A Curious Invitation: The 40 Greatest Parties in Fiction

From the ball at Mansfield Park (Jane Austen) to the Fifth Avenue Party in Tom Wolfe’s The Bonfire of the Vanities, in A Curious Invitation Suzette Field chronicles forty of the greatest fictional parties. For each party, Suzette describes the hosts, the venue, the guest list, the dress code and the food and drink served. It’s the perfect book to sit and read straight through with a cup of tea, or, I love the idea of using it to inspire your next party. I created a little inspiration board inspired by the “Blossom Viewing Party” from The Tale of Genji. Cherry blossom season is right around the corner (If you can believe it!) and if you live in a location (I’m looking at you, DC), with a lot of cherry trees, how fun would it be to walk through the trees and then return home for saki and sushi? Someone do this and invite me, please! –Amy

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  1. Katie Wannen says:

    I love this! Gotta buy that book right now. And as a DC-er, definitely looking into a cherry blossom viewing party! Mmmm sushi…

  2. Lucie says:

    Cute idea! :) I love the book! Writing it down on my wishlist…

  3. Lisbeth says:

    Sounds like a great book. Have to read this soooon. What a lovely idea for a dinner theme, especially for us book nerds!

  4. Christina says:

    Turns out Newark, NJ has a big cherry blossom festival every year! Now you can throw your own party!


  5. André says:

    I own the Japanese farm food book, and I love it!

    Great post Amy!

  6. I love the idea of creating a mood board for a book you’ve just read.

    Having just finished Oscar Wilde and the Candlelight Murders by Gyles Brandreth – very evocative of Victorian upper-crust London in the last decade of the 19th Century – I think that might be a great one to start with. Just imagine the decadence of those Gentleman’s Clubs and West End theatres – and there’s even a jaunt to Paris by train. How could you not be inspired!?


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