We gave the kids another joint birthday party this year. I must say, it was my favorite we’ve thrown for them so far! It was a ‘Book Exchange’ party and most of my inspiration came from Pinterest. The idea was for each child to bring a book instead of a gift/toy and each child left with a book as their party favor. This way, our guests didn’t have to bring two gifts and our kids didn’t get toys when they already have too many. 🙂
I had so much fun decorating for the party! The majority of the decorations were made from vintage children’s books bought from various thrift and goodwill stores. First, the invite. I had so much fun creating it!
I cut pages out of the old children’s books and glued them together to make standard size envelopes. I used white address labels for the addresses so they would show well.
The invitations themselves were printed on card stock and placed inside a library card holder. To embellish the holder, I stamped with a ‘you’re invited’ stamp.
I used the kids’ birthdays and ages as the “info” on the library card.
Book page wreath for the front door, entering the party.
I covered a bunch of my books with scrap book paper and stacked on mantel. I also stacked homemade “insta-blocks” on top of them to showcase pictures of the kids from the past year. I made a book page garland and hung on mantel, too.
The insta-blocks are instagram pictures printed on card stock and them mod-podged to blocks of wood (made from scraps in JT’s workshop!)
Book page garland made from old children’s books pages, sewed to fabric bias tape!
I had other little decorations around the house that represented the kids. Her initial was sitting on top of books that were mine as a child. His was sitting on top of some of his favorite books as a baby.
The food table was my favorite part! A series of book page garlands hung above it and JT made a chalk board for the center piece. I sat the food on old children’s books.
Since the party was in the afternoon, in between lunch and dinner, we served simple snacks — milk and cookies, cupcakes and snack mix in little brown bags. We had water for the adults too. 🙂
Books sat around in baskets for the kids to look at.
Each child got a book and a goodie bag with book worms and book labels inside.
We had such a good time at the party. The kids especially. They counted down the days and when the day finally arrived, they were excited. 🙂
Invites: designed and printed by me
Invite envelopes: from vintage children’s books, made by me
Library card holders: local teacher store
Book page wreath: made from old book, by me
Book page garlands: from vintage children’s books, made by me
Books on mantel: mine, covered with scrap book paper
Insta-blocks: made by me
Book page balls: made by me
Cupcake toppers: from vintage children’s books, made by me
Chalkboard: Kiwi Wood Werks
Pinwheels: from vintage children’s books, made by me
Cardboard letters: Hobby Lobby
Mason Jars: Hobby Lobby
Milk Jars: recycled Starbucks jars, covered with vintage children’s book pages
Party favor books: Golden Rule books from various stores
Stickers on favor bags: designed and printed by me
Book worm bags: labels designed and printed by me, worms in snack size ziplock bags
Book card labels: designed and printed by me (free printable PDF coming soon!)
Old children’s books: various thrift and goodwill stores