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3 Easy Tips – How to Make Book Club Fun

Fun book club ideas! Avoid boring book club meetings. Ideas and decorating tips to transform a dull book club into an exciting and inspired book club party!

Sounds like more fun already, right? Yes!

3 Easy Tips How to Make Book Club Fun

1. What’s In a Name? Everything!

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Fun Book Club Names
  • Is attendance at your book club starting to drop off? Are your book club meetings becoming boring and hum-drum. Well, maybe it’s time to think about a new name for your book club.
  • You may well ask, “What’s in a name?” Everything! So try to come up with a name that sounds fun and exciting! Even a name as simple as “Book Club Party Night!” sounds more exciting than some of the catchy book club names I have seen in the past.
  • You might ask your book club members to throw out some new fun book club name ideas.

Plan Your Fun & Exciting Book Club Party!

  • To plan your new fun and exciting book club party, you must first decide to adopt a new mind set. You must be determined to break the mold and do things differently. You can do it!

2. Let’s talk about your book club meeting venue.

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Fun Book Club Ideas
  • Are you meeting in your home and/or in the homes of the book club members? If yes, then why not try shaking things up a little by taking it to the streets.

 

  • Well not the streets, exactly. But you could consider having some of your book club meetings at various restaurants, a wine bar or during a happy hour. And how about having your next book club meeting at a lovely tea room with Royal High Tea? That would be awesome!

3. Book Club Meeting Decorating Ideas

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Book Club Books

How to Decorate for Your Book Club Party

  • First, look to your club’s book of the month selection for ideas.
  • My most recent book club party book selection was based on a book that took place by the Cornish seaside in England.
    • The main female character loved to collect sea glass down by the water and she lived in a houseboat.
    • The main male character nicknamed his love interest “goose” which was in reference to a particular type of daisy referred to as “little goose.”
    • His father developed and grew new and unique types of flowers, so there was much talk of flowers in the book.
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Book Club Decorations
  • The cover of the book was an illustration of the Cornish seaside.
  • I began to plan my book club decorating ideas around the beautiful color palette of the book cover and other elements presented in the storyline of the book.
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Book Club Decorating with Flowers

Here’s how I decorated this book club party:

  • Covered the tables with Caribbean blue party tablecloths
  • Filled several small flower vases with flowers reminiscent of those mentioned in the book and pictured on the book cover
  • Printed and framed a color photo of the book cover and placed it on the book club meeting table along with a framed color photo of a houseboat that fit the description of the houseboat in the story
  • Placed small sea shells and sea colored glass pieces on the table around the base of each flower vase

My book club members were amazed when they entered the room and saw all the pretty party decorations.

  • We felt immersed in the story.
  • And the decorating details of the book cover, houseboat, flowers, sea glass and sea shells provided beautiful and helpful inspiration for our Book Club Party discussion.
  • So go ahead and do some book club decorating with party decorations that complement the story of your book club book selection.

Bonus Book Club Tip

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Audrey Hepburn Costume
  • How about asking all the book club members to dress up as the characters in the book? For example, if your book of the month is the autobiography of Audrey Hepburn, your book club members could dress up Audrey Hepburn style.
  • Book club costumes! How fun would that be? I think I will try this with my next book club meeting! I can just see my book club members dressing up in Shakespearean costumes like Romeo and Juliet. That would be awesome!

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Classic Horror Movie Theme Halloween Party

Throw a Classic Horror Movie Themed Party. Tips for Adults Horror Party or Halloween Party for Children. Horror Costumes and Horror Party Decorations ideas.

I am award winning party event planner and lover of the classic horror movie genre. So I really enjoy opportunities to plan Halloween parties for Adults and children featuring popular vintage horror movie characters. I decorated my Horror Party as if my guests were attending a classic horror movie at the theater. The scary monsters, vampires and fiends of the old 1930’s black and white horror films include some of the best horror movie characters of all time. And that is a great place to start for planning and throwing a horror movie theme party!

Horror Party

Let’s Get Started Planning Your Horror Party!

In your Horror Party invitations, provide your guests with some costume ideas from the old classic horror movies.

Horror Movie Theme Party

Horror Party Costume Ideas

  • Svengoolie –As the party host it’s cool to dress up as Svengoolie, the Horror Movie TV Host character. Then you can greet your party guests in proper ghoulish style.
  • Dr. Frankenstein
  • Dr. Frankenstein’s Nurse or Laboratory Assistant
  • Igor
  • Bride of Frankenstein Costume
  • Frankenstein Monster
  • Vampire Dracula Costume

Frankenstein Costume

 

 

Dracula Costume

 


  • Mummy
  • Invisible Man
  • Wolf Man – Werewolf
  • Phantom of the Opera
  • Creature of the Black Lagoon
  • Frau Blucher –this horror movie character is from Young Frankenstein. For a Frau Blucher diy costume, dress in German style clothing as an old housemaid. Frau Blucher is not from the classic horror film era, but the character adds fun to the party. Every time someone speaks the name, “Frau Blucher” everyone should make a horse whinny sound.

 

Horror Movie Costumes

 

Movie Theater Horror Party Decorations and Party Props

  • Movie Marquee Add lettering: Now Playing – Title of Horror Film
  • Red tie-back curtains or movie theater red curtain backdrop for entrance to the “movie theater”
  • Movie theater ticket booth – make out of wood or cardboard
  • Movie theater tickets to hand out to guests/visitors
  • Popcorn –Popcorn can be store bought or you can pre-pop it. Then place the popcorn in red and white popcorn paper bags for your Halloween party guests.Theater tickets to hand out to guests/visitors

 

Halloween Party Props

Halloween Party Props Entrance

Place the following items just inside theater curtains as an entrance to your Halloween Horror Party scene:

  • Old Movie Camera/Projector – make out of cardboard and other materials
  • Add an audio recording with the sound of an old vintage movie projector
  • Strobe lights through-out room to mimic old B/W film
  • Movie theater tickets to hand out to guests/visitors
  • Popcorn –Popcorn can be store bought or you can pop it at home, then place the popcorn in red and white popcorn paper bags for your Halloween party guests.Theater tickets to hand out to guests/visitors

Halloween Decorations

Horror Party Decorations

 

 

 

 

 

Horror Party Decorations and Party Props

  • Graveyard Scene:
    • Grave Tombstones
    • Empty grave site, shovel, skeleton or fake Halloween body parts
  • Castle Scene Setter – castle stone wall backdrop to decorate walls
  • Castle Stairway, Window Scene Setter
  • Black Plastic Tablecloth Roll for walls – to help create the black and white horror film scene
  • Black and White Streamers – hang in front of the black plastic tablecloth on walls to add depth to the black and white horror movie scene
  • Closed Coffin with Candelabra on Top
  • Make an open Coffin with body or mummy inside
  • Operating Table for Frankenstein Monster
  • Fake Electrical Equipment Apparatus for Operating Table
  • Attach clear or white light set around fake electrical equipment
  • Place a Frankenstein Monster dummy on the operating table
    • For Frankenstein Monster dummy: use a realistic latex Boris Karloff Frankenstein mask for the head and stuff to hold it’s shape.
    • For the Frankenstein Monster body: stuff a Frankenstein Monster Costume or a black or dark green men’s jacket and a pair of men’s black pants. Add big black boots for the feet and large fake latex hands or large black gloves for the hands.
  • Affix two wide black belts to strap down the the Frankenstein monster to to the table
  • Use Dr. Frankenstein audio, “It’s Alive” audio (26 second audio can be found on Youtube
  • Use lots of Spider Web material through-out you horror movie party scene
  • Halloween Music Playlist for your party guests dancing and listening pleasure

These Halloween Horror Party Plan Ideas and Tips are suggestions for you to get started planning your own Horror Party for Adults or Halloween Party for teens, kids or children. The suggestions above should help get you on the right road to planning your own very special Horror Party according to your own preferences. Good Luck and Happy Party Planning! I hope you throw the best Halloween Horror Party ever!

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