Our library bookworm party is in the books!
And it was a bit bittersweet. Given that our new bundle of joy will have a birthday only weeks apart from Scooter Britches, this is probably the last year that SB will have a party all to herself for a while. I figure next year it will be more practical for everyone for our two girls to start having joint birthday parties. And by practical for everyone, I pretty much mean practical for me.
My fall schedule will now include: dad’s birthday, mom’s birthday, SB’s birthday, Halloween, wedding anniversary, new baby’s birthday, and Thanksgiving. Oh, and let’s not forget Razorback football. Yep. Practicality will likely overcome my love for celebrations.
But I digress. Let’s get back to the real topic of this post: worms and books. SB has been a bookworm from early on. Spanish books, English books, picture books. The kid loves books. As much as I love this, I must shamefully admit that there have been a few nights when I hid as many books as I could when she wasn’t looking due to sheer exhaustion from her book binges. There were nights she brought us 20 books in a row. I kid you not. It was more than I – a lifelong bookworm – could handle.
Last year, I chose the Cheerios theme for her first birthday party to honor her obsession with those heart-healthy rings of grain. This year, the worm won.
I hate worms.
But a worm accessorized with a fondness for the written word and a pair of oversized glasses? Suddenly, I’m smitten.
Let me say that I am super bummed about my library bookworm party pictures. And I can’t even blame the camera blur on the ten energetic children. My camera is stuck on a strange setting in which the focus points are all wacky. Off to the camera shop we will go. But too little too late as far as the party is concerned. I have a lot of disappointing pictures from the day. I would have fared better with my iPhone camera.
I created the invitations from a template for a library check-out card. I used my Microsoft PowerPoint program to customize the template. The cards turned out to be a tad smaller than I hoped, but they are still really cute. I had planned to make the library card pockets out of scrapbook paper, but then I stumbled upon these cute little pre-made pockets at Hobby Lobby.
I reserved a meeting room in one of our local libraries way back in May. At first, I thought I was a lunatic mom for making October birthday plans so far in advance…until I called the library and was told it only had one reservation opening available for the entire month of October. Guess I called just in time. This library bookworm party could have easily been held in our home for a more cozy vibe, but I thought hosting the party in a library gave the bookworm theme a festive kick.
A local bakery, Sugar Dumplins’, did a fantastic job on creating a bookworm out of cupcakes.
A flea market offered a great selection of old Golden Books, which I used to create the wall art. I apologize for these book fatalities to all of you bibliophiles out there, but how cute are these buntings?
The party element that seemed to pack the biggest punch for the minikins was the inflatable bookworm from Oriental Trading that cost around $12. I bought it to use as a photo prop, but it became a play toy for many of the kids. They all gravitated to that thing, which seemed to irk a very possessive and greedy birthday girl who did not want to share. Due to lots of hands-on attention from the kiddos, Mr. Bookworm sustained an injury but seems to still be in good spirits, otherwise. Now that the party is over, he has found a new home in the reading nook in SB’s room, as did the bunting shown above.
What’s a library event without story time? A friend of ours has a Dr. Seuss costume that I thought The Hubs would wear with pride as he led the kids through a story. I got a big fat no on that one. I thought he might at least wear the hat, but then I forgot to retrieve the hat from my friend’s classroom before the party. Sadly, a stray balloon captured the attention of half the group of toddlers and story time was not nearly the success I thought it would be. Dang balloon! As I’ve learned since becoming a mommy, things do not typically go to plan when a group of young-ins is involved.
We had also planned to have myself or my mom read a second book in Spanish to the class, but we nixed that plan after the balloon bomb.
For additional activities, I had planned out several craft activities to go along with several books. But since the kids seemed to prefer to make their own fun to to my party plans, I made a last-minute decision not to introduce any of the crafts.
However, I wasn’t going to let my “Pin the Bow Tie on the Bookworm” activity go without a whirl. After all, this had been my own idea – no help from Pinterest involved! I mean, how often does an original idea brew these days? The process had been rather simple, thanks to the projector in my classroom and a cute clip art I found online, but it was still the most time consuming piece of the party-planning. I wasn’t going to abandon the idea like I did the others.
Using my projector, I had traced the bookworm onto a half yard of felt with a piece of white chalk. I used black sharpie for sketching in the details of his body. Then, I simply cut around the chalk lines. For the bow tie, I cut a tiny piece of orange felt and placed several pieces of no-sew velcro onto the back of the bow tie. It clings perfectly to the felt.
The bookworm is about three feet tall and we had to hang it relatively low on the wall so the kids could reach it when they spun around to attach the bow tie.
A few months ago at Target, I came across this cute little purple book wagon on the clearance aisle. It worked perfectly as a place to collect donated books at the party. Guests had been asked to bring a gently used book or two if they desired. These books were then donated to the library to be used in some of its programs for children in the community.
Party favors included colorful “reading” glasses from Target, bottles of bubbles which were wrapped with pages from the vintage Golden Books, and little bags of bookworms. Fitting for a library bookworm party, no?
All in all, the party turned out great! And as you might have guessed, our little bookworm received more than a few new books to add to her collection. I hope you enjoyed a little peek of our library bookworm party!