Bright baby books and classic children’s stories are a big part of the magic of growing up. When we look back on our favourite reads, something stirs in the heart. So, when expecting parents get ready to welcome Baby, it’s natural to make those beloved books part of the celebration. So why not take it a step further and plan a book-themed baby shower? If you’re planning a kid-lit-centric baby shower for your favourite bookish pal, take a page out of one these precious book-themed baby showers for inspiration.

Multiple-Title Book-Themed Baby Shower

Photo: The Portion

If you’re having trouble committing to one book around which to base the shower, consider drawing inspiration from many beloved children’s stories. A simple display table with upright copies offers cute book themed baby shower decorations for the entryway to the party space. 

Book-Themed Baby Shower Cookies

Photo: @the_sweet_spot_cookie_co_

If you're going with multiple books, or even just basing the party around one, these stylish cookies serve as adorable inspiration for your children’s book-themed baby shower!

Book-Themed Baby Shower Cupcakes

Photo: @sweetsandtreatsparty

Ditto for the adorable book-themed cupcakes with little 3D children’s book motifs decorating their tops! These look almost too good to eat—but don’t worry, your guests will gobble them right up.

Mother Goose Book-Themed Baby Shower Cake

Photo: @lovelycakesct 

You absolutely cannot beat this stunning Mother Goose themed cake. A showstopper like this at the center of your book-themed baby shower would make such a bold statement to carry the theme together— you could keep many of the other elements neutral, white, and/or quite simple by contrast.

Dr. Seuss Children’s Book-Themed Baby Shower

Photo: Oh My Occasions 

Oh, the places your bookish theme can go! The best baby shower decor doesn’t only come down to paper goods and pretty food platters. If you want to take it to the next level, the flowers can do some heavy lifting. How whimsical are these dramatic displays for a Dr. Seuss baby shower? 

Peter Rabbit Book Baby Shower

Photo: @linenandlilac

It’s all in the details with baby shower planning, and a Beatrix Potter—or specifically a Peter Rabbit theme—is so precious. Get creative and have fun with florals, paper motifs of your favourite characters, and abundant veggie baskets, as shown here!

Very Hungry Caterpillar Book Baby Shower

Photo: @kellyanneblount

What’s so great about children’s literature and baby showers is that the vibrant imagery makes it easy and fun to decorate down to the details. Consider setting up your food displays for book themed baby shower decorations for lots of fresh fun for the guests; this Very Hungry Caterpillar inspired finger sandwich platter is a perfect example!

Angelina Ballerina’s All-Pink Book-Themed Baby Shower

Photo: Kara’s Party Ideas

Even if her little one doesn’t show an eventual interest in pink and tutus, the pink baby shower theme will let the parent-to-be embrace everything feminine and frilly ahead of Baby’s arrival. Angelina is one of those modern classic children’s characters that will bring on ooh’s, aah’s, and smiles from all your guests, and a plethora of pink is the way to do it. (Cake topper seen here).

Once Upon a Time Storybook Baby Shower

Photo: Big Day Smiles

Bring on the fairy tale elements, the woodland creatures, and the ripped-out pages of old dime-store books. The “Once Upon a Time” storybook baby shower theme lets you get creative and have fun, even on a budget. This epic wall decor could even make it into the baby’s nursery!

Winnie the Pooh Book Baby Shower

 Photo & To Purchase: Etsy PrettyPaperCottage

The House at Pooh Corner is one of those iconic children’s books that lives in so many of our hearts. If you’re planning a Pooh-themed book baby shower, consider the charm that these little cardboard quote cards bring in. You can do so many fun things with them, and the parents-to-be can take them home afterward as a lovely addition to their scrapbook or baby book. 

Book Baby Shower Menus

Photo: Live Free Creative Co

Seek inspiration from the story or stories at hand in creating a menu for the party. The way this baby shower menu is displayed (on the spines of books!) gets extra points for creativity and presentation.

Classic Book Baby Shower...With Some Twists

Photo: Hostess with the Mostess

Breathe new life into your old favourites when you mix classics from your own childhood with newer faves for the under-5 set. This fun book baby shower cake featuring two old school and two fresher picks is perfect. And those hummus and carrot pots are a clever idea for any baby shower, by the way!

Baby Shower Snacks Fit for Bookworms

Photo: Your Home Based Mom 

No matter what titles you choose, this ridiculously easy snack choice is a must for a book theme baby shower.

Book Page Wreath Decorations

Photo & How-To: Frugelegance

Tie your book baby shower theme together with elegant DIY decor like this wreath made of the pages of old books. It’s the kind of special baby shower decor that the parent-of-the-hour might just want to take home and incorporate in the nursery.

The Velveteen Rabbit Book Baby Shower

Photo and Details: Style Me Pretty

Every detail of this lush Velveteen Rabbit themed baby shower will send your heart aflutter. From the book-inspired floral arrangements to passages in calligraphy on scrolls upon the tables, it’s a beautiful and lovingly arranged book-themed baby shower you can draw inspiration from...no matter what your theme.

More Baby Shower Ideas

Not the type to have your nose buried in a book? There are lots of other sources of inspiration for your baby shower…

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