If you're contemplating a book party for a birthday or shower (we vote yes), check out Jennifer's charming party for inspiration: I simply wanted something fun and colorful for his book party. I made it a point not to overdo the "book" theme. I didn't want book shaped cakes or make everyone wear reading glasses, nothing too corny.
Our invites were designed by my husband and I to include the image of an open book and incorporate our colors-red, yellow and silver. That's the only theme I stuck to relentlessly - colors.
For food, we had a few of his favorites like pears and toast. We topped the bread with Havarti cheese because that was one of the first things I ate after my long labor with him. I was starving and it tasted too good that night. Silly but sentimental. We had crown-shaped cookies because Israel means "prince of God" in the bible. We also had stuffed red and yellow cherry tomatoes to incorporate the colors and I employed family and friends to make specific dishes so that I wouldn't be burned out.
I decorated the cakes, bought and made decor within those 3 colors. Most everything was made: the spray painted animals, food, cakes, garland, his matching bib and invites. We knew that since this would be Israel's first birthday, there wouldn't be a lot of friends or games so we tried to make it youthful and cater to our adult guests as well by having plenty of good food. He was gifted with books, and as much as I would have liked to have a little reading with some of his favorites, the poor guy was exhausted and ready to nap after an hour or so. I think it was cute and fun, something we can look back on with fond memories but was in no way over-the-top!