Book Party Guide

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The party guide helps plan a themed Book event with ideas, tips in the food departments, creative crafts, and clever conversation chats, menus, recipes, cookies, cakes and food labels. Free printable games, puzzles, place name cards and coloring pages.


A music list for a book themed party is fun to create. Music and books go hand in hand much of the time. Just as a book has many layers and developments, so can your music choice! Is there a specific book theme that the party will encompass? If so, tailor songs that fit that particular theme and style. The tunes always should fit the mood of the happening. The music should coordinate with everything including other party supplies.

If it will be a general book themed party, just about any music selection will do. People will be focused on the reads, not the tunes. Being that book clubs and other book get-togethers have a range of different ages, it is important to make sure that the song selections do not offend anyone and appeal to a variety of people.

A good place to start might be the top requested songs. Some of these include Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’, Bon Jovi’s Livin on a Prayer, Outkast Hey Ya! and B52’s Love Shack. There are also the standard songs such as ABBA Dancing Queen, Sister Sledge We Are Family and Pour Some Sugar on me that will work for just about any themed party imaginable. One might even go for book-themed songs like "Everyday I Write the Book!"

A book themed party should be treated like any party – one that is fun, light hearted and uplifting. Keeping the music fresh and entertaining will be well worth the effort in the end. The use of a tablecloth to cover up the table below can be done for cleaning purposes to bringing color to the decor setting. TV is a big part of life today, but unless you plan to gather to watch a specific event like a game, consider keeping the TV turned off to promote conversation. Remember to thank the guests for coming out of their way to be with you on this special day.

Preparing homemade party supplies for a Book Club meeting can be quite enjoyable. Getting ready for the happening will be as much fun as the event. Just read up a little on the finer points of planning! Many book clubs are compiled by groups of friends that get together and read, review and compare books. Most often various party supplies such as handmade signs, banners and balloons are perfect for this event. Homemade party supplies such as individual handmade scrapbooks that compare one Book Club to another are also nice. These homemade party supplies are placed in a variety of locations at Book Club meetings. They are sure to greatly enhance the enjoyment of impressed guests.

In addition to handmade scrapbooks, other homemade party supplies such as homemade candles, photo albums and book reviews are placed strategically around the Book Club room to initiate conversation. Homemade signs and handmade banners are also used to recognize the various books and authors that have been discussed, along with homemade centerpieces. Aside from being eye-catching, these signs are for guests' convenience.

To create a homemade Book Club centerpiece for your table, you will need to take six candles and place in the middle of the table. Then place a book covers around each candle. Once the candles have been covered, strategically place the book covered candles on the table. At this point, the handmade centerpiece will need to be additionally decorated and then placed in a centralized location on the table. Various flowers and other items can be added to give the handmade centerpiece depth and additional flair. Furthermore, this homemade centerpiece will make a great addition to the table as well as add a variety of conversation to the Book Club meeting. Guests will read a lot into your divine efforts!


A book theme cake is all about bringing the pages to life. It is important to make a book cake visually striking to add excitement and interest. Otherwise folks will keep their eyes on their books, ignoring the cake. In this instance, the cake will be the most elaborate of all your party supplies! And, or at least one can hope, the most tasty.

Creating the base of the book cake

Depending on what type of book party is being thrown, multiple levels or single levels will be necessary. For multiple layers of cake, simply bake the layers as rectangles, individually. Stack them upon each other with an icing layer in between to help them stick. Stacking the layers unevenly is best for optimal eye-catching design. After they are stacked ice all layers. You can leave them iced or cover them with fondant. Imagine the delight of guests as they see the cake--of your labors.

Adding color and details

The next step is to add color and details to the book theme cake. Consider the colors that are typical for the book theme you have chosen. Pick characters or notable elements from the book to depict on the cake. This could be something as simple as an apple, sword, heart, etc. Pick something that is related to arts and literature.

Finally, be sure to make sure everything is secure for transport. Sometimes it is best to make removable elements and place them on top of the cake when the cake is stable in its designated place. You don't want to see your hard work go to waste.

The idea of throwing book parties is a relatively new development that has grown out of the incredible popularity of the Harry Potter books. A book party is basically a party thrown by a group of parents or by a bookstore to encourage the kids to get excited about buying and reading a new book that’s coming out, such as one of the Harry Potter books. Usually the kids really like this because it’s new, fun and they get to stay up past midnight waiting for the earliest possible moment when they can pick up their new release.

You can also throw a book party at home and nothing says you guys have to stay up really late to do it. Lots of retailers let their customer’s pre-order books so they can come in on the day of the books’ release and just pick it up instead of waiting in line. When planning your book party ask all the parents who will be attending if they want to pitch in on a pre-order of the book you are waiting on and then on the day of your book party you can just elect one of parents to go to the bookstore to pick up the books for all the kids. In the meantime keep the kids entertained with games, food, and videos.

The key to decorating for a book party is to make use of the related themes. If this party is for a Harry Potter book, just by example, you can easily find lots of Harry Potter themed party supplies. There are paper plates, tablecloths, napkins, and wall murals, wall hangings, and balloons. You can even get props like wands and wizard and witch hats to place around the party area or have the kids dress up in, heck turn it into a costume party by having the kids come as their favourite characters.

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Add an educational twist to any birthday party, holiday celebration, or theme party.  Share the history of the Book theme to the guests.  Play some free printable educational party games.  Shhh don't tell the kids that they are learning!

Although reading is, in itself, a solitary activity, people often enjoy discussing their favorite books and authors with other people. Good books truly do bring people together, it's true. And for decades people have gathered together to celebrate their love for the written word at a Book Party. Every lover of great literature should experience this happening.

For decades book parties were often known as quiet, homebound affairs involving close friends and family members. A scene in “Gone With the Wind” depicts the sedate hostess Melanie Wilkes reading to a small group of female friends as they worked on knitting projects. Traditionally, the Book Party was an intimate event celebrated at home, involving the people most familiar to the host and accented by the serving up of cakes, cookies, muffins, coffee, and great literature. It equalled good reads and good treats served up in a cozy atmosphere.

The character of the Book Party shifted slightly from the ‘60s through the early ‘80s, as many communities featured community book clubs and parties at more public venues, ranging from book stores to restaurants to coffee houses. The Book Party became more of a social event where people could meet, drink coffee and wine, and break bread as they discussed their favorite reads. And instead of just casually discussing these works, the group would set forth a designated set of discussion topics and talking points surrounding the books. Guests were free to discuss any and all aspects of the books.

From the ‘90s through today, book parties have taken on a more universal character, this thanks to the World Wide Web. They have taken on a wonderfully high tech aspect. People from around the world, who may never have met in real life, convene online in chat rooms and Internet groups to discuss their favorite books. A homemaker in the United States could be talking Tolstoy with a doctor in Africa; and teens could be gushing over the Twilight series in different languages, from various parts of the globe.

In this day and age, the Book Party has morphed into a universal festivity, with people around the globe united by their love of the written word. Plan a Book Party today! Get more people to reading and talking about good books. Choose the shape, color and design of the centerpieces to be placed on the tables for beauty and functionality to keep things in place. With a spool of ribbon you can, tie napkins and dinnerware with a bow, make curly streamers, tie ribbon around chairs, add accents to floral arrangements, just go as far as your creativity will take you. Choose the shape, color and design of the centerpieces to be placed on the tables for beauty and functionality to keep things in place. The history of Book has different interpretations by each person, so use your own judgement. Share these facts with friends at a celebration.
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