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How to Host a Breakfast Book Club

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 smart, interesting 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 along with some tips and tricks on How to Host a Breakfast Book Club!

The first rule of Breakfast Book Club? Coffee. Lots of it! So The first thing I put together was my coffee cart with coffee, decaf coffee, different sugars, and creamers. I also set up an assortment of fun coffee mugs and stir sticks.

The next thing that is absolutely necessary for a breakfast book club is the breakfast! So I made my easy Overnight French Toast. Simply whip it up the night before, keep it in the refrigerator, 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 link to the full recipe.

And 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 was The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street!

But you also need more food! So I did some little fruit cups and some donut/fruit kabobs!

Next, decor … I 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, and found some cute breakfast themed pins. 

And last, but not least, here are my 5 tips on How to Host Breakfast Book Club:

1. While the first rule of book club is coffee, the second rule 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. 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! 

 

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