Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Must-Haves For My Bookish Party

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Things I’d Have at My Bookish Party (Choose 10 things: items, accessories, foods, people (real or fictional), decorations, activities, etc. You can also choose a party if you’d like: book launch, book club, book-themed wedding reception/birthday party/bridal or baby shower/Anniversary, book event, etc.).

Wow, this was such a hard topic for me. 1) I’m a major introvert and rarely even attend parties, much less host them, and 2) I tend to like cheesy, dorky things so even if I were to throw a party and people actually showed up, I think they’d probably take a look around and run for the nearest exit.

If I were to throw a bookish party though, it would be a one-time only thing. My introverted little heart couldn’t take the stress of it becoming a regular thing, lol. And because it would be a one-time only event, it would have to include a hodge podge of all of my bookish favorites, the dorkier the better.


10 Must-Haves For My Bookish Party



I would go all Martha Stewart, bookish style, when it came to decorating.  Here are just a couple of decorating ideas I saw while motoring around on Pinterest. Even though the first one is in a child’s room, I love the idea of hanging books overhead as decorations.  It’s budget-friendly too since I already own tons of books, lol.  I also love the whimsical signs on the right.  They reference so many of my favorite books.




Even though my decorations could possibly be considered childish, I promise this would be a party for adults and that there would be plenty of alcohol.  In keeping with my love of all things dorky, I’d definitely give them book-themed names like these.



I would make use of the many book-themed cookbooks out there to put together an assortment of appetizers based on books that hopefully everyone would recognize.  This Happy Potter book is more geared towards kids, but there were also some more “grown up” selections in there.



I’m all about feeding people so I would definitely have a full meal as well, also based on some favorite and/or popular books.  Comfort foods seemed to call to me as I was considering a menu. Perhaps my anxiety kicking up at the thought of having a party, haha!



It might be the lockdown/quarantine talking, but I think bookish board games would be a must-have as well.



And because I clearly haven’t stuffed my party guests enough, we would need bookish themed desserts as well.  Maybe a giant book-themed cake of my favorite books or some bookish themed cookies that are almost too cute to eat.




I keep thinking of The Last Bookstore in L.A. and the circle of books that people pose for pics in.

I think something like that or an arch would be fun for party pics.



I would probably cheat on this one and use movie soundtracks

but I think it would be fun to have playlists based on favorite books playing in the background.



If people have made it this far into my party, I think the least that should happen is they should walk away with some new books.  Book swap!



How fun are these?!



Question:  What would you consider a must-have if you were throwing a bookish party?


48 replies
  1. verushka
    verushka says:

    OHHHHH, Suzanne, your beverages and appetizers are just delish! Like Jennifer said above, can I come to this party too!??!

  2. Angela
    Angela says:

    I would definitely come to your bookish party, I love everything here! From the sign with all the place names, to the book arch, this would be a great party!

  3. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books
    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books says:

    I’m pretty sure you described me to a T up there. Introverted, doesn’t like parties, and surely do not want to host one. At least at someone else’s party I could leave… a party at my house? Could I just go to my room after a while to escape? LOL

    Love the book arch. And Love, Simon had such a great soundtrack.

  4. Dini @ dinipandareads
    Dini @ dinipandareads says:

    Omg YAS! I was thinking about having all of these things at my party too if I had a bookish party. Although I think mine would be less “party” but more like a weekend getaway together with some bookish people, holing away in some cabin when the weather is chilly so we can get toasty warm inside with all these wonderful bookish things! Ah, perfection 🥰 Great post!

  5. Greg
    Greg says:

    I love the idea of bookish decor- honestly this topic is kind of fun because who has bookish parties? I’e never been to one! I do love those wooden bookish signs though- I’ve seen those a few times and I always love the Middle- earth and Narnia ones. 🙂 And food!!!!

    Tequila mockingbird- ha love it!

    Bookish games and playlists are fabulous ideas too.

  6. Kristin (Book Sniffers Anonymous)
    Kristin (Book Sniffers Anonymous) says:

    I love it! I threw a Harry Potter Halloween movie party last year. I made a bunch of English treats along with HP foods like stuffed howler letters, and chocolate frogs. I even did themed potion drinks. It was a TON of work and I was exhausted by the time the party started, but I’m glad I did it.

  7. ShootingStarsMag
    ShootingStarsMag says:

    Aw, these are such fun ideas. I love themed parties – and bookish ones are great. I treat all my friends like fourth graders complete with games and prizes, but they know this now and love it. LOL


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