If you are wanting to start a book club tea party group, read through these pages to easily see the things that need to be done and the questions that need to be discussed with your friends.
Asking who, what, when and where will cover a lot of questions.
Who - First decide who you would like to form a book club with. Friends from work, school, and church are a great place to start. Your club will usually start small and can grow as more friends wish to join.
Once your book club is well established, and most of your kinks worked out, a way to encourage your group to growis to have members bring a guest to a special meeting. Most often one or two will wish to join. Make sure your friends provide an extra copy of the book you are reading to each guest they invite, so they won't feel left out and can join in on the conversation!
What - Decide what to read. Types: classics, best sellers, new releases, or styles: mystery, westerns, true stories, historical novels or biographies.
Generally your friends will have similar likes and dislikes in books, but there will always will be one or two who dislike a book or style of book. This is actually what you want -- if everyone is agreed that they liked the book, it leads to low key, non-involved discussions.
When - Trying to pick a convenient time for everyone can sometimes be a challenge. Sometimes the first day and time selected just won't do and another will have to be chosen. Do not give up! Bumps like this are bound to happen when you first start a book club. Your group will be the better for the challenges. As my Mother always said, 'Challenges build character.' A group with character will stand the test of time.
Where - Discuss among your friends if you want to alternate where you have your meeting or to have one set location. This comes into play more when you wish to have your meetings at a tea shop or a book store. It could also be an issue if one or more of the members have family members or roommates who aren't also members. The location can also be something to be patient with when you start a book club.
Things to Discuss at Your First Meeting
The tea party will naturally fall into place when you start a book club. Refreshments are usually served at book club meetings and some go so far as to have a complete meal (high tea) that is reminiscent of your current book, over which to discuss the book.
Learning all about will happen over time, and is a fun and tasty way of learning how and what to do. A book geared along these lines might be a consideration for your first book to read...(Hint, Hint)