The decor also needed to tie things together. We picked up a large hardcover book from a thrift store that was loaded with weathered pages. We ripped out the pages individually (my wife may have shed a tear) and used them to create several decorative elements - a "Happy Birthday" marquee, a sash of book "leaves," paper flowers, and more. Favorite books from our bookshelf also served as risers for serving platters and trays. We then took out some of our favorite word games such as Scrabble and Boggle, and scattered letters across the table spread. Finally, menu cards of each item were printed — with a picture of the book or author that inspired the fare along with a quote or description.
Everything came together beautifully, tasted great, and made for a fun whimsical night with friends that we won't forget. Recipes from the food that made this party a success are listed below.
- Pizza Napoletana (Eat, Pray, Love)
- Fried Green Tomatoes (Fried Green Tomatoes)
- French Bread (Les Miserables)
- Turkish Delights (The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe)
- Marmalade Sandwiches (Paddington Bear)
- "Eat Me" Cakes (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland)
- Plum Cake (Through the Looking Glass)
- Mint Julep (William Faulkner)
- Papa Doble (Earnest Hemingway)
- The Vesper (Casino Royale)