In this day and age there is a myriad of toys and computer programs designed to stimulate young minds and transform them into miniature Einsteins before they even hit puberty. These types of gadgets and gizmos may fall in and out of fashion, but the one learning tool that remains constant is the book. Whether you prefer hardcover, paperback or ereader, there is no doubt that encouraging your kids to read and taking the time to sit down and read with them will improve their behavior in and outside of the classroom, as well as strengthen their relationship with you as a mentor. In honor of National Young Reader's Day and spreading the literacy word, I bring you four party ideas inspired by childhood favorites that offer a great way to celebrate your child's special day, and slip a little literary fun into the occasion.
As a child, you have to admit, Margaret Wise Brown's Goodnight Moon made bedtime much less of buzzkill and more of something to look forward to. The stark, contrasting illustrations of this classic picture book are so jarring it's no wonder the Hostess Blog turned to its pages for inspiration behind this adorable Goodnight Moon Baby Shower. Complete with cuddly characters and whimsical decor, this party is welcoming to adults and children of all ages, much like the book itself.
I attribute much of my love of vegetables to Beatrix Potter and her lovable character Peter Rabbit. Always sneaking onto Mr. McGregor's land to nibble on veggies—I just knew old Pete was onto something or else why risk getting caught? While these cute little cupcake cakes may not be as nutritious as garden-fresh vegetables they do a great job of capturing the essence of the book series and make a fine addition to this delightful Peter Rabbit Party put on by The Best of This Life.
Deep in the Hundred-Acre Wood I found this sweet swingin' Beehive from the crafty folk over at Country Living. Perfect for a Winnie the Pooh theme party or adding a touch of summer warmth to a chilly day indoors. Transform this paper pendant into a piñata and fill with honey-flavored treats for a true Pooh extravaganza!
Long before Spike Jonze got his mits on it Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are had a whole generation of kids roaring at the top of their lungs as the swung from their bedposts. Armelle's Party captures this youthful abandon in every way from the intentionally slapdash frosting of this Max Cake to the raw fruits and veggies for wild things to feast on in between adventures.