Summer means many things: longer days, (hopefully) plenty of sunshine, and many occasions to gather with loved ones. Whether we are celebrating holidays, graduations, or just the weekend, there is no shortage of reasons to come together.
The Library is a great resource to get you started on planning all your summer soirees, big and small. Cookbooks and entertainment guides remain consistently popular, particularly in print format. Publishers are consistently releasing beautiful and information-packed titles in these categories. While some may have more of an aspirational bend, many are highly approachable for the average party host.
“For the Table: Easy, Adaptable, Crowd-Pleasing Recipes“ by Anna Stockwell
“The Game Night Cookbook: Snacks, Noshes, and Drinks for Good Times“ by Barbara Scott-Goodman
“Arty Parties: An Entertaining Cookbook“ by Julia Sherman
“Boards: Stylish Spreads for Casual Gatherings“ by America’s Test Kitchen
“Zero Proof: 90 Non-Alcoholic Recipes for Mindful Drinking“ by Elva Ramirez
For those that want to put a particularly personal spin on their get-together, you should check out the Holiday + Party classes page on CreativeBug, which is free to access with your library card. There are over 160 party-focused classes with plenty of craft and activity ideas.
The perfect way to start this celebratory season off is, of course, Summer Reading Extravaganza which is the official start of CLP’s Summer Reading program. All the fun is happening outside the Main branch in Oakland on Sunday, June 12th from 12-5. For more information on Extravaganza, click here.
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