The Dos and Don’ts of Picking Book Club Snacks

The Dos and Don’ts of Picking Book Club Snacks

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A book club meeting without snacks is like crackers without cheese: It can be good, but could be a whole lot better. Here at Bookish, we’re big fans of snacking during book club meetings. Not sure where to start? Here are some dos and don’ts of picking book club snacks.


Do reach for finger food

When you’re flipping through a book, the last thing you want is to be juggling silverware at the same time. Keep it simple and opt for foods that don’t require your book club members to hold cutlery. Save your famous spaghetti and meatballs for a dinner party.


Don’t forget napkins

Messes happen. Make it easy for club members to wipe their hands and mouths by providing lots of cocktail napkins. They can also double as coasters or a place to set down your snack while you’re flipping to your favorite passage.


Do consider dietary restrictions

Are there some vegans in your book club? Don’t go all-in on the cheese plate. Does a club member have a severe nut allergy? Go easy on the peanut butter cups. Check with your members to make sure you’ll have snacks everyone can enjoy.


Don’t do it alone

There’s no shame in asking each book club member to bring a favorite dish! It will take some pressure off of the host, and will ensure that there are a wide variety of snacks for everyone to dig into. You can try assigning appetizers and desserts to different people so you don’t end up with five trays of cookies.


Do provide beverages

Whether or not you decide to serve alcohol at your book club meeting, you should make beverages available to your members. Water is a must, but you can branch out if you’d like with sodas, coffee, or juice. Spills happen, so think twice before serving grape juice.


Don’t get distracted

Food is great, but you’ll want to make sure your discussion of the book is still front and center at the meeting. Avoid treats that are too involved and could interrupt your meeting. Save your fondue pot, sushi-rolling kit, and cookie-decorating tools for another occasion.


Do have fun with it

Don’t be afraid to get creative! Consider serving dishes and beverages inspired by the story. You can also designate a theme for your book club meeting’s snacks. For example, we think an all-desserts book club meeting would be pretty sweet!

Elizabeth Rowe
Elizabeth is Bookish's Senior Editor and a graduate of Columbia University's MFA program in Nonfiction Writing. She is based in San Francisco and can frequently be found at Philz with her nose in a book. Her current obsession is the My Struggle series by Karl Ove Knausgaard, and she thoroughly embarrassed herself when she met him shortly after the release of volume four (and she has the photos to prove it).


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