November 17, 2012

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Yay!  We finally had another book club get together and I think this one was my favorite by far.  Any excuse to have a legit tea party is always great!

For the evenings ACTIVITIES, I kept things pretty simple-

1.  Thanks to Pinterest those who didn't come wearing TEA TIME HATS made one.  Here's mine...(directions included below)


Wrapping or Butcher Paper (I got some from the $ store)
Embelishments (flowers, ribbon, tissue paper, anything to create some pretty fru-fru)

  • Cut your wrapping/butcher paper into large squares (approx 3'x3')
  • With the paper on your head, have someone tape around the crown of your head (this creates the hat part, keeps the paper on your head, and distinguishes the brim)
  • Trim pointed edges of square to be round if you like (you can start with a round piece, but I found it to be easier to cut a square and then just trim)
  • Tape the brim of the hat up in the front
  • Add embelishments (I used a ribbon to cover the tape around the crown, and made a bow with long tails hanging down in the back, and then added a pretty flower in the front)

2.  We took a short QUIZ to refresh our memory of what happened in the book (we had a longer lapse between reading and actually meeting this time) and for an excuse to give fun little prizes.  

*side note* Prizes included: a small letter writing kit-since the book is written in letter form, a tea cup and saucer candle-reminiscent of our tea time and those had in the book, and a small candle with an artistic interpretation of the eventual relationship development at the end of the book.

3.  As Isola, one of the books characters did, we EXAMINED OUR OWN HEAD BUMPS using this Phrenology map.

4.  Then we discussed the book

As for FOOD-
  • We just had to represent the roasted pig which brought the society to fruition, but lets be real, I wasn't about to get too literal so we had thick deli sliced ham with swiss cheese on entertainers crackers. 
  • I selected some nice assorted berry tea to represent the plentiful berries that were available post war
  • And as for everything else, (Pecan Sandies, Cranberry Shortbread Cookies, and Watercress Mini Sandwiches) they were simply great tea time treats.
  • I did provide a couple alternate beverage options for those who don't fancy tea- Apple Cider, Hot Cocoa, and water infused with lemon and orange slices.

Now the best for last...DECORATIONS-

I must give credit where credit is due, and I couldn't pull this together without great neighbors and a sweet momma.  Most items were gathered from them.  Thank you ladies!

I had to come up with a tea time theme, which seemed easy after reading this selection from the book:
“In every nook, I find little things that tell me about her… shells, bird feathers, dried sea grasses, pebbles, eggshells, and the skeleton of something that might be a bat”
So there you have work was done!


  1. It was a charming tea party, Chandee, and so much fun! :)

    1. Wouldn't have been much fun without such delightful guests...thanks so much for coming!

  2. This comment has been removed by the author.

  3. Thanks for inviting me over afterwards to enjoy a spot of tea and crumpets. I haven't had a good cup of tea in awhile. The tea party was so cutely decorated and the treats were delectable. So fun!