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Welcome friends! Today we’re combining two of my loves – books and brunch! Scroll down to see how to host a fun book exchange brunch with a free printable.
If you are new here, thanks so much for popping by! I’m Nicolle, a wife, mom to 2 boys, nurse by day, creator and homebody. I love being home and creating cozy spaces, getting lost in a good book with a cup of coffee and all carbs! If this sounds like you too, stay awhile and let’s become friends! You can follow me on Instagram @ourtiny_nest where I share more book picks and am currently doing a winter reading challenge!
How to host a book exchange brunch
I am happy to be joining some of my lovely friends for their monthly supper club. Thank you to Jen from Midwest Life and Style for inviting me to join this month! Obviously as a big book nerd I had to say yes! If you don’t know Jen, she is a wife, mom of 2, event planner by day and blogger who is from Nebraska. She makes the most delicious recipes, (check out her blueberry sour cream coffee cake, you won’t be sorry) and the most innovative tablescapes! So make sure to follow her!
And if you are coming from my friend Jen at Midwest Life and Style, welcome! I hope you will stick around!
I got the idea for this book exchange brunch from those little public library shares. The path where we go on our walks has one of those free little community libraries where you can take a book and leave a book. So I was inspired to do a brunch with a similar idea and have a book exchange.
Now the concept is, each guest needs to bring a book that they enjoyed to share and exchange with the other guests so be sure to include that in your invite.
I started by creating a table runner out of book pages. This was super simple to do. I had a bunch of used books from old book sales that I had on hand for crafts. If you don’t have a book on hand that you want to use for this purpose, check out your local Dollar Store. They have tons of books!
I ripped out the pages and started gluing them together to make a runner.
Some tips for creating the runner – lay out the pages first in the desired length and width. I did it kind of haphazardly which I think adds a little dramatic effect and no stress about it being perfect. Then glue the pages together and allow to dry.
The place setting
I wanted to keep the place setting simple and all about the books. At each place setting, I included this printout for guests to fill out about their book, why they love it and then put inside the book they were sharing.
I’m sharing my printable below for anyone that wants to do something similar, just click the link.
Click here to download the free printable
The Table Decor
For the table decor I stacked some books that I had. I think hardcover works best and I took the book jackets off to display the original binding. You can also wrap some books in wrapping paper so that it fits your color scheme. I did a little of both.
Then I added mason jars with fresh flowers to give a little pop of color.
In the middle of the table I placed a basket where everyone could place their books and choose which ones they wanted to exchange.
I’ll link some of my pieces that I used to create the tablescape and similar decor below
For the exchange
Have you guests go around the table and choose a book out of the basket that they want to read and guess who the book is from before opening and reading the card aloud. This is also a good way for the other guests to get ideas for books to add to their reading list.
You can check out the whole brunch menu here. It’s a pretty delicious lineup!
And if you’re looking to join a little virtual book club of sorts, check out how to join my Winter Reading Challenge! I’m also sharing some books to kick off 2023!
Now be sure to head over to the ladies at Simply 2 Mom’s, Anne and AnneMarie to see their ideas for creating a tablescape for a book club gathering. I love the color palette they chose, it’s so rich looking with blacks, greens and golds.
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