I first heard about Junie B. Jones books by Barbara Parks from my friend Elizabeth, who asked what I thought of them. Was Junie B. a bad influence? Meg and Grace had been given some Junie B. books, so I started reading them out-loud to the girls while they were in the tub. Pretty soon, nothing was getting washed and we were all laughing hysterically. They loved hearing about all Junie B.’s … shall we say … impulse control issues. How could I not style a Junie B. Jones birthday party with all that creative inspiration?

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Since so many of Junie B.’s adventures are set at school, I decided to create a school day in Room One for our guests. Black boards and primary colors and polka dots, oh my! We welcomed guests with our little chalkboard and a giant polka dot balloon. You can’t see it well here, but the banner letters are attached to ribbon with bright yellow paper clips.

Junie B Jones Birthday Party by The Party Teacher - welcome sign

I immediately thought of Catherine from See Jane Design (formerly Serendipity Soiree) for creating a Junie B.-inspired illustration and printables collection. I adore how she incorporated black boards and the checkerboard book border! (Catherine has closed her shop, so contact her through the Instagram link to find the printables.)

Junie B Jones Birthday Party by The Party Teacher - invitation and class schedule

Decorating the Dessert Table

I turned my dining room mirror into a black board using fadeless bulletin board paper and polka dot borders. (Shop your local school supply store; I could have bought the place out! Who knew you could find giant pencils?) Other touches included:

  • A Junie B illustration made to look like it had been drawn on the black board.
  • Two of Junie B.’s favorite friends, Phillip Johnny Bob and Raggedy Ruth, complete with party hats.
  • Throughout the party, I added stacks and stacks of Junie B. books: to raise up desserts and to hide a UGA logo on the red lunchbox.

Junie B Jones Birthday Party by The Party Teacher - pencil and books on dessert table

Dessert Menu

On the dessert table, I kept the colors to red, yellow and blue. It’s kind of a riot, but that’s how I think Junie B. would like it.

  • I used school locker-style drawers to display cake pops from Cake Pop Fusion. The pops are made to look like little ABC, 123 books — and they were so good! (I adore the little straw flags with Junie B.’s favorite exclamations!)
  • The monogram cookies are from CookieXchange, because Junie loves her B.
  • Peeps cupcakes were inspired by Junie B. Jones Has a Peep in Her Pocket with fondant “peeps” by Scrumdiddlyumptious Bakery.
  • Our birthday cake was Junie B’s favorite chocolate cake with white icing and strawberry ice cream. I love dressing up a simple cake with an amazing fondant topper from Brittany at Edible Details. Her little first grader is holding an elephant like Phillip Johnny Bob, Junie B.’s stuffed friend.

Junie B Jones Birthday Party by The Party Teacher - book cakepops

Junie B Jones Birthday Party by The Party Teacher - fondant cake topper

Decorating the Dining Table

The dining table decor starts with the chandelier: I hung more books from it, then placed our centerpiece right underneath. The centerpiece are simple yellow grocery store flowers sitting on a doll’s school desk.

  • I dressed each place setting with a cafeteria-style tray, plus lunch in a yellow paper sack, closed with a yellow paper clip. Utensils and napkins were stored in pencil cases. At each place was a nameplate with the guest’s first name and middle initial.
  • Each place also had a “first grade journal,” which was a great filler activity during the party. If you need time to get an activity ready, just tell you guests to write beginning with “Dear First Grade Journal…”
  • I like to have any craft activities set up before the party, so each place had everything we needed for our party hat decorating craft.
  • I used covers from my shop to decorate each chair.

Junie B Jones Birthday Party by The Party Teacher - books hanging from chandelier

Junie B Jones Birthday Party by The Party Teacher - dining table

Junie B Jones Birthday Party by The Party Teacher - place setting and chair cover

Junie B Jones Birthday Party by The Party Teacher - place setting with first grade journal

Wrapping paper made for an inexpensive table runner, used on the dining room table and dessert table. An American Girl doll school desk held a simple floral arrangement of yellow mums.

Junie B Jones Birthday Party by The Party Teacher - centerpiece flowers on doll school desk

I kept lunch simple with PB&J, juice boxes, carrot sticks and applesauce.

Junie B Jones Birthday Party by The Party Teacher - juice and PBJ sandwiches

Party Activities

I asked our guests to come dressed in mixed up clothes like Junie B. The girls turned out in vests, big hair bows, Peter Pan collars and knee highs — perfect for Picture Day. (I got to dress up as Mrs. Having a role as a the hostess can help you pull off a theme party. I welcomed the girls to their school day and told them they needed to raise their hands when they had questions, which they found hysterical.)

Our crafts and activities followed a typical school day.

  • Art: Decorate your own party hat (see the cupcake topper tutorial here)
  • Health: Guests read an eye chart and received hand-painted purple glasses, just like Junie B. in Junie B. Jones, First Grader (At Last!)
  • Reading: Quiz of Junie B. trivia
  • Specials: Picture day like in Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed. We were sure to take pictures when the girls “weren’t ready” – just like Junie B.
  • Recess: jump rope, homemade sidewalk chalk paint, hopscotch, four square, punch balls
  • Math: guess the number of gumballs

Junie B Jones Birthday Party by The Party Teacher - decorating hats

Junie B Jones Birthday Party by The Party Teacher - picture day

Junie B Jones Birthday Party by The Party Teacher - paint brushes

Junie B Jones Birthday Party by The Party Teacher - jump rope

Junie B Jones Birthday Party by The Party Teacher - painting with sidewalk chalk Junie B Jones Birthday Party by The Party Teacher - vision test

At the end of the party, we handed out report cards that I designed in library card pockets.

Junie B Jones Birthday Party by The Party Teacher - party report card

Party Favors

The girls went home with party favors: a Junie B. Jones book with a bookplate designed by Serendipity Soiree, packaged in brown paper lunch sacks, topped with a thank you tag and red-painted clothespin.

Junie B Jones Birthday Party by The Party Teacher - book party favor

Junie B Jones Birthday Party by The Party Teacher - reading

And don’t forget, if you’re planning a Junie B. Jones birthday party, check out my Junie B. Jones birthday party plan.

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