5 Book Themed Birthday Party Ideas People CAN'T Stop Talking About

Written by: Dalia Abdalla



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Book Themed Birthday Party Ideas

I've planned lots of fun book-themed birthday parties, and I'm excited to share my best book themed birthday party ideas. I can make your party awesome with decorations like open book backdrops that take you to magical places and fun activities like scavenger hunts and costume contests. In my blog post, I'll help you plan step by step, pick the best books for your theme, and suggest tasty treats and party favors. Whether you're celebrating a kid's birthday or just want a book-themed party, you'll get lots of great ideas in my upcoming post. So, let's dive into a world of books and make your next birthday party super fun!

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This garland is made from actual book pages, and it's not only cute but also eco-friendly because it repurposes old books. Plus, it's super versatile. You can hang it anywhere, like above the entrance, on the walls, or even on your dessert table. 

  1. Quantity: You get a set of 4 garlands, each approximately 2 meters long, with stars measuring 2 inches (5 cm) in size.

  2. Versatility: These star garlands are versatile and can be used for various occasions, including classroom decoration, birthday parties, garden parties, baby showers, bridal showers, Mother's Day, Christmas, or vintage-themed weddings.

  3. Easy Decoration: The garlands are easy to hang on walls or across ceilings, instantly creating a chic atmosphere that your guests will love. They can be used to add a unique and decorative touch to your event.

This would be the perfect alternative to the sticks you see on the cake in the photo. I could not find the exact match, but was able to find these. You can place two at each end of the cake, and pin the mini page garland on the sticks. 

  1. High-Quality Material: These swizzle sticks are made of durable, toxic-free, and odor-free plastic, ensuring they are safe to use for your drinks and food.

  2. Disposable or Reusable: You can choose to dispose of them for easy cleanup after use, or hand wash them for reuse, making them eco-friendly and convenient.

  3. Unique Design: The clear plastic swizzle sticks have a stylish ball on top, which adds a contemporary touch to your beverages and helps keep fruit and vegetable garnishes in place.

Don't want to include miniature book pages? No worries! I was able to find the cutest miniature version of our favorite books! They're meant for dollhouses, but, you can easily make it into a garland with a simple hole puncher, and a piece of string. 

  1. Realistic Miniature Books: These miniature books are designed to resemble real books, making them a great addition to your dollhouse for added realism.

  2. High-Quality Detail: The mini books are crafted with remarkable detail, giving them an almost lifelike appearance. 

  3. Vivid and Cute Design: The miniatures are vividly designed and look really cute, adding charm and style to your dollhouse.

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I have to say, these backdrops are an absolute game-changer when it comes to creating the perfect fairy tale atmosphere. What I love about them is how they whisk your guests away to a world of enchantment as soon as they arrive. You see, these backdrops are adorned with whimsical scenes, like castles, enchanted forests, and charming storybook illustrations.

  1. Features: Thin, light weight, no reflection, easy to carry, cannot be washed
  2. High-resolution digital printing for eye-catching details and true-to-life colors.
  3. The product includes only the backdrop, no stand is included.
  4. Item is sent folded and may have wrinkles, which can be removed by ironing the back side with low temperature. 

I was able to find similar lanterns to the ones shown on the photo. I think it adds to the vintage vibe if that is what you are going for! It very much gives off the fairytales storybook feel. 

  1. Long-lasting Battery Life: Each decorative light includes three LR44 160mAh high-capacity coin cell batteries, ensuring that the mini lanterns can last for over 5 days. You won't have to worry about frequent battery replacements.

  2. Durable Material: The lanterns are made of eco-friendly thickened ABS material, which is strong and extends the life of the lanterns. They are built to withstand extended use.

  3. Exquisite Design: These mini lanterns feature a vintage Moroccan style with six clear glass windows, making them not only functional but also aesthetically pleasing. They add a touch of elegance to any occasion. 

So what I love most from the inspiration photo is the garland! If you see the book backdrop by itself, it doesn't really look too special, it feels like it's missing something. The garland bring it to life, it adds color into the accent wall! 


  1. Beautiful Decoration: These artificial floral swags are designed to add a touch of beauty and elegance to various occasions, including weddings and home decor.

  2. Realistic Design: The swags are handmade with silk and foam flowers, making them look remarkably realistic. They feature a lovely dusty rose and cream color scheme.

  3. Versatile Use: These floral swags are not limited to just one purpose. You can use them as centerpieces for sweetheart or head tables at weddings, on wedding cars, walls, windows, arches, or even in your home garden. 

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This banner is a must-have for your celebration, and here's why I love it so much. It's not just any ordinary decoration; it's a statement piece that sets the tone for your party.

  • Design: Features a shiny and beautiful design that can decorate your event space.
  • Easy Assembly: The banner is not pre-strung and requires some assembly.
  1.  The product is made of environmentally friendly materials.
  2. It can be hung on fireplaces, walls, branches, ceilings, or tables to complement other decorations.
  3. The banner adds a special touch to your event, making it a big hit.

If you want a banner more like the one shown in the photo, and don't mind a little DIY, then this cute little miniature book collection will be perfect! I absolutely love the colors they come in. 

  1. Creative Sticker Customization: Three sets of mini books come with stickers that can be added to the books according to your preferences. This allows for creative customization, making each book unique.

  2. Versatile Dollhouse Decor: These miniature books are perfect for dollhouse scenes in various rooms such as the living room, bedroom, dining room, study, bathroom, and game room. They can be arranged to create vibrant and colorful dollhouse scenes.

  1. Handmade: This product is handcrafted, hand-designed, or hand-altered with love, adding a personal touch to each piece.
  2. Unique Design: The bouquet features Harry Potter book flowers, roses, and lilies, making it a one-of-a-kind item.
  3. Perfect Gift: It's described as a traditional 1st-anniversary gift and a wedding centerpiece, making it suitable for special occasions.

If you wanted to go with the fresh bouquet they had in the inspiration photo, I was able to find the perfect dupe for it! This floral arrangement will add life and vibrance to the dinner table. 

  1. Free Vase Included:

    • The bouquet comes with a free vase for easy arrangement.
    • No need to purchase a separate vase.
  2. Suitable for Various Occasions:

    • It's a versatile gift for many occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, Valentine's Day, and more.
    • Adds brightness and joy to celebrations.

The dome display is one of my favorite ideas in this inspiration look. It is the perfect neat way to display the vintage books without having them look a bit messy. 

  1. Size Options: The product comes in various size options, including 7" x 4", 4.9" x 3.1", and in different colors like beige, black, and brown, providing customers with choices to suit their preferences and needs.

  2. High-Quality Materials: The product is made of high borosilicate glass and natural wood, emphasizing the use of quality materials.

  3. Multi-Purpose Use: It can be used to display a wide variety of decorative items, including small statues, seashell arrangements, jewelry, candles, and other small wares. This versatility makes it suitable for various decorating needs. 

Some of the main books we love aren't really worth putting on display especially for the party. That's why a vintage set is the perfect edition. The covers aren't too busy to where it looks tacky. 

  1. Modern and Vintage Styles: The product offers both modern colored bookshelf decor options, which consist of books published after the year 2000 with brighter colors and uniform font design on the spine, and mid-century antique book styles that date from the late 1800s to around 1990. This versatility allows you to style your home, office, or Airbnb with either a contemporary or antique decor theme.

  2. Variety of Genres: The realbook bundles include books from a wide range of genres, ensuring there are titles that can intrigue anyone who looks through your shelves. This makes the product suitable for a diverse audience.

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  1. What You Will Receive: The package includes 12 pieces of library card coasters in 6 different styles. Each style comes with 2 pieces, giving you plenty for daily use and replacements.

  2. Sturdy Material: These coasters are made of strong and durable wood. They are resistant to wear and tear, reliable for reuse, and printed clearly without rough edges. They are designed to last a long time.

  3. Proper Sizes: Each coaster measures about 3.46 x 3.46 inches, making them small and delicate. Their size is just right for various types of cups without taking up too much space.

On the left photo, you can see vaguely that at the end of the table, against the wall, they added in a book display. Again, going for the vintage look, I was able to find these similar looking “books” on amazon! 

  1. Set of Two: You get not just one but two decorative book boxes in this set, and each box contains four books. That's a total of eight stylish storage pieces!

  2. Different Sizes and Colors: The boxes come in different sizes and colors, allowing you to create a vivid and eye-catching display. There are large and small boxes to fit your needs.

  3. High-Quality Materials: These book boxes are made of high-density board with classic painting, ensuring durability and a classic look.

In both looks, the main stand out decor is the book page table runner. On the left photo, they went for a darker page table runner, on the right, they included only lighter color pages. Well this item has both options available. With just glue and these book pages, you will be able to achieve this look as well!

  1. Quantity and Variety: This product offers 114 pieces of craft paper in 2 sets, providing a wide range of options for your creative projects. Each set contains 57 different patterns, so you'll have plenty to work with.

  2. High-Quality Craft Paper: The paper is printed on quality craft paper, ensuring durability and a nice texture for your DIY projects.

  3. Exquisite Vintage Designs: The junk journal pages feature exquisite vintage-style designs. These designs can give your projects a unique and charming appearance.

The blue they went for in the right photo, is a very light tone of blue. I was able to find a similar tone on amazon! 

  1. Size Variety: The tablecloth comes in a size of 90 x 132 inches, which is suitable for 6-foot tables. This size makes it versatile and usable for various occasions.

  2. Quality Material: Made of 100% polyester, the tablecloth is durable and stain-resistant. It's designed to withstand regular use and is easy to clean, making it a practical choice for various occasions. 

Now this is an important thing to notice and remember. Since the table runner is very busy in itself with the book pages, it is very easy to add things to the table that will clash with the design and in turn make everything look too overwhelming and tacky. Which is why, they went with a very simple floral arrangement 

  1. Beautiful Appearance: This bouquet looks like real white roses and eucalyptus leaves, making it a lovely decoration.

  2. No Maintenance: You don't need to water or trim these flowers because they are fake, so they will always look fresh.

  3. Durable Materials: The bouquet is made from strong plastic and fabric, which means it won't easily break or fade.

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Another smart way to use these decorative display books is to turn them into centerpieces! If the book page table runner was not your vibe, and you wanted to go for something more simple,  this is the perfect look for you! 


  1. Real Hardcover Books for Decoration: These books are real hardcover books without dust jackets, intended for decoration purposes but also readable.

  2. Variety of Colors: You can choose from a variety of colors, including Tan/Beige, Multicolor, White/Creme, Gray, Brown, Black, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Light Blue, Blue, Dark Blue, Maroon, Purple, Pink, and even Custom colors of your choice. 

I was not able to find the exact match to the ones they used in the photo, but I was able to find something very similar! 


  1. Diner Style: These mugs bring the authentic retro diner experience to your home kitchen, designed in the classic diner style reminiscent of old diner coffee mugs.

  2. High Quality: Made with heavy-duty ceramic, these mugs are sturdy and durable, perfect for daily coffee or tea. They are also microwave safe for convenient beverage warming.

Now I am one who swears by artifical floral arrangements. If you plan ahead and like to not stress about having floral arrangements delivered just in time in order to avoid them from wilting or dying, these faux baby's breath are perfect for relieving that stress. 

  1. Realistic Appearance: These artificial flowers have a real touch feeling and look very realistic. The flower heads are made of rubber material, giving them a natural look and texture.

  2. Abundant Quantity: The package includes 30 bundles of artificial baby's breath flowers, providing you with plenty of flowers to create beautiful arrangements and decorations.

So many themes to choose from! It can get overwhelming, let's break it down for you:

Genre Themes

I think genre themes are pretty cool because they're specific but still leave room for creativity. You can plan fun activities based on the theme and even ask your friends to dress up as characters from books that match the genre.

  • Horror
  • Fantasy
  • Action and Adventure
  • Romance
  • Mystery
  • Thriller
  • Children's

Author Themes

Another fun idea is to pick a famous author and organize activities around their most well-known books.

  • William Shakespeare
  • Stephen King
  • Agatha Christie
  • Roald Dahl
  • J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • Virginia Woolf
  • Enid Blyton
  • Dr. Seuss
  • Jane Austen

Book Theme

You can also center the party around a famous novel or series, which can be a blast! Just make sure the book has lots of recognizable stuff for your friends to enjoy.

  • Lord of the Rings
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • The Hunger Games
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • A Game of Thrones
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses
  • Sherlock Holmes

BYO Book Theme

Here's a super fun idea - a 'bring your own book theme.' Your friends can even turn it into a game later on. Ask everyone to dress up as a character from their favorite book or bring something that represents their top pick. You can give out prizes for the best-dressed or most interesting object and play a game where everyone guesses each other's favorite books! It's a win-win for everyone.

 book themed decorations

How do I go about planning this?

1. Set the Date and Budget:

  • Choose a date for the party and establish a budget. Knowing these two factors will guide your planning process.

2. Select a Venue:

  • Decide whether the party will be held at home, in a park, or at a rented venue. Ensure it accommodates your guest list comfortably.

3. Create the Guest List:

  • Make a list of all the friends and family you want to invite to the party.

4. Choose the Invitations:

  • Design or purchase book-themed invitations to match the party theme.

5. Decide on Decorations:

  • Plan the decorations, including the book page garland, "The Beginning of a New Chapter" Banner, and themed paper plates, cups, and napkins.

6. Plan the Menu:

  • Select a menu that fits the theme. You can serve "bookish" snacks like mini sandwiches, cupcakes with book toppers, and drinks with literary-inspired names.

7. Organize Activities and Games:

  • Plan fun activities and games related to books, like a reading corner, book-themed trivia, or a scavenger hunt for book-related items.

8. Party Favors:

  • Prepare party favors for your guests, such as small books, bookmarks, or personalized bookplates.

9. Cake and Desserts:

  • Order or bake a cake with a book-themed design. Consider other dessert options like cookies or cupcakes.

10. Entertainment: - Arrange for entertainment, such as a magician, storyteller, or a movie screening based on a book.

11. Music and Playlist: - Create a playlist with background music that suits the party's atmosphere.

12. Set Up and Decorate: - Decorate the party venue according to your theme the day before the event. Hang the book page garland and "The Beginning of a New Chapter" Banner.

13. Coordinate Helpers: - If necessary, enlist friends or family members to help with setup, serving, and cleanup.

14. Capture Memories: - Have a camera or smartphone ready to capture memorable moments throughout the party.

15. Party Timeline: - Create a detailed party schedule, including when activities and games will take place.

16. Thank-You Cards: - Prepare thank-you cards in advance to send to guests after the party.

17. Enjoy the Party: - Finally, on the day of the party, relax, enjoy the celebration, and make wonderful memories with your loved ones.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you host a book party?

To host a book party, choose a theme related to a favorite book, author, or literary genre. Send book-themed invitations, decorate with book-related decor, and plan activities like book readings, literary trivia, or a book swap. Serve food and drinks inspired by the chosen book or theme and consider party favors like bookmarks or mini books. 

How do you host a themed birthday party?

Hosting a themed birthday party involves selecting a specific theme, such as a favorite movie, TV show, hobby, or book, and incorporating it into all aspects of the celebration, including decorations, invitations, food, drinks, and activities. The theme adds a unique and cohesive element to the party. 

What is the theme of the story birthday party?

The theme of a story birthday party can vary widely depending on the interests and preferences of the person celebrating. It could be based on a favorite book, movie, fairytale, or even a personalized story created for the occasion. 

How do you throw an epic birthday party?

To throw an epic birthday party, focus on creating a memorable experience. Start planning well in advance, pay attention to details, select a unique theme, incorporate fun activities, provide delicious food and drinks, and consider special touches like personalized decorations or entertainment. Ultimately, the key is to cater to the interests and preferences of the birthday person and their guests. 

How do you make a unique birthday party?

 To make a birthday party unique, think outside the box. Choose an unconventional theme, create personalized decorations, plan activities that reflect the birthday person's interests, and consider interactive elements like DIY crafts, themed games, or live entertainment. 

Can adults have themed birthday parties?

 Absolutely! Adults can have themed birthday parties just as much as children can. Themes can range from favorite movies and TV shows to hobbies, eras, or even sophisticated concepts like masquerade balls. The key is to tailor the theme to the interests and preferences of the birthday person. 

How do you throw a fun party for adults?

 To throw a fun party for adults, consider the interests of your guests. Plan engaging activities, provide great food and drinks, create a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere, and possibly include entertainment like music, games, or a themed costume contest.

What to make for adult birthday party?

 The food and drinks for an adult birthday party depend on the theme and preferences of the guests. You can serve a variety of appetizers, finger foods, and cocktails. Consider having a catered meal or a themed buffet. Desserts like cakes or cupcakes are also popular choices. Tailor your menu to suit the tastes of the attendees and the theme of the party.

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Modern Pink Paper Author - Dalia Abdalla

Dalia Abdalla

Owner & Head Designer, Modern Pink Paper

Dalia is the creative force behind Modern Pink Paper. With a keen eye for detail and a love for all things stationery, she embarked on this journey to provide personalized stationery solutions. When she's not crafting beautiful paper creations, Dalia is sharing her insights and inspirations on this blog, ensuring that her readers always have a touch of beauty and creativity in their lives.