Joanna Gaines wrote on Instagram, "I like big books and I cannot lie.”
So, over the weekend, in preparation for baby number five, the “Fixer Upper” host celebrated the seventh addition to her family with a booked themed baby shower— and fans have already started to ask, “how can I re-create?”
Gaines said her friends put together the adorable party theme. She wrote:
Blown away by the creativity and thoughtfulness of my friends- just the cutest book shower ever for baby Gaines! Feelin’ the love… now I just need to figure out how to shove these books in my car so I can get them to the farm!”
@gnottigraves I love all the decor! Such a great idea.
@nashvillemassagecompanyY our BEAUTIFUL Joanna! Such a creative idea by your friends!
@literacyforlittles Baby shower dreams!!!!!
@irishmanacres Books are my favorite! What a beautiful idea!
@pajameze What a great idea!! I’ve never heard of a book shower before.
Fans were quick to inquire about the details. Many asked how her friends managed to purchase large decorative books and how they styled the balloon arrangements.
Needless to say, the giant book installation, which included a massive pile of books and blue, green, yellow, and white balloons, was truly impressive.
Here are some of our favorite ideas to help you plan your own festive book bash.
1. Children’s Book Inspired Snacks
Reddit user Carolina Snowglobe laid out a festive spread by pairing a list of food with her child's favorite books to create a Baby Shower Menu:
Cheese ball and crackers
Christopher Churchmouse Meatballs
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Moonpies
Goodnight Moon Fruit tray
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Chocolate chip cookies
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Blueberry Mini Cheesecakes
Blueberries for Sal Jam sandwiches
Bread and Jam for Frances Veggie cups
Peter Rabbit Goldfish crackers
One Fish, Two Fish Ham sandwiches
Green Eggs and Ham
2. Book-Based Games
Trying to get your non-bookish shower guests excited about books? Making DIY alphabet books are a huge amount of fun.
3. Storybook Themed Backdrop
Teacher Marcos Ruiz posted on Pinterest that he and his students created a giant “Once Upon a Homecoming” storybook backdrop.
You can make one yourself or order the large party prop for a storybook themed event.
4. Library Card Invites
5. Bookworm Party Favors
Looking for cute party favors, say no more. Fill clear baggies with gummy worms and create a personalized tag.
6. Candy Crafts
You can turn Hershey chocolate nuggets into miniature books with an easy tutorial.
The craft project is perfect for your little bookworm's party.
7. Storytime Cupcakes
Bake and decorate cakes or cupcakes with your favorite book adventures.
8. Books as Cards
Have your guests bring a book instead of a card.
It’s never too early to start loving books!