I’m always up for a party and a challenge so when Do with Piggy Bank Parties announced a Halloween Challenge for the contributors I jumped on board. With only a week to plan and prep I decided to use the adorable Lil’ Hoots Halloween printables to create a book exchange party. Without further ado I’d like to share with you my party, Whooo Loves a Good Book?

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My inspiration for this party was the cute owl. When I think of owls I think of “wise” and Fall. I also noticed his little tummy was shaped like a heart and wanted to find a way to incorporate that into the party. After bouncing ideas off my super creative, book loving mom, I decided on a book exchange party for our book club.

My goal was to plan this party using only items I already had and I LOVE how it turnedout! Here is how I created this fun Fall book themed party…

I used the Fill-In Menu from the package to create my invitation.

Invitation

Next I made a banner to incorporate Fall and the books. I scrounged through my stash of scrapbook paper and found colors that coordinated with the invitation and cut out leaves on my Cricut. Then I took pages from an old book and cut out the Owls from the printable paper file. I glued them onto the book pages and gave them an aged look by dabbing brown ink on the edges.

Banner

Backdrops are all the rage in parties these days, and they truly do help set the stage for your design. I decided to set this party up in my dining room and use my canvas artwork display as the backdrop. Here is what it looked like before:

Canvas Gallery

I took sheets of 12×12 scrapbook paper and covered some of the canvases so the colors would coordinate with my party. I gathered some sticks and placed them in large coffee cans covered with paper from the printable collection and a sheet of black scrapbook paper.

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The printable collection features a bright white moon and a darling owl so I mimicked that in my backdrop. I used a white paper lantern for the moon. I enlarged the owl from the paper file to 170% on my printer, cut him out and set him on a branch near the moon.

Owl in Tree

My party revolved around a book exchange and I wanted guests to be able to share some of their favorite books and recommendations. Everyone brought a book to share or exchange and I set up a little area with some of my favorites and a few recommendations.

Book Display

I also made little books and punched holes in them for guests to write their recommendations and reviews. They could hang them from the trees once they wrote in them which added to the party decor.

Book in Tree 2

It was fun to share favorites and everyone left with lots of new recommendations!

Book Review

Every party needs tasty treats. I opted for no fuss, easy to prepare (as in put on a platter) desserts.

Brownies

Popcorn Cones

Owl Crackers

Rolls

I’ve wanted to make these cute owl bags forever and this was the perfect party for them. I put a book in each one for the guest to take home and enjoy.

Owl Bags

I also found these giant paper clips in my stash and made book marks. Once again I cut out the cute little owl from the paper file and attached him to the top of the clip.

Owls on Page

As I mentioned earlier I wanted to throw this party without spending money. I only used paper and items I had on hand so the only real cost was the food which was $15.

Close Up Table

If you love to read this was a fun, easy and cheap party! The Lil’ Hoots Halloween Collection from Piggy Bank Parties would be perfect for your next book club meeting or hosting a book exhcange party of your own!

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