The book-themed shower was a hit! Thanks to the help of Amanda, my co-hostess, we put together an event that was a perfect match for my cousin and nine guests.
Decorations: Yellow and green flowers for her favorite colors. I made arrangements of white lilac, green snowballs and yellow roses. Green and white books stacked on the tables. A couple onesies hanging from a clothesline on the spiral staircase. Invitations here.
Drinks: Punch in my vintage bowl and hot tea.
Food: First, a buffet lunch of four cold salads with plates of mixed greens. I made a beet and citrus salad, black olive pesto pasta, caprese salad and a green curry broccoli slaw. Sweet potato chips on the coffee table. My cousin is vegetarian and newly lactose intolerant - but she has a big sweet tooth. So we followed lunch with a giant spread of chocolates and desserts.
Activities: We played pictionary with a children's book theme between lunch and dessert. Then did a round of gift opening. Guests were encouraged to bring their favorite children's book to start the baby's library. We provided bookplates from Etsy for people to enscribe their gifts. And we ordered a 8x10 with the same green giraffe design for the guests to write their wishes to the baby with the idea of framing it for the nursery.
Favors: Little green pocket notebooks in different shades, also from Etsy.