Book Club Blowout: Big Little Lies
February 1, 2015
Welcome to Book Club Blowout – my new feature where I select a book for your book club along with food, drinks, costumes, games, decorations, music, or whatever I can think of to create a perfect themed event to make your book club just a little extra special. My book club is reading Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty this month so I decided to start with this one.
WARM UP TRIVIA CONTEST
Since the events of the book revolve around what occurred at a Trivia Night at an Australian elementary school, it seems fitting to incorporate a little trivia fun into your gathering. While you chat over appetizers, you can throw out some random trivia questions from the book at your guests. You can make this informal while people are standing over the apps munching, anyone who knows the answer calling out, or you can make it more formal, divide into teams, keep score, and provide the winning team with prizes.
Nearly everyone in attendance at the Trivia Night was dressed as either Elvis Presley or Audrey Hepburn. Why not have your guests dress as one of these infamous people to add to the atmosphere of the party and get people in the mood to discuss the book!
With many of your guests being dressed as Elvis, why not add a little of “The King” to your playlist that is quietly playing in the background. This particular Trivia Night also seems like the type of event where you would hear some jazz music – perfect as background music while discussing the book.
At the trivia night party, all of the guests were drinking “pink fizzy drinks” (like that would ever happen around here). I always love fun cocktails! Here is a recipe from punchbowl for the perfect cocktail for your guests:
- 3 tsp. simple syrup
- 12 fresh mint leaves
- 3 ounces fresh lime juice
- Crushed ice
- 8 ounces vodka
- Cranberry juice
- Champagne or sparkling wine
Muddle syrup, mint and lime together in a shaker. Add ice, vodka, 1/8 cup cranberry juice and shake well. Pour mixture into four champagne glasses, evenly and top off with champagne or wine. Garnish with mint.
One of the hotspots in the novel was the coffee shop that Tom owned. People raved about the coffee, soup, and atmosphere. Soup is an easy food option when having guests over. You can offer different varieties of soup (and accompanying bread and cracker selections) based on how many people are attending. Many can even be made ahead of time and ready to go whenever it is convenient at your event (I so love my crockpot!). You can follow up dinner with some awesome coffee for your guests as well.
Discussion guides are easy to track down these days. Publishers are more than happy to have people select a book as a book club feature, and they make discussion guides readily available to help people out! Click here for the discussion guide for Big Little Lies.
Anything else you would add to make a book club evening even more spectacular? Any suggestions for my new feature to improve it in the future?