*Feast of Words: State in your invitation this is a casual, book-themed pot luck and ask guests to bring a beverage and one dish (store-bought or homemade) representational of the geographical location in the story’s setting, for example a book set in Louisiana, could be any foods or beverages specifically made in Louisiana, made from typically Southern recipes, or using Southern ingredients.
Another way is to match a specific food or food category mentioned in the book selection for the night, such as an Apple Pie. Then make your Feast of Words theme be pies, so each guest should bring his or her favorite dessert pie of any flavor.
Make a notation in your invitation that the beverage doesn’t have to match, though you’ll find that people have such fun with this that often they do find refreshments, that fit the book’s story location or theme.
*Book Club Bookworm Cupcakes: Show your fun and playful side by serving my “Bookworm Cupcakes." All you need is a platter of frosted cupcakes (one cupcake for each guest) from a bakery or homemade, and enough Candy Gummy Worms so there is 1 per cupcake. Cupcakes with a light-colored frosting such as vanilla or lemon work best as a background for the colorful Candy Gummy Worms to really stand out.
Candy Gummy Worms are available at supermarkets and candy stores at a nominal cost. Just place, and center a Candy Gummy Worm on the top surface of each cupcake. Presto! There you have it, a fast and easy book lovers’ dessert which guarantees delighted laughter from your guests.
* Alphabet Cookies: Whimsical “Alphabet Cookies” make for another option as an amusing, book-theme dessert. If you want, make them homemade. Or, fast-track it, and make them using store-bought roll-out sugar cookie dough. Either way, you can make Alphabet Cookies using roll-out sugar cookie dough, Alphabet Cookie cutters, frosting and edible decorations.
SET THE SCENE:
* Eat Your Words: Set a table for buffet-style, with stacked plates, napkins, cutlery and glasses. Decorate it with any or all of the items below.
* Faux Library: Stack a few hardcover books (with the spines facing outwards so guests can see them) in short stacks, on the table. When guests arrive they can place food platters on these sturdy stacks.
*Bookends Do Double-Duty: If you already own bookends, place a stack of paper napkins upright between the bookends.
*Fiction Or Non-Fiction: Use ‘props’ from around your home that are actually in the book’s story as decorative accents for the table. For example, if the book selection is a mystery, maybe there is a clue in the book that can be a decorative prop for your event often there is more than one.
* Words To Live By: DIY Book Quotation Frame to decorate your table. Using your computer printer, print a few thought-provoking quotations from the book selection for the night, or quotations about books in general (both are easy and fast searches on a computer).