Party On!

let's party

Let’s Give a Party
Creative Invitations, Decorations, Recipes, and Games for Very Special Occasions

I can’t decide if this book is written for adults or children. It could go either way. The illustrations (so much pink!) and crafts are geared to children, but the text is long in places and there are detailed instructions for some of the activities. (Does anyone need detailed instructions for tag?)

The librarian part of me believes there isn’t anything particularly wrong with this book, its just dated. My civilian self believes this book is giving me way too much work to do for a party.

Party on,


back cover party decorations

how to plan a party

bottle dolls




  1. It looks to me as if this book was intended for adults planning a party for children. Perhaps it was intended to help teenaged hostesses plan their own parties. ‘Wholesome’ activities like this were all the rage in my teen hood.

    Yes, the crafts look dated but ther’s no reason why some of the techniques couldn’t be used for more contemporary themes.

    BTW, I well remember the bottle dolls. Red Tide bottles, paper doilies and styrofoam balls for heads could make a great choir for under the Christmas tree.

  2. We used to have so many ex-library books like these. My mum runs a Brownie group so she would often either pick up this kind of book or be given them, and they were all equally terrible.

  3. My biggest question is the title. Until I saw this title, the phrase “Let’s give a party”, is one i’d never encountered, as the more typical “Let’s throw a party,” is what I would have expected.

    Or is Party-Giving some some sort of bizarre backhanded gift?

    “Merry Christmas, Charlie. I got you an ‘Abel is Awesome!’ Party.”
    “Thanks, Abel.”
    “You can throw it at any time, you know.”
    “I’ll keep that in mind.”

    1. I feel like it is referring to something I don’t know about. An old film? Did they do something similar in “Little Women”?

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