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The Boutiques Novel Gathering for The Weird Sisters

Invitation

Time to set the stage for this book club gathering and what better place to start than with the invitation.  On the sample below, I used an image of The Three Witches from Macbeth. You could use a graphic from As You Like It, King Lear or Othello (the sisters namesake plays).  Consider keeping it simple by using the Bard himself or even the beautiful book jacket. Whichever way you choose to go, the mood has been set.


 

Setting

Hosting this gathering can be done at your local library.  Many have small conference rooms or quiet spaces.  Consider giving your library a call to see if they could accommodate you.  If you are welcoming your guests to your home, there are a few simple tricks to set the mood.  First, books!  Have stacks of books all around your meeting area.
 Open a few up and leave book markers around.  See who will mark and close the book.  There is bound to be a Rose in the bunch.  Again, visit your library and get as many Shakespeare plays and novels that you can.  Have a vase of pansies and a pot of rosemary. Remember this quote from the book,"There's rosemary, that's for remembrance, pray, love, remember: and there is pansies.  That's for thoughts."  

  Although many know the origin and meaning of their name, have a few baby name books handy for your guests to look up others names.  

Have three suitcases by the front entrance to signal the sisters return to their childhood home.  

Consider having a masquerade ball party.  As we know Shakespeare couldn't get enough of the mistaken identity theme.  What a comedy of errors.

Music

Any type of Elizabethan music.  Search your library, itunes and your parents collection.  You may be surprised.

Food

There is no shortage of food in this novel. Cordy's job at The Beanery offers the reader some good eats.  We also learned that dinner at the Andreas house was unreliable.  "If our mother is responsible, dinner is rarely served in our house before nine...."

A simple meal was described on page 33,

"Summer, however, is different, because in the midst of all these farms, there are roadside stands,
fertile with the bounty of the season in Ohio: crisp, sweet Silver Queen corn; perfectly ripe, yielding tomatoes the size of baseballs;
delicately flavoured cucumbers with satisfyingly watery flesh; strawberries, blackberries,
raspberries, peaches - a dizzying array of colors, lush with juice."

Other food suggestions are,

Egg Salad Sandwiches with Dill 

"...The slick crust of the bread against her freshly washed hands as she spread egg sald between the slices,
sneaking in some chopped dill to sharpen the quiet thickness of the eggs and the rich bread."

Chicken Salad on a Croissant

Turkey on Focaccia

Golden Omelet flicked green and white with onions and peppers from the garden

Challah Bread

Pancakes with Blueberries (taken from the neighbors bushes)

Cup of Soup

If you would like your gathering to have a more 'Bard' atmosphere, try serving,

Steak and Kidney Pie

Yorkshire Pudding

English Trifle

Shepherd's Pie

Mincemeat Pie

Shakespeare has made references to food such as,

Roasted Eggs (deviled eggs)

Dates

Quince

Good Bread

Baked Brie with caramelized onions and minced garlic

Of course, plenty of ale and wine.

Try to come up with a special cocktail or dark ale for this gathering.  Shakespeare himself makes several references to food and drink.

"I would give all my fame for a pot of ale."
~Henry V: Act 1, Scene 3

"Why, sir, for my part I say the gentleman had drunk himself out of his five senses.'
~The Merry Wives of Windsor

"Good wine is a good familiar creature, if it be well used."
~Othello


Three Sisters

1 oz Cognac
Dash Grenadine Syrup
1/2 oz Galliano
1 oz Orange Juice
Ice Cubes

Shake all ingredients and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry and sprig of rosemary.

We hope you have a wonderful gathering.

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