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Book Club

I’ve been without Internet since Sunday! {{screaming out of frustration}} So I’m just now getting around to posting about book club I hosted last Saturday. Hopefully you’ll find a fun idea that you can use for your next shindig.

The book I picked was The Host by Stephanie Meyer. I really hesitated picking the book because we already read the Twilight series. Also, I was still mad at her for book #3 which, in my opinion, was a complete re-write of book #1 and should have started at page 520.

However, I really like Sci-Fi and couldn’t resist making my Jane Austen fan club branch out and read something I really enjoy. {{evil laugh}} I was hooked on the first page. It reminded me so much of Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. Fabulous!!

With a new coat of paint, I gussied up the dining room in flowers and fun vases. Wendy and I have been discount shopping during our Girls Camp days to find all the fun finishing touches.

Here’s a closer look.

I found this blog from Today’s Creative Blog and printed out Martha’s template to make flowers for the bottom of my Shirly Temple’s. (a.k.a. Mom-tini’s)

(Aftermath picture – sorry. I realized you would probably want to see what it looks like. But we ate almost all of it. Oops.)

I served this yummy spinach pasta salad I had over at Wendy’s. It’s so easy even I could make it! I substituted the chicken for bagged ready cooked fajita chicken meat, so I could just dump it in. No one got food poisoning and several Book Clubbers asked for the recipe so here it is:

Spinach Pasta Salad

2 bags (10 oz) spinach
1 bunch green onions, sliced
½ C. fresh parsley
6 oz. bag craisins (2/3 C.)
6 oz. honey roasted peanuts
3 cans mandarin oranges, drained
4 C. cooked, cut-up chicken
1 box (12-16 oz) bow tie pasta

1 C. vegetable oil
2/3 C. Teriyaki Sauce
2/3 C. Rice Vinegar (Nakano original seasonal brand)
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper

Prepare dressing ahead of time and refrigerate overnight. Mix all salad ingredients together and add dressing just before serving. This recipe makes a lot. Cut it in half to feed a group of 6-8.

For dessert I made this Oreo & Fudge Ice Cream Cake. Super easy!

As a party favor, I made everyone Glitter Cups!! {{squeal with delight}} I was completely giddy while making them. Chanda had hooked me up with the idea and I was over-the-top excited to make them for everyone. We are all addicted to Sonic drinks so now we can drink them in style.

I got the tutorial from Over The Tipsy Top girls. Those girls are uber fab!

Here are more of their Glitter Cups to get you inspired! Mine didn’t turn out that OTT. I’m a little more structured than that. And I had a terrible time finding everything like the crowns, shoes, etc.

It was such a fun day and I hope my fellow book clubbers felt the love and adoration I have for them. I was more sassy than usual during our conversation but it was all in fun. Gotta keep the converstation mooving and in light hearted fun!

Love you girls!! I think your fabulous and thank you so much for your friendship! {{hugs}}

Update: Ok. Chanda and I did some shopping this week and we ended up finding EVERYTHING at Hobby Lobby in their Princess party isle for cheap! We found the crowns, star wands, even huge diamond rings. We cut up a boa, used several different ribbons, and modged podged black glitter to some cool scrapbooking cardboard chips. Thanks to Chanda’s talent they turned out so OTT, check her blog to see the pictures.

12 thoughts on “Book Club

  1. Thank you Laurie. Everything was fantastic! I can’t wait to make this salad myself, it was soooo yummmmmmy!

  2. oh my gosh…i want to be in YOUR book club!! i love to read!! I loved, loved, loved the host. i actually liked it better than breaking dawn {gasp}. i am so jealous of your glitter cup, someday i will make one of those 😉

  3. Welcome back! Glad things are working again. It was so fun – can’t wait to make that salad for dinner this week.

  4. Just found your blog–and am loving perusing all your fun stuff! The Sonic cups are amazing–no one does ice like Sonic!

    Great posts and love the new dining room!

  5. That is funny you said it reminded you of O.S. Card. I am rereading the Shadow series and I was thinking the same thing!

  6. Your book club looks so fun! It is nice that you put time in for YOU~ Good for you making them read something that you enjoy-Ha! Iget in such a mode of reading certain books. I am a bit shy to try something new.

    How was the start of school for your boys?

  7. i’m making my cups today, and have been stockpiling stuff for them for months since I’ve see them. holy cow FABULOUS! love the ones on Chanda’s blog.

    what a FAB! book club hostess you are!
    i’m doing the glitter cups for my pals that aren’t that OTT crafty for B-days. they all dream of owning one but Lack follow through. Perfect opportunity for a low budget friend with mad skills.

    look at me tooting my own horn. YES. I. AM.

  8. That table looks fabulous! Love the glitter cups, too cute! And I agree with Lindsey, I think I liked “the host” better than “breaking dawn” as well… I was pleasantly surprised.

  9. Okay… Now I really want to be in your book club. I love to read and I love your style! I have the host sitting on my nightstand waiting to be picked up… maybe this weekend!

    Oh and Hobby Lobby… I LOVE. LOVE. LOVE that store… I could be in there for hours!

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