In one of my all-time favourite movies, Some Like It Hot, Marilyn Monroe’s character says, “A quarter of a century really makes a girl think.” Well, this girl is a quarter of a century as of today and what I am thinking about is parties. Book-themed parties to be exact. I thought I would share with you the books that I think would make FANTASTIC theme parties. Read — I mean — party on!
1. Harry Potter (obviously!): This would be the party of all parties! Fun and wacky food like pumpkin pasties, licorice wands, chocolate frogs… The decorations would be epic. I love the idea of having candles hanging from the ceiling like in the Great Hall. And of course, guests would have to come dressed in the appropriate Hogwarts attire.
2. Anne of Green Gables: Go back to a simpler time at this party. Dresses with puffed sleeves are a must, as is raspberry cordial and ice-cream (homemade if you are really ambitious). What about making this party an outdoor picnic complete with a three-legged race?
3. City of Bones: Dark, gothic décor and spooky treats worthy of Shadowhunters, vampires and werewolves would make this party memorable. You could design runes for each other and draw them on with face-paints. Or go all out and throw a Magnus Bane-style party with funny cocktails/mocktails, outlandish costumes and dark eye make-up.
4. Peter Pan : Mermaids, pirates, fairies… any one of these would make a great party theme, but combine them together and you’ve really got a party to remember.
5. Redwall: Another theme perfect for picnicking—maybe even in an orchard if you can find one. Redwall is all about food so make sure you’ve got lots of deeper’n’ever turnip’n’tater’n’beetroot pie, strawberry fizz, and shrimp’n’hotroot soup (recipes can be found in The Redwall Cookbook). Want to wear costumes? Come as your favourite mouse, squirrel, otter or rabbit!
6. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Toga party anyone? Grab a bed sheet and voila! Instant costume. Or come as a favourite character from Greek mythology, like Medusa or Chiron. Instead of cake, have baklava and whip up some “ambrosia” milkshakes with whatever flavours you love best.
7. The Hunger Games: Go lavish and dress as characters from the Capital or wear the simpler garb of the districts (here are a few costume ideas). Lamb stew and bread are on the menu for this party. And if you have space you could even have an archery competition. (Indoor archery is fun too!)
8. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: Throw a mad tea party! Cups, saucers, flamingoes, crazy misshapen cakes. You could even play a game of croquet (but be careful not to lose your head).
9. The Very Hungry Caterpillar: I have seen SO many cute ideas for Caterpillar-themed party on Pinterest. Lots of fruit and veggies, and caterpillar cupcakes. Plus red and green balloons.
10. Born of Illusion: I haven’t read this one yet but just from reading the back cover I know it would be a helluva theme. 1920s, psychics and magicians. You could hold a séance or turn your house into a speakeasy complete with flappers and gangsters. And the playlist is obvious: jazz, of course!
What would be your ideal book-themed party? Share your ideas in comments.