Calling All Literary Ladies - Inexpensive Book Meet Ups + GIVEAWAY

Today we have a great guest post and giveaway by Nancy, a party-planner, blogger, and mother who regularly contributes to Purple Trail! She has some great ideas for hosting an inexpensive book club. Obviously, this is right up my alley. Book club, anyone?  ---

Oh book club. There’s a little bit of a love hate relationship going on. The fine line of attending merely for the socializing and the actual discussion of the book (for those that read it) can be a frustrating one. For the purists, they just want to discuss the book, for the fair weather readers, they want more time to eat, drink and be merry. Ultimately, it’s about gathering with people who love everything about the good, bad and ugliness of literature. One thing is for sure, there is no need to make book club meet ups expensive! You can do it on the cheap and have a fantastic gathering to appease all types of book club members. Invitations. Email is ok but a real invitation is better. This is a time when we get to gather and geek out over what we love so making it a little special is worth it. You can send print or online book club invitations for very little. These adorable book club invitations can be as inexpensive as $0.96 per card.

Book Club Invite Scheduling. Don’t host one each month. None of us who have full-time jobs, kids, pets, families etc. have time to meet every month. Go for every six weeks, every other month or even quarterly. If you make it realistic for the group more people will likely carve out time to read the book.

Venue. There are great inexpensive options out there!

  • Library- You can reserve the community room at your local library. It’s free!
  • Home – It’s easy to rotate homes with group members. Also, making it a potluck takes the pressure off the host. Keep the menu super simple and plan meeting times in between meal times.
  • Coffee Shop- Choose your favorite coffee shop to meet up at. It’s free but the downside is it can be very loud and busy. Try to schedule and off-peak meet up time.
  • Wine Bar – For those of you who like to sip some vino while discussing literature, this is a great option. Depending on the size of the group you can all go in a bottle or two to make it more affordable.
  • Park- A free venue that only works if the weather cooperates. Many parks will let you reserve shelters to host your event.
  • Church- If your congregation will allow you to use a meeting room, this is a great place to gather with a cup of tea or coffee for some riveting discussion.

Other ways to save:

  • Pitch in 5 dollars each meeting to spend on food and drink.
  • Meet virtually with Skype – that way there’s no excuse for missing a meet up.

Whatever way you decided to host your book club it doesn’t have to be costly. Good friends, a comfy location and a discussion worthy book are all you need. Happy reading!

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Nancy Arnold is a Seattle area party planning blogger, lover of book club, happy mother, and regular contributor to