Famous Authors' Theme Party

15 Famous Authors’ Theme Party Ideas

It’s always exciting when a famous author comes to town. Hosting famous authors is an exciting task for schools, libraries, or book clubs. It can be intimidating to host such notable guests. So you may want to consider a Famous Authors’ Theme Party. However, we are prepared to help you with decorations and party favors to create an event so fascinating that your authors will write stories about it!

Famous Authors’ Theme Party Decorations

To host a gathering of famous authors, it’s necessary to have supplies and decorations that will inspire creative ideas and not inhibit a writer’s concentration. The environment is key. Below are authors’ gathering and party decoration ideas to guide your event.

1. Mingling Area 

For the informal part of the event, make sure you leave an open area for all the guests to talk and have space to stand in large groups. Clear out the furniture and keep snacks and beverages in this section of the room.

2. Best-Sellers Section 

Set up a table with all the attending writers’ best works for other attendees to either purchase or take home with them. Authors appreciate the free publicity at parties. Not to mention, they will enjoy showcasing their work to their peers. 

3. Writing Station 

Group tables together in another area of the room to create an area where writing workshop activities will take place. Set each place with the proper writing materials and decorate with “inspiration objects” as centerpieces.

4. Quote Frames 

Print out some famous literary quotes. Place them in frames around the room and hang them on the walls for added decoration. 

5. Paper Tablecloths 

Use paper tablecloths so guests can write quotes from their own books, notes, or ideas they are working on during the gathering. This will create a very inviting space for creativity to flow. 

6. Book Stack Centerpieces 

Stack old books as decorative centerpieces. You can also leave a book open and let the pages fan out for a different look. 

7. Flying Book Pages 

Hang book pages from the ceiling, either grouping them together to make a mini-book fan, putting a colored paperback to it or any other decorative touch you choose.

8. Chalkboard 

Pull out a chalkboard (or paint one wall with chalkboard paint) and let the authors write their own message for the party. There are many available at a wide variety of vendors online.

Party Favors

When your party is over, you want to make sure you send your authors home with something to commemorate the event. For a unique event theme like this, there’s plenty of opportunities for creative party favors that will be useful and meaningful to your guests.

9. Book Bag 

Make a unique gift bag by purchasing a bunch of backpacks or library bags and filling them with one book from each of the authors in attendance. This will be free publicity for all the authors and give everyone a chance to read the work of their new peers. They’re relatively easy to find online at low prices.

10. Writer’s Goodie Bag 

Put together a gift bag of writers’ necessities. Include fun pens, notebooks and journals, jumbo erasers, and a coffee mug.

11. Group Story 

If you choose to do a group story activity where all the authors contribute, make a copy for each guest before the event is over and hand it out for them to take home. 

12. Pocket Word Games 

Go to your local game store and purchase mini-word games. Word searches, crosswords, and word board games are all great options.

13. Book of Quotes 

Buy a mini book of famous literary quotes for each guest. You could also purchase a book of cute literary postcards.

14. Spa Raffle 

Raffle off a big prize to one lucky guest. A day at the spa would be a relaxing break from the stress of writing a popular novel. You can accomplish this with cheap raffle tickets – no need to get fancy! Ask a local spa to contribute a gift card or a prize package for your raffle.

15. Author “Self-Help” Book 

Have every guest submit a piece of writing advice. It can be a tip to get over writer’s block, their own personal inspiration, or something they have learned from their individual experience. Create a mini authors’ “self-help” book of all the submissions and give it out at the end of your parties.


It’s always fun to meet a famous author. Hosting a party/gathering in their honor is a great way to network and get to know them. Make sure to invite all the local book lovers out there as well. I hope these ideas have encouraged you to have an amazingly fun author’s theme party this year!

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