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Book Parties for Kids

As you may have gathered, I’m rather a fan of book themed parties. Seriously what’s not to love? The theming is done for you, often there are enough food mentions in books that the catering ideas are done, and the dress-up ideas are organised. Below is done a roundup of the parties we have had so far, plus the flower fairy party of one of my nieces and the EJ12 party of an older niece and one by the fabulous Hey Bubbles – you can click through to read the full posts on all of them, I hope they inspire you. Nothing fancy happening here – just fun kids parties!

Of course no party post for children would be complete without a mention of the quintessential children’s birthday cake book, ‘The Woman’s Weekly Birthday Cake Book’ which you can read my gush about here. 


I’ll start with the parties we have had for The Wild Thing/ChickPea…

Bad Tempered LadyBird Party

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ChickPea had a rough start to life with a horrid bout of reflux that saw her screaming her way through her first year of life. PudStar and I used to read her ‘The Bad Tempered Ladybird’ LOTS. So there you have it – she had a bad tempered ladybird birthday.

Cranky Ladybird3

Where the Wild Things Are Party

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From a first year full of screaming, ChickPea turned fairly destructive and soon became known as The Wild Thing. She pounded through her second year of life destroying all in her path. A ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ party was on the cards for turning two. And for her third birthday (below) she had a – a Stomping Brontosaurus Party. I suspect The Wild Thing will never have a fairy party.

Happy 50th Birthday Wild Thing

Stomping Dinosaur Party

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The Wild Thing AKA ChickPea loves a dinosaur book or twenty. For over a year we’ve been reading ‘How to Grow a Dinosaur’ and ‘Edwina: The Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct’ every.single.night and she STILL gets excited about them (we do not!). So there was no other choice for her third birthday but a party based on her favourite dinosaur books.

dinosaur invite 2

PudStar’s birthday parties have been a little more sedate!

Miffy Party

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I had purchased Miffy postcards in Holland for a child’s bedroom long before I was even married. There was simply no question that my children would love Miffy. I have all my Dick Bruno books from my childhood and I adore them. My girls have had no choice but to adore Miffy and I’ve even let them adore the Miffy DVDs – I don’t mind a Book-ish DVD! While she was too young to have an opinion on such things, I threw PudStar a Miffy Party for her first birthday.

Miffy Books

Possum Magic Party

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This one was really more an afternoon tea party to celebrate PudStar’s birthday and the 30th Anniversary of Possum Magic. But the wonderful Jackie at My Little Bookcase has full coverage of her son’s Possum Magic Party here.

Happy Birthday Possum Magic

Pearlie in the Park Party

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PudStar is not a Wild Thing. She is a collector of beautiful and tiny and shiny things – hence why she and I adore the Violet Mackerel books. Her lovely aunt (possibly the best present giver in the world) gave her a Fairy Door one Christmas, and we gave her the only fairy book series I can cope with – ‘Pearlie’ by Wendy Harmer. A love affair was born. PudStar planned her fairy party for months – her first with friends. It was simple but fab.

Pearlie in the Park

Magic Faraway Tree Party

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Anna from Hey Bubbles is a party planner from way back and I love, love, love seeing the planning process which goes on behind the scenes for each of her children’s birthdays. They are stunning but simple – the best kind of party.


Flower Fairy Party

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My sister and I grew up pouring over the Flower Fairy books by Cicely Mary Baker, so it was no surprise to me that when her little girl requested a fairy party, it was heavy on Cicely Mary Baker! This Flower Fairy party had all the right ingredients and was a low key and relaxed family and close ‘village’ members event – given my sister is two weeks out from having a second baby!


EJ12 Party

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My niece recently turned nine and was super-keen on a disco party and a microphone cake. I of course was able to tie this into a book – and the EJ12 party was born. The microphone cake was surprisingly easy and to be honest our family is more into the taste of the cake (orange and cardamom with cream cheese icing if you’re interested!) than the appearance – fondant fanciers we are NOT.



Have you hosted a book themed party or what book would you or your child choose?!

Linking up with Jess from IBOT!


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  1. Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages on Mar 10, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    This is such a classic cake book – everyone should have one!
    I love the idea of a magic faraway tree party – complete with all the “magical” foods they eat!

    • Megan Daley on Mar 10, 2015 at 2:13 pm

      I have ALWAYS wanted to eat a honey pop tart from The Magic Faraway Tree!

      • JM Peace on Mar 10, 2015 at 8:48 pm

        YES! YES! YES! Getting to read The Faraway Tree again now my kids are old enough 🙂

  2. Senga on Mar 10, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    Great party ideas! We are about to have a Very a Hungry Caterpillar party for our 2 year old. The 8 year old has had Gruffalo, Wizard of Oz and Tintin parties. Excellent inspiration for games and food.

  3. Renee Wilson on Mar 10, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    Oh my Gosh! All of these look amazing! I would have loved to have a Magic Faraway Tree party when I was a kid. I was a huge Cicely Mary Baker fairies too. You guys certainly go all out for your parties. The cup cakes and invitations look divine.

  4. EssentaillyJess on Mar 12, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    I have never thought to have a book themed party, but what an awesome idea!
    Love the EJ12 cake. My eldest was right into EJ for a while there, and dressed up like her for one book character day 🙂

    • Megan Daley on Mar 14, 2015 at 8:22 am

      Hi Jess! Thanks for stopping by! I went as a EJ character for a Book Week parade one year too – EASIEST COSTUME EVER!

  5. Tania McCartney on Mar 13, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Love this post!!

    • Megan Daley on Mar 14, 2015 at 8:23 am

      Awwww thanks Tania!

  6. Dani @ sand has no home on Mar 14, 2015 at 10:08 am

    Oh I love all of these! I was a bit excited to have a baby girl last year, that I wouyld be able to share my love of girly childrens books onto (like Mary Bruce and Ida Rentoul Outhewaite), but the truth is, Lady is also a wild thing, plant murderer, book eater extrordinaire, and I love a bit of Maurice Sendak. Did you see the Little Golden Books themed 1 year party in amongst this weekend rewind link up? Very cute. I have 3 months to cook something up.

    • Megan Daley on Mar 15, 2015 at 9:46 am

      Ha!!! As you probably noticed – one of my girls is ‘girly’ and the other is similar to what you have described your daughter as – hence the Wild Thing party and dinosaur party!!!

  7. look see. by naomi fenton on Mar 14, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    I would have loved the Possum Magic birthday party as a kid! Mem Fox visited our primary school once and I was thrilled to meet her. In fact, I emailed her a few years back to say thank you (better late than never) and she actually remembered our school! I was very surprised because I’m sure she visited lots of schools. (Visiting via Maxabella’s Weekend Rewind.)

    • Megan Daley on Mar 15, 2015 at 9:45 am

      Mem Fox is LOVELY and has a great memory for the schools she has visited! She really is incredible with her remembering of the details!

  8. Charlene @Teacherbytrade-Motherbynature on Mar 14, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    I came across this blogpost via Weekend Rewind with Maxabella Loves and Co. I just so happened to share a book themed birthday party in the link up too! I planned and organised “A Little Golden Book themed First Birthday” for my son last weekend. I would love for you to pop over and check it out.
    Here is the link:

    • Megan Daley on Mar 15, 2015 at 9:44 am

      Oh it is BEAUTIFUL! I went to a Golden Book baby shower a while back – such a great theme!

  9. Luisa @ Looking for mama me on Mar 15, 2015 at 10:38 am

    Gosh I cant wait for my little girls first birthday so I can do one of these! I like the idea of magic Far away Tree or Flower Fairy party 🙂 So much fun!

  10. Kirralee @ Escape With Kids on Apr 7, 2015 at 11:02 am

    I adore all these ideas and will be pushing them onto my kids! So good!

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