Give and take…a book!

I’m willing to bet that you didn’t know that Read Across America Day is upon us! (I’m saying that because I didn’t know it either…!) Given that I’m all about celebrating other unique “holidays” (Exhibit A: National Donut Day), I figured I would promote one that is actually beneficial!
A few years ago, I was hosting my son’s 3rd birthday party. I was trying to figure out a way to put “please—no gifts!” on the invitation because—let’s face it—I didn’t want another puzzle or toy to have to find storage space for. Now, don’t get me wrong—giving gifts is fun for the party-goers, too…so I wanted to come up with a way to not get rid of that part of the party altogether. I was talking to another mom and she suggested the Book Exchange!
Here’s how it works:
1. On the party invitation (or e-vite or email), simply ask that each child invited bring a new (or used! It’s up to you!) book that is gift-wrapped with a tag stating who brought it.
2. When the guests arrive, have a cute bin or basket where the guests can place their wrapped books.
3. Eat, drink and be merry!
4. When it comes time when the birthday boy or girl usually opens gifts, ask everyone to gather around and have the kids sit in a circle.
5. Pass the basket/bin around and each child is allowed to take, open and keep one book!
It’s really a great idea—it’s a great way for everyone to get a new book and for everyone to have fun opening a gift! (Plus, the book doubles as a favor, so that’s one less party-planning item on your list!) 😉

Have you hosted any creative birthday parties like this? Let us know!