This Top 5 Wednesday was made for me. My two favorite things in life? Reading and planning. Planning trips. Planning parties. Planning what to wear the next day. I love to plan. It was hard narrowing it down to just five, because there are so many amazing books that would make awesome party themes, but finally I narrowed it down to this dream party list.
1. Harry Potter
Type of Event: A Christmas Yule Ball
Dress code: It’s a ball so put on your most magical dress…just make sure to be repping your house colors. Ravenclaw for life!
Decor: Floating candles will light every inch of the room. Snow frosted christmas trees and icicles, since it is the Yule ball. And a hidden golden snitch…first person to find it gets a prize.
Snacks and Refreshments: Butterbeer. Lots and lots of butterbeer.
2. The Great Gatsby
Type of Event: New Years Eve party
Dress code: Your outfit must be 1920’s inspired and the glitzier the better. Think
flappers and mobsters, pearls and tie clips!
Decor: Pearls, feathers, and glitter! Everything gilded in gold. A champagne fountain in one corner and roulette table in the other.
Snacks and Refreshments: A bar serving champagne, old fashions, manhattans, and of course a bit of moonshine to please the bootleggers
3. Water for Elephants
Type of Event: Summer Wedding
Dress code: Vintage cocktail attire. Red lipstick encouraged!
Decor: The reception will take place in a vintage circus tent. The tables will be decorated in deep red and white, with gold accents. The place cards will mimic vintage ticket stubs. The walls will be lined in vintage circus posters. And outside, for photo opportunities, there will be an old-fashioned carousal lit up by fairy lights.
Snacks and Refreshments: Popcorn popped fresh in red and white popcorn machines. Cotton candy being spun near the cake table. And each guest will take home a box of animal crackers as a “thanks for coming!”
4. A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Type of Event: Little girl’s birthday tea party
Dress code: As each girl arrives she will receive her own set of wings to be a fairy for the night
Decor: White linen tables will be set up in the backyard, each set with brightly colored plates, teapots, and teacups. There will be fairy lights laced through every tree and bush, to light up the garden. Flower arrangements on every table.
Snacks and Refreshments: “Fairy Bread.” When I was a kid my mom made “fairy bread” which was just wonder bread with butter and sprinkles. Sounds awful, but we ate it up. Also cake stands piled high with cupcakes, macaroons, and candy.
5. Alice in Wonderland
Type of Event: Bridal Shower Brunch
Dress code: Garden party dresses. Think bright and colorful. Crazy hats and accessories greatly encouraged!
Decor: In the garden, there will be a long table set for brunch. It will be set with mismatched plates and teacups in every print and color. Vintage, eccentric clocks will be used as centerpieces to ensure the white rabbit isn’t late! Off to the side, croquet will be set up with fake flamingos to play with instead of mallets.
Snacks and Refreshments: Teapots filled with, not tea, but champagne and OJ; it’s brunch, so mimosas are required. Tea trays piled high with finger sandwiches, pastries, and brightly colored petit fours.
I could go on all day planning these parties, but these are just a few literary parties that I think would be sure crowd-pleasers. What books do you think would make great party themes? Let me know in the comments below!