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Baby girl finally turned two last week! I’d been preparing for her party for probably 6 months before the actual event, so I was ready for go time! I had the invitations already made and sent out weeks before, and I had already prepared all the decorations and games. Day of all I had to do was to prepare the library themed snacks! Last year I threw my daughter a princess party complete with themed food, so I wanted to do themed food again for this year’s book birthday party.
I’m going to break her birthday post into several different posts just because there is so much fun stuff I wanted to share!
And…here’s the library themed snacks!
First off, I started with Green Egg Sandwiches and Ham (and Cheese) Sandwiches to go with the book Green Eggs and Ham. I made egg salad and added avocado to make it green.
The other main dish was Pupperoni (and cheese also) Pizzas based on Clifford the Big Red Dog. These were just frozen pizzas, so score one for an easy dish without a lot of prep.
Book Related Snacks and Sides
I had Chocolate Teddy Grahams to go with the book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
I also made a red balloon using cucumber slices and cherry tomatoes based on the book Goodnight Moon. For the bowl full of mush, I used premade dip courtesy of Kroger. I’m all for premade stuff when available.
To add more vegetables to the meal, I added a plate of carrots for the Runaway Bunny.
As eye doctors, my husband and I promote all eye-related books, so we had to include The Eye Book by Dr. Seuss. To make “eyes,” I started with Ritz crackers and added flavored cream cheese (chive worked well!) and ended with an olive. Technically, can you have a black iris? Well, no…but that didn’t stop me from embracing this super cool eyeball anyway.
Book Themed Desserts
First off, I made chocolate peanut butter oatmeal cookies to look like cow patties and pair with the book Moo Baa La La La. While I used an old family recipe, here is a recipe that is has similar ingredients.
The first body part my daughter could ever name was her belly button. Seriously. She thus took great joy in reading the The Belly Button Book over and over and over. It really is a cute book, and we love almost any book by Sandra Boynton. Here are some cookies with Hershey’s drops in the center to look like belly buttons.
While my daughter isn’t super into Fancy Nancy yet, I still think the book is adorable. Hence, the fuschia punch as our beverage. I used this recipe to make a tasty pineapple strawberry punch. I was running short on time and didn’t puree the strawberries, and alas, my punch was not super fuschia. You win some, you lose some as a parent, and this was sort of a loss.
Book Birthday Cake
For the cake, I made a book birthday cake out of two 9×13 vanilla cakes that I had frosted together on top of each other. I cut off parts of the top of the cake to make the indentation in the center of the book. Naturally, I ate most of what I cut out almost immediately. Sigh.
Since I’m not the world’s greatest cake decorator, I opted not to do a fondant sheet on top of the book cake because it would be just my luck that I screwed it up right before the party and ended up with no cake at all. So I did what I do best and frosted that book cake with store bought frosting.
Anyway, after I frosted the book cake, I used a pink pouch of premade fondant to make a K and a few little hearts. I added a premade Wilton written decoration to the top of the cake to make it look a little more like a book. The big part of the decoration was broken between the a and the y, but I still made it work.
And those are all the library themed snacks for her book birthday party! In the next couple weeks, I’m going to work on getting some more details of the rest of her party posted! For now, here’s a link to the decorations I made for her party, some ideas for party favors, and guest activities! Enjoy!