Another one for the “books”! We threw a perfect shower for Roberta, my second and last sister to get married. My younger sis is a true bibliophile (i.e. lover of books). She’s an English teacher studying to become a librarian. So this bride-to-be clearly needed a book-themed shower. And since I love books almost as much as her, I was more than happy to take the literary theme and run with it.
We had a lot to live up to with this shower. After all, Emily’s bridal shower last summer was pretty wonderful — lovely decorations and delicious food. It was a LOT of work. Needless to say, I was very worried about meeting expectations for Roberta’s shower since Owen is here now, monopolizing all my time.
With the hard work of Emily, my mom, and Richard (yes, I made my husband help with shower crafting), we pulled off my vision for Roberta’s book-themed shower!
We hosted the shower at Emily’s gorgeous home, which really does look like the pages of a Pottery Barn catalog. Our literary-inspired decorations fit into the setting perfectly.
Here’s a look at Roberta’s shower, starting with the invitation:
I used every library/book/love story reference imaginable in this invitation. I lined the envelopes with book pages and we used library card pockets to hold a book page heart. They ended up being one of my favorite invitation designs ever.
These mini cupcakes were adorable! I created a template for a mini cupcake wrapper (click here for the template) and used the template to make wrappers out of book pages. Not only did they look cute, they tasted great too, thanks to the sublime brown butter cream cheese frosting.
We decorated the table with stacks of hardcover books, heart confetti made from book pages, and vases of baby’s breath and daisies wrapped with book pages and ribbon. A wooden “Love” sign completed our tablescape.
I used a few hardcover books as frames to display photos of Roberta and Bobby. We also made garland from library book pockets and photos.
Richard helped me make a bunch of mini books out of cardstock and old book pages that we hung from yarn with mini clothespins.
Instead of hanging pom poms from the ceiling, we made hanging decorations from book pages. Artistic, right?
I’m not a fan of shower games, but I tried to add some activities to make the afternoon interesting. We asked all the guests to bring their favorite book, which we collected when they arrived. Then we had Roberta select one book at a time and guess who brought the book. After guessing, she opened their gift. While Roberta opened her ton of gifts, we also handed out “I’m a Book Lover” pencils and “wed-libs”: a short story about Roberta and Bobby that we turned into a Mad Libs game. Our guests filled in the blanks and then Roberta read the original, complete story.
For the shower favors, we made bookmarks that said “Book Lovers Never Go to Bed Alone,” which we gave out with “I Love Books” reusable bags. We packaged the bookmarks and bags in large square navy and cream envelopes that we decorated with a book page heart. The perfect take-away for a literary afternoon shower. Now onto the next chapter…the wedding day!