Every two years, there is an amazing costume party in our town that raises money for our local library. The evening is called Novel Night…and here’s how it works.
First, dinner hosts are recruited throughout town. Their role is to host a dinner party for 12-30 people, based upon the novel of their choice. Then, they plan the decor, food and sometimes entertainment to support the theme.
Invitations go out to everyone and lists the hosts…but separately from the lists of the dinners, so that it’s a secret as to who is hosting what.
Here’s a sample of the book write ups from which we chose this year:
Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Caroll
“Tumble down the rabbit hole for a fantastic “unbirthday” party in Wonderland. Whimsical cocktails and imaginative fare will leave you grinning like a Cheshire cat. Don’t be late!”
Invitees preference their choices and then are assigned to a dinner. You may or may not know the hosts. It’s a fun way to shake things up and meet new people. The one requirement…..you dress the part!
Above are some pieces of our costumes for this weekend and a door hanger that our hosts dropped off to heighten the excitement of their party.
After dinner, all of the guests from the 26 parties convene at a local country club where there is a band, dessert, an open bar and an auction. The event normally raises $250,000 in one night.
This year there will be Mad Hatters, Vampires, Andy Warhols and Indian Princesses gathering stares as they drive through town. No…they didn’t forget last weekend was Halloween. It must be Novel Night!
And now if you’ll excuse me, I have a very important date! And I musn’t be late!