book club favors and treats

So, I hosted our monthly book club this month, and chose Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen for us to read. Ok, so the gorgeous cover of this copy might have been a factor…but can you blame me? helloooo pretty lady.

I had mixed feelings about the book-it was good and I enjoyed the story, but parts of it were extremely hard for me to get through and not want to fall asleep from boredom. Nevertheless, I soldiered on and finished it. (the day before we got together but hey-done is done!)

A get together, however small, is just another excuse for me to have fun with a theme! Also bake a bunch of goodies.

I made these brown sugar pound cupcakes with brown butter icing, recipe from the queen of cupcakes.  I figured it sounded like the type of recipe they might make back in those times.

Also made those little flowers from royal icing leftover from the sugar cookies and some sprinkles.

I made some button bookmark favors-more on those below!

We definitely would not have good lighting once we got started so I snapped some shots right after I finished icing the cupcakes.

The girls were sorely tempted by the treats. As you can see. 😉

These cookies were soo much fun to make, and they actually didn’t take much time at all. I found the technique here, and pretty much copied them, even the color, lol. Also, they seemed old timey to me…

I finished off with writing this quote from the book on our chalkboard. (used a chalk pen, and traced a piece of scrapbook paper for the border.)

So! Back to those bookmarks! Awhile ago I saw these adorable button bookmarks and wanted to make some, so I decided that book club would be the perfect opportunity/excuse to make some for favors! I cut bookmarks out of card stock on my Silhouette, two for each, then cut a slit on one side, then glued them together around the edges, tied on some embroidery thread on the top, and then slid the button bookmark in!

So really, it’s like 2 bookmarks in one. Score.

I bought the bookmark blanks here, and the buttons to cover from Joanns. Background fabric is from my sponsor Oilcloth Addict. 🙂


  1. Those iced biscuits look great, and I love the book marks! Think I might have to make a few myself

  2. Great book, I do love it. I also love the movie with Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet. Gorgeous cookies and bookmarks too!

  3. I love this book, and your book marks are so stylish !

  4. jess you are so inspirational,well done.xx

  5. Love those bookmarks!

  6. Oh I love it all! The biscuits, the bookmarks, the bookcover, the plates on the wall,….. All very very gorgeous!

  7. That book cover was designed by Jessica Hische. She did a whole series of classic book covers and I agree that they are to die for. I’m sure you’d love her other stuff too!

  8. Those cookies are GORGEOUS!! Yeah, gotta pin that.

  9. I have a hard time with Jane Austen. I liked Pride and Prejudice but only after I saw the mini-series. Love the bookmarks. I should use them more often. I’m one of those bad people who dog ear their books.

  10. Next time you have book club i’m coming! Ok not really, but it would be fun. It looks like you have the kind of book club i dream about! You pick amazing books with cute covers (i agree the cover makes the book even better) and the treats look so yummy! I bet you had a wonderful time. I’d be curious to know what you all discussed when talking about the book! 🙂

  11. Wish I could come! …and those plates all look so great on your wall! 🙂

  12. Oh I wish I could join. The members of your club are too lucky you are hosting!

  13. jess!!! you’re killing me with all your details! it looks amazing. totally amazing

  14. So many sweet and thoughtful things…plus I love the book you chose. 🙂

  15. Love love, I need to start a bookclub so that I can do this! the cookies are just beautiful and those bookmarks are adorable!


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