4 August 2012

Book swap party

The other night I hosted a book swap party, which also kicked off the book club I've been meaning to start.

Because it was such short notice only a few people were able to come but we had a good time anyway. We each brought books that we no longer wanted and took some that we did, and the rest of the books were put into a box which will come out each month at our book club meetings. I'm looking forward to it; it will be nice to hear others' thoughts on the books we choose, meet new people as friends are invited, and swap books.

I kept the evening very low key but couldn't resist a few quick and simple crafts to spice things up. Here is how I laid out the book swap table. I staggered the coffee table and another table:

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My black backdrop made a good tablecloth and I added some book page bunting. Adult books went on the top table and kids' chapter books went on the bottom one.

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I added some book page bunting to the Expedit, and laid out a couple of altered books that Ruth had lent.

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I made a woven mat for the tray that the glasses and juice went on.

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Naturally, I had to do cupcakes but I kept it simple with little flags.

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I had fun weaving a table runner - here is the table before the guests brought plates of nibbles.

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The best part is I can reuse everything for each book club meeting :)


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4 comments:

  1. I'm so excited you are posting your latest reads & starting a book club. It really is a good way to make more friends. From reading your post a while ago it will be interesting for you to have to read to the end of books that you not so keen on if you normally leave them after a few chapters if your not enjoying them.
    Happy reading!
    Frances

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    1. I used to belong to a book club and definitely read a few books where I wondered if I'd still be reading them if they weren't a book club book - but ended up really enjoying them.

      I also put aside one that I just could NOT get into and couldn't be bothered reading, even though it was a book club book.

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  2. you are so creative! i was just looking to see where you live, thinking i could give you a box load of books. but - i live in the united states, so i guess that isn't going to happen. oh well - have fun with your book swap meets - sounds fun!

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  3. Great creative ideas and it's a bonus that you can reuse them.

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