Hi there! How are things in your world? I am finding myself torn these days between making time to post ideas here for you or making time to actually DO things to post about! Does that makes sense? Anyway, one thing I always want to make time for is my book club. I have always loved to read and I love that I have found friends who share that love with me. I look forward to our monthly gatherings where we share our opinions about whatever we’ve read, catch up on life, and share a bottle or two of wine as well. 🙂 These are ladies that I love. When it’s my turn to host I want to try to make it special for them.
Last month, I am happy to report, they loved the evening. So, I thought I would share how I whipped it together. It was easy to do, but it does have a special look.
First, I created a table runner perfect for an evening with fellow book lovers. If you have an old book and a bottle of Elmer’s glue, you can throw this together in a matter of minutes. I simply glued as I went along, making sure to turn pages at different angles and give it a layered look.
I also found a tutorial to make flowers out of book pages. So, I took a second book and started cutting petal shapes. To do this, you need about five of five different sizes of petals. You wrap them around a skewer, gluing the bottom as you go. Then, I took each flower stem and poked into florists foam in my large trough. Is that what I should call that?
I love how these flowers are the perfect flower for book club night.
For food that night I decided to put together a charcuterie board. So, the word may sound fancy, but I cannot imagine anything easier to put together. I took two large cutting boards and put them side by side. From there, I built it up using various cheese, grapes, meats, strawberries, and nuts.
Then, I filled in the empty spots with some crackers and pretzels. I prefer to use really basic crackers like water crackers or multi-grain crackers. I don’t want anything to compete with the flavor of cheeses.
To round it all off, I added some fresh bread and some dipping oil along with some sun-dried tomatoes and olives.
For the finishing touches, I added some chocolates and some Pirouette cookies. Between the food and the wine, we had plenty to eat. This really was the perfect dinner because we could eat the small bites as we talked about the book. And bonus points for it being super easy as well.
Maybe this will give you an idea for a very simple way to host an evening with friends. So, do you have any go-to meals that you use if you’re entertaining? I’d love to hear about them…especially if they are easy to put together. I love hearing from each and every one of you in the comments below.
Until next time~