Hemlock Theme for Book Launch Party

My friends know that I love throwing parties, especially ones with themes.  So for the ELECTED book launch party, I’ve delved deep into the theme of hemlock.  Hemlock is the plant and liquid that Socrates’ government forced him to drink  to kill himself when he wouldn’t denounce his scientific theories.

In ELECTED, there are four strict Eco-Accords designed by world leaders to bring Earth back from environmental extinction.  One of the Accords states that no technology shall be used or created.  If people violate the accord, they are forced to drink hemlock as the futuristic “capital punishment”.

  (Image from Oregon State University)

Hemlock’s liquid is clear and tastes like anise/black licorice.  So for the book launch party, we’re having shots of Sambuca.  There will also be hemlock-themed prizes such as black licorice candles, hemlock jewelry, and hemlock soap.  And I’m making black licorice caramels!

Besides the book launch, a rafflecopter giveaway if featured as part of ELECTED’s social media blitz.  We’ll be giving away a KINDLE!  And the additional prizes include a shout-out in the acknowledgements section of the next ELECTED book, hemlock soap, jewelry seen in the book, a FaceTime/skype session with me (if desired), an ELECTED calendar, and the book’s infamous purple pills (jelly bellies)!

It’s been so fun stretching my creativity with this theme.  I’d love to know what themes and ideas you’ve created for parties.  Or if you’re an author, what kinds of activities/giveaways did you create for your launch party or blog tour?  All ideas welcome!


4 Comments on Hemlock Theme for Book Launch Party

  • Georgeann Swiger says:
    March 8, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    For my daughter’s 15th birthday, we had a tea party because she loves hot tea. We found pretty tea cups at thrift shops and decorated our back porch with lacy table clothes, also found at thrift shops. The girls who came wore their prom dresses and enjoyed chicken salad croissants, along with cupcakes and of course different teas. We even read their tea leaves. It was a fun day and all the girls got to feel extra “girly”.


  • Joy Weese Moll (@joyweesemoll) says:
    March 11, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Fun themes!


  • Gina Henning says:
    March 17, 2014 at 10:03 am

    I love this! I am a huge fan of themes. Not sure if you are doing this but some science props would be cool too.

    Each year I host a cookie exchange and have a theme for the parties:
    Holiday Cookie Exchange
    Cookie Exchange in Forks
    12 Days of Christmas Cookie Exchange
    Cookies from around the World Cookie Exchange.

    I’m still planning my book launch party, but here’s a clue there will be pecans. :)

    Great post!


    • girl101 says:
      March 17, 2014 at 10:27 am

      That sounds awesome, Gina! I love holiday cookie exchanges!


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