Thursday, September 26, 2013

A Hobbit Feast!

September 22 is my oldest daughter's birthday. It is also the birthday of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. If you are Tolkien fans like we are, you will understand what a treat it is for my daughter to share her birthday with such famous literary characters! And it may come as no surprise to you that she requested a Lord of the Rings themed birthday celebration.

She was turning 18. It was quite possibly the last real birthday party she would have here at home. So we indulged her, and planned a Hobbit Feast that even Bilbo himself (and the dwarves, no doubt) would have been proud of!

No Hobbit party would be complete without this
sign on the door! I found the sign online and printed it,
then tea stained it to make it look like parchment.

We tried to give our house a Hobbit hole feel by having
little touches like these candles and a map of Middle Earth.

Hobbit beverages. We also had tea and coffee! 

The feast! There is always a lot of food at a Hobbit party.
See the "One Ring Cake" as the centerpiece? I forgot to put
the mushrooms out before I took the picture, but we didn't
forget that hobbit favorite.

Our Hobbit feast menu. I left off strawberries
and cream, but they were there!

An uninvited guest, the largest spider we've ever seen in our house!
My younger daughter said it was "the spawn of Shelob." Fitting.

Whatever the occasion, themed parties are tons of creative fun! What kind of themed party might you have at your