5 Classic Children’s Book-Inspired Birthday Parties You’ll Adore

You can’t go wrong with a classic (sorry Frozen). We rounded up five truly original and timeless storybook-inspired festivities fit for any little prince or princess in your life. Now let’s get this party started!
ByAnisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Updated
Mar 2017
Babar themed birthday party, detail of babar story drawings hanging from fireplace.
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Photo: Story By Mia

The Little Prince: The Royal Table

Your little guy deserves a celebration fit for royalty. But it’s your guests who will be blown away by a floral arrangement (made with inexpensive blooms like white carnations) like this.

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Photo: Story By Mia

The Little Prince: Cake Smash

Thanks to these adorable cake toppers, the boy from asteroid B-612 can be your guest of honor.

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Photo: Story By Mia

The Little Prince: The Topper

Crash landings have never looked so cute or celestial thanks to these star-shaped cupcake ornaments.

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Photo: Story By Mia

The Little Prince: Post Haste

Even the invitation can tell a story, like this elaborate accordion invite that unfolds to reveal delightful illustrations.

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Photo: Nikki Berry

Where the Wild Things Are: They’re Fur Real

Let the wild rumpus start! And let your guests know it with a monster fur-lined invite.

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Photo: Nikki Berry

Where the Wild Things Are: Crowning Glory

A two-tier cake with a fondant crown would usually steal the show. But not when there’s an origami forest backdrop.

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Photo: Nikki Berry

Where the Wild Things Are: Pop ‘Ems

Crowned cake pops? Fondant triangles turn run-of-the-mill treats into the “kings of all wild things.”

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Photo: Nikki Berry

Where the Wild Things Are: Cookie Monsters

Send all your small party animals packing with these adorable Wild Things cookies sealed in quotable gift bags.

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Photo: Melanie Sweeney via Project Nursery

Curious George: For a Monkey King

These invites are so on-theme, we have to wonder if they came from The Man with the Yellow Hat himself.

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Photo: E&S Paper Studio

Curious George: Cookie Cutter Cute

The reward for being curious? These monkey mischief cookies all wrapped and ready to be eaten by party goers, big and little.

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Photo: E&S Paper Studio

Curious George: Now That’s Bananas

Because there’s no rule that a monkey party requires bananas at the snack table. Instead, fill a tiered stand with bite-sized chocolate and vanilla-frosted cupcakes perfect for little mouths and hands.

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Photo: E&S Paper Studio

Curious George: Adorably Etiquette

Subtle placemats compliment the theme while dressing it up.

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Photo: Crackers Art & Design

Willy Wonka: Golden Ticket

Are you going to pass up this opportunity to send out these famed, coveted invites? No, no you’re not.

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Photo: Crackers Art & Design

Willy Wonka: Candy Craze

Chocolate river backdrop and all, it looks like Wonka’s entire chocolate factory made it to this party.

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Photo: Crackers Art & Design

Willy Wonka: Toothpick Toppers

Would it even be a party without some Oompa Loompas?

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Photo: Crackers Art & Design

Willy Wonka: Tipping the Scale

Maybe you can’t deliver on the golden goose, but the golden eggs you can handle.

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Photo: Buena Lane Photography

Babar: Hanging Out

Is this elephant off on his next adventure? Paper lanterns are easy alternatives to balloons.

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Photo: Buena Lane Photography

Babar: A Weighty Job

Babar is rolling up to this party in style. Bring personality to the table with napkin weights.

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Photo: Buena Lane Photography

Babar: Clip Art

Bring your theme to life with a homemade banner of storybook scenes.

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