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Best of Oh Happy Day: Bookworm Invitations

This was supposed to go live today but I got busy so I’m posting it late. I developed this concept for Cookie Magazine’s Nesting Blog (RIP). It is for a “bookworm party” where the kids bring their favorite book to trade with another child. An old book gets hollowed out and given with an invitation inside. Afterward it can become a secret place for the child to keep treasures. It is supposed to be like a worm ate out the book.

Last time I posted about this it made some people uncomfortable to “ruin” an old book. These books I got from a thrift store and they smelled funny, I looked up the printing and none of them were rare or valuable. I’m an English Lit major and I love books but in my opinion people can be too precious about moldy books sometimes.

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  1. Damaris

    April 7, 2010

    I remember seeing this somewhere. Was it here in the past? was it Design Mom? Anyway, it's fabulous.

  2. ampersandity

    April 7, 2010

    what a great idea!! i saw a ton of old books at my local thrift store yesterday. definitely will bookmark for future parties!

  3. Jane Burton

    April 8, 2010

    I love this idea (and your blog as I live in Australia and you give a lovely insight into a different world) as my children are always trying to find secret places to stash their treasures…

  4. kristen

    April 8, 2010

    that is so cute!! i love it!!

  5. *b*

    April 8, 2010

    I agree about people being too precious about books, I'm passionate about literature and preservation of history but sometimes old things are just that; old and tired and ready for the rubbish bin so repurposing them as invites is a fab idea. I thoroughly enjoy all of your creative and unique party and invitation ideas, keep 'em coming!

  6. Katie

    April 9, 2010

    I think this is a fantastic idea (totally agree with you about the moldy old books) I'm seriously tempted to hold a grown up bookworm party now – thanks for sharing your best of, it's so inspiring!

  7. Ali

    April 12, 2010

    I did this as a delivery mechanism for book tokens at Christmastime. They went down so well.

    And I am not precious at all about old books (and I'm a bookseller!)

  8. Terri

    May 18, 2010

    Love this idea, but I cannot find the step by step instructions on the Nesting blog anymore. Are they available anywhere else?

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