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11 Adorable Kids’ Lit-Inspired Birthday Parties

by Janssen Bradshaw

What could be a more fun way to celebrate your child’s birthday than with their favorite book?

These kids’ lit-inspired birthday parties are so clever and creative. The hardest part of party planning may be choosing just one book!

1. Very Hungry Caterpillar

Very Hungry Caterpillar

For a first or second birthday party, this beloved childhood book is hard to beat for a theme. Plenty of food options to choose from, and that iconic caterpillar is just too cute.

2. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Brown Bear Brown Bear

This classic book is perfect for a party because you have so many color and animal options to pick from for your decor and food. How clever is it to use goldfish crackers and chocolate teddy bear cookies for the treats?

3. Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are

If you have a little wild thing on your hands, this is the ideal party, with lots of opportunities for roaring terrible roars. And the gold crowns are delightful and photogenic favors for your guests.

4. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Is your adventurer celebrating a birthday? Send them off on an exciting bear hunt!

5. Little House on the Prairie

Little House on the Prairie

Who doesn’t want to be Laura Ingalls? From a little general store to dressing up in bonnets and aprons, this party is old-fashioned fun from start to finish.

6. Golden Books

Golden Books

Can’t choose just one book? How about all the Golden Books instead? Whether for a first birthday party or a baby shower, this theme is just so sweet.

7. Fancy Nancy

Fancy Nancy

Dress up in your fanciest duds and throw a party you won’t soon forget. When else will you get to pull out a giant hat or feather boa?

8. Diary of a Wimpy Kid


Calling all Wimpy Kids! This smash-hit series is the perfect inspiration for a party. And the “Pin the Booger” game is sure to draw a lot of laughs (and “ewwwww”s).

9. Charlotte’s Web

Charlotte's Web

This childhood classic is full of great inspiration, from farm decor to animals to the state fair.

10. The Cat in the Hat

Cat in the Hat

Who doesn’t love Dr. Seuss? And his most iconic creation, the Cat in the Hat, lends himself to a blue and red birthday bash that’s unforgettable.

11. Eloise at the Plaza

Eloise at the Plaza

I love the clever invitation made to look like a hotel “Do Not Disturb” door hanger. This ritzy party will be the talk of the town.