Bookish parties I’d love to attend

 

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Back when I did the fictional places I’d like to visit, the lovely Isobel Necessary @Literally Literary requested that I talk about fictional parties I’d like to attend. This is such a *fab* idea, cos everyone loves a good party (even if their idea of a good party is drinking hot chocolate and reading with friends in their pyjamas this… although I may just be talking about myself 😉). Before I get to it, I have to recommend checking out her site- cos it’s like a full-on rave over there! I’ll wait for you back… okay hope you didn’t get too drunk on books while you were over there… now, get your glad rags out and let’s go to town!

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Gatsby’s Party– there ain’t no party like a Gatsby party! I’ve always had a bit of a penchant for the roaring 20s, but Gatsby goes to a whole other level, so naturally this tops my list.

Yule Ball– there are so many get-togethers and feasts in the Wizarding World, but nothing compares to the Yule Ball. Give me half a chance and I’d be dusting off my dress robes and dancing along to the Weird Sisters with the best of them!

A Court of Frost and Starlight– I just really want to go to the Night Court, is that so much to ask? And the best time seems to be the Winter Solstice- the festivities and magic in the air seems stronger somehow…

Bilbo Baggin’s Eleventy First Birthday- Tolkien really does know how to set things off with a bang- and I’m not just talking about Gandalf’s fireworks. This is one of my favourite book openers- and for good reason. I think we all feel like we’re a part of the action when we’re instantly thrown into this fun, Hobbit tradition.

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party- of course, as a British person, I have to throw in a tea party 😉 Now, this may not be your traditional fare, but no one could argue against the sheer entertainment value of your hosts. This bonkers fare will (probably) put you in a good mood (or else drive you crazy). Just don’t expect to get any more tea…

Macbeth’s Banquet– rather an inconvenient time for a haunting, but this is precisely the moment Banquo’s ghost picks to turn up, making murdery Macbeth look a little mad. Granted, I’m not sure this is the kind of party you necessarily want to attend… but imagine the tall-tales you’d have to tell afterwards.

Fancy dress ball at Manderley– I won’t say what happens- because it’s spoilery- but it’s a little bit of a shocking moment in the book where *drama goes down*. It’s such an iconic moment and I urge you to check out the book to know more… 

Victor’s Party– not just because the setting and costumes are elaborate, but also because of the schemes. The real reason it’s so good is… (highlight for spoilers) any party where Hitler gets shot- even if it’s not a real Hitler- is a good party.

ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball- moving into the (sort of) real world, this modern take on a traditional tale makes me want to attend a real con someday, because this sounds such fun. Plus, I get to say: Geekerella shall go to the ball!

The Party at Blackheath– this whole book is centred around a party- though I shan’t say more than that because there’s more to it than it seems…

Well that’s all for now! I’d love to hear some recommendations from you guys- what fictional parties do you think are worth attending? Let me know in the comments!

98 thoughts on “Bookish parties I’d love to attend

  1. What a fun blog post! I love this idea. Of course I know of none of these parties other than the Yule Ball… and The Great Gatsby party yet I have never read that book, people always rave about Gatsby! Would you recommend?? I haven’t even read Alice In Wonderland… LOL. I’m definitely going to get my thinking cap on now and have a think about all the fictional parties I’d like to attend… what a fun idea for a post! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  2. you included 3 I had in mind, Harry Potter, Bilbo Baggin’s and Gatsby’s. Another one I liked was from my recent read, ‘Art of Dust’. I liked Kat’s impromptu parties one was Paint bombing party- they fill water balloons with paints and play cricket with them, other was toga party.It sounded different and fun.

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  3. Haha, not too sure about some of these parties…but it certainly was a fun post. Bilbo Baggins party would definitely be one I would want to attend too. Another one? Well…why not attend the Ewok celebration at the end of Return of the Jedi (yes it’s a movie…..but I also read it as a novel…so that’s why I’m kinda cheating and including it too 😅😂😂😊)

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  4. I am such an Introvert that parties drain me. I basically just go for the food. Hence, my party of choice would of course be a Hobbit party. You eat, you get presents, you don’t have to dance.

    Parties in literature so often seem to go badly wrong: there is the fancy-dress ball at Manderly … the Bloody Baron’s uncontrollable-weeping-inducing-ly tragic Death Day Party … and the fancy-dress ball in Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death. Oh, and whatever party the two guys left to go down to the cellar in The Cask of Amontillado. I guess readers would be bored if a party didn’t end in a murder, a disappearance, or at least a proposal.

    Still, hope springs eternal. Despite the way parties often disappoint … or even prove fatal … I always get excited to go to one. 🙂

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    1. hehe I totally get that!! Party food is the best part about parties (especially cos I’ve gotten more and more introverted lately too).

      hehe that is too true!! I think parties in books always seem like the best time for things to go wrong in a story 😉

      haha I agree!

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  5. I don’t know if an English woman would feel at ease on a Gatsby party. Or you would have to mix up with some West Egg’ers. While the Americans at the party possess a rough vitality, the Englishmen there are set off dramatically, seeming desperate and predatory, hoping to make connections that will make them rich.

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  6. Yes, yes, yes! I’d give so much to attend Bilbo’s 111 birthday party! To see Gandalf’s fireworks and drink the ale and eat the food and finally find out how to do a proper Hobbit dance…

    Also 100% would love to have been at Blackheath, everything about it would have been … well, not exactly *pleasant* but *fascinating* none the less!

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  7. For a brief moment I was going to say that The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party doesn’t sound like much fun at all, but then I remembered how absolutely bonkers the goings-on at the table are. When Alice finally leaves the Hatter and the March Hare are trying to stuff the Dormouse in a teapot! I feel sorry for the Dormouse, though, even if it is a terrible storyteller.
    Regarding the Yule Ball, though, I think I’d have trouble choosing between it and one of Slughorn’s parties. I’d be unlikely to be invited back, though.

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  8. Those would be some great parties.
    Personally, I’d be down for Gatsby’s party, Bilbo’s birthday, and the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball. Those three I know for sure would be poppin!
    I wouldn’t mind the Yule Ball though.

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  9. This is such a fun post! I agree that a Gatsby party and the Yule Ball would be fun to attend. It’s also true that you’d have a lot of tales to tell after Macbeth’s Banquet! I’d love to attend a party or dinner at Howl’s Moving Castle. It’s a mechanical (err…magical?) wonder, and there are quite a few characters traveling in it at some point!

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  10. Yesss, this is a great topic! That Yule celebration, sign me up! I’d be a little afraid of attending anything in Wonderland–that place scares me! I don’t know if the promise of tea would be enough enticement. 😉

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  11. A great read, as ever (thanks for the mention!) – I love that there’s such a variety of parties here, really something for everyone. Of these, I think the Mad Hatter’s party would be my pick – I especially love the interpretation of this seen in the Christopher Wheeldon ballet version of Alice.

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