4 Party Ideas that Teenage Bookworms will Love
I hope everyone is enjoying their 2018 so far! As the college process finally wraps up for me, I promise that I will be dedicating more time to this blog. My New Years Resolution this year is to write a weekly blog post. It may not seem like a lot, but when juggling school, college work, and assistant directing a musical, it’s hard to find time to write. But here’s to trying, right?
Anyways… I love throwing parties. I love cooking, and decorating, and entertaining people. Even if it sometimes gets stressful, planning parties is a lot of fun for me! Today I’m going to share with you some of my favorite ideas and let you know which ones are tried and true!
A little disclaimer before we get into the party planning- I’ve found that I can put hours into decorating, coming up with activities, and cooking, but in the end, most parties I’ve thrown always end up with all the guests sitting around a bonfire, just talking. The moral of the story? Your party may not go to plan. Don’t force your guests into activities. Let the party flow and they’ll have fun!
1920’s Paris Party
Ever since the Baz Luhrmann remake of The Great Gatsby, it seems the 1920s have been all the rage and everybody and their uncle has been throwing Gatsby themed weddings, birthday parties, New Year’s parties, etc. I’m here to suggest a little twist on the Fitzgerald theme. Keeping the glitz and glamor in mind, what if you threw a 1920s Paris themed party instead?
A little literary history first: after WWI, Paris became a haven for authors like Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and Stein. Some recommended reading? Try A Moveable Feast by Hemingway and Slyvia Beach and the Lost Generation: A History of Literary Paris in the Twenties and Thirties by Noel Riley Fitch. You could also watch Midnight in Paris by just be aware that Woody Allen directed it.
For this party, you could emulate the feel of a Parisian bistro. If you have outdoor space, try stringing up lights and setting up small bistro-style tables. Serve French pastries like profiteroles or croissants to capture the Parisian feel and serve sparkling grape juice. Place tea lights on the tables in sparkly votives and a couple of vintage items, like birdcages or suitcases (thrift stores are a great place to find these) will help capture Paris. For extra fun, have your guests come dressed like they were going to a Gatsby party!
Jane Austen Tea Party
I think this a great brunch theme or a great sleepover theme if you’re looking to marathon some Jane Austen movies. While living in Jane Austen’s world would probably suck, there’s something about Regency England that makes me swoon. The empire waist dresses! Tea parties! Mr. Darcy! Need I say more?
If you haven’t read any Jane Austen already, I’d suggest starting with Pride and Prejudice. I know it’s the most “mainstream” of Jane Austen’s novels but it’s my favorite and endlessly entertaining. If you want to watch it, I’d suggest the miniseries with Colin Firth and not the movie with Keira Knightley. I love Keira Knightley but the miniseries is so much better (and free to watch with Amazon Prime!).
Since it’s a tea party, you don’t really need that many decorations. A white lacy tablecloth, some pretty teacups and matching plates, and some fresh wildflowers (think Queen Anne’s Lace or Baby’s Breath) would make your table look beautiful. Stock up on some tea (I really like English breakfast tea but I suppose you could choose your favorite, or just have a kettle of hot water and stock up on several kinds of tea for your guests to choose from). For food, you could have any combination of scones, fresh fruit, clotted cream, jam, pound cakes, lemon loaves, tea sandwiches, and if you’re throwing this party in honor of your birthday, you could make a sponge cake.
If your guests are up to it, you could also request that they come in Regency-era costumes!
Check out our Jane Austen Pinterest Board – https://www.pinterest.com/theinkhorn/jane-austen-party/
A Midsummer Night’s Dream Party
I had attempted to have A Midsummer Night’s Dream Party at the end of summer last year, and while it turned into an “end of summer” party, I still think it was a lot of fun. For this party, I used a color scheme of berry, gold, and green and included lots of flowers, fairy lights, greenery, candles, and streamers. To broaden this theme, you could also just do an enchanted forest party.
Of course, you should read A Midsummer Night’s Dream for inspiration and look up production pictures as well!
To create the woodland feel, I placed the main party area under this giant lotus tree I have in my backyard (like a party tree from Lord of the Rings!). Then I weaved fairy lights through the branches and hung streamers from the tree. I placed lanterns and tea lights in votives all around the party area to create an enchanted feel. For food, I focused on using a lot of fresh fruit. I made mini fruit tarts, mini lemon tarts, a sparkling peach lemonade, and black forest cupcakes to go along with the theme. I think the most fun everyone had, though, was roasting marshmallows and making smores at the end of the night!
Check out our Midsummer Night’s Dream Pinterest Board – https://www.pinterest.com/theinkhorn/a-midsummer-nights-dream-party/
Harry Potter Party
Disclaimer: I am famed for my Harry Potter parties. They are the stuff of legends. If you want me to do a series on my Harry Potter parties, let me know! I’ve done a Harry Potter murder mystery party and a scavenger hunt. Both were equally trainwrecks but people keep telling me that they were the most fun parties they’ve ever been too. I’ll take it. Let me know if you want a full series on how to plan a Harry Potter Party. I’m telling you; I am more than knowledgeable.
Definitely, read the books! They are so chockfull of information and inspiration that it’s almost impossible to plan a party without them. I’ve decorated both my house and my backyard as Hogwarts and I think the most important thing is to create separate areas for separate classrooms, i.e. a space for Herbology, Potions, etc. This is also a party that requires endless trips to the thrift store for candleholders, old books, and wizardy-looking knickknacks.
To me, the food is the most exciting part of this party. For drinks, I had Polyjuice Potion (just party punch!), Butterbeer, and pumpkin juice (I liked this, but nobody else did). For dinner, since most teenagers aren’t interested in eating a traditional British dinner, I just ordered pizza and had other snacks like wings and spinach and artichoke dip. For dessert, I went crazy. I made chocolate frogs, licorice wands, cauldron cakes, pumpkin pasties, and more. The desserts are always a hit, so make sure to make a lot!
Check out our Harry Potter Pinterest Board – https://www.pinterest.com/theinkhorn/harry-potter-party/