Post by Kara Woolery of Lillian Hope Designs
I am excited to share these great party ideas, including FREE Printables, to help you host your own book exchange party. This party is a fabulous way to celebrate your kiddos going back to school. It is perfect for a play date with young ones, middle of the school year blues, a birthday party for a book lover, or an end of school party to get ready for reading through the summer!
The idea behind a book exchange party is for every kid to bring 3-5 books they no longer want. They will drop them in the “Library” once they arrive to the party or playdate, and then they will get to pick out 3-5 new books to take home!
Using your children’s books as part of the decorations helps save on cost, and gives a fun Library feel, and thankfully The Land Of Nod carries a large variety of classic children’s books. I purchased an already made cake at my local grocery store; then added a mini book bunting to top it off! The adorable book banner and mini book cake banner were EASY to make!
DIY BOOK BANNER:
- Cut a rectangle from construction paper.
- Cut two of the same size rectangles from some old book pages.
- Place the book pages inside your construction paper and fold in half.
- You can now set the paper books around for decor. Or use an office hole punch at the top corner and then loop through some ribbon or twine to create a banner.
- Repeat to make as many as you need. You can create these in any size you want!
Search your pantry first when hosting a party or play date gathering! Kool-Aid and popcorn are some common pantry items! You can melt some bakers chocolate and drizzle it on the popcorn; then add some fun sprinkles to the top! YUMMY and cute. Try to be resourceful and use food and drinks you already have.
This READ Banner is part of the FREE Printables I mentioned at the beginning of this post. Print, Cut, Hole Punch, and loop through ribbon or twine! EASY!
This Land Of Nod Grey Dot Teepee was PERFECT for our reading nook! The kids absolutely loved it, and using the FREE Printables you can turn it into a nice little reading nook.
When the kids arrive they can drop off their books to exchange in the Library! I used this fun Stripes Around the Floor Bin for our library drop off!
Let the kids take turns picking out one book at a time until they have all of the books they are taking home. You can use the free printable library cards to track how many books they have selected. Stamp the squares each time they pick out a book.
Now it is time for them to have fun reading some of their new books! Head over to my blog to download all the free printables I mentioned in this post.
A special thanks to:
Photography – Heather Carpenter Photography
Printables and Party Styling – Lillian Hope Designs
Cookies – Sugar Coma Cookies
Popcorn Cups, Plastic Milk Bottles, Gable Boxes, Gumball Tubes – Hoopla Events
Lillian Hope Designs is the creation of designer and party stylist Kara Woolery; who has a passion for designing beautiful parties of all types and themes. Kara specializes in creating Printables and Brand/Product styling for companies.