Hosting a Book Club Party - Hey Ladies Improv Book Club
Like many ladies, I am part of a book club that is a lot more about drinking wine and enjoying the company of amazing women and less about literature. This fall we chose Hey Ladies to read, which follows a fictitious group of eight 20-and-30-something female friends for one year of holidays, summer house rentals, dates, brunches, breakups, and, of course, the planning of a disastrous wedding. The story is told entirely through emails, texts, DMs, and every other form of communication known to man. . The book had us laughing out loud!
Instead of the typical happy hour I decided to turn our get-together into an epic party by inviting a group of local improvers to put on a performance based on the book.
You could certainly look at renting a local theater for this type of party, but I wanted to save on costs and decided to host it in my backyard. To make the night feel like we were at an outdoor theater I grouped every piece of lawn furniture together that I had around the “stage” which was created by hanging some curtains and stringing up bistro lights. I also purchased a couple uplights from amazon because the performance started after dark. This really helped to set the mood and they were definitely worth $30.
When guests arrived I asked them to fill out a couple questions about what they liked most from the book and which character(s) and/or scenario(s) they related most to. Most of the improv group hadn’t read the book, so in order for them to be able to base the show off of it, they needed some ammo and that really helped. We also played a little game to get everyone laughing and talking about some of the funnier things that happened to the ladies - if you’re interested in the details send me an email and I can help put something together for your book club.
I think any party is about the details. In addition to answer discussion questions when guests arrived, they also received a program in the form of a bookmark. This was one of the easiest party DIYs ever! I just printed a schedule of events & info about the performers, punched a hole in the top and added a little tassel. They turned out adorable and everyone got a keepsake from the night.
After reading the discussion questions, playing a game, and the audience drinking a few glasses of wine the improvers took the stage … and it was magic! Seriously, this was such a good way to get everyone laughing and enjoying themselves. The performance lasted for about 45 minutes and everyone said it was one of the best parties they had been to. You don’t need to read a book to have an Improv party - you could do it for someone’s birthday and make it about them, or have a holiday-themed performance. The possibilities are endless. One last little note - don’t be afraid to ask friends to pitch-in to cover the costs of the performers - at $20/person cover this is a pretty cheap night and still provided good compensation to the improv group.