We’ve reached a final verdict about book clubs. You may have always thought they were just for your mom and her friends, but after reassessing, a book club done right is the perfect opportunity to bond with your besties. (Remember? Never judge a book by its cover!) A book club can be the invitation we’ve been waiting for to let go of stress, awaken our senses, and partake in a new kind of fun.

Taking a book club from drab to fab is all about keeping things light—swapping out the heavy literary conversations for lively games, opting for effervescent Ketel One Botanical cocktails, and surprising your guests with unexpected, flavorful bites. Your friends are coming to have fun, not a full-on literary discourse! And with these five tips, they’ll get exactly that: