Ladies Book Club Party: How to Make It a Bestseller!

Ladies Book Club Party from Invitations to Food

Are you part of a Ladies Book Club? Then you know that sharing a great book together is certainly reason to party! Or if you’re just starting a booklovers club, a nice intimate soiree would be an ideal way to get everyone warmed up. It need not be such a fancy affair. Simple party decor would be fine – inspired, of course, by the wide, wonderful world of books! A light menu of finger foods, sweets, and refreshing drinks. And as keepsakes for the ladies, book-themed favors to take home. Come see our inspiration and ideas for all these! (*this post contains affiliate links)

Book-themed Decor Ideas: Easy & Elegant!

From our own styled sets, we’re delighted to share with you doable decorating options – using book-themed centerpieces or vignettes as the focal point.

Nautical book-themed centerpieces

For a book club gathering centered on a nautical classic, you could create a charming vignette for the welcome table. Simply arrange 2 or 3 books – like Jack London’s The Sea Wolf, Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, and Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea – in a casual grouping on a tray or box of sand. Add a mini treasure chest, a conch shell, a fishing net draped from a wooden post, and you’re done!

elegant vintage-themed centerpiece

For a chic, contemporary soiree in celebration of books, you could assemble a stack of favorite titles for each guest table. Then, transform each grouping into an elegant vintage-themed centerpiece by artfully placing a strand of faux pearls, a tea light votive, and bunches of paper flowers.

genteel book-themed tea party!

If your ladies book club party will focus on works by English authors, why not host it in a garden setting perfect for a genteel book-themed tea party! Create a display of vintage hardbound volumes of works by authors like Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, and Charles Dickens laid out on vintage floral-print handkerchiefs. Then, for a finishing touch, add hand-tied nosegays of dainty fresh flowers and serve tea in fine china cups.

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Food, Dessert, and Drinks to Serve at a Ladies Book Club Party

Make the occasion even more special with a light and healthy menu the ladies will enjoy. From salad, soup, and finger foods, to dainty sweet treats and ice-cold tea!

Food, Dessert, and Drinks to Serve at a Ladies Book Club Party

Start with an antipasto (1) that’s a flavor medley of artichoke hearts, pepperoni slices, cherry tomatoes, black olives, pepperoncini peppers, and Mozzarella cheese. Then, move on to Chilled Lemon Basil Avocado Soup (2) served in colorful mini bowls.

For easy pop-in-your-mouth goodness, serve Skinny Veggie-Ranch Turkey Wraps (3) and Spicy Shrimp Lettuce Wraps with California Avocados (4) as main dishes. And for pretty fruit-based desserts, prepare single-serve Classic Lemon Bars (5) Mango Cheesecake Parfaits (6). Yum!

serve cold tea to guests

Finally, for sips between chewing and book reviewing, you can’t go wrong with tall, frosty glasses of iced tea (7)!

Sources: 1 – Kraft Recipes / 2 – Soup Addict / 3 – Betty Crocker / 4 – California Avocado.com / 6 – Kraft Recipes / 5 – Live Well Bake Often / 7 – Bellenza

Favor Ideas for Book-loving Ladies

To keep everyone looking forward to the next book club party, send guests off with fun and practical gift items and favors like these we found.

Favor Ideas for Book-loving Ladies

1 – Silk floral sachets that you can fill with candy hearts – for ladies who just love books!

2 – Rhinestone place card holders that can mark each guest’s place at the party, then be used as a charming memo holder afterwards

3 – Hand-painted pouches that can hold packs of flower seeds for a garden gathering or 2 to 3 tea bags for a tea party

4 – Book tote bag (*affiliate link from Zazzle)

5 – Motivational throw pillow cover (“Happiness is a Cup of Coffee & a Good Book,” 18 x 18) (*affiliate link from Amazon)

6 – Gold sparkle “Just One More Chapter” coffee mug (*affiliate link from Zazzle)

7 – William Morris floral art nouveau bookmarks (*affiliate link from Zazzle)

8 – Rose gold feather design bookmark (*affiliate link from Amazon)

9 – White clip-on LED book light (*affiliate link from Amazon)

Unique Book Club Party Invitations

Oh, and how to get the word out about this event? In good, nerd-like fashion, send out actual book club party invites!

ladies book club invitations

1 – Customizable “stack of books” invitation (*affiliate link from Zazzle)

2 – Book club reminder postcard (*affiliate link from Zazzle)

3 – Bookmark book club invitation (*affiliate link from Zazzle)

4 – Book club gathering invitation (*affiliate link from Zazzle)

5 – Hipster glasses book club invitation (*affiliate link from Purple Trail)

6 – Jane Austen tea party invitation postcard (*affiliate link from Zazzle)

7 – Chalkboard with apple book club invitation (*affiliate link from Purple Trail)

Quick! Gather those gals who are as crazy about books as you are, and use your book club meetings as an excuse to have a party!

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