The fork and the spoon ran away to Suzanne's nursery rhyme party and we'd like to, too! She shares all the wonderful details: I went with a Nursery Rhyme theme for my second baby not-a-baby-shower party because it was sweet and girly without being princessy or too babyish. I was hosting it myself and wanted it to be very kid friendly since all my friends have toddlers but still fun for the adults. My 19 month old LOVES nursery rhymes so it worked out well all around!
I bought the pennants and gift tags (used as bookmarks) pre-made on Etsy as well as the vintage illustrations to make streamers and label the food. I collected all the nursery rhyme/Mother Goose books in my family (three generations worth) and put them on the mantel as decorations. I made a blessing tree based on an idea I read here on Ohdeedoh and found small Mother Goose board books for $1 each at Target for favors. Everything else was very simple: I made all the decorations with ribbon, yarn, craft paper and glue, bought "tablecloths" from Fabric.com and ordered a diaper cake for myself as a centerpiece from Joanna at Raising Madison.
But the menu was really the best part. Finding food to match each rhyme was so fun! Humpty Dumpty Deviled Eggs, Little Jack Horner Thumb Print Cookies, Peter Piper's Pickled Peppers, Little Boy Blueberry Muffins, Polly Put The Kettle On Tea, This Little Piggy Had Roast Beef Sandwiches and This Little Piggy Had None Cucumber Sandwiches. I even found a verse in Old Mother Hubbard that involved wine so I had a few bottles for the grown ups to enjoy. A friend volunteered to make me a themed cake and did a WONDERFUL job, both with the decorating and the actual taste.
One of my best suggestions for a child-friendly party is to search online for coloring pages that fit your theme, print them out and provide lots of crayons and a low surface for kids to use. It's extremely cheap and easy and gives all the grown-ups a few peaceful minutes to eat their food.
Thanks Suzanne! Readers, if you'd like to see more inspiring photos from this party, visit BeBehBlog.
(Images: Erin from Open Shutter Photography)