Virgin Sangria And A Fun Book Club Party

by Alli

Virgin Sangria and Fun Book Club Party is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks.

When I invited my best buds over for a book club party, I planned it with fun in mind – no stuffy parties for me. So, I made up a pitcher of virgin sangria, put together a few scrumptious nibbles, and gifted my guests with their very own advanced copy of my new favorite book, The Girl He Used to Know. 

I’ve been a bookworm from birth. Thank you, mom, for reading to me! When I started first grade, I would take my new reader home and devour the entire book in one evening. Then I’d have to patiently wait for the rest of the class to catch up so I could dive into my next adventure. Yes, I was in the top reading group and I’ve been an avid reader ever since.

Naturally, when I received an advanced copy of The Girl He Used to Know by New York Times best-selling author Tracey Garvis Graves, I jumped right in and was immediately engaged. I finally made myself put the book down around midnight and finished it the next morning.

How to Host a Book Club Party and Virgin Sangria

The Girl He Used to Know is totally different from any book I’ve ever read. I found myself rooting for the main characters, Annika and Jonathan, and I loved how the book would go from the present to the past to fill in all the questions I had swirling around in my head about the main characters.

Towards the end of the book, I found myself hoping for the best possible ending, yet fearing for the worst. I won’t spoil anything for you, but I couldn’t put this one down. You can get more info and find out where to buy the book when you click here.

After reading this refreshing novel, I just had to sit a while and contemplate. Then I got busy planning my book club party.

Tips for Planning a Fun Book Club Party

Make a Guest List and Send Invites

I thought it would be fun to print bookmark invites. The bookmark also doubles as a party favor. Plus, it keeps your guests from dog-earing the pages of their book.

The Girl He Used to Know Book Club Party

Grab some cardstock and print out my bookmark invites here: Free Printable Book Club Invite Bookmark

Food and Drink

A large pitcher of refreshing virgin sangria is the perfect drink to kick off a book club party. Plus, the sangrias should be made ahead of time to allow the flavors to meld, freeing up time to spend with your friends as they arrive.

Pitcher Full of Sangria

I made the sangria the night before and let it chill in the fridge overnight.

How to Make Virgin Sangria

Yield: 12 servings

Virgin Sangria

Virgin Sangria

Virgin Sangria is the perfect signature drink for your next party or book club meeting. This drink is so pretty and refreshing.


  • 4 cups grape juice
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 can (12 oz.) frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed
  • 1 medium orange, sliced
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • 1 medium apple, cored and sliced
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 2 Tablespoons non-alcohol orange bitters (such as Stirrings Blood Orange Cocktail Bitters)
  • 2 cups sparkling water, chilled


  1. In a large pitcher, stir the grape, lemon, lime and apple juice together.
  2. Add the sliced fruit and orange bitters. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 4 hours or overnight.
  3. Right before serving, stir in the sparkling water.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

4 oz.

Amount Per Serving Calories 117Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 7mgCarbohydrates 24gFiber 2gSugar 20gProtein 1g

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Since this book club party coincides with the beginning of spring, I decided to serve my famous Pineapple Cheese Ball with assorted crackers, Butterfly Shaped Tea Sandwiches, and an Almond Sugar Cookie Tart topped with Glazed Peaches and Berries.

What to Serve at a Book Club Party

These are tried and true recipes and they can all be made ahead of time.

Virgin Sangria and Book Club Party

Discuss the Book

I like to keep the conversation informal and my friends and I may be guilty of interrupting each other during our book discussion.

Book Club Party Ideas Plus Virgin Sangria Recipe

To get things going, I jot down a few conversation starters on note cards. For example:

  • How did you like the book?
  • Did it take you a while to get immersed into the storyline or did it grab you from the start?
  • Were you immediately drawn to the main characters?

I won’t share any more of my questions because I don’t want to give away any spoilers.

Book Club Party Guest

I’m already looking forward to my next book club party.  It’s a fun, casual way to discuss books and make plans for your next great read.  We sure did have a blast at my party.

Book Club Party Fun

You’ll want to grab The Girl He Used to Know when it hits the shelves on April 2nd!



Amber Myers March 25, 2019 - 8:19 am

What a fun idea! I wish I liked people enough to do something like this. I recently finished this book as well and loved it!

cait March 25, 2019 - 8:39 am

oh my gosh what a great idea- i have a book club that i do online and love meeting and finding new people to read with- well have to add this to our book club ideas for next month!

kita March 25, 2019 - 9:18 am

I love a good book club. I use to be a part of a few back in the day when I had a little time. I miss that. This is great for those that want to be a part of something and can’t drink

Jeanette March 25, 2019 - 9:39 am

I have never been in a book club myself but they look like a lot of fun. To good time we can just sit and chat about a great book and enjoy some really delicious sangria.

Sarah Bailey March 25, 2019 - 9:59 am

This sounds like such a good book it is wonderful when you can really get behind the main character as well. Love your tups for book club too!

Melissa Chapman March 25, 2019 - 10:01 am

It is so nice to see a real book club meeting and enjoying a refreshment and a good book. This would be a perfect way to increase my reading.

candy March 25, 2019 - 12:10 pm

I have several friends who are in book club and they enjoy the friendship and communication of being in the club. This looks like a good book to read and discuss.

Jenn@Engineermommy March 25, 2019 - 1:15 pm

I also love getting enveloped by a good book. This story sounds great as you were rooting for the main characters. Your sangria looks delicious as well!

Denay DeGuzman March 25, 2019 - 3:20 pm

Your virgin sangria looks so refreshing, flavorful and delicious! I’d love to make this for an upcoming party. And that book has really piqued my interest! Thank you so much for sharing this.

Pam Wattenbarger March 25, 2019 - 5:25 pm

I love book clubs! I haven’t heard anything about this book before this post but it sounds engaging.

Heather March 25, 2019 - 8:53 pm

Would you believe that I’ve never tried sangria before? Since I don’t drink alcohol, I need to try this one!

Terri Steffes March 25, 2019 - 11:40 pm

I am in five book clubs and I can make room for one more if it is yours! Yummy treats and a great book is all you need!

Catalina March 26, 2019 - 7:21 am

Sangria is my favorite summer drink! I love it and I should definitely try your recipe!

Lisa Favre March 26, 2019 - 7:23 am

Considering that I love reading and hosting parties, I am surprised I never put together a book club. I’ll follow along and start with your first step: thinking of a list of those who may want to join!

Lynndee March 26, 2019 - 9:05 am

All the food look delish and the sangria looks refreshing. And that book sounds like a great read. Bet y’all had fun.

Ruth I March 26, 2019 - 9:17 am

This is an interesting book! I’d love to get a copy and read this. I’ve never tried joining a book club, sounds fun!

Beth March 26, 2019 - 2:49 pm

It sounds like a great book, and one that I will really like. The sangria and snacks look delicious. I’ve never been to an official book club, but my family often has informal discussions about the books we’ve all read.

Rachel March 26, 2019 - 9:18 pm

This definitely sounds like a book I would read. I am looking forward to making this sangria for our next family party.

Jenn Mitchell March 28, 2019 - 11:13 am

This sangria looks like it would be so amazing. I love all of the fruits you used!


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