Maybe you’ve recently joined a book club and it’s finally your turn to host a meeting, or maybe you’re an experienced book club-er but want to learn some new ways to spice up a meeting. Either way, you’re in the right place. Today we’ll explore the top 5 ways you can make your book club meeting more memorable and special.
AFTERNOON TEA SET
Nothing pairs better with a good book and conversation than afternoon tea. To make a lasting impression on your fellow members, why not invest in that gorgeous afternoon tea set you’ve been eyeing. A tea set complete with all the essentials: a teapot, cup and saucer, sugar and creamer pitchers, tea spoons, and dessert plates. You can choose between various designs and opt for something more classical like fine china with flower patterns with gold embroidery or go the opposite direction with a more modern and contemporary crystal clear glass set.
THE ULTIMATE FINGER FOODS
You can’t have afternoon tea without finger foods. What are the perfect small bites for you to snack on while sharing ideas and insights on an amazing book. The perfect finger foods will not only have everyone’s mouth watering but also get their creative juices flowing and are likely to induce the most interesting and thought-provoking discussions.
You can never go wrong with cucumber sandwiches. Give yours the perfect extra something by adding in some dill and chives to the cream cheese, you’re book club members are sure to love it. Cucumber sandwiches are one of the most basic, simple, yet always loved afternoon tea snacks because of their cute appearance and amazing taste!
Another must-have is macaroons! These require a little more skill to make, so if you’re not experienced in the kitchen you can easily choose to go out to your local bakery and pick up a fresh batch before the book club meeting. I don’t think I’ve ever met someone who doesn’t like macaroons, they are sweet and crunchy when well prepared. It will be a perfect finishing touch near the end of your book club. Be the perfect host and even prepare a few extra macaroons in a gift bag for members to take home!
You might be surprised to see aromatherapy on this list, however, smell is one of our most sensitive senses and it would be impossible to have a successful book club meeting if your house smelled sour or musty. We recommend you light a few candles before your members arrive. Or you can try incense, as it is the new and trendy alternative to candles. Purchasing a unique and beautiful incense holder is also bound to get you extra attention.
Of course, the book and your member’s in-depth discussion are the main focus of the book club’s meetings, however, as a host, it is your responsibility to create the perfect ambiance to make such discussions flow and flourish.