Book Pages Table Runner
Use pages from no-longer-needed paperback books to create a table runner. You can embellished it further by painting the pages with fun-colored craft paints, or hot-gluing on faux petals for a formal teatime party.

It’s time for a gathering of girlfriends who enjoy the simple pleasures of reading a great book and having good conversation. Inspired by the scents and sights of old pages, this erudite event pays homage to the romanticism of the famed French novels of the 19th century and beyond.

Set the tone with an easy-to-create table runner fashioned from the pages of no-longer-needed paperback books. The covers were removed and the books were soaked in a tub filled with coffee until the pages were stained. The books were laid out in the sun to dry, and then the pages were carefully torn out and hot-glued by the corners in random fashion to create the long table runner.

Vintage Books
A simple pairing of vintage books and fresh-cut flowers make for a charming centerpiece.

A lush and breezy bouquet of pink roses and softly muted greenery brightens up the table and adds an almost sculptural beauty. At the end of the party, the hostess will dismantle the flower arrangement and each guest will receive a jar to fill and bring home as a memento of the day.

Literary Soiree Buffet Table
Preparing all of the food ahead of time and setting the table in advance of guests arriving allows plenty of talk time!

The French theme carries through to the food, set out buffet style for guests to serve themselves. French Limoges china with a delicate pattern of roses is party perfect and lends itself to accessorizing with antique glassware, vintage monogrammed napkins and silver flatware.

Croque Madame Sandwich
Made from brioche, Gruyere and ham, and topped with a fried egg, Croque Madame sandwiches are a quintessentially French touch to add to your menu.

For the main course, simple bistro fare includes homemade Croque Madame sandwiches that are filling and easy to make. Pâtisserie including macarons and madeleines have been set out on charming plates atop boxes from trips to an iconic French pastry shop in Paris.