guest? So that when they arrive, you can wrap their book with this custom jacket and display them spine out, showing their names. The books will look pretty and your sister can browser the books later, knowing from home each book is from!


Lindsey G November 23, 2010 at 5:33 pm

I love the different baskets, I am trying to find the hanging book rack that you have in the top left corner of the picture. Could you send me a link, as I follow the link and it only goes to the one basket.


Cat November 23, 2010 at 6:09 pm
Lindsey G November 24, 2010 at 8:51 pm



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