Bronte Mettlestone Family Book Club: Celebration Ideas
Updated: Aug 26, 2019
You’ve finished reading The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone by Jaclyn Moriarty, and now it’s time to celebrate! We’ve got a couple of fun ideas to inspire you.
One of our favourite things to do when celebrating the end of a read aloud is to recreate a meal from the book. The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone has plenty of inspiration - from extremely simple ideas to slightly more extravagant. When I was making notes of the book, I listed more than twenty different meal ideas - so you’ve got tons to choose from!!
We had a hard time deciding on a meal that we thought would be the most fun to recreate - honestly it was a toss-up between the midnight feast that Bronte shares with Taylor and Billy, or her picnic with Aunt Alys. I’m sure you will have guessed what we chose from the photo at the top of this post!
But if you want to keep it super simple, here are some easy meal ideas inspired by Bronte’s adventures:
ice-cream cones shared with Aunt Emma
cocoa and cinnamon toast shared with Aunt Sophy
ricochet orange wedges shared with Aunt Carrie
some fun and fitting decorations
When Bronte stays with Aunt Sue, her cousins are preparing for the festival of matchstick by making ‘coils and coils of colourful paper chains’. Make some paper chains to hang around the house, each time you walk past you’ll be reminded of the Festival of Matchstick!
In the end, the delightful picnic that Bronte shares with Aunt Alys in the Melifluous Kingdom is the celebration meal we decided to share as part of the Family Book Club celebration - how could you resist a menu such as this!?
Let’s see what we’ve got,’ Aunt Alys said to me, opening the basket. Salmon fish cakes, a cheese-and-bacon tart, roast chicken drumsticks, and a potato salad… ‘There’s also a chocolate cake for after, … oh and here’s a jug of lemonade.’
I like that the menu is extensive enough that you can pick and choose your favourites, or you can just use the picnic as inspiration and come up with your own picnic menu!
We’ve included a yummy and easy lemonade recipe that you may want to include in your picnic below.
4 peeled lemons
200g caster sugar
1.5 L cold water
Roughly chop the lemons.
Tip the lemons, sugar, and 500ml of the water into a food processor and blend until the lemon is finely chopped.
Pour mixture into a sieve over a jug, then press as much juice through as you can.
Top up with the remaining water. Serve with ice and slices of lemon and lime.
Prep time 5 minutes, makes 1.5 L
The full set of recipes is included in the Bronte Mettlestone Book Guide over in the shop. Check it out!
The very idea of a picnic feels like a celebration - a treat! Whether the sun is on your side and you can take your picnic rugs outside, or instead, you decide to picnic on the lounge room floor - it’s sure to be a fun way to celebrate the end of this round of the Books are Magic Club! Check out the Celebration Menu in the resource library.