Have a new book? Well then you might be having a launch party. For mine I organized invites, crafts, and more. Here's a quick peek:
The Crafts - I prepped (and practiced with real live children) two crafts. One was coloring sheets with crayons. Thank you Oriol Vidal for providing so many options! The other was a pink monster puppet. Thank you Monica Ladd for the inspiration!. The biggest thing here was to buy small plastic organizers to transport all the bits and pieces. Very helpful! And don't do anything with glitter. Store owners (and most normal people) hate glitter. Too messy.
The Activity - I designed a 3' x 4' plywood replica of my book cover with a hole cut in it so that parents could take pictures of their kids while waiting to get to the craft / signing table. My carpenter Sam designed it so I could take off the legs for easy transport, and I can paint the backside with my next book's cover. Who loves a two-for-one? I love a two-for-one! FYI - have a stool in case some kids are too short to reach the hole.