Celebrate With a Good Book

I’ve always done events in a big way. When I say “big way,” I mean the jaw-dropping, time-devouring, kill-yourself-off, massive-effort kind of way. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve tried to scale back a little whenever I get involved in a project, but the truth is: I love to throw myself whole-heartedly into making something fantastic and fun for other people, especially kids.

Birthdays around my house are usually a slice of over-the-top. I don’t go out and rent ponies or anything, but I always let the birthday girl choose a theme and plan the party around that theme. My favorites are the ones based on books. (I am a chronic bookaholic, after all!) It’s a great way to not only encourage kids to read, but to get them super excited about it! It brings the book to life!

 

fablehaven-05When my oldest daughter was ten, she became obsessed interested in Fablehaven by Brandon Mull. So, I put together a Fablehaven party for her. It was so much fun! I really enjoyed stretching my creative muscles.

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Since her birthday is in the summer, we set up the Fablehaven “preserve” in the backyard, complete with fairies and a naiad pool.

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There was a dragon cake (as you can see, I’m not so great in the cake department, but I try), and a bag of goodies, complete with “umite” wax and “milk” candy to give the kids magical sight.fablehaven-04

 

I loved the Fablehaven theme so much, that I also used it for a haunted house on Halloween. For that, I set up a black light fairy village that was being taken over by the shadow plague.fablehaven-01

 

We also used an animatronic “Fur Real” dog dressed in a costume to play the demon Graulas. He really moved, which was fun for guests!fablehaven-02

So, why not choose a book for your next party theme? I can totally see a Dreamkeeper party. (Hmmm. Maybe that’s my next Halloween haunt!) and a Ginnie West party, complete with horses and a rodeo, or Andy Smithson …. Okay, okay! I could go on and on. With all the tons of books right here on Emblazoners, you’re sure to find something fantastic that can spark a passion for reading in your kids!

About Shauna E. Black

Shauna E. Black writes adventurous fantasy for tweens and teens. She lives in the high desert of the southwest with her husband and four children, where she finds inspiration for her writing in the many Anasazi ruins near her home. She likes to experiment in the kitchen, perform with local singing groups, and travel to exotic locations to collect wind chimes.

10 thoughts on “Celebrate With a Good Book

  1. We used to have great parties for our kids growing up. Never thought of using book themes. Great idea. Your party takes the cake, Shauna! Literally! LOL! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Oh, what fun! I have one of those over-the-top kind of friends who did a Harry Potter party. It was absolutely amazing. I’ve never been too good at the party planning. It’s usually take out pizza and a campfire. But what a great way to get kids excited about reading!

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