Finding a creative way to celebrate the release of my first book, 50 Things to Do in Baby’s First Year, was on my radar from day one. I’m not one to toot my own horn and I’ve never thrown my own party before, but I feel like writing a book and getting it published is a significant accomplishment that deserves a little celebration.
So, what better way to share the excitement of seeing your book in print with your friends and family than to have a party where your book is the guest of honor?!
Since my book is about having a baby, I decided to call my book launch party a book shower – like a baby shower. Guests were asked to bring gifts in the form of diapers (to donate to the Faith House for use by moms in need), and we played baby shower type games while there.
If you missed it, here are a few highlights and photos from the evening.
Everything That Happened at My Launch Party and Book Signing
Book Launch Party Venue
To stay on theme, I decided to host my book launch party at a local children’s museum called The Original Playhouse. With it’s child-centered, whimsical decor I thought it would be a perfect location to celebrate the launch of a book about becoming a parent.
If you live in Frederick, Maryland and have young kids you should definitely take a trip to The Original Playhouse in New Market.
Book Launch Party Food
As is typical at baby showers, I wanted the fare at my book shower to be light and of the finger food variety.
A quick trip to Sam’s Club took care of most of the edibles, so I could focus on the dessert!
Thanks to the ingenuity of my bff who made the super creative donut stands and the generosity of Dunkin’ Donuts who kindly donated all of the donut desserts at my event, the dessert was quite a hit.
Book Launch Party Fun
I didn’t want my guests to spend too much time getting bogged down with games, but I did want to make sure we kept to the theme by having a little baby shower inspired fun!
We played the “Can’t Say It” game. Guests were given a clothes pin when they arrived and informed that the word book was off limits. Anyone who got caught saying it had to relinquish their clothes pin. The person with the most pins at the end of the event was the winner and given a gift!
As my official first ever live book signing, I spent a little time chatting with guests about the book and signing their purchased copies. It was pretty neat to get to write my name inside of my very own book for the first time.
Since everyone wasn’t able to attend the event, I am also doing a signed copy giveaway this week on my social channels! If you’d like to win, be sure you click over to Facebook to enter!