Last updated on May 25th, 2022
If you’re throwing a party for your child but have no idea what to theme it around, then look no further! We’ve seen storybook parties work well for years, and we know a thing or two about throwing the perfect one. A storybook birthday party is really special and can be a pivotal moment in a child’s life. So, how do we make sure you throw the perfect one? Here are some great storybook party ideas for you.
Why Storybook Parties For Kids Work So Well
Kids love stories. It’s a fact. And you don’t even need an excuse to throw a storybook party. They work great for birthdays of course, but you can just throw one as a tea party to get your kids and all their friends together to listen to some amazing stories too. The best thing for you as a parent is that you don’t have to break the bank to throw one. Everything we’re about to suggest is reasonably priced, and it’ll work perfectly for a lovely afternoon storybook party.
Just because it’s budget friendly doesn’t mean it won’t be amazing either. Stories take kids to other worlds and excite them and interest them in ways we can’t even imagine. So, what do you need to do to make sure everything goes off without a hitch?
1. Pick Up Some Books
It’s a little obvious perhaps, but yes, you’ll need some books! Any book for kids will do, but the five we’ve found are some of the best around, and we’re certain you’ll love reading them to the children as much as they’ll love hearing them.
The Little Prince
It is perfect for 7-9-year-old, this book will take them through the wonders of imagination. It’s a classic children’s book that we’re sure you’re familiar with, but if you’re not, it centres around a pilot who is stranded on a desert island and is asked to draw a picture by ‘The Little Prince’. They befriend one another and it ends in a clever way that’ll keep your kids wanting more.
Stories From Moominvalley
It is great for 3-6-years old, this book centres around the Moomins. It’s split into 3 separate tales so you don’t have to read them all at the storybook party, but each one takes you on a fresh adventure that the kids will love hearing about!
Are You My Mother?
A lovely picture book for 3-year-olds and up, this centres around a baby bird who hatches whilst their mother is away. He goes on a huge adventure looking for her, asking everybody he meets ‘Are You My Mother?’. The repetition in this book is great for little ones and adults will have a lot of fun reading it too!
5-9-year-olds will love Charlotte’s Web! We know this is quite a long one for a party, so start with a chapter or two to set the mood, and then maybe the kids can pick up a copy for themselves to finish if they love it! Charlotte’s Web is a classic story about a clever spider’s plan to save her friend Wilbur the pig with the help of a little girl. Every kid loves this book, and most parents will remember it from their childhood too!
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
This book is great for 7-9-year-olds, but again, it’ll be one you just read a chapter or two of. You’ll already know this book, but if you don’t, it follows Charlie as he wins a golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, and a huge adventure unfolds. It’s funny, witty, and has a really great message for kids too!
2. Decide What To Serve
For this section, think about cheap, easy to serve snacks. The focus is really on the books and children being able to listen to it being narrated in really fun ways. Maybe some cookies, fruit juice, chocolate bars, and milk. Anything that children can snack on as they listen will work well here!
3. Give Guests Something To Take Away
This last section is really important though. Reading these stories is a great place to start, but most kids will want to do something after it that’s related to the stories. Getting children to connect with books is important, and a fun way of doing that is with painting and colouring books. This is a great storybook party idea helping them visualise the story they’ve just heard, and it’s also just a lot of fun for them too. Here are 3 matching colouring/painting books to go along with the stories they’ve just heard:
- The Little Prince painting book
- Moomin colouring book
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory colouring book
All the colouring/painting books above go really well with the stories told, so put them in a goodie bag to take away with them as they leave!
A storybook party is a great way for kids to connect with stories and fall in love with reading and hearing them. Just remember to keep the narration entertaining (don’t be afraid to use voices and be silly – kids will love it). Storybook parties will keep children entertained for hours, and everybody will love it we’re sure!