Written By Amy
Jen and Kristi
Jen and I are a part of a Supper/Book Club that started a few months ago. If you have had any inkling to gather a group of women around food and a good book, this is for you! Here is how it works:
1.The hostess picks a book for the group to read. She then sends out an Evite (or similar type invitation) to the women with the book name, date and time of the dinner, which will be at her house (usually giving the group 6 weeks to read the book).
2. A few weeks before the designated night, the hostess sends out recipes to the group themed from the book everyone is reading. For example, the first book our group read was Hunger Games, and the hostess found recipes of food eaten in Katniss’s district and the Capitol. The recipes are put on Evite or Lucky Pot Luck, and everyone signs up for the dish they want to bring.
3. As the night arrives, the hostess has time to decorate her house as much or as little as she wants to fit the book theme because she is not cooking anything for that night. Creating table centerpieces is a great way to be creative! (for example, wildflowers for Hunger games). She also types up questions for the book discussion. Her other responsibility is to put together all of the recipes to hand out to the guests at the end of the night, along with a themed gift bag if she wants.
You can be as creative and fun as you want with this!
A few Friday nights ago, my friend Liz and I teamed up to be hostesses. Liz coordinated and planned all the food (because she is a wonderful cook!) and I hosted the night at my house. We did the decorating planning together.
The book we picked was All The Flowers In Shanghai, a historical fiction novel about a young Chinese woman’s journey into adulthood during the 1930’s. So of course, our theme for food and the night was Chinese. Here are some pictures of our night together:
Bamboo, rock and water centerpieces
This is an amazing group of women. Some of us go back several years when we were raising wee ones together in MOPS, others have met over the past few years. We laughed so hard this night, and screamed a little when a spider crawled up my shirt in the middle of our conversation.
Liz, Amy, Emily
Muriel, Stacy, Paula
In the picture above you can see a red Chinese Floating Lantern in a glass bowl. We had several of these with lit candles that were beautiful when the sun went down.
Hilary and Stephanie
At the end of the night, the girls left with a Chinese take-out box filled with a new set of chopsticks, their name tag, and an oragami flower. We made sure they didn’t forget the recipes from the night either.
I encourage you to start a group of your own!