Book Party: Pearlie in the Park

Book Party: Pearlie in the Park

This afternoon we celebrated PudStar’s sixth birthday with a ‘Pearlie in the Park’ fairy party and it was just lovely. Lots of funky little fairies running around and a good opportunity to catch up with parents from school – something I don’t do enough of.

Pearlie in the Park

I wrote yesterday about Wendy Harmer’s ‘Pearlie’ series and why PudStar chose it as the theme for her fairy party. The series is funky, funny and fast paced and each short chapter book is a fully self-contained story which can be read in one or two sittings – absolutely perfect for young ones starting on chapter books. PudStar loves them and it appears her friends do also.


At the last minute I decided to take all the copies of ‘Pearlie in the Park’ to the actual park for any little ones who may need a bit of quiet amidst the chaos  – birthday girl maybe?! All the party goers in fact loved the reading mat and books, which rather warmed a librarian’s heart. Perhaps next year we could just invite all the girls to a party in the library and have silent reading for two hours?

Pearlie in the Park

I said yesterday that Pud had gone through all the books writing down food for her party. So at her request we had:

Three tiered cake – cooked by Dan after Pud said, “mummy. Why do you always cook the birthday cakes? Daddy can cook two minute noodles very well”. TWO MINUTE NOODLES?! So he cooked the cake.

Dewdrop jellies

Moudly popcorn – for ‘villians’ Scrag and Mr Flea. Salted caramel popcorn with melted green chocolate and green sprinkles.

Smelly cheese sandwiches – also for Scrag and Mr Flea.

Fairy bread – who knew it was so messy to make this stuff? Not going there again.

Watermelon and grape wands 

Chocolate cupcakes

Sunflower Snap biscuits

Daisy Fizz – silly-weak cordial.

Pearlie in the Park

Pearlie in the Park


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fairy bread

Mouldy Popcorn Rocks!

Mouldy Popcorn Rocks!

We had a game of pass the parcel where the prize was surprise, surprise…’Pearlie in the Park’ books, colouring in sheets, the book corner and a scavenger hunt which Pearlie would have approved of. Green hills of grass and lots of bubbles kept everyone amused.

Pearlie in the Park



Book parties are the best. They are so easy to pull together as they have visuals, characters to dress up as and food to tie-in – and I do so enjoy a book and food tie-in.

Other book themed parties we’ve had include;

Bad Tempered Ladybeetle

Dinosaurs Rock!

EJ12 Party


Where the Wild Things Are

Possum Magic

Huge thank you to Random House for some great merchandise for our Pearlie Party – def one of the perks of being a librarian!

Pearlie in the Park Fairy Party


  1. natalie

    Wow Megan! That looks amazing and I love the handwritten food signs.

  2. Maxabella

    This is one of the nicest ‘park’ parties I’ve ever seen, Megan. A Pearlie in the Park party IN THE PARK – inspired. It all looks so colourful and I love that your daughter’s stamp is over it all too. Such fun. x

  3. Sandie @ AppleBee Lane

    What an adorable party … I especially loved the watermelon and grape “wands” … such a cool idea to make fruit fun and interesting. If you’re interested, pop over to my blog because I’m creating a range of birthday invitations that are completely free to download!

  4. Carla from My Yellow Love

    I have never thought to have a book themed party before, brilliant. This is a lovely Park party. My eldest girl would love it. I am a lover of children’s books, will definitely be following your blog from now on.
    Pleased to find you x

  5. Bonita

    What a stylish party. Such a beautiful way to celebrate a little girl’s 6th birthday. I love that Pudstar wrote the food signs. Too cute.

    • Anonymous

      I’m all for putting them to work for their own party Bonita! She enjoyed it!

    • Anonymous

      The mouldy popcorn was Pud’s favourite part of the entire party. Genuis or a worry?!

    • Anonymous

      awww shucks thanks!

  6. Evie

    Happy Late Birthday to Pudstar! 🙂
    What a lovely idea!! I might steal that one, one day ;). Pearly! I remember that series, they were lovely books 😀


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I’m passionate about children’s literature and am the author of ‘Raising Readers’ and ‘the Beehive’ and editor of ‘Teacher, Teacher’.
I am also a multiple award-winning teacher librarian, speaker, podcaster, widow, beekeeper, literary judge and wearer of bright colours.

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