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Book Club Party

There's only one thing better than reading a great book! And that's sharing it with others.

So here's a novel idea! Get your book-loving friends together, and throw a book club party!

The Menu
A little food and wine set the right tone for the evening. Sometimes the book's theme or the era or setting in which the action takes place can help determine the menu. In general, appetizers and small-bite foods are good choices for a book club party. Just a quick bite before diving back into the scintillating conversation. Since book pages and greasy fingers don't go so well together, we've left the bacon-wrapped cocktail weiners for next time.

Appetizer Recipes:

Baked Brie in Puff Pastry

Photo by Courtney

Deciding to serve cheese and wine for a book club party is an easy call. Here's some quick advice to help you select cheeses and wines that play exceptionally well together.

Wine and Cheese:

Party Tips and Ideas
Keep things comfortable and relaxed. Allow some time for mingling, eating, and drinking before discussing the book. A little wine is always good to get the conversation rolling.

Every book club member should have a chance to pick a book, and the parties should rotate between hosts. Whoever picks the book is the host. Or if you prefer, the group can decide up front which books to read and then create a schedule.

If you're the host, have a few questions in mind to stimulate conversation. Most likely the conversation will build from there. But in case there's some dead air, it pays to be ready. Researching book reviews online can give you ideas about questions to ask.

It's always nice to have some music playing quietly in the background. For a book club, you don't want the music to compete with the conversation. Try a little classical or some low-key jazz.

Decorate your place based on the theme of the book you're reading. If it's a fun summer read, throw a beach party. If you're reading a book set in the 20s, go with a flapper theme, and serve cocktails. A futuristic novel? Create an otherworldly atmosphere. Reading Mark Twain? Stick a big puffy mustache to your lip, and dress up like the author.


"I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book." --Groucho Marx


"My test of a good novel is dreading to begin the last chapter." --Thomas Helm


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  • The Grapes of Wrath
  • Atonement
  • Sense and Sensibility
  • Cold Mountain
  • East of Eden
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Gone with the Wind
  • The Right Stuff
  • All the President's Men
  • In Cold Blood
  • A Room with a View

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