Host a Book Club Recipe Party

Painted trays
If you're like us, any excuse to celebrate with friends is a good one. Our new favorite party idea? Swap (and snack on) recipes from your favorite cookbook for a satiating spin on traditional book club meetings.

Trade Cookbooks and Recipes

Cookbooks make fun book club fodder. Invite your friends to share their favorite cookbook and recipe at your next meeting. Desserts and finger foods are easiest to swap.

Salted Dark Chocolate Tart with Pistachios

We couldn't help making this luscious tart for the book club party. The creamy Chambord-infused filling is surrounded by a rich cocoa crust and dusted with sea salt and pistachios.

Editor's Tip: Library checkout cards make cute recipe cards. You can find them online.

Orange Chocolate Truffles

These luscious five-ingredient truffles combine dark chocolate and fresh orange zest for truly irresistible results. To save stress on party day, you can make the truffles up to a week in advance.

Create a Second Party Station

Keep guests mingling with a stash of snacks and drinks on your bar cart or side table. Let guests mix their own drinks, or have a batch of house cocktails prepped before the party.

Make Dyed Wreaths

Wreaths made of book pages make clever and pretty party decorations. First dye the pages, then twist, fold, and arrange them into wreaths.

Make Bookmark Party Favors

A laminated bookmark is the ideal party favor for your fellow cooks. Use our pattern to make these sweet kitchen utensil-shape markers.

Set a Colorful Table

Use a mixture of servingware, patterned linens, and colorful books to create a tablescape worthy of an eccentric author.

Editor's Tip: Tell guests to bring their recipes ready to serve. Offer to keep the oven warm for hot dishes.

Use Books to Decorate

Stacks of books play to the theme and help you add height on your table. For an easy centerpiece, we chose romantic blooms in pinks and purples.

Roasted Carrot, Hazelnut, and Radicchio Salad with Honey and Orange

Vibrant raddicchio cups set the stage for citrus-laced roasted vegetables and fresh blood orange slices in a restaurant-worthy salad. Save the salad prep for last; it's best when served immediately.

Easy Party Trays

We snagged this simple wooden tray at a crafts store and lined the bottom with vintage cookbook pages. Paint the edge with a bright color for another easy upgrade.

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