Preparing for a book launch party

There is much excitement in my household at the moment as we prepare for this weekend’s book launch.

Harnessing my creative side, and that of my children (the girls in particular), we’ve been busy creating props and displays for the party.

Called ‘The Mystery of the Disappearing Underpants’, you might already have guessed that the story involves mention of a certain type of under clothing. My ten year old, therefore, created some appropriately-themed bunting for the occasion, strung together by a washing line  – a clue to an element of the story!

Preparing for a book launch party - Nikki Young

To create a backdrop as a feature for the copies of the book, we put together our own version of the lookout den used by the three wannabe spies in the story. This one is made of carboard (obviously), given the wood-effect look by some clever additions (thanks YouTube). We have collected some spy and joke gadgets to decorate around the room too – clue to an element of the story (number 2!).

Preparing for a book launch party - Nikki Young

Not to be outdone on the creative side, big sister stepped in next to add her own mark to the proceedings. She cleared our extremely overcrowded fridge freezer and turned it into a display for all things relevant to the book. It looks amazing and would rival a full-length printed display board any day.

Preparing for a book launch party - Nikki Young

Having the book launch party at home is a reflection of who I am as a person, as much as it is about practical reasons.

There will be cupcakes made using Free From Fairy flour – all gluten and dairy free – with an element of surprise I can’t reveal at this moment in time (watch this space for an update after the event). There will also be donuts made by Borough 22. Both these companies are run by people I admire hugely, as well as being a big fan of their products.

It feels right to be surrounded by creativity in all forms at the launch of what is to be my own creative adventure.

The Mystery of the Disappearing Underpants is out this Friday. I can hardly believe the day has almost arrived and I’m looking forward to celebrating this day with the support of my friends and family.

Comments (9)

  1. Renee @ Mummy Tries 24th April 2017 at 8:59 pm

    You’ve worked so hard on this book Nicola, wishing you all the luck in the world with it. Hope the party goes well on Saturday, it’ll probably end up being one big happy blur xx

  2. Ting Dalton 24th April 2017 at 9:03 pm

    Wow wow wow! So amazing. I know you’ve worked so very hard. I hope it’s truly a great success. It will be and so hope the launch goes out with a bang!

    • Nicola 24th April 2017 at 9:09 pm

      Thank you so much. I’ve loved having the children involved. They are so excited. Just got to make the cupcakes now. Oh yes and there’s the small matter of going to collect the copies of my book…

  3. Rebecca Ann Smith 25th April 2017 at 9:04 am

    Love the decorations, it all looks great. Have a fab time on Saturday and enjoy every minute.

  4. suz 25th April 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Ooh, I’m glad I read this because I wondered when your book was published. I’ll put my review up on my blog on Friday.
    Sounds like you’re going to have an awesome launch party. Hope you enjoy it.

  5. Maddy@writingbubble 26th April 2017 at 10:58 am

    I can’t wait either! The preparations look fab and as others have said, you’ve worked so hard on the book and deserve all the success in the world. See you soon!

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