“Based on the book by…” is probably one of the most popular lines that pop up during the opening titles of a movie or a TV show, and it seems that everything is based on a book nowadays – and why shouldn’t it? Books not only increase our intelligence and assist in our learning, but the beautiful thing about books is that they spark our imagination, and take us on a magical journey.
If you’re a little stuck coming up with a theme for your next party, why not turn to some of the wonderful journeys that you have been transported on with the help of a book? As part of my Top 8 series, I am now turning my attention to these beautiful pages to help enlighten you and your guests when putting together your next shindig. Here are some of my favourites:
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Pride and Prejudice
Who hasn’t read Jane Austin’s classic romance novel and gone swooning over Mr. Darcy? This nineteenth century high society, well mannered novel is a wonderful theme if you are fixing to have a kitchen tea, a high tea themed party, a birthday party for your well-to-do friend or a high class event. While you don’t have to go falling in love all over the place at your Pride and Prejudice themed party, you can focus your attention for this party as a snazzy outdoor do complete with beautiful period gowns, cucumber sandwiches and delicious high tea menu selections. If you get bored of that, you could also throw in the “and Zombies” part to make it a little more upbeat (better yet, don’t tell you guests and plan a zombie invasion halfway through your party!).
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The Harry Potter Series
Yes it is an extremely popular film franchise, but before it gained momentum on the big screen, Harry Potter and his wizarding friends were one of the most popular book series in their own right. Wonderfully written by J.K Rowling, readers were transported to a magical land just outside of their own reality and waited expectantly for their drunk owls to deliver their own Hogwarts acceptance letters (It’s the only excuse I can come up with for why I still haven’t received mine!). With hundreds of characters, stories and costumes to choose from (Yes, even the bah humbugest of friends can go as Muggles if they wish!) the Harry Potter book series would make an excellent themed party for your next bash.
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The Skulduggery Pleasant Series
This is one of my favourite book series because it has the same sort of idea that Harry Potter had, just a lot more darker. Written by Derek Landy, this Irish book series follows the adventures of a skeleton detective and his thirteen year old apprentice with magical powers. Infringing on the edge of reality, there are a ton of awesome characters you can go as (Tanith the sword-wielding action hero, Caelan the broody vampire, Fletcher the super simply style but wise-cracking teleport, and even China, the most beautiful librarian in the world) and dark skeleton style decorations means you can reuse your Halloween decorations. If you haven’t yet checked out this series, you need to get on it!
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Classic Fairy Tales
Magical worlds are better than our own, aren’t they? Stories from your childhood, like classic fairy tales of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood and Sleeping Beauty make for an excellent themed party because there are so many elements to each story that you can easily utilise to create a whimsical wonderland for your own children. There are tons of characters to dress up as, and playing princess makes the whole thing just a little bit more special. If you are a fan of the darker Brothers Grimm, you could put a more sinister twist on the childhood classics for the more adult parties.
The Island of Doctor Moreau
H.G. Wells is one of the most amazing storytellers of all time, and his haunting tale of a small island filled with strange and mysterious beasts that have been created by the mystifying Doctor Moreau is one that could set nightmares or wonderlands alight in the form of a party. Get your guests to dress up as half animal hybrids and decorate your party venue with tropical themed decorations – think pots of ferns, pineapples and other island style memorabilia. Set up one area as a labrotory and serve blood red cocktails in syringes on sterile platters, Frankenstein style. It could also make a fabulous theme for a Halloween party if you want to get spooky, but not too dark.
The Great Gatsby
Another classic novel that has been transported into a big blockbuster Hollywood movie, but with roaring 1920’s flapper girl style dresses, glittering headpieces, overflowing bottles of champagne and the greatest party ever thrown WRITTEN into a novel you would be bonkers not to consider it for your next party! The Great Gatsby is super in right now, and the internet is full of inspiration on how to throw a similar soiree – just check out my own posts on the same theme because, hey, a little party never killed nobody! – Break Prohibition and Host a Speakeasy, 1920s Themed Party, A Great Gatsby Party, and Get Your Gatsby On! A Roaring 20’s Dessert Table.
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Look, great books become great movies (and then get re-made several times) so it’s really no surprise to have another movie classic stem from a classic book that would happen to make a great themed party. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a children’s story written by Roald Dahl about a group of children and one parent each visit the elusive Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory and discover an imaginative and creative world within it’s walls. There are so many chocolate and candy style decorations you can use for this kind of party, and quite a few different characters your guests can go as (Willy Wonka or Charlie himself, Verruca, Mike, August or even an Oompa Loompa!) so the possibilities for this party is endless. You can check out some of my previous posts for inspiration at Have A Katy Perry Candyland Party, Candyland Party Invitations, Get Inspiration for A Candy Land Themed Party, my own personal Candy Land Party, and Candyland Cake.
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The Dr. Seuss Collection
Dr. Seuss is probably one of the founders when it comes to magical lands and childhoods was always spent reading into the adventures of the Cat in the Hat, the Fox in Socks, and the Lorax. Because of the whimsical foray of his stories, and the colourful characters and worlds, theming your party after any of the Dr. Seuss books would make for an eventful evening! Check out one of my first ever posts about a Lorax themed party and see for yourself.
Let me know if you have thrown a book themed party and tell me who you went as and what your book your party was based on! Leave your comments in the box below, or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org