Anti "Book Club" ideas for mom gatherings who don't have time to read

Nadine Bubeck

The other night I went to my first neighborhood book club. I know, I’m so behind on this type of “clubbing,” so I was excited for the invite and execution to get things going. Our neighborhood women decided our first monthly meeting would be to select our first book, which, for the record was “The Arrangement,” a dark, twisted, gritty tale scoring high on Google reviews. With that being said, many of us haven’t had time to read since before kids, so we agreed each monthly meeting would be coupled with an activity/theme. Therefore, thought I’d share these “anti-book club” ideas for getting together with your mom tribe.

1. Bunco (or Bingo)

What it is: Bunco is a dice game generally played with twelve or more players, divided into groups of four, trying to score points while taking turns rolling three dice in a series of six rounds. A bunco is achieved when a person rolls three-of-a-kind, and all three numbers match the round number.

Pros: Games are fun, and moms can get quite competitive.

Cons: Bunco participants need to commit so no flakes or last-minute cancellations. (That’s why Bingo might be a better option.)

2. TV talk

What it is: Select a first season of a TV series, binge it for a month, then discuss at your meeting. The steamy Netflix show “Sex/Life” is a great place to start.

Pros: Your TV watching will finally serve a purpose.

Cons: You’ll stay up too late watching all the episodes making for a sleepy Monday morning.

3. Just Dance

What it is: How many times have you witnessed your kids play “Just Dance” on Nintendo Switch? Well, ‘tis time for mom to flaunt her stuff and have a dance-off of her own. The unlimited subscription features tons of old and new songs, and each dancer is rated to win by gaining stars.

Pros: Dancing with your gal pals will bring back memories of 8th grade.

Cons: Some may be a tad apprehensive to show off their skills.

4. Have an “all-fall” party

What it is: Get in the autumn spirit with your posse by decorating pumpkins, making DIY pumpkin cocktails, and crafting seasonal décor.

Pros: Crafting with friends will fill your creative side.

Cons: Depending on how crazy you want to get, this par-tay can get a little pricey.

5. Host a s’mores + sweats night

What it is: Find a friend with a fireplace (preferably outside) and let the ladies know to arrive in their comfiest attire. Paired with White Russians, roast some s’mores and gab around the fire for a few hours.

Pros: SWEATS! Need I say more?

Cons: Unless if you’re not into marshmallows, I really can’t think of a con to this.

6. Plan a charcuterie potluck

What it is: Tell each attendee to put together a creative charcuterie to share with the group. Think outside the box beyond cheese and crackers... fruits, fries, dessert- even drinks! The possibilities are endless.

Pros: You’ll get to taste-test without judgement.

Cons: You’ll leave with an overly full tummy.

7. Do a pre-holiday White Elephant exchange

What it is: A white elephant gift can either be an item currently owned by a person or a purchased gift that doesn’t exceed a pre-selected price limit. At game time, the host draws a name from a hat and that person chooses a gift from the pile of and opens it. The next person whose name is drawn can either “steal” the gift already opened or choose another. When a gift has been stolen three times, it’s no longer eligible to be played. You can always theme this party along the lines of candles, ornaments, wine, etc.

Pros: You’ll leave with a gift you might love.

Cons: You’ll leave with a gift you might hate.

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Nadine Bubeck is a multi-media personality, mompreneur, author, keynote speaker, influencer and blessed boy mom times three. ​ The TV News anchor turned all things mama is a travel, parenting and lifestyle contributor on TV and writes for a handful of publications and websites. Follow Nadine: @mamaandmyboys on Instagram and

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