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Hosting Book Club Ideas for Your Next Party

Is it your turn to host your book club this month? Wait until you see these ideas for book club parties you should try.

I love getting together with my book club.

It’s a great way to catch up with friends.

My group is a bit more casual than others insofar as we don’t all read the book every month but still attend the parties!

There is usually a book discussion at every gathering, but we make it so that if you didn’t read the book, you can still attend the party.

If it’s your turn to host book club this month and are looking for some fun ideas to decorate, feed and entertain, this post is for you!

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Supper Club

We’ve been having a great time with our supper club and this month we are getting together for a book club brunch.

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How to Host a Book Club Party

Throwing a book club-themed dinner party can be a fun and unique way to celebrate a new book or discuss a recent read with friends.

Here are some steps to help you plan and host a successful book club dinner party:

Choose a Book

The first step is to select a book that everyone in the group is interested in reading and discussing.

Consider choosing a book that has a strong theme or message that can spark interesting conversation.

Whoever is hosting book club gets to pick the book in my group.

Do you have a specific genre of book you enjoy reading?

I love a good page turner where you don’t put the book down until the very end. So suspense is more my speed.

choosing a book for book club from the library shelf with brass pot and ferns

Invite Guests

Once you have chosen a book, invite your guests to the book club dinner party.

Make sure to specify that they should read the book in advance so they can participate in the discussion.

Plan the Menu

Next, think about the food and drinks you will serve at the party.

Consider choosing dishes that are inspired by the book or that fit with its theme.

For example, if the book takes place in a specific country or culture, you could serve dishes from that region.

close up of vintage books

Set the Stage

Create a comfortable and inviting atmosphere for your guests.

Set the table with nice linens and decorate with book-themed accents, such as candles or book-shaped centerpieces.

Start the Discussion

Once everyone has arrived and settled in, begin the book discussion.

You can start by asking questions about the book or asking each person to share their thoughts and reactions.

Be prepared to facilitate the discussion and keep it on track, but also allow for free-flowing conversation.

book club table decor ideas for a party in vintage farmhouse with crystal chandelier, lenox, asparagus fern, kalanchoe plants in dining room

Have Fun

Above all, remember to relax and enjoy the evening with your friends.

A book club brunch or dinner party is a great opportunity to connect with others over a shared love of literature and good food.

vintage wood chess table in the library overlooking the plant room

Setting the Table for Book Club

I had to really think about this one and love how it turned out!

As I’m craving simplicity lately, I decided to go with less is more and add a little bit of color this month.

And this whole table was designed using things I already have on hand. When you collect a few key pieces, it’s easier to pull multiple looks together without a whole lot of work.

Here’s how I made the centerpiece.

The table is set for book club brunch party with asaparagus fern dining table centerpiece and kalanchoe plants with lenox and crystal chandelier in farmhouse

Dining Table Centerpiece for Book Club

Since we’re going to be doing a lot of chatting here, I wanted to keep the centerpiece simple, yet elegant.

I covered the table with a creamy white tablecloth, added a lace runner and my daughter’s Shabby Chic quilt from when they were babies.

It decorated the nursery more than anything, but I kept it all these years and love that soft pretty flower pattern.

To make the centerpiece, I grabbed a few vintage books from the library and stacked some faux kalanchoe houseplants and my Lenox vase with faux asparagus fern foliage.

I created a little height, texture, and dimension by stacking the books at different levels but kept them low enough so we can still chat about the book.

How easy is that!

close up of kalanchoe plants on books on the table

Setting the Table for Book Club

To set the table for book club, I grabbed these scalloped chargers. And then added my dinner and salad Lenox plates with a pretty linen napkin.

Because we enjoy a little cocktail at our book club get-togethers, I set the table with both water and wine lead crystal goblets.

And I love these cute cutlery pouches, don’t you? It’s the perfect way to hold the fork, knife, and spoon for a casual meal.

To add a little more bling to the table, I added my vintage candles sticks with beautiful crystals. And tucked in a few of mini-gold lanterns for fun!

close up of book club party table setting idea with cutlery couture pouches, lenox, lead crystal stemware and asparagus fern centerpiece with vintage candlestick holders
close up of kalanchoe plants and books

And that’s it!

Next up in our supper club is my good friend Michelle from Vintage Home Designs.

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More Book Club Party Ideas

I am super excited to join my friends for book club this month!

Their tables and entertaining ideas are all so unique and look so pretty too.

Click on the blog name on each photo to head over to their posts.

Looking for More Supper Club Ideas?

Our supper club has been so much fun over the last two years.

We’ve covered so many different themes that will have you covered for whatever kind of party you are hosting!

Whether you are in a supper club or just want some dinner party theme inspiration, check out the themes we’ve hosted before.

And click here if you want to learn how to organize and host your own supper club. They are so fun to do and provide a great reason to gather regularly with family and friends.

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  1. Stacy your table is stunning! I too chose to go more simple to keep it about the books. I love how you stacked the books to give some height and those candlesticks are gorgeous!!! Thank you so much for having me this month!

  2. Thanks for sharing so many amazing tips for hosting a book club. I’m one of those that attend our monthly book club but often I don’t read the book. lol! Love that you incorporated your daughters nursery quilt they all used…so special.

  3. Stacy, your table is gorgeous, as always. I love the color combination and that you used things you already had on hand!

  4. Such great ideas and a beautiful table Stacy! I love the kalanchoe plants on the vintage books for your centerpiece.

  5. You look like your book club parties would be amazing Stacy. I love your beautiful table and the library is stunning.

    1. Thank you! I’m glad I finally got a chance to clean that space out. Its something I wanted to do for a while now.