When you’re planning a party for the kiddos, cute and inspirational seem like the perfect mix. Enter a library themed party designed to inspired the birthday boy or girl to read, dream big and go places with their imagination. Wow. Great right? I told you so. Well, that’s is just what Mary Coules & ReDefine Design Studio dreamed up herself with this very cute children’s party theme for her son and lil gal pal. Mary got all DIY with the details and used pages from books and dictionaries to create anything that was paper…. food signs, straw flags, cupcake flags, you name it. Clever idea, right? Mary gives us the 411 on this party theme and how to pull it off yourself below. Enjoy the photos by Marcia Simmons Photography below!
From Mary…. Dream Big, READ! is a library inspired theme. The library and the power of reading and literature has been a huge part of our lives especially since the birth of our son, Gavin Leo. We have a special love of our local library, Dunedin Public Library. We really enjoy the amazing public benefit it has in our lives and in our local community. The library has provided wonderful afternoons with music classes and story times since our little boy was just a baby. With this in mind and close to my heart, I wanted to create an inspirational theme that really touches on the power of education and the magic of imagination in the lives of children. We can travel with our imagination through the pages of fairy tales and wondrous story books and Dream BIG in our everyday lives.
To create this party I used every vintage and classic story book we had in our personal library along with a few special treasures we bought at our local book store. I also picked up some old books to use as supplies to create unique and special designs and decorations; from letters cut out of a dictionary that hang from a branch to using the pages of a book for all our printables for this party. I made a “Dream Journal” out of brown paper bags for the children as party favors and tied them together with aqua blue ribbons.
For all the food we did a tea time spread with fresh fruits and berries, peanut butter and banana squares, as well as cinnamon and honey strawberry squares. Our speciality treats included mini cupcake candies, chocolate strawberry candies and amazing cupcakes custom made at a local bakery. Fresh squeezed lemonade and blueberry tea were also provided as refreshments. Of course there were tiny lollipops and a doll sized tea set for the children to play with under the trees in our backyard.
We did numerous DIY projects from the storage containers covered in maps (actually old coffee cans) that I will reuse in my son’s room. We created a paper star to hang from the ceiling inspired by the idea of wishing upon a star and dreaming big. From salvaged window panes, vintage books and upcycled coffee tins we used whatever we had in our studio for art supplies and decor. A huge repurposing piece was our Target shower curtain which we used to style the tabletop; a creative way to purchase something that can be reused or re-gifted. We created a magic moment where everything is possible and your imagination can dance and dream under the stars. So important to always remember to Dream Big and allow children the opportunity to travel with their imaginations. By being crafty & creative, promoting ‘being green’ with upcycled and repurposed pieces and highlighting the beauty of our vintage boutique pieces we were able to provide an afternoon of delight creating memories that will last a lifetime.
Event Design & Styling: Mary Coules & ReDefine Design Studio | Photography : Marcia Simmons Photography | Printable Design: Lauren McKinsey (cupcake toppers, food table tents, cupcake flags, Dream Journal labels & additional signs) | Cupcakes: Sugardarlings Cupcakes & Cones