For the last couple of books we have read, we have tried to make our gathering themed along with the book, and it really helps make reading the book even more interactive.
Last month we read the book "Finding Alice" by Melody Carlson. The book is kind of a modern version of Alice in Wonderland, so our host dressed up as the Mad Hatter and hosted a tea party, complete with vintage tea cups, and a trifle bar. It was so cute.
This month it was my turn to host, and our book was "Life of Pi" by Yann Martel. (loved this book by the way. read it) The main character is from India and he gets shipwrecked on his way to Canada. So, my inspiration was Pi's Indian heritage, and the fact that he lived on a lifeboat for months.
Had some fruit and cream...mostly just the bananas have anything to do with the book.
And as a little sweet treat: some swedish fish and lifesavers. You know, lifesavers, shipwreck: get it? Oh, and then I saw some random little turtles at the Dollar Store and used those for decorations.