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24 Readathon Hour 11 Mini Challenge: Plan A Bookish Party

It’s October 22nd. The air is full of the smells of roasting coffee and possibly unshowered readers. Your ears prickle at the scratchy sound of pages turning and the crinkle of snack food wrappers. Twitter feeds are being scrolled through fervently; instagram pictures snapped every new hour; and book after book cries as it’s mercilessly devoured by a hungry Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon participant voraciously gobbling their TBR stack.

That’s right, it’s October 22nd, and that means it’s time for another Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon! I’m running a mini-challenge for this hour: Plan A Bookish Party. I ran this mini-challenge in 2015 on my old blog, and it was a great success. So, let’s get started!

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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!!!