Havana Lost Book Club

Last year my husband and I visited Cuba, a life long goal that I finally was able to realize. This visit surpassed my expectations but did not quell my Cuba obsession. I still want to learn and read as much as I can about this complex island. I searched for more books on Cuba and was pretty excited to stumble on Libby Fischer Hellman's Havana Lost. I loved it and I really enjoyed that  the ladies in book club were more than willing to read it for our March meeting.

havana lost re 0Today was our Havana Lost book club and I was very relieved that everyone enjoyed it. Phew! Before everyone arrived I was able to find a list of questions on the book written by the author herself. You can read them by clicking here.

I also set the table before everyone came. I had made the table topper for when I had the Dreaming in Cuban book club and luckily I had hung onto it. Many times I like to buy a fun fabric, hem it on all sides and use it on top of a tablecloth.

If you look at the table, you can see I did that here. I have a full set of blue Fiesta Ware but salad plates in all sorts of colors. I placed different colored cloth napkins on top of the plate and the colorful plates on top of there. Ta da!  A colorful table!Havana Lost re 1

I ordered all the food from Peapod and some tulips. Now I know tulips are not Cuban but they are my favorite flower. I used a pitcher as a vase and leaned the pretend Cuban license plates against it. I also had tiny cars on the table. The old cars were one of the best parts of visiting Cuba. I even have a gallery of them!

I try to set the table the night before and also set the island. I have a kitchen island where I put the food we are going to eat.  That way I can be sure to have all the right serving utensils out, etc.

Havana Lost re 2I didn't make dessert but I got to use my favorite cupcake plates and ice cream bowls. I ordered mini cupcakes and coconut ice cream. Everyone loved both. I put them all out on top of a table runner I bought there. You can read about Havana Lost re 4my sewing purchases in this post.

I also put out the tablecloth I purchased with the questions on top. I also just oh so casually put my Cuban photo book there. I noticed no one had seen it so I made them look at it. They accommodated me!

Havana Lost re 6For the lunch we had Cuban sandwiches, tropical fruit, rice, beans and a cucumber salad. These were all items I had eaten in Cuba and people took seconds so I think they were a hit.

We had a great discussion about Cuba, Angola, Miami and Chicago intertwined with the Mafia. We talked about social justice, greed, Castro, Che and all the characters. As always, it was a marvelous afternoon. There was only one problem.

Now I want to go back to Cuba!

Sew happy!

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'15_chicago_fest_AI wrote a post about wanting to make a quilt which reflected my trip to Cuba. You can read it here. The resulting quilt I described in this post and you can see it live and in person this week at the International Quilt Festival in Chicago.

I will be there Thursday afternoon!

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