Monday, March 14, 2016

Birthday Book Party

My oldest daughter is an avid reader to say the least.  So for her 12th birthday, she had a book party.  I got lots of great ideas from Pinterest!  Here are the ones I used:

The invitation looked like an old library card.  Easy to design and print.  So many cute invitation ideas on Pinterest and Etsy.  This design was one of the simplest.

For her birthday cake, I made a 6" and 4" round chocolate cake with butter cream filling and frosting. The books are fondant with hand painted titles of her favorite books (along with titles she could write about, ex:  Sisters).  Fresh flowers were used to fill in the top of the tiers.  A plastic K fit perfectly on top.  She loved it! 
Cute and easy idea for a center piece!  I gathered around a dozen leather bound old books and stacked them.  Little nick nacks were placed on some of them. 

 A 1974 dictionary and a little bit of  modge podge and a magnet, made a great craft for the book party.  

 A cup of hot chocolate goes great with a good book!  The girls decorated mugs that they were able to take home.
 Found these cardboard book boxes at Michaels.  The girls used hot glue to decorate the top before we spray painted them.

The goody bags for the party were white lunch bags with the Dr. Suess saying: " The more that you read, the more things you will know.  The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."  We filled the bag with pencils, gum, candy, 'book worm' candy, chocolate books, and book labels.   


                       The chocolate books were a big hit at the party.  I found the idea on Pintrest.  With construction paper and two chocolate nugget candies, these yummy treats looked like a book about the birthday girl.  It read: 'Although eleven had been a very good age for Kaitlyn, she was ready to see what adventures awaited in her 12th year.  Ch. 12 Turning a New Page.  Kaitlyn was filled with excitement when the light of dawn signaled that this was the day.'

      We had several more crafts lined up, but the girls were having fun playing and giggling.  We ended the night with popcorn and the movie, "The Book Thief".