Every once in a while I’ll read a book that is set in a universe so amazing, so fantastical that I want to live in it! But I can’t, so instead, I plan a party based on it.
I started reading the Harry Potter series in middle school and decided from the very beginning that one day I would throw a party with wizard hats, butterbeer, chocolate frogs, tea leaf readings, and a quidditch match. It hasn’t happened yet, but it will. It will. I read Divergent earlier this year and decided that a Dauntless birthday party would be a lot of fun. And it’d be pretty easy to organize: wear an all-black outfit, plan an adventurous outing (bungee jumping, anyone?) throw on some fake piercings and fake tattoos (if you’re super-committed) and you’re good to go.
And then I read The Hobbit.
Reading Tolkien’s book, one of the things that amazed me was the amount of love that readers have for the universe he created. I’ve spent a lot (seriously, a lot) of time on Tumblr and Pinterest during the #ReadTheHobbit challenge looking at The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings–inspired costumes, jewelry, cakes, cupcakes, and fan art that readers created. All this has made me want to throw a Hobbit party really, really badly.
While reading the book, I made little notes of what you’d need to throw a successful Hobbit party. And since The Hobbit Second Breakfast is fast approaching (September 21, write it in your calendar!), here are a few tips to spread some Hobbit love!
1. Prepare a Feast:
Hobbits like to eat. A lot, and very often. They have First Breakfast, Second Breakfast (of course), Elevensies and Luncheon. Afternoon Tea comes next, followed by Dinner and Supper. In the first chapter (one of my favourites!), we see that Bilbo has extremely well-stocked pantries, and thank goodness for that or what would he have served his unexpected guests? When they arrive at the hobbit-hole, the dwarves ask for buttered scones and cakes, mince pies and cheese, raspberry jam, apple-tarts, pork-pies, eggs, chicken, and pickles. Serve your guests any of these, and they’ll be feasting like a true hobbit would.
If you’re really inspired and daring, you can try recreating the hobbit-hole! While spending a little too much time on Pinterest one day, I found some of the most amazing cakes that I haven’t stopped thinking about, like this one, or this one, and my personal favourite! I actually attempted to recreate that last one, but it did not turn out that well. Give it a try though, because every party needs cake!
The Hobbit film won’t be in theatres until December 14, 2012, but you can still have a Lord of the Rings movie marathon to prepare for Bilbo and the dwarves’ epic adventure. Ten hours of Hobbit fun? Yes, please!
4. Dress up!:
Throw on a cloak, wear bright colours (chiefly green and yellow), grab a pipe, and make yourself some hobbit feet, because if Fan Expo 2012 taught me anything, it’s that people in costumes have the most fun.
Have anything else to add to the list? Let us know! And be sure to send us pictures if you try any of these.
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Don’t forget, this Friday is Second Breakfast day! Around the world people will be celebrating The Hobbit by having Second Breakfast at 11 am. Are you in? http://www.hobbitsecondbreakfast.com/