It’s going to be a quick one from me today, folks, mainly because I’m tired but also because it’s Bout of Books this week and I’d like to dedicate most of my free time to reading for that – I think that’s an acceptable excuse, right? That being said, I had to participate in this week’s Top 5 Wednesday because it’s such a fun topic! For those of you who don’t know Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme/challenge which was created by the wonderful Lainey from gingereadslainey and is now overseen by the equally lovely Sam from Thoughts of Tomes. Every Wednesday, participants devise their Top 5 based on a given topic.
This Wednesday’s topic is Books as Event Themes – it’s party season, whether that is high school prom, weddings, or summer holiday events. What books would make a good party/event theme? I’m definitely not much of one for parties or a party-planner (and I think it shows), but I’ve tried nevertheless because, hey, it’s just a bit of fun after all!
5. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
I thought I’d put this one in first at number 5 because it’s probably the most predictable entry on this list but I couldn’t not suggest a Harry Potter-themed event. Obviously you’d enter the party and be sorted into your house and the tables would be set out like in the Great Hall and the party bags would include a pin of your house (so you could show House Pride) and you could have decorated cupcakes with the Hogwarts logo and all the food would be themed appropriately like butterbeer and pumpkin pasties and so on and so forth… I’m sure I do not need to explain this any further, every HP fan is just nodding along.
4. Norse Mythology/American Gods by Neil Gaiman
This one is
kind of completely cheating. I recently finished American Gods and I can’t get my mind off it, or Gaiman’s more recent foray into specifically Norse mythology retellings. I love how playful Gaiman always is with the legends and myths and weaves them together in fun ways and, to be honest, I’d really like to be at a party with some of those deities. Ok maybe not all of those characters from American Gods but I’d definitely like to hang out with the Norse contingent in a big fancy Asgardian hall – specifically, how much fun would it be to have a beer or two with Odin and Thor? No? Just me? Oh, ok, I’ll just shut up now.
3. Pride and Prejudice/any book by Jane Austen
It’s no surprise that I am a basic white girl, a huge sucker for Pride and Prejudice, and would adore (in theory) an Austen-esque themed wedding. Basically, I just want an excuse to learn how to dance a cotillion or a quadrille and wear those empire-waisted gowns. Plus, who wouldn’t want a wedding at any number of the beautiful houses that have been used on-screen in various Austen adaptations (cough Chatsworth House cough)? I think I have made my point.
2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I don’t know if this is so much an event theme I’d like to see so much as just… an event I’d like to see. So I need to go to the circus, yes, I know. But I need to go to that circus – the circus where everything is a bit magical and mystical and you’re not quite sure what you’re letting yourself in for but you just get swept up in the sights and smells and magic of the night and completely immerse yourself in the performers and their performances. Morgenstern writes so evocatively about Le Cirque des Rêves that it’s nigh-on impossible not to want to experience it yourself once you’ve read about it.
1. A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin
Don’t worry, I am not about to be crazy and suggest you theme your wedding like the Red Wedding or the Purple Wedding! I simply think that, given the amount of houses and loyalties and backstabbing, the whole House setup of Westeros would work really well for tables/groups at a party. So like what I’m imagining is that each table would represent a house (i.e. House Lannister) and they would “play” against other tables to conquer Westeros. Basically think something along the lines of Risk meets Model United Nations… but… Westeros-themed. But no one has to die at the end of it all – huzzah!
And there we have it folks – those were my top 5 books as event themes ideas. Do you agree/disagree with my choices? Which books do you think would make a great party theme? And if you have a Top 5 Wednesday list, be sure to link it below – I’d love to take a look!