Build your baby’s library with a book themed baby shower! From decorations and games to favors and food, this storybook theme works for boys or girls.

“Build a Library” Baby Shower

Build your baby’s library with a book themed baby shower! From decorations and games to favors and food, this storybook theme works for boys or girls.

Build your baby’s library with a book themed baby shower! From decorations and games to favors and food, this storybook theme works for boys or girls.I think my SIL may have begun planning my book themed baby shower the moment we announced that I was pregnant. And she couldn’t have landed on a more perfect theme, seeing as I was an English major and have always been a bookwork. (If you’ve been a reader for a while, you know how much my home office/library means to me).

From the book themed invitations to her decorations, games, food and favors, each and every detail was perfectly paired with some of my favorite childhood books! I arrived extra early the day of the shower to take a bunch of pictures, because I knew I’d want to share all of the cute details with you!

You may remember a couple of years ago, I had a blast planning my SIL’s garden party bridal shower, and now it was her turn to plan and throw a party! We have so much in common – we both love to read, shop and craft—and I knew how excited she was to dive into planning and crafting for my shower. So let me take you on a tour of my book themed baby shower!

My SIL made most of the decorations from old books (she promises no brand new books were harmed in the making of my baby shower decorations), from the amazing book page wreath hung on her front door to a pinwheel garland, book page banners, and more.

Omg! Love this amazing Dr. Seuss Book Page wreath! Perfect decoration for a book themed baby shower!

So many cute book page decorations for a book themed baby shower!

When guests arrived, their first stop was an easy game to guess how many fish were in the jar, inspired by One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. This table also held the favors—the cutest sugar cookies to go along with If You Give a Mouse a Cookie!

Easy baby shower game idea - guess the fish in the jar, inspired by a classic children's book

Cutest shower favors ever! Cookies inspired by If You Give a Mouse a Cookie - Book Themed Baby Shower

I love how she incorporated so many book titles into the decorations, like this laundry line of hats and socks (all of which I got to bring home with me for our baby girl).

Cute mantel decorations for a baby shower

Love this hats and socks "laundry line" pun for a book themed baby shower!

Sweet chalkboard signs for a book themed baby shower.

Cute baby shower station for guests to leave advice for the parents-to-be

My MIL made this adorable “bookworm” using a rattle toy, socks, rolled-up diapers, and small board books.

How cute is this "bookworm" decoration for a baby shower!?

And then there was the food spread! I was so tickled by all of the book-themed foods and drinks inspired by so many childhood classics: Green Eggs and Ham, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Hop on Pop, Rainbow Fish, The Stinky Cheese Man, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and  Pinkalicious lemonade.

Love this food spread from my book themed baby shower!

To help us “build a library” for our baby girl, guests were asked to bring a book in lieu of a card. I also got to bring home all of the books on display. The final tally came to a whopping 42 books! I sure hope this girl comes out ready to be a reader 😉

Hosting a "build a library" baby shower is such a sweet way to start baby's book collection.

These are just a few of the books – the rest are stacked in that canvas tote my SIL got for us to stash all the books in. I hope the hubs is ready to build a few more bookcases, because we’re going to need them!

We were showered with so many wonderful gifts, from cute clothes and sheets to the crib mattress, a stroller, changing pad, bath sets, towels and more.

My mom surprised me with the most adorable quilt—I knew she’d be making one for our baby girl, but she kept the pattern and colors a secret. I can’t stop looking at it and studying each of the animals and their accessories!

Adorable baby quilt idea - animals wearing glasses!

I really can’t thank my SIL (and MIL!) enough for throwing such an awesome book themed baby shower! It was such a special day, and so sweet to see how well-loved this girl is already by our family!


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8 thoughts on ““Build a Library” Baby Shower

  1. Sarah

    Awww such a fantastic shower! I love all the details and how happy and health you look. Hope things go well as you await your little one’s arrival.

    1. Two Purple Couches Post author

      Thank you Ivory, but I can’t take credit for any of this. My sister-in-law put this whole shower together, from the theme to the decorations! She did an incredible job!

  2. Kim

    Such a fun theme and so perfect for you and your precious girl! Her new quilt brought back memories – my grandmother made quilts for every one of her grandchildren AND great-grandchildren. My children still cherish theirs to this day! I’m so excited for you, Emily!!

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