Summer is nearly here, which means the temperatures are getting warmer and the days are getting longer. In other words, conditions are getting better and better for an outdoor book club meeting. Read on for the dos and don’ts of taking your club outside.
Do consider the lighting
If you’re meeting at night, it’s going to be dark. If you’re meeting during the day, the sun’s glare could be substantial. Plan to provide additional light or shade as needed to keep your fellow readers focused on the conversation.
Don’t forget the SPF
Unless you are meeting in the dead of night, consider setting out some sunscreen for your book club members. Sunburn and skin cancer are no joke, and everyone will feel more comfortable getting caught up in the conversation if their skin is protected.
Do provide snacks
The logistics of an outdoor book club meeting may be slightly more complicated, but that’s no excuse to forget about one of the most delightful aspects of book club meetings: snacks! Make sure you pick provisions that are portable and not too perishable.
Don’t forget about potentially unwelcome guests
Sure, you invited your friends to your book club meeting. But be prepared for some uninvited friends to show up, particularly if you’re serving food. Keep an eye out for creepy crawlies, and consider a citronella candle to keep the mosquitos at bay.
Do think about the temperature
Is it a chilly evening? Advise your guests to bring an extra layer, and maybe even provide some blankets. Is it super warm out? Consider setting up in the shade. Being thoughtful about the weather will make everyone more comfortable.
Don’t use breakable dishes
Accidents happen, particularly in the great outdoors. We recommend that you avoid using your most precious and breakable dishes and glassware when hosting an outdoor book club. Opt for durable plastic and enjoy your meeting without worries!
Do make a backup plan
You never know when an unexpected thunderstorm, heat wave, or strong wind will roll through your neighborhood. Have a plan B in mind just in case the weather does something crazy (after all, bookish umbrellas can only help so much). If you’re forced indoors, there’s always next month!
Don’t forget that some locations work better than others
It’s a fact: Some locations can be distracting. You probably won’t want to hold your meeting somewhere loud or super crowded. We recommend trying out backyards, quiet corners of your favorite park, or even restaurants or bars with outdoor patios.