Monday, December 19, 2011

Holiday Book Club Party

With the holidays rapidly approaching, I have read many blog posts on entertaining and various party ideas. It got me thinking that I would love to share the format of a ladies' book club I have been a member of for three years. Depending on the month, this book club can be very book-focused or wine-focused but we always manage to have a great time!

The hostess sends an evite with the new book title about six weeks in advance, allowing enough time for us to purchase and read the book.

Whenever possible, we theme the evening's food around the book time period/location. Otherwise we always have a nice spread and dedicate plenty of time to sampling it! (This was at my friend M's home recently; she always does a wonderful job entertaining.)

Once we've had our share of food, drink and chatter the hostess passes out a quiz on the book and will provide a prize to the winner. The quizzes get detailed and the winner tends to be whomever finished to book last.

Then it's finally time to discuss that month's pick. The hostess will lead a discussion and at the end of the evening, we look for a volunteer to host again in about 6-8 weeks.

I would say considering the fact that this club has now lasted for three years that the format is a success!

At our meeting last week I tried something new with baked brie and was happy with the results. Happy enough to share the recipe with you all. Enjoy!

Kahlua Brie

-1 large wheel brie
-1/4 cup brown sugar
-2.5 TBS Kahlua
-2/3 cup chopped pecans, toasted

Cut a small slit into the brie about 1/4 inch away from the side. Continue cutting in a circle and then cut the top layer (just a smidge) off of the brie. Meanwhile mix the other 3 ingredients in a bowl and then pour onto the cut-out circle. Bake in the oven at 350 for 8-10 minutes.

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