Hello, my fellow book lovers! As a mom and avid reader, I know how much joy can come from sharing our love of books with others. Book clubs are a fantastic way to bond over our shared interests in storytelling, curiosity, and knowledge. However, sometimes these gatherings can feel a bit dull, like another obligation to check off our to-do lists.
That’s why I’m excited to share with you three tips for planning a book club party that will have everyone counting down the days until the next meeting!
Book clubs bring people together over shared interests in storytelling, curiosity, and knowledge. They are a great way to regularly gather your friends and spend quality time together.
However, book clubs that involve simply sitting and chatting feel like classrooms and obligations rather than fun pastimes. Making the discussions and meetings feel more like a party and social event instead of another obligatory to-do gets people more invested and excited. It enhances the experience, allowing you to get the most out of your reading and time together. Here are three tips for planning a book club party to remember that everyone will enjoy, no matter their stance on the reading.
1) Make It an Inclusive Club
Inclusivity opens up different opportunities for more people. It makes sure no one gets left behind, ohana or not. There are many ways to enhance your club’s inclusivity, from opting for books available in different copies—hard copy, audio, translated texts, and electronic—to choosing diverse authors.
Another option is to make your parties multigenerational to expand your age group and make it more convenient for parents. Choose meeting times that are convenient for the majority. Also, cater to different dietary requirements and cultures. An inclusive book club allows you to strengthen relationships with fellow members and offer beneficial experiences to all.
2) Add a Theme to Your Meetings
Themes add a fun twist to any event, challenging people to match certain criteria. They also streamline a lot of decisions, from the clothes you wear and decorations you use to discuss topics and menu items. Implementing a theme to your book club parties adds excitement and makes the occasion feel more social rather than a mirrored classroom environment.
For example, if you’re reading Ernest Hemmingway, host a themed party that relates to the writer in different ways. Serve multiple daiquiri variations—including the Hemmingway special—as thematic beverage options. For books set in certain time periods, host a party theme based on that era. Ask everyone to dress up in 1920s staples for the Great Gatsby. Furthermore, stories that take you to unique locations give you the opportunity to bring that destination to life with thematic decorations. Coordinating themes related to your readings with your party makes the world of your readings feel more immersive, helping people further connect with the text.
3) Offer More Than Just Discussions
Book discussions are the meat of any book club party. However, offering more than just drinks and conversations provides many benefits. Watching film adaptations, playing related board games, and challenging members to write alternative endings allow you to further experience the text, the worlds, and the characters in different ways.
Plan a book club party to remember with these three top tips. Make your club inclusive, implement thematic celebrations, and dive into the worlds of the texts with other immersive experiences. Hosting a book club brings you and others together with shared interests and a dedication to reading. Enhancing that experience allows yous to reap all the benefits a book club and various texts, stories, and novels offer.