Last weekend I participated in a fun, annual event held by our local library. It’s called a Taste for Books, and the basic premise is that individuals and groups [think book club, small business, church, restaurant, etc.] are invited to sign up to host a food table that is inspired by a book. It can be any book – a childhood favorite, a novel, non-fiction work, you name it. Then, drawing inspiration from their book, the groups decorate their table, make and serve food, and even dress up! Along with the food tables, there was also an auction, live music, and a free bar!
Here’s where I come in: I teamed up with Jessica and Tamara to do a table this year. They did one last year [Alice in Wonderland] and after seeing how much fun it was, I knew I wanted in on the action! We decided on Peter Pan and got to work on the decorations straight away. Jessica and I took on the bulk of the décor, while Tamara was in charge of food [with some assistance from us]. Did I mention we had to make enough “bites” for 250 people?! Yeah, this was no small undertaking.
We worked our hineys off for about a month before the event and even persuaded our significant others to get in on the action – my hubby lent his expert xacto knife skills and Jessica’s beau played the part of Captain Hook. We also conned a fellow co-worker into dressing up like John Darling. I joked that we really ought to win best costumes, seeing how we had a grown man in a night gown...and guess what? We did!
Doesn’t Jessica make an excellent Peter Pan?? Tiger Lily looks pretty good too, if I don’t say so myself! Luckily my mom has years of experience making Halloween costumes for me and my brother, so she was able to whip up my dress in no time. And she made it from an old slip cover, so it was f-r-e-e. Also, in case you didn’t figure it out, Tamara is Wendy, thanks to a goodwill find!
Here’s our table:
I could probably write a novel about each and every aspect of our table [we practically handmade everything!], but I’ll just let the pictures speak for themselves. All in all, this was a super fun event and a great excuse to do tons of crafts and play dress up, too! I can’t wait for next year!
Don't you just love it? I felt like their table was overflowing with goodness. Maps, clocks, shadows, drums, telescopes. They went all out! I feel bad for the children that missed out on this [Kate's future kids have no idea what's coming]! But wouldn't this make an amazing themed birthday party? And I know Kate- she used what she had and thrifted a lot of this stuff.
And can you believe the 'shadows' weren't done with a cricut machine? That's my cousin and his xacto knife skills! If I had to pick a favorite, I would say I adore the fish net and gold coins the most! These kids are totally throwing my future baby showers.
What's your favorite??