10.01.2010

Book Exchange Party + Freebie

I've been thinking about this party since last spring.  When my best friend Mac suggested we throw a party together with our other best friend Chelle, I knew this would be the perfect theme.  Chelle is a graphic designer (who I'm trying to convince to open an etsy site) and Mac has great taste in decorating and is the most awesome baker ever - as one guest said when "our powers combine parties happen" - ha ha ha.

The idea of the party is to bring a book to exchange with someone else.  We had the guests fill out this book plate (which we sent with the invite) and place it inside the book that they were giving away.



The book table decor.  Behind the table are garlands strung with book pages and circles of scrapbook paper.
We gave book bags with a book journal and book marks to each guest.  We played a little literature quiz that Chelle created, really cute and surprising how much you forget! For the actual book exchange we had each guest write their name on a piece of paper and then everyone drew another person's name to see whose book you would get.  We had all the guests wrap their books before coming and so we each took turns unwrapping them and seeing what book we received.  That created a lot of conversation and some of the guests left with a list of new books they "needed" to read.

Of course no party is complete with out delicious food:

 I created the food labels from this card catalog generator.

 We did a soup and grilled cheese sandwich buffet.  The grilled cheeses were to die for - parmesan sourdough bread from great harvest yum!  We cooked them on the George Foreman grill which made it super quick and easy!
 Mac made the deserts, pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting - her own recipe! Chocolate cupcakes with gnash centers and cookie dough truffles - heaven.
Water bottles wrapped in paper from a book.

Great party - thanks ladies!

Because we've had a lot of requests Michelle decided to give us a free download of the invite!  Just open it in photoshop and add your text!
Book Check Out-Template                                                                                                   


54 comments:

Kreg and Anna said...

What an great Idea and you girls did a fabulous job of course! I loved the journals and all the labels. Great idea to do soup and sandwishes such a cozy dinner since reading is always cozy!
Such a talented sister I have!

Wright's said...

You always throw such great parties. I love your attention to detail. I especially love your invitations. I'm partied out, but I'm keeping this in mind for someday.
Kalleen

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

what a great job, I love this idea!

Michelle Harden said...

I love that in the picture of the water bottle the page says "Holy Ghost" right for everyone to see. hee hee.
We sure do put on a great party!

Melissa B. said...

Wow! I absolutely LOVE that idea!!
I think I want to have a book exchange party!! Hmm..Yes. yes I will.. thanks for the idea!

Kris Stepney said...

This is an EXCELLENT idea! I'd love to put together a party like this myself.

Christine said...

This is a fantastic idea! - I wanna try this :-) Thanks so much

Apryl said...

what a fabulous idea. I love it. I so want to host a book party myself. I adore the invites and book plates they are fabulous.

Hilary said...

Oh, this is such a wonderful idea. I would love to do something like this for my book group. Can you tell me where you found the book plates for the invitation or is that your own craftiness at work?

Charlotte said...

I just found your blog via Pinterest and I simply LOVE this idea! It's brilliant!

Kristen said...

I just stumbled over this and thought I'd comment since I'm hosting a book exchange party tomorrow. It's for lunch, so I sent out invites asking everyone to attend a Novel Luncheon. :) I designed all the print items, and thought I was all set, but after finding this adorable catalog card generator, I couldn't resist adding some more things just so I could label them...haha. Thanks for the post and great party!!!

The Hansens said...

would you be willing to share the invite template as a free download? We are having a book exchange at our church and I thought this would be a fun way to announce it. Thanks

Noelle said...

Love It!
Nx

anothernicole.com said...

This is such an amazing idea-- so, so awesome--and executed in such a stylish, elegant way. many props! and thanks for the download :) -nicole

Cannwin said...

Soo.. how do I get invited!? ;)

I love this idea!!!!

Wendy said...

I love this idea! So fun. Now I'm inspired to try it myself.

(I came here via a link on Pinterest)

Eliza Jane said...

Omg I love this idea! I've blogged about it, and the post will be published in about a week, at http://www.elizaoverthemoon.blogspot.com

{autie} said...

love it! I totally want to throw one! what a fun and unique idea!

Peppermint_Patt said...

Awesome idea! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I love this idea! I am desperately needing a mom's only night and this is the perfect thing to do! Thanks so much for sharing!

CSD Blog said...

Great idea ladies!!!

Geek+Nerd said...

This is a fabulous party idea - I love it!

*katie said...

Absolutely love this! We'll definitely be doing this for a RS activity! I've spent most of the afternoon re-creating everything in Photoshop. Pretty impressed with myself but more so with you cute girls and your creativity! Thanks for sharing with all of us!

Rikelle said...

Love this party. Everything looks fabulous. You've inspired me, thank you!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

How adorable!! I would love to put on this type of party...I have a few friends that are pretty big readers, so I think it would be enjoyable. Thanks for the idea.

-Lauren

Lorelei said...

What a great idea! I would love to go a party like this. You are so clever!!

Kathy Leerskov said...

Oh Wow! You are so creative and fun. Next time I want an invite ;)

Jenny from Crossing the Bugger-Dixon Line said...

Love this invitation-- can I feature it my blog?

Lexilooo said...

I really adore this idea, and think I need to host my own!

SoSoBella said...

what a great event. love it all!!

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

Absolutely adorable! Thank you for your generosity in sharing this great idea with all of us :-)

JeJeweled said...

Saw this on Pinterest. What an adorable idea! Love it.

Becky @ purposefulhomemaking.com said...

Thanks! We did a book party exchange. I'll be posting it on my blog and linking up to you soon!
Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

I love this idea and am thinking of hosting a party, but I'm curious what you would do if someone received a book they'd already read?

annieforeman said...

Can you put a link for the other items to download (i.e. book plate, Dr. Sueuss quote, etc.)? Love this idea!!! Thanks so much!

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Lesley said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea!!!! Everything you did - the cards, the food, the gift station... everything is so beautiful! Fantastic!

Lesley
http://byporchlight.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

LOVE this cute idea. I am for sure doing this one. One question, does your friend have a copy of the literature quiz she would share? Thank You, gelswood@aol.com

Reverend Mojo Saulnier said...

I know that this is an older blog post, and I hope that you are still monitoring it... but I was really wanting to find out where you got the book plates at, or what card stock did you use to create them. My girlfriend and I want to throw a similar party and she absolutely loves those book plates.

I am referring to the ones that you included with the invitation.

Shaina said...

I love this idea!! We already got some library cards online to make the invites, but where di you get the bookplate cards?

terese said...

I love it. What a great idea! Thanks for showing all of the details.

alybow said...

Thanks you for sharing your invite- It's adorable

Marsha G. Leblanc said...

Great selection! It's hard for me to pick a favorite out of these.

Omaha Public Library said...

Better late than never! Nearly 3 years after this originally posted, a book party is still an awesome idea. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for SHARING your great idea! Some of us aren't great at being creative - so we appreciate your sharing heart!

Amy said...

I LOVE this! Thanks for the post.

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Megan W said...

Is there another way to personalize and print this? I would really like to use this for my party, but I do not have Photoshop.

Thanks!

Jackman Clan said...

Yes, I now use Gimp- it's a free program. It's similar to photoshop. Lots of tutorials on YouTube to help you use it too.

Christian said...

I like your sharing party idea :) It's time to start a exchange party in germany

Katherine Krige said...

Definitely a fabulous idea. I am in a book club where we suggest books, but this might be a fun thing for our end of year planning party. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Book Lovers are we! This is one splendid idea and I cannot wait to host a party. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

HOW DO I GET THE FONT TO MOVE AT AN ANGLE?

Becca McCallum said...

Thank-you so much for the link to that card-catalogue generator! A really great resource.

Kelly Wheatley said...

This is such a cute idea for a party! Would love to share this on our blog, if that is fine with you?

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