By the time of her baby shower, mother-to-be and Martha Stewart Living food editor Elizabeth Colling had already received practical gifts -- burp cloths, onesies, and such -- from her family and friends in California. So her friends in New York, where she now lives, decided that their shower would be all about books for the baby to celebrate the expecting mom's love of literature. Not just any books, but books they had loved when they were little.
When it comes to pulling together a party, inspiration can be found anywhere -- even an office-supply store. Start with neon basics, such as sticky notes and artist tape, and then shop for a few special, handcrafted products online.