Hour 10 Readathon Mini-Challenge: Plan a Bookish Party!

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Hey, everyone! I’ve participated in the Dewey’s Readathon for a couple of years now, but have never hosted a mini-challenge before — this should be lots of fun! So, put your books aside for a moment, take a few blinks to get your eyes refocused, DRINK SOME WATER BECAUSE I BET YOU’RE NOT DRINKING ENOUGH, and come on in for a party!

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Acid Pops for a Harry Potter Party, by blog.booturtle.com

I love hosting themed parties. Every holiday, birthday, every premiere or finale of a TV show, you can bet I’m putting out a themed spread. One year for my birthday, my friends and I had a Lord of the Rings marathon, where we watched all three extended editions in one (very long) sitting. I had water bottles labeled Ent Draught, toasted naan for Lembas bread, and served a chicken and dumpling stew for dinner, like what I imagined the hobbits might eat along the road! YUM.

Peeta's Stuffed Cheese Buns, for a Hunger Games Party, by yammiesnoshery
Peeta’s Stuffed Cheese Buns, for a Hunger Games Party, by yammiesnoshery

Now, I extend a similar challenge to you. Choose a favorite book and plan a party around it. It doesn’t have to be a book you’ve read in this readathon. Either comment to this post, or make a blog post of your own and leave a link, with your answers to the following questions:

What book is your party themed around?

What food will you serve?

What’s your signature drink?

What games will you play?

What party favors will you send home with your guests?

Mandrake Cakes for a Harry Potter party. Go to this post, everything is AMAZING.
Mandrake Cakes for a Harry Potter party. Go to this post, everything is AMAZING.

For example, if I was to throw a Harry Potter themed party, snacks would include pretzel sticks dipped in chocolate and sprinkles for wands, jelly beans for Bertie Botts, and maybe jello in little plastic cauldrons for Potions experiments gone awry! The signature drink would be Butterbeer, of course, and for games we might try out some Quidditch, or I’d set up an obstacle course based on the Philosopher’s Stone’s protective spells! (I can get so detailed about this, you don’t even want to know — I have planned so many Harry Potter parties in my head.) As for favors, everyone goes home with parchment and quills and stuffed animal owls, so they can keep in touch!

Feel free to add more answers, too, like what the invitations will look like, or what music you’ll put on — if you make a blog post, add pictures of bookish parties!

Whatever you do: Be sure to include your email address in your comment so, if you’re picked as a winner, you can be contacted!

The challenge will go on for three hours, until Hour Thirteen (8pm EST). A winner will be crowned at random, notified by email (so, again, be sure to include it!!), and will be able to choose a prize from the Dewey’s Readathon prize list. Happy party planning!

Here are some more parties, for inspiration!

Hunger Games Party by blog.hwtm.com/
Hunger Games Party by blog.hwtm.com
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43 Ways to Add Literary Charm to Your Wedding by popsugar
40 Popular Children's Book Birthday Parties by tipjunkie
40 Popular Children’s Book Birthday Parties by tipjunkie

UPDATE: THIS CHALLENGE IS NOW OVER (AS OF 8 PM EST). THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED! I WANT TO GO TO EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOUR PARTIES!!!

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63 thoughts on “Hour 10 Readathon Mini-Challenge: Plan a Bookish Party!

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  2. What book is your party themed around?
    The Lord of the Rings trilogy

    What food will you serve?
    Donuts with the One Ring writing around them, matzah dipped in chocolate to represent lembas (dipped in chocolate)

    What’s your signature drink?
    “Ale” aka root beer

    What games will you play?
    Guests split up into teams of Elves, Dwarves, Wizards, Men and Orcs and compete in LOTR trivia

    What party favors will you send home with your guests?
    Arwen Evenstar pendants, rings of power, and elf ear caps to bring out everyone’s inner legolas

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  3. I’d throw a Jane Austen Themed tea party. I’d of course serve tea, as well as petit fours, tea cakes, scones, and tea sandwiches. The games would be cards (Whist), and charades. For favors, everyone would leave with a beautiful flower bouquet.

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  4. I would have an Alice in Wonderland tea party! I’d serve strawberry tarts, Victoria sandwhich cakes, bite size sandwhiches, party rings. Signature drinks would of course be; lots of tea, and maybe cocktails. Games would be Cards, Chess, and maybe a jaborwokey dance off haha. I would send them all home left over pieces of cake, and lots of heart shaped goodies.

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  5. What book is your party themed around? Lumberjanes

    What food will you serve? Smores, chocolate, and cookies! Ripley would approve!

    What’s your signature drink? Any variation of tea!

    What games will you play? Does solving mysteries and fighting mythical creatures count as games?

    What party favors will you send home with your guests? Raccoon skin caps for everyone!! 😀

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  8. anarmchairbythesea

    Love this! I’d have a Night Circus themed party serving popcorn and various sweets (cinder toffee, fudge etc). For games there would have to be a magician and also some kind of maze/treasure hunt, and for favours the most awesome pocket watches I could find.

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  9. What book is your party themed around?
    Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

    What food will you serve?
    An array of mexican food to cater to Cath’s love of Taco Trucks in her hometown! And some energy protein bars to keep everyone going.

    What’s your signature drink?
    Starbucks themed drinks – Levi works in Starbucks and always brings Cath some tasty coffee.

    What games will you play?
    Pin the wand on the wizard/Fangs on the Vampire and some word games like One Sentence Stories because Cath is a writer!

    What party favors will you send home with your guests?
    Their very own wands so they can cast their own magic. Pencils and Pens and NOTEBOOKS GALORE. Maybe a soft toy for a touch of comfort.

    email: nataliekrayworth(@)gmail(.)com

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  10. Irene

    What book is your party themed around?
    Sherlock Holmes
    What food will you serve?
    This one’s tough! I’m not sure, but maybe just sandwiches because they’re easy to eat on the road when going to solve the next mystery! And for snacks there’ll be liqorice pipes – yes, that’s a thing, at least here in Denmark 🙂 Maybe I’d make some violin shaped cookies as well?
    What’s your signature drink?
    Scotch. Since that’s probably not a good idea (not to mention that I despite the taste myself!), I’d go with lemonade instead and just make sure it’s the same color as scotch… 😉
    What games will you play?
    Mind games like solving puzzles and hunting for clues to solve a fake murder or something.
    What party favors will you send home with your guests?
    A magnifying glass of course! And a pen+notebook so they’re able to write down things related to whatever mystery they may come across

    ireneejensen @hotmail.com

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  11. book- Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan
    food- keep it simple with pizza, cake and ice cream but all turned blue by food coloring. appetizers would be some feta and olives for some greek food.
    drink – blue coke
    games – Capture the Flag and a Labyrinth-themed maze
    party favors – Camp Halfblood tshirts and a ballpoint pen

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  12. Book: Phantom Tollbooth
    Food: Chinese to substitute for the multiplication soup from the land of math (never really fills you), later dessert might be cupcakes to frost with letters (“eating your words”)
    Drink: Obviously soda because what kid/grownup doesn’t want something sweet?
    Games: Spelling bee of course, a couple of ‘speeches’ before dessert making, and to concede to mathdom several rounds of figuring for whose king/queen of the kingdom.
    Favors: A toy car and some coins to prep for the next adventure!

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  13. Hmm. this is a nice idea, I just might do it 😀

    What book is your party themed around?
    Winnetou by Karl May

    What food will you serve?
    Everything grilled on fire, no electrical stoves and likes

    What’s your signature drink?
    Water, fresh from a spring, There are some nice and approachable springs not far from where I live. We might camp there.

    What games will you play?
    Bow and arrow targeting? It’s more of a sport then a game, but still..

    What party favors will you send home with your guests?
    Maybe a dreamcatcher or something made out of feathers.

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  14. What book is your party themed around? I’ve always wanted to throw an Alice in Wonderland party!

    What food will you serve? Tea cakes that say Eat Me

    What’s your signature drink? Why tea, of course

    What games will you play? We would have a caucus race and perhaps a chess tournament

    What party favors will you send home with your guests? A pack of cards

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  15. Now, I got a 5,5 year old at home that is VERY interested in Frozen – and since there IS a book about it (well, replay of the movie, but still, it is a picture book!) I would:

    What book is your party themed around?
    Frozen

    What food will you serve?
    “Olaf kits” = marsmallows, minicarrots, pretzelsticks
    Frozen ice = homemade blue melted sugar
    Frozen ice = white/blue jello
    Reindeer food = carrots, cucumbers and other greenies
    Snow = dips
    Snowballs = white buns
    Snowballs = popcorn

    What’s your signature drink?
    A drink called “Ice Bear” for grownups, and exremely syntetic blue water for the kids;p

    What games will you play?
    Put the nose of Olaf
    “Destroy the mean snowman” (tincans + a ball)
    Some kind of scavenger hunt, either with dialog or songs

    What party favors will you send home with your guests?
    A Olaf kit to take home

    trinesoppskrifter@gmail.com

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  16. What book is your party themed around?n
    Dracula

    What food will you serve?
    Red velvet cake and assorted red candy/berries

    What’s your signature drink?
    Bloody Marys

    What games will you play?
    Pin the teeth on the victims neck

    What party favors will you send home with your guests?
    They can leave with their lives… And some plastic fangs. ☺️

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  17. What book is your party themed around?
    Chronicles of Narnia

    What food will you serve?
    Turkish Delight!

    What’s your signature drink?
    Hot chocolate, for those chilly nights of eternal winter before Aslan comes.

    What games will you play?
    A jousting match worth of Prince Caspian

    What party favors will you send home with your guests?
    A toy dragon in honor of Eustace in the Voyage of the Dawn Treader

    avidreader25 [at] gmail.com

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  18. I’d throw a Divergent party, for sure! People would be required to dress according to the faction they feel they belong to, I’d serve food from the different factions (so Amity bread, Dauntless cake et.c.). For drinks I’d serve Erudite soda. We’d play Candor or Dauntless (which is basically a modified version of Truth or Dare, but much more fun). I’d give the guests small bags containing things typical for their factions, so for someone dressed like an Erudite it might contain a pair of glasses, and for someone dressed like a Dauntless it might contain temporary tattoos. 🙂

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  19. Jamie

    Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Party.
    Food would include chocolate mice (chocolate covered cherry for the body, hershey kiss for the face, morsels for the feet and ears, cherry stem for the tail. sprinkles foe eyes, nose and mouth. or etch onto the kiss), A surprise goulash-like dish that I would need to come up with an alien name for. and extra fizzy punch which would be served in a dark bowl with glow sticks in it of various color giving the drink a look of multiple colors. Games would include a random probablility contest and planet creation activities. Everyone would leave with a towel since that is crucial to being a good hitchhiker. 🙂 Also maybe a cake with the words Don’t Panic would be served. Babel fish gummies….hmm would have to come up with other ideas to add to this.
    darjlj75 (at) gmail.com

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  20. I just finished The Dreamers by Gilbert Adair, a book about three students in Paris playing twisted games, watching movies, getting more and more debauched, and finally being drawn into the 1960s student riots. Let’s go with that… 🙂

    I’d serve lots of French baked deliciousness, like baguettes with butter and jam, croissants, pastries and macarons. There’d be lots of coffee and hot chocolate, and fresh fruit, and later on we’d switch to wine and French onion soup with croutons and cheese, with more crusty bread. No games, just relaxation, chatter, gentle music, and enjoying the sunshine and each other’s company. At the end of the night everyone would go home with a little beribboned box of their favourite treat and a mini bottle of wine to continue the party whenever they felt like it.

    Okay, now I want to have a party… SUCH a good challenge! 😀
    My email: emp501@hotmail.co.uk

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  22. One of my favourite graphic novels is Sage by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. For snacks I’d include tree shaped spaceship icing cookies and star shaped cookies, I’d have a cake the colour of their moon and I’d have lots of fruit salads since Marko is a vegetarian.
    As for the signature drink, it’d probably be Viniq galaxy vodka, I’m trying to stay close to the out of space theme as much as possible. Just look how pretty this drink is. Obviously there’ll be non-alcoholic drinks as well.

    As for the games I’d have something inspired by Lying Cat where I list three crazy facts and people try to guess which one is the lie and maybe a slightly crazy game of paintballoon. Paintball is illegal in my country so I’d fill balloons with paint and separate everyone into teams, this is inspired by all the different groups of people hunting Marko and Alana.
    For the party favours, I’d give away harlequin romance books since that’s the inspiration behind Alana’s rebelling and posters with the beautiful artwork by Fiona Staples.

    I loved this challenge, it was so much fun! 🙂
    visabellad(at)gmail.com

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  23. Debbie

    What book is your party themed around?
    Doctor Who (I know … a tv series. But I do own a few of the novelizations so it counts)

    What food will you serve?
    Fish fingers and custard

    What’s your signature drink?
    Sonic Screwdrivers (and Blue Raspberry punch for the non-drinkers)

    What games will you play?
    Pin the Fez on the Doctor
    Time Travel Charades

    What party favors will you send home with your guests?
    Little Stuffed Adipose.

    debbie.chute at gmail dot com

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  24. I would host a Wicked (by Gregory MaGuire) party. The signature drinks would be champaign and cream (like in the book) and tea. I would serve lime cake because it’s green just like Elphaba’s skin. We could play “Guess Who: Wicked Edition” guessing which character we are and from which country of Oz. I would send my guests home with green eye make up and red shoes to represent Elphaba’s skin color and her sister’s ruby slippers.

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  27. mexmayra

    This should be fun
    Book: Clockwork Angel(Infernal Devices Trilogy)
    Food: cupcakes with clocks as icing, geared shaped salad, stele rock candy
    Signatures drink: Wolfsbane martini with dry ice for effect
    Games: Pin the gear on the robot, throwing knives
    Party Favors: Angel necklaces, Stele pens and runic notebooks.

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  29. I did an Alice in Wonderland party once, it was really great. We served finger sandwiches, potato salad, croissants and a lot of cake, tea and coffee. It was like a picnic theme but the names were inspired by the book so we served Queen of Heart raspberry cakes and so on. We played a bookish quiz with questions from the book (and other books as well) and we made a scavenger hunt with questions and funny facts about Lewis Carrol and the books about Alice. The guests did get a lot of books with them when they went home, including some Alice in Wonderland merchandises, small “drink me” bottles and jewelry.

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  32. What book is your party themed around?

    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is one of my favorite books, so I would love a party centered around this story.

    What food will you serve?

    There’s a lot of food mentioned in the book that I would try to, and have in some cases, recreate. Fricadellan is mentioned and it is a kind of cheaply made meatball that is so good with a ketchup sauce. For dessert, mini apple crumbles for the guests.

    What’s your signature drink?

    A chocolate egg cream. I don’t remember if these are mentioned in this book, or one of the author’s others, but egg creams are to die for and would be a must at this party.

    What games will you play?

    Red Light Green Light, the closest thing I’ve ever played to Statchers, and baseball, which Neely loves to play with his friends.

    What party favors will you send home with your guests?

    A guest would take home a small bag filled with old fashioned candy. Candy bags were mentioned as prizes in the local junk/candy shop, though those bags were always stale. Mine would not be, as I live near a candy shops that stocks items from around the world.

    Email: hermitlibrarian@hotmail.com

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  33. What book is your party themed around?
    Swamplandia!

    What food will you serve?
    Oh god, what do people eat in swamps/Florida? Um bbq alligator.

    What’s your signature drink?
    Lemonade

    What games will you play?
    Alligator wrestling, for sure! And other perhaps safer pool games.

    What party favors will you send home with your guests?
    Touristy souvenirs from Swamplandia! Maybe a tshirt or a keychain. And some swamp water.

    Thanks for hosting this! My email is spectralcountry [at] gmail [dot] com

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  34. Sadaf Hassan

    1. What book is your party themed around?

    A Song of Ice and Fire series by George RR Martin

    2. What food will you serve?

    DRAGON EGGS! Haha!
    My menu for the party of thrones would be blackened artichokes dumplings for starters, roasted mallard with marmalade sauce for the main course (got to keep it grand!) and definitely lemon cake for dessert! 😀

    3. What’s your signature drink?

    Red wine or a custom cocktail like the iron throne spiked punch!

    4. What games will you play?

    Strategic board games like Risk and Diplomacy would perfectly suit the theme.

    5. What party favors will you send home with your guests?

    I can give my guests dragon eggs (sshh just don’t tell anyone I’ve got real dragons!)
    Okay maybe not the real ones, but miniature dragon eggs would make great party favors and will look pretty on everyone’s bookshelves 🙂

    And don’t worry, I will make sure there are no causalities in this party 🙂

    email: ask.for.sadaf@gmail.com

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  35. What book is your party themed around?
    Nancy Drew

    What food will you serve?
    Mystery flavored candies, unlabeled jelly beans, and who-donuts

    What’s your signature drink?
    Mystery Martinis (and Mocktails for the <21s)

    What games will you play?
    Clue, of course! (And maybe some Her Interactive games thrown in)

    What party favors will you send home with your guests?
    A handy dandy notebook and a magnifying glass

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  36. I love this challenge!

    What book is your party themed around? “A study in scarlet” by Arthur Conan Doyle

    What food will you serve? Cottage Pies

    What’s your signature drink? Beer

    What games will you play? Cluedo (Clue)

    What party favors will you send home with your guests? Magnifying glass

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  37. What book is your party themed around? Book: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    What food will you serve?
    Veruca Salted Caramel Brownies
    Make your Own Candied Sundaes

    What’s your signature drink?
    WIlly Wonka Frappucinos for the adults or Fizzy Lifting drinks for the kids

    What games will you play?
    Candyland, of course!

    What party favors will you send home with your guests?
    Chocolate scented “Gloop”
    Plus a chocolate bar with a golden ticket inside 🙂

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  38. What a fantastic meme! All of your treats mentioned sound delicious. I made vampire bite cookies for when my friends and I finished watching Buffy, but bookish themed parties and treats sounds like even more fun. Happy readathon!

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