Book Club Party

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One of my favorite evenings is Book Club night, but I have to admit, I get anxious when it’s my turn to host. It’s not because of a bad experience or anything; I just want everyone to relax and thoroughly enjoy the evening. I’m always busy and so is everyone I know, so I understand people’s lives are in full swing. At the end of the evening, everyone needs to go home happy and glad they came ( no exceptions).

One evening, while trying to sort through my anxiety, I had a light bulb moment; I realized I needed to call my book club “meeting” what it really is, a party. We’re getting together to enjoy each other’s company and enjoy some friendly banter on the book we’ve all read. We like spending time with like-minded people; it’s a fun night out.

My mood can take me anywhere when I start to plan and when time permits I like to mix things up and get outside the box, but still keep things simple. I studied French for a while, and vacationed there a few times to practice my accent, which FYI, I quickly learned was a lesson in futility.

Anyway, the French are amazing when they entertain- they keep it simple but elegant. Dine with a French family, and you leave feeling special; the food is delicious but simple and the conversation is warm and inviting. It’s my go to model for entertaining.

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Many times, just to time travel back to those happy days, I serve French Macaroons- simple and elegant just like the French, and to die for good!

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Oolaia French Macaroons – from Whole Foods.

I really want my party to feel personal and I love to cook, but suffer from the small kitchen syndrome- it comes from living in NYC . As a compromise and to quiet the niggling voice in my head, I shop for some of the food but always serve a few homemade items. Cookies, Cupcakes, Soup, Appetizers, Mini desserts, Casseroles, Salads- it just depends on the season and my schedule.

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Homemade Bruschetta – So easy and So good!

Have fun at your next Book Club meeting.  We would love to hear all about it.

If you need some help on running a Book Club Meeting- PBR has a whole Book Club section  on our website- it’s really good and has everything you’ll need.

Happy Reading,
Linda

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