I love hosting my book club each year as it gives me an opportunity to test recipes that might not appeal to my family. This year’s Book Club Menu featured 5 appetizers and 4 desserts. I hope there’s one or two you’d like to try! 

Book Club Snacks are an integral part of our meetings. We like to socialize before our meeting and having a nice offering of appetizers and beverages is key.

Overhead view of a key lime pie bar with a dollop of whipped cream, slice of lime and raspberry to garnish

Book Club Menu

Life as a food blogger awards many incredible perks. For example, last Thursday evening I hosted a book club gathering at my house. That morning, I opened the side door to see a huge package from Ghirardelli, full to the brim with their Holiday Squares for Easter.

I was thrilled to be able to add these to my array of sweets and treats. I cooked, styled, and photographed a slew of new recipes to add to my book club menu, and many were tasty enough to deserve their own posts.

Book Club Spread with my friends

Tips for Planning a Book Club Menu

  • PRO-Tip: It’s best to have finger food, like dips and small cookies or bars for your book club spread. First, we gab and snack while sipping on glasses of wine, then we move into the living room for the book discussion.
  • Have an assortment of beverages available. Red wine, chilled white wine, a signature cocktail if appropriate, Pellagrino, and/or soft drinks work well.
  • PRO-Tip: Balancing a plate of food along with a Kindle or book takes some finesse, so a dish needing a fork and knife could be troublesome.
  • There are exceptions, of course, as I like to make recipes that relate to the theme of the book, but in general, I aim for bite-sized treats.
  • I like to make a seasonal signature drink if there’s an obvious theme in the book, a locale known for its cuisine or if our book club is set near a holiday. I’ve made a Pimm’s Cup and a Pear Cosmopolitan in the past.
  • My menus have included Italian, Middle Eastern, Big Apple, Indian, and even Maine fare, matching up with where the novel was set. A theme helps to set the menu.

Smoky Black Bean Dip in a white bowl topped with pepper rings

Smoky Black Bean Dip

Hot Artichoke Shrimp Dip on chips on a small white plate

Hot Shrimp and Artichoke Dip–Bill’s favorite  

Cheesy Lasagna Dip on a toast and garnished with a sprig of basil

Lasagna Dip 

Antipasto Squares on a square white plate

Puff Pastry Antipasto Squares–tweaked from a recipe using crescent rolls 

2 bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers on a white ceramic plate with a red handled fork

Stuffed Jalapenos

Close view of Appetizer kabobs on a round white plate

Easy Antipasto Wreath

Butterscotch Blondies with White Chocolate Chips stacked on a small white plate

Butterscotch Blondies with White Chocolate Chips–well-loved and Katie’s favorite

Matzo Crack on a square white plate with 2 raspberries

Matzo Crack  

Chocolate Toffee Cookies in a blue and white bowl

Chocolate Cookies with Walnuts and Toffee–extremely popular

2 key lime pie bars on white plates with red handle forks

Key Lime Bars–MY favorite!

Ghirardelli Holiday SquaresGhirardelli Holiday Squares

Book Club Snacks

I hope you will find inspiration in my book club menu for your next gathering. As a foodie, I always prepare WAY too much and made a point to offer doggy bags to my guests at the end of the evening.

One of the husbands requested a few sweet nibbles when his wife informed him of her plans for the night…he knew quite well that I’m never hesitant to share my treats or my recipes. He was the lucky recipient of chocolate cookies and matzoh crack.

Certainly, a couple of savory appetizers and one or two sweets would be plenty for a typical gathering. Add some nuts and Ghirardelli Holiday Squares and you’re set. Ghirardelli Holiday Squares are the perfect choice for your Easter baskets…even if your children are grown like mine, they always love some Easter chocolates.

And for those of you who are avid readers, here is a list of the books my book club has read over the past 17 years.

Disclosure: Ghirardelli supplied me with their Ghirardelli Holiday Squares. I was not compensated for writing this post and the opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Ghirardelli.