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I haven’t hosted a book club in years, but I really want to start my book club back up again because it was a great excuse to see my friends, eat good food, and talk about interesting, smart things! Plus, it forces me to read more which I definitely need to do. But when I was looking up ideas for hosting book clubs on Pinterest, all the photos were dark, brown, and boring, so I thought I would put together a bright and colorful, Breakfast Book Club. And the first thing you need for a Breakfast Book Club is coffee. Lots of it! So The first thing I put together was my coffee cart with coffee, decaf coffee, different sugars, and Silk Almond Creamers in Vanilla, Caramel, and Hazelnut. I also set up an assortment of fun coffee mugs, stir sticks, and some mints.The next thing that is absolutely necessary for a breakfast book club is the breakfast! So I made my easy Overnight Caramel French Toast made with Silk Almond Creamer in the caramel flavor. Simply whip it up the night before, pop it in the oven before the book club, top it with maple syrup, caramel sauce, walnuts, or strawberries (or both!) and you’re all set! Here’s the full recipe. You’ll need a few ingredients:
- 1 french loaf
- 6-8 eggs
- 2 cups Silk Caramel Creamer
- 1 cup Silk Vanilla Creamer
- 2 Tb sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- dash salt
- Slice your french toast into 1" slices and arrange in your casserole dish which has been prepped with a non-stick spray.
- Next, combine the remaining ingredients into a bowl and whisk to combine.
- Pour cupfuls of the egg mixture on top of the french bread to ensure everything is coated, then cover with aluminum foil and place in the fridge overnight.
- In the morning, preheat your oven to 350 F.
- Remove the aluminum foil and bake the french toast casserole for 40 minutes.
- Top with maple syrup, caramel sauce, walnuts, strawberries, and/or blueberries.
The last thing that is absolutely necessary for a book club is … the book! Since I’m the host, I picked the book and my choice is The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, but I also totally recommend Where Are You, Bernadette? and The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street as both are great for discussion.
Next, decor … I strung watercolor bouncy balls from the ceiling, made a Breakfast Book Club Banner, potato-stamped a kraft paper runner, and potted some succulents in the cans that the fruit cup’s fruit came in.
1. The first rule of book club is … no cell phones. (That is of course after everyone takes photos for IG.) To keep the conversation engaged, ask everyone to put their phones on silent and put them away in a basket if you need to.
2. Alternate hosting duties. Either assign it the month before, or have one person host each month, but everyone brings food/drinks pot luck style. Just don’t always make one person do all the work.
3. Let everyone have a say in picking in the book. If someone doesn’t like the book, odds are they won’t read it and then can’t participate in the discussion.
4. Choose who will pick or come up with the questions for the discussion and have that person print them out and bring to the book club. There’s usually some questions to be found for almost any book somewhere on the Internet.
5. Don’t forget the coffee! There’s a reason why the phrase “But first, coffee” is so popular! And if you’re serving coffee, don’t forget the creamer! Silk Creamers are the perfect everyday creamer for your daily cup of coffee! Silk Creamers are dairy, lactose, gluten, casein, egg, and peanut free with no artificial colors, flavors, cholesterol, or saturated fat. Perk up your cup with the delicious taste of almonds! Check out Silk’s Social Hub for more coffee creamer ideas and let me know in the comments what book you want to read next for Breakfast Book Club!