book club themes

Guest Blog: How to Plan a Themed Book Club Discussion

September 12, 2011 at 8:31 am , by

This week’s post comes from Donna Paz Kaufman from Reading Group Choices. Planning a themed book club discussion for your group inspired by the plot, character, setting or style makes for a fun and memorable book discussion guaranteed to bring on the laughter! This month’s LHJ Book Club pick, I Think I Love You, centers around a teenage obsession with 1970’s teen idol, David Cassidy. Here are her expert tips for turning a walk down memory lane into a themed event your club will be talking about for months to come.

Spark Memories of “The Way We Were”
Ask members to bring an old photo of themselves, if they are brave enough! (that’s a 9th grade portrait of me below, circa 1973!), or memorabilia from their own teen idol crush to share in a round-robin reveal.

Serve up the Flavor of the Times
Swedish meatballs, chicken croquettes, meat or cheese fondue, and fruity Sangria are good choices for serving up the flavor of 70′s entertaining.

Set the Mood with Music
Get out your old album collection and disco ball, and boogie to some Classics during pre-discussion social time. (Think Bee Geez, Donna Summer, or The Partridge Family of course.)

Create a Time Capsule with Novelty Items
Set out items that set the stage for reminiscing. Quintessential games from the era like Twister!, a beaded curtain, and bean bags will transport your guests back in time.

Throw Back to Fashions from the Past
Invite members to come dressed in groovy 70’s fashions: Bell bottoms, caftans, knee-high socks, mini dresses, maxis and platform shoes.