How to host a perfect In Cold Blood book club

What is better than reading a great book? I think discussing it with friends moves it up a notch, then add in some food and you've got a good thing going on. If you would like more details I will be happy to provide them as I explain how to host a perfect In Cold Blood book club. The must haves are italicized!


Our book club meets three times a year to read a classic book which we have loosely defined as at least 50 years old and that we want to read!  We've been meeting since October of 2010.

This month we read In Cold Blood. I actually listened to it as I needed something to do while I was recuperatingblood-re-2 from my eye surgery. It was a great read.

After we select a book I read it looking for food references in the book. This one was full of them. It was hard to decide.

While I was pondering the menu, I thought about how to set the table. I also had signed up to do a presentation at my Quilt guild. My presentation was on deconstructing a block so I chose Kansas Star as the majority of the story takes place in Kansas.

I did the presentation and presented at guild. Then I took the blocks and made them into a table runner. I always set the table the night before.


I used my Hadley china as it fit with the farm where the Clutters lived. I got some tulips from Peapod and used napkins I already had. I like setting the table the night before so I can admire it and to notice if I forgot anything; I had, the glasses!blood-re-4

The next decision is what will the menu be? I decide on that a month before and announce it in the Facebook invites I send. As Perry and Dick had spent time in Mexico, I chose to make Mexican food.

I got this great fabric when we stopped at Hancock's of Paducah last month. On the back it has sugar skulls. I made my Mexican Surprise casserole.


I always am happy to accept food from guests. You can see that there were dips, chips and Mexican shrimp cocktails brought by members. Everything was delicious. We had enough left overs for dinner at Emily's house.

We are not one of the wine book clubs, mainly because I am not a big fan. If anyone else wanted to bring it that would be fine. We did have a theme blood-re-6beverage, however. In the book Perry drinks Root beer with aspirin.

My husband got two bags of ice and we had a cooler of root beer but no aspirin! We also had iced coffee as they drank lots of coffee all the time. Add ice water and hot tea and those were the drinks.


And you have to have dessert! In the book, Nancy is known for her cherry pies. I ordered two pies and even paid for them in advance but the order got a bit mixed up. We had Cherry Crumb instead and Very Berry, both of which were scrumptious.

We also had Arroz con Leche that a member made. Delicious and it went with the theme! There is also some chocolate as one friend wasn't able to finish the book. Then you have to bring chocolate!

We had a great time! We talked, we ate, we laughed and then we ate and talked some more. We always have discussion questions. Here is a link to the ones we used. And here is our lively group!


Happy reading and sewing. These are two things that make me Sew happy!

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