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Book Themed Baby Shower Ideas

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A book themed baby shower can be a fun theme for any mom-to-be, especially if she is a book lover or one of those lucky moms that already has all of the baby essentials. There are so many great themes at your fingertips with fun themes to plan your shower around. Some ideas include Dr. Seuss, Alice in Wonderland, Golden Books, Peter Rabbit, etc. Pick a book or series and use those colors throughout your planning to tie it all together.

Recently, one group of San Diego MomCo moms were pregnant with their second babies, all at the same time. They decided to combine their parties and have one baby shower to celebrate all of their upcoming births. They chose a Storybook theme in gender neutral colors, soft yellows and greens… it was absolutely adorable!

Below are some ideas for decor, favors, gifts, and food that they had at their shower. I also included some other fun ideas that can help inspire you and bring your book themed baby shower to life!


Make storybook garland
For this baby shower, the living room was filled with storybook garland. I just love this because it gives the room a whimsical touch of fun… and after all isn’t that what reading is all about?! It was inspired by this Martha Stewart storybook garland. A TUTORIAL is included!

Additional decor ideas to inspire you....

Make a pennant banner from pages of a book

Make a diaper cake that includes books

Decorate with books. Use a stool and bookends as a centerpiece to the favor table or food table


We all know that any party isn’t a party without food. There are so many ways that you can play up your food table to match your theme.

Display the food menu with books
At this shower, they covered books with colored paper and listed the nursery rhyme book menu on the spines. So adorable and it makes a great centerpiece too!



Use food toppers that includes book pages
They used toothpicks and topped them with stars cut from book pages and glued them together. Cute! All you need is a simple scrapbooking star punch and some old books. Glue the stars to toothpicks and voila!

Additional food ideas to inspire you...

Use books that match the foods you have on the food table
Books on the food table are a fun way to play on the theme and a great way to add a splash of color as well. You can print out the covers or actually purchase the books and give them to the mom-to-be as a gift.
Here are some cute book ideas to go along with food. (by Your Home Based Mom)



Some books to easily match with food are:
  • Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
  • Green Eggs and Ham
  • Sylvia’s Spinach
  • The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
  • The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear
  • Blueberries for Sal
  • If You Give a Moose a Muffin
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
  • If You Give a Dog a Donut
  • If You Give a Cat a Cupcake
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Make place cards with creative names or quotes on them

Use books or cupcake towers to display your food
Books or cupcake towers are a great way to display your food. It gives height and visual interest.

A cupcake tower is a super-cute way to display the cupcakes. For a book themed party, you could wrap the boxes in colors that match your theme or in pages from books! Click here for a step by step TUTORIAL.


Give bookmarks
Bookmarks are such a cute memento… and useful too! At this baby shower, they gave these adorable bookmarks and matching notecards. The bookmarks, notecards and invitations were all custom made and matched. Click here for a TUTORIAL on how to make the bookmarks.


Additional favor idea to inspire you...

Use a book to inspire to the favors
As mentioned earlier, books are a great way to inspire the food table. Same goes for the favors!


Have Guests Bring a Favorite Book
The mamas at this shower all had baby gear from their first babies, so the guests were asked to each bring a favorite book as a gift for the new baby and to write a note on the inside cover. This was also great for the new big brother and sisters.

Additional gift idea to inspire you...

Have Guests Bring a Book Instead of Card
For a first time mom that does need baby gear, you could ask guests to bring and sign a book rather than a card.

Click here to see more pictures from this Storybook shower! I hope this post gave you lots of inspiration for your book themed baby shower.

Jillian Darlington is the CEO and Founder of the MomCo app. The MomCo app helps moms locate, connect and meet up with other moms that live close by with similar aged children and common interests. It also helps them find play dates and activities that are happening in their area. Jillian is a contributor for many parenting websites and a regular parenting expert on Fox5 and CW6 News in San Diego. You can follow Jillian and MomCo on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and at

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