Shhh!! It’s A Library Party!

by Hope Sewell on November 8, 2011

in family, kids

Okay y’all….get ready to be worn out with some pictures!!
This past weekend, we had Ruthie’s 8th birthday party.  When we first started planning her party we tossed around TONS of themes.  After much deliberation and thinking through, she decided that a library theme would be the best.  We LOVE books in this house….as you know.  But not only do we love books, we also LOVE to play library!  We pretend to check out books and we make library cards etc.  So that’s what we did at her party.
If you’re a librarian, you might want to close your eyes when you see these decorations.  Yep…I tore the pages out of a couple of books!!  More on the decor later this week!  But here’s a sneak peak.
We went with a black and white color scheme.

You’ve seen this popcorn before.Fun pinwheels from the book pages.Instead of a cake, Ruthie requested chocolate truffles.Her favorite drink treat!!  Classic Coca-Cola!!These straws were my favorite little special touch!!  They were a splurge as far as straws go but since I only spent around $7 in all on the party decor I thought I could swing it.

Here’s the sweet birthday girl!!As her party guests arrived, they went straight to the table to start painting bags.   I made rectangle shaped stamps out of a cardboard box.They stamped them vertically on their bags to resemble books on a shelf.

We had a couple of really little ones to help.Here’s this sweet one patiently awaiting her turn.

Look at these handsome boys!!

They turned out so cute!!After the bags were painted, everybody moved into our school room where Ruthie read them one of her favorite books…

Pinkalicious.Everybody listened so well!!After the book reading, they started checking out their own books.Okay…I’ll be honest and say that I really didn’t know how the “library theme” was going to work out.  I mean, WE enjoy playing library but I wasn’t sure how the other boys and girls would like it.
I had NO need to worry!!  They loved it just as much as we do!!  And just like in a library, it was suprisingly quiet!!

They took turns being the librarian.Such a sweet group.  Ruthie really is a blessed little girl to have such sweet friends around her.Thought this was classic and a little old school!  😉Happy Birthday!!

Besides playing library, THIS was the hit of the party!!Time for gifts!!

So excited!!  More furniture for her dollhouse!!This pic pretty much sums up our party experience!  I really couldn’t have asked for it to have gone any better!

Whew!!  It was a lot of fun but also a good bit of work!!  I have a little over a month until the next Sewell birthday party!!  Better get to planning!

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Kristee Dowling November 8, 2011 at 10:15 am

How creative! I love every last detail… Happy Birthday, Ruthie!


Allyson November 8, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Looks like a wonderful party! SOOOO wish Ethan and Emily could have been there to share the day with their friend!! Thanks for posting the great pictures! Loved seeing how great it turned out!!


Maggie November 8, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Love seeing those bunny ears on Sam. She is the worst one to put bunny ears on others. My girls have been playing “library” all week.


TheBargainBabe November 11, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Love the idea of playing library and having a librarian! And letting your daughter be the one to read a book to the kids. How fun!


Karen November 15, 2011 at 10:56 am

Love, love, LOVE the pinwheels!


Jenn Erickson/Rook No. 17 November 21, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Beautiful! Absolutely beautiful in every creative and loving detail!


Aubree January 2, 2012 at 2:42 pm

I love the book page decor! I have made a lot of book page crafts. I hope this is a trend that stays around for awhile.

What a sweet theme for a party. It’s refreshing to see something traditional and not so high tech or popular.

Not sure I like giving little kids entire bottles of caffeinated Cokes! That isn’t healthy for their little bodies. Were all the parents okay with that?


Hope Sewell January 2, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Many thanks!! I really wanted to have a party that kept the “little” in my little girl. She has plenty of time for trendy and popular.
As far as the Cokes go, we at the Sewell house understand moderation. Each child (not the toddlers) was allowed only 1 Coke and I offered tons of bottled water. Coke is my daughter’s favorite “treat” and she thought it was awesome to be able to have it in cool glass bottles at her party.
Thanks for stopping by!


Sharon S January 3, 2012 at 7:55 am

Say this on Tip Junkie. Great library party – great job.


Tanya February 29, 2012 at 9:57 am

Hi! I’m a little late to the game but I’m throwing a summer bash for my book club and I LOVE LOVE LOVE your stuff. Did you make the turffle cups (the holders not the actual truffles)? And do you have a tutorial for the pinwheels??



Hope Sewell March 4, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Hi Tia, I did make the truffle cup holders. You can make a pattern from a regular cupcake wrapper. For the pin wheels, just cut a square out of your book page and cut a diagonal line from each corner to the center but not cutting all the way through. Then pull in every other corner to the center and tape, glue or fasten however you’d like.
Thanks so much for stopping by!!


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