A Classic Lit Baby Shower

April 23, 2013

I am so excited to show you all this AMAZING party! My husband has this cousin, I've mentioned her many times here on the blog. She's just incredible. She cooks fabulous food, she grows gorgeous things in her garden, she throws beautiful parties, she sews and knits the most incredible creations....I don't think there's anything this lady can't do. PLUS, she's beautiful, kind and loving. And has the most fantastic hair ever seen on a human being. Also, her house is breathtaking! I swear to you, this person is real.

Not long ago, she threw a children's literature themed baby shower for another cousin in the family, who is expecting a little boy any day! And guess what. I was not able to attend! Can you believe it? I was crushed. The shower was during mid-winter break when my kiddo had the flu and I had some variant of it as well, and we just weren't fit company for an expectant mother.

But Andrew's cousin and my mother in law were oh so kind, and they knew I would want to see all this marvelousness, so they kindly sent along some magical photos. And they are indeed magical. See all the cards with book cover scans printed on them? And how they match up with the food? Keep looking, it's SO clever what she did to tie in the books with the sweet and savory treats.....

I adore adore adore the 'Peter Rabbit' and 'Very Hungry Caterpillar' veggie tray!

And check out what she did for 'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs' and 'Blueberries for Sal':

Let's not forget some madeleine treats for 'Madeline'....

Everything was so lovely, from the food to the flowers to the presentation of the games....I was just floored when the photos came rolling into my inbox....

For those interested in how the cards were made for the food presentation, my husband's cousin said:

"I just printed pictures of the book covers off on my color printer and then put them on card stock. I made little card stock stands in the back, so they wouldn't fall down."


Look at the Dr. Suess inspired party favor gift bags!

Oh and the party game? It was nothing much. Just a fun little ditty where you look at pictures taken from classic books and guess the title. Can't recall if there were bonus points if one knew the author as well. I WOULD HAVE WIPED THE FLOOR WITH THE COMPETITION. Sigh....all that kid lit glory could have been mine.....

So there you have it. After this amazing soiree, the entire family told Andrew's cousin that she could make a small fortune recreating these parties for others, but I think the prospect of all that effort and work is a bit daunting for her. She loves throwing get-togethers for the family, just not all the time.

Can you believe this party? Incredible, yes?

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36 comments:

  1. OH MY GOSH!!! I AM DYING!!!!! SO FANTASTIC!!!! I've been trying to get my kids to have book themed parties forever...maybe I just need to throw one for myself...or have another baby...that last option is not happening, by the way.

    PS- just popped over looking for a chocolate cake recipe, don't I remember reading that you had one you loved most and called your perfect chocolate cake? I'm headed to the jbb archives :)

    And yes, no one at that party would have stood a chance against you in the party game arena!!!

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    1. Isn't this the greatest party? Oh my goodness, you will love that Williams-Sonoma chocolate cake, it is just the MOST.

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  2. Ooooo, I love book-themed baby showers!!! This one looks beautiful! I'm so sorry you couldn't attend. :o( I love the themed-food. That is too cool.

    Little Sis is watching A Little Snow Fairy Sugar on Hulu right now, by the way. She loves it.

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    1. I loooooove what she did with the food :)

      Tee hee about Snow Fairy Sugar ~ let me know how your ears are holding up after all that high pitched baby voice talking! :)

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  3. What a great idea! I love how all the food tied in with the book titles :) what a fun babyshower!~

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    1. the FOOD, so so sad that I missed all of that lovely food! so fun what she did.

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  4. Incredible indeed! I am sure it took a lot of time and preparation!!! Very clever ideas!!!

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    1. Isn't it all gorgeous? Love every bit of it.

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  5. WOW! That party should be in a magazine!!! Oh, I'm with Whit... I want that party!!! And I want all my book friends to come :) we would have the very best time in the whole wide world! If only...

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  6. SOooooooooooo super cute. I heart the cards. Reminds me of my book baby shower.

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    1. You had one too? Lucky! Such a great theme for a party.

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  7. amazing! Seriously, she could make a lot of money doing this for others! :)

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  8. Oh my goodness! I was floored when I first saw the photos... but doubly so when you pointed out how the food matched the books. She must have spent many hours planning such a beautiful spread! And yes, you would have destroyed everyone else in that game. LOL

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    1. I suppose in all fairness to others, it's best that I wasn't there....would have been rather unfair...TO TOTALLY WIN THAT GAME! :)

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  9. You are the best cousin-in-law a girl could ever ask for! Thank you for your sweet words and endless support and enthusiasm. You brought tears to my eyes. Adore, adore you! Thank you for making my day. We seriously lucked out the day Andrew brought you home! xo Danielle

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    1. Oh my goodness, it was MY lucky day, to be included into such a lovely family.....xoxo

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  10. What an amazing woman that party looks fabulous!

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    1. She's totally amazing. I could blog about the stuff she makes and does for a month straight and never once run out of material....

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  11. That is an incredible party- what a creative mind Andrew's cousin has! I think she could make money just selling the *plans*! Love the party game- I see Nicholas the bunny, one my all time favorites, the Blue Kangaroo, Toot and Puddle...

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    1. Isn't the game board so much fun? I love that she included the little Swedish girls Flicka, Ricka and Dicka, those are really sweet stories :)

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  12. That is so great! I am totally going to steal it the next time I throw a shower!

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    1. Oh I agree 100%, this is going into my permanent party idea file :)

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  13. I'm so bummed my invite to this AMAZING party was lost in the mail.

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    1. I'm still so bummed I couldn't be there! I'm laughing at the idea of a bunch of extreme-kid-book-enthusiasts like us at such a soiree...it might have turned into a bout of fisticuffs :)

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  14. What an amazing shower, Melissa! The decorations are beautiful and the food looks delicious - those madeleines are precious!

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    1. My husband's cousin, the one who was the shower recipient, is one lucky lady ~ I wish I had had a shower like this!

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  15. Wow what a great party! This needs to be submitted to Kara's Party Ideas, www.karaspartyideas.com! It is a fabulous website that features may cool party ideas. Our schools teacher appreciation weeks have been featured there the past two years. Did I tell you about the Sock Monkey baby shower I threw? I think I need to start my own blog! :)

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    1. Thanks for the idea Gretchen! I think this lovely party should definitely be shared. A sock monkey baby shower? How darling! Yes, you should start a blog!!!

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  16. Favorite baby shower I've ever seen!!! love love love!!!

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    1. So glad you like the party, Miss Jennifer! I was totally bowled over when I saw it :)

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  17. Well, this is just the most amazing idea for a party ever. EVER! Ever.

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    1. the coolest right? my husband's cousin is the BEE'S KNEES, i tell you :)

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  18. What is the source for the book food cards as well as the game sheet?

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    1. Hi! Here is what my husband's cousin said about how she made the cards:

      "I just printed pictures of the book covers off on my color printer and then put them on card stock. I made little card stock stands in the back, so they wouldn't fall down."

      Likewise for the party game, she found pictures online of the books she wanted to use and taped/glued them on 2 large sheets of paper.

      Hope that helps!

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