It’s World Book Night on 23rd April – and there are lots of events going on to celebrate books and reading. Check out their website to see if there’s something happening in your area – but if there isn’t, fear not. If you already have a book club, then why not make your next meeting more of a party? If not, just organise a book club ‘pop up’ or literary themed soirée.
Here are three suggestions for a book party at any budget.
Certain books lend themselves more easily to themed parties. The Great Gatsby for instance has instant appeal. Champagne fountains and prohibition era cocktails, long strings of pearls, ostrich feathers, and art deco decorations – there’s inspiration galore on Pinterest for this glamorous and luxurious theme. However, it’s not all ‘Putting on the Ritz’. Take a moment to remember that The Great Gatsby emphasises the emptiness and moral decay of life among the Jazz age elite – then have another mint julep.
Although we are celebrating World Book Night, there’s nothing to say that you couldn’t have a tea party in the afternoon. Alice in Wonderland has a great variety of costume options – with the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, and the ‘Eat Me’ cake and ‘Drink Me’ bottle as inspirations for refreshments. You could play croquet (preferably not with real flamingos as mallets), mischievously put out child-sized chairs to make people imagine they’ve grown into giants, or dig a very deep hole in your garden for guests to fall into. Again, there is inspiration and links to handy downloads for party decor on Pinterest.
There are quite a few books which you could celebrate without spending too much money. ‘Cider With Rosie’ should be fairly economical – just get in a few hay bales and some cheap cider from a supermarket – served in rustic jugs, of course. Add some bread, cheese and a CD of countryside noises (unless you’re in the countryside already) and you’re away.
Alternatively, on a tighter budget you could throw a World War II ‘austerity’ party for The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – see a recipe here for the unpalatable sounding pie. The cheapest option of all might be to celebrate Oliver Twist by making some weak gruel, and forcing your guests to beg pitifully for more. In the spirit of a Dickensian work house owner, you could tuck into a slap-up dinner with the money you’ve saved, when you’ve sent your guests home hungry.
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