Anyone that has read or watched “The Hobbit” and “Lord of the Rings” can gather the inspiration toward a Hobbit themed party.
If you’re a diehard Tolkien fan, what better way to celebrate the accomplishment of literary mastermind J.R.R. Tolkien than to throw a party, hobbit-style? Whether you are planning for a Birthday or a themed party then here is some information to help with your party.
The most important consideration when throwing a hobbit’s party is what’s on the menu. Hobbits love to eat, and boy, do they know how to throw a party. Hobbits eat seven meals a day, so an abundance of food is completely necessary. Hobbits are also very good hosts and they wouldn’t want their guests to leave hungry or grumpy. So, plan ahead and prep for enough food to feed everyone like Hobbits. (See Party Planning)
To throw your hobbit feast, here are some scrumptious food ideas:
• Stews – Stews are easy to make (especially if you have a crockpot), feed many, and are extremely delicious. They’re not easy to screw up, either, for those of you who aren’t the chefs of the family. Throw in your meat, your fresh veggies, and your broth. (See Recipes)
• Meats – Roast, ham, rotisserie chicken, chicken wings or cold meats for sandwiches. Much of Tolkien’s Shire was inspired by rustic villages of England like his childhood home, Sarehole. The same is true for the food. If you’re feeling brave, try cooking a traditional British meat pie.
• Mushrooms – Hobbits love mushrooms (especially Frodo, who stole them from Farmer Maggot when he was a young hobbit). Have them sautéed as a side, fry them, or stick them in a stew.
• Po-ta-toes – Creamed, chips, fried, baked or loaded.
• Fresh breads, Crackers and cheeses – This is a must.
• Eggs – All ways. As Tolkien says, hard-boiled in salad, scrambled for dinner, and poached in the morning. And don’t forget the bacon.
• Pickles, as requested by Gandalf in “The Hobbit.” (Note: Tolkien originally had Gandalf request tomatoes, but decided that made no sense.)
• Scones, biscuits, toast, and blackberry jam.
• Fruit tarts and pies – Think blueberry, blackberry, and apple.
• All kinds of cakes – You can’t go wrong choosing a cake. But, you definitely do not want to leave out seed cakes. Bilbo loves his seed cakes.
• Lembas bread! – Okay, so it’s not a hobbit dish, but Bilbo finds the elves beautiful and intriguing. No party celebrating Bilbo Baggins should be without lembas bread. For an added authentic touch, wrap your lembas bread in large banana leaves with twine. picture
• Drinks! – Lots of drinks! This is especially important. Hobbits also enjoy coffee and tea. I would recommend a British Earl Grey.
Now this may seem like a lot of food, and, well, it is. Hobbits eat a lot. Consider how many party guests you will have and cook for the appropriate number. If everything on this list sounds delicious, cook smaller portions, allowing each guest just a taste. If your hobbit party is on a budget, make it a potluck.
The second most important thing about a hobbit party is the entertainment. Below are some ideas for to make your party a real hobbit extravaganza:
• Fireworks! – Okay, just kidding. Fireworks are illegal in many states. Sparklers will do just fine. Or, create fireworks as a craft project that gives you the look or feel that is needed for the party.
• Music! – Hobbits can be found singing and dancing at every celebration. More importantly, music was a big part in softening the mood of “The Hobbit.” Break out the instruments and revel in the moment, or just play the songs from the movies as background music.
• Games are also important. Play rhyming games or take turns reading riddles – hobbits love solving riddles (and are quite good at it, too). Play any manner of “The Hobbit” or “Lord of the Rings” trivia games, or take any modern game and give it a Middle Earth twist. Keep it simple if for children with games like: Ball Toss, Bows and Arrows for shooting the dragon, and scavenger hunt. If you want to be a little more creative, try the British children’s game Conkers.
Now let’s talk dress and décor. If you truly want to feel like a hobbit, dress in bright colors (yellows and greens with touches of neutral browns) and curl your hair. A particular physical feature of hobbits is curly hair. If you’re a man, carry a pipe, as most male hobbits do. Lastly, NO SHOES ALLOWED! Shoes don’t belong in the Shire and they should not be present at your party. If need some kind of shoe, try doing a DIY craft by gluing fur to the tops of flip flops.
If you want to make your party venue actually look like the Shire, here are some good budget-minded tips:
• Think Bilbo’s hobbit hole – rugged-looking, wooden furniture, a cozy rug with an earthy design on it, baskets filled with books…. check your local thrift store! You might be surprised at what they have. You may even find some old lamps or a chandelier. Be creative, look and plan out the general setting of your party.
• A green or earth tone tablecloth – Don’t go out and buy a new fancy one, as these can be expensive (and you don’t want to buy unnecessary things when you will be spending most of your money on food). Instead, go to your local fabric store, Discount Stores, Dollar Tree, purchase what you think you will need for the hobbit look. Voila! You have an inexpensive look.
• Hang lights around the room. Around holiday season you should have no problem acquiring lights. Use smaller, softer lights, and don’t mistakenly buy only red and green. Hobbits don’t celebrate Christmas.
• Candles, lots of candles. Place candles around the room for more ambiance, or if you’re feeling extra creative, make your own hanging candles. Purchase ball jars with handles (check thrift stores and craft stores), place candles inside them (use stones to hold them in place), and string them up around the room.
• Add plants to make your party feel more like the Shire. Vines, big leafy plants, and flowers will do, real or fake. picture
• Let your creativity take place. Look at everything through the eyes of a Hobbit, you will find more things that you have can come from the Shire or right out of Bilbo’s hole.
And that’s it, folks. You now have all the key ingredients for a perfect hobbit extravaganza. Bring out your inner geek and party like a hobbit.