One of the most, if not the most, anticipated book-to-film adaptions of 2020 will be gracing our Netflix screens on February 12th: P.S. I Still Love You! Based on the second book in Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series, P.S. I Still Love You picks up where we left off with Lara Jean and Peter K. at the end of the first film and introduces a much beloved boy in Lara Jean’s life: John Ambrose McClaren!
Everyone knows that I have a lot of love for the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before books and films. This series is just so cozy and there’s so much in them (desserts included) that can help make for the best viewing experience. Whether you’ll be having a solo viewing (which I’ll definitely be doing at some point so that this book nerd can do her usual book to film comparison), gathering your best girl friends for a Galentine’s Day celebration, or ringing in Valentine’s Day with your valentine, the following tips will make for the best P.S. I Still Love You watching experience.
Viewing Party Prep
Choose a Theme: Galentine’s, Valentine’s, and Party in the USA
My favorite holiday inspired by Parks and Recreation, P.S. I Still Love You comes out the day before Galentine’s Day. Whether you’re watching with your best gal pals on the 12th, 13th, or later on, embrace your inner Lara Jean and Chris.
Because of the release date’s proximity to Galentine’s Day and Valentine’s Day, decor and food options can be really simple this time of year. However, I think the most unique way and most true to the book way to go with a USA themed party inspired by Lara Jean’s USO party at Belleview.
Bake your heart out
One of my favorite elements of the TATBILB world is Lara Jean’s love for baking. Baking and desserts are a huge part of the books, and I was so happy to see Lara Jean’s cupcake and cooking baking skills brought to the TATBILB film. I have recipes on the blog inspired by both To All the Boy I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You.
Snickerdoodles are the go-to treat in P.S. I Still Love You, but Lara Jean’s cake making skills are definitely put the test as well. I really want to try to make her Reese’s Pieces cake for the peanut butter lovers in my life one day. If you’re watching with friends and family, have everyone bring desserts and even make a competition out of it! For the true TATBILB and baking fans in your life, step it up a notch by only allowing desserts that are also featured in the books.
Pre-Viewing & Viewing Activities
Rewatch TATBILB before jumping into P.S. I Still Love You
I’ve definitely rewatched TATBILB on more on than one occasion, but I think it would be really fun to binge both films back to back.
Wear your best Lara Jean inspired outfit
It’s no secret that Lara Jean is one of the best dressed fictional characters ever. Peter Pan collar shirts, scrunchies and Margot’s favorite Fair Isle sweater all make for great options. This is also another competition idea for group viewings.
Decorate scrunchies or make homemade ones
Letter or Valentine’s Day Card Exchange
Like Lara Jean and John’s letters to one another in the book, have a letter and Valentine’s Day card exchange.
Team Kavinsky or Team McClaren
Definitely more of a light-hearted (or is it really?) activity, but split your viewers into Team Kavinsky and Team McClaren. This one is especially fun for those who haven’t read the books yet, although there’s no guarantee what Netflix has in store for our favorite book boyfriends. Homemade T-shirts are also more than welcome.
Decorate Valentine’s Cards
Kitty and Lara Jean spend some together making Valentine’s Day for the men in their lives (aka their dad and Peter K.) If watching before the 14th, set aside some time before or during the film for some Valentine’s Day card making.
For the true TATBILB series fans in your life, hold a competition between you and your friends on who can name the most amount of differences and similarities between the book and film. Have some Lara Jean-approved stationery and pens and copies of P.S. I Still Love You on hand – you know I’ll be picking up the movie-tie in cover edition at some point- for everyone to track the differences and similarities and review at the end.
How excited are you for P.S. I Still Love You? Do you have any viewing party plans? What other book-to-movie adaptations are you looking forward to this year? Share in the comments!