For writers or book lovers, a literary party makes a welcome theme.


The Theme

Celebrate the pleasures of reading and writing -- for baby and grown-ups alike.

  • Go for a literary decorating theme. Ask you local bookstore for old posters promoting recent titles and authors. Also, check the school supplies section of your local stationery store for other book- and writing-related wall art.
  • As arrivals sign the guest book, ask them to also list their favorite children's book.
  • Position books (adult- and child-oriented) around the room to add emphasis.
  • Do a reading. Pick a crowd pleaser, such as a humorous essay on the life of a mom.
  • Buy a blank journal and have guests record thoughts, advice and best wishes for the mom to be.

Game: Baby Words Jumble

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Playing time: 10 minutes

Players: All present

What you'll need

  • a list of scrambled baby words
  • a timer
  • paper and pencils for all

Before the party

  • Prepare your list of scrambled words. Make photocopies so that one is available for each guest.

At the party

  • Hand out paper and pencils to all.
  • Set the timer for two minutes.
  • The player able to unscramble the most words wins.

Game: Fairy Tale Fun

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Playing time: 15 minutes

Players: All present

What you'll need

  • paper and pencil for all players
  • a copy of Grimm's Fairy Tales
  • a timer

Before the party

  • Research famous quotes from fairy tales, such as "Who's been sleeping in my bed?" or "Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum."
  • List the quotes on a large poster board.

At the party

  • Hand out paper and pencils.
  • Set timer for two minutes.
  • Unveil poster board of quotes.
  • Have guests write down the name of the fairy tale they think is attached to each quote. The player with the most correct answers wins.

Gifts for Guests

Suggested prize

  • a current best-selling novel

Party favor idea

  • bookmark

Gift ideas for the guest of honor

  • fairy-tale collections
  • mini reading light
  • bookstore gift card

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