When my daughter was in first grade, her reading abilities took off like crazy! She was able to read more and more every day and books became her new passion. We then decided to create a library party for her birthday.
We used library cards for the invitations inside of "book pages" envelopes.
I wanted to really incorporate books all over the decor, so I used book pages for the table background and added "Once upon a time" in gold lettering to it.
For favors, BOOKS!! However, instead of giving brand new books, my daughter and I decided it would be a good idea to give "old" books a new home. So we went to our local library and local thrift store in search of good old books.
I put all of them (we had over 50!) on an antique desk I use for my sewing machine and inside a vintage picnic basket. The kids also got mini paper suitcases with nothing more than kisses inside (get it? kisses?Ha!), because you always travel when you are reading a good book (right?), pencils and writing pads. Every child could choose as many books as they wished!
On the same desk, I placed an old type writer with a few pages the kids could use to write a message to Lia. They were simply fascinated by that "new" contraption! I actually had a hard time trying to convince my 4 year old to stop playing with it three days after the party, as I needed to finally put it away! Big hit!
A storyteller kept the kids entertained and the whole party was a blast!