Hobbitses

Throw a Hobbit party!!

or at least get in the Hobbity spirit!

 

 

 

The final Hobbit movie is out today!!!! To celebrate, I wanted to share some inspiration and ideas for creating your own Hobbit and Middle Earth festivities!

 

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image given by the Hobbit films!

 

 

I actually threw a hobbit/LOTR themed birthday party (yeah, for adults.) a few years back. It was right around Hobbit day, September 22nd, which is the birthday of both Bilbo and Frodo.

 

So if you don’t have time to throw a party right now for the final film, just bookmark this page so you can throw a party for Hobbit day next year!

 

The Shire Sign

 

 

Without further ado, here are some suggestions for Hobbit shenanigans (Hobbit-nanigans? Hobnigans?) :

 

 

MUSIC

 

  • Listen to the music from the films! Howard Shore did a fantastic job creating the aural world of middle earth. Give him (and your elf ears) some love by listening to the soundtracks.
  • Are you in a symphonic band? Did you know that there was a Lord of the Rings symphonic suite written in the 1980s? Check it out! It was composed by Johan de Meij.
  • Check out this video of my roommate and I performing “Concerning Hobbits”
  • Want to play the music from Bilbo’s Birthday party? I transcribed it once for a friend. Check it out here:

 

  • That music (Which I decided to title “Shire shindig”) comes from the scene below:

 

 

 

FOOD and DRYNK

 

  • Make some food that one would find in Middle Earth:
    • Though I don’t believe they’re ever mentioned in the books, eating cherry tomatoes in a very sloppy manner would be fantastic, and remind me of one of my favourite scenes in the LOTR trilogy:

  • Cows were never mentioned. So no beef. But Fish, Pigs, and poultry are all game. Rashers of bacon are always appreciated.
  • Berries, mushrooms, pastries, breads, cheese, pickles.
  • POY-TAY-TOES

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  • Special items from middle earth: lembas bread, honey-cakes, cram.
  • Or just make something that LOOKS fitting or is cleverly titled:
    • A friend brought over a “yorkSHIRE pudding” for my party as well. It was fantastic!
    • I made this “one ring” cake (using a bundt pan. It fit exactly half of the inscription from the ring)

one cake to rule them all

 

  • Beverages are important of course!
    • Ale, wine, and mead all are quite fitting for middle earth:
      • “you can drink your fancy ales, you can drink them by the flagon, but the only brew for the brave and truuuuuuueeeeeee….. COMES FROM THE GREEN DRAGON!” (sung by Merry and Pippin whilst drinking and dancing on the table)

     

    • Ent-draught (an invigorating brew from the Ents)
    • Mirovor (a clear cordial from the elves)
    • Coffee, tea, and juice are viable alternatives for those not partaking in the alcohol.

     

     

    GAMES

    • There are plenty of LOTR-based games that exist (I’ve not played them. Feel free to leave comments about any of them if you have!)
      • Video: Various ones were made from companies such as Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment; Turbine, Inc; and Electronic Arts.
      • RPG (Role Playing Games): Middle-Earth Role Playing, Lord of the Rings Adventure Game
      • Tabletop: Other than there being a “Lord of the Rings” boardgame, there are also LOTR versions of Risk, Stratego, Monopoly, and Chess amongst others.
    • I was actually geeky enough to write a LOTR/Hobbit based fluxx game.
      • Since it’s an ACTUAL game written by a company, I will not share the game here as I’m pretty sure that’s against some copyright. But if you’re my friend and you want to play it, let me know! It’s actually pretty cool- and well-written if I do say so myself (I made a spreadsheet and everything).
    • You could write yourself a version of “heads up” in the spirit!
      • “heads up” is that game where the person who is “it” holds a card (or smart phone with app) up to their forehead and the other players need to get the person to say what is on the card.
      • You can write your own heads up game by writing flash cards using index cards or cut pieces of construction paper.
      • Things you could write on the cards include:
        • Characters: Gandalf, Frodo, Galadriel, Tom Bombadill, Fili and Kili, Eowyn, etc.
        • Races/Types of characters: Entwives, Elves, Orcs, Nazgul, Men, etc.
        • Places: Rivendell, Bag End, Green Dragon Inn, Mordor, Helm’s Deep, Erebor, etc.
        • Popular quotes: “It comes in pints?”, “one ring to rule them all”, “you shall not pass!”, “… and my axe”, “my precious”, etc.
        • People: JRR Tolkien, Peter Jackson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, etc.
        • Book or film names: “Battle of the Five Armies”, “Fellowship of the Ring”, “The Silmarillion”, etc.
      • Or just play any fun game they may have played: charades, musical chairs, sack races, horseshoes, etc.

     

     

    DECORATIONS

     

    • Banners, streamers, lights, candles, lanterns, and other festive décor can be utilized in feeling more festive in a proper style!

 

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  • Fireworks (or at least sparklers) would have been brought by Gandalf to add to the festivities! If you don’t have your own and live in the Orlando area, visit SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration, Universal Studios, or any of the Disney festivities to see some fun and festive fireworks displays!
  • Create your own sign!
    • One is a large piece of fabric that I painted with fabric paint to say “welcome to the shire” with the feel of Bilbo’s birthday banner.
    • Another is a door sign that says “No Admittance. Unless on Party Business (in which case, please come in)” J Like the one that Bilbo has on his door (but a bit friendlier). It’s also nice to just let people come in as they wish during a party without needing to get the door for everyone.

Welcome to the Shire Sign and no Admittance

  • Add some Hobbit-style goodness to other things around your home:
    • I made a geeky tree skirt for Christmas this year. The LOTR reference portion is the white tree of Gondor (Other bits include Doctor Who / Tardis, Harry Potter, and Sherlock).

Geeky Tree Skirt Geeky Tree skirt christmas tree

 

 

WORDS

 

  • Read passages from the Hobbit or LOTR books (out loud or to yourself). Try reading them in the voice of Gandalf. Or Gollum.
  • RIDDLES!
  • Learn some phrases in a middle earth language (Sindarin, Entish, Quenya, etc)
    • Gi nathlam hi = you are welcome here (Sindarin)
    • Dol gin lost = your head is empty (Sindarin)
    • Heca = scram! (Quenya)
    • Mara Mesta = Good journey (Quenya)
    • You can just mumble low and long to attempt a phrase in Entish….. no matter what, you’ll likely not speak it correctly, unless you’re an Ent.
  • Poems
    • Have a haiku or a limerick competition. Or just a giant piece of paper on the wall where people can write their own poems.
  • Give the gift of a homemade card for your friends, or draw your own map of middle earth. Use this one I made below as inspiration:
  • tolkien hobbit LOTR graduation hand made card

     

     

    ADVENTURE

     

    • Go on an adventure! Go find something new and try it out!
    • Go on a trip somewhere unexpected! Throw a dart at a map of your city, or of the globe! You never know what sort of fun crazy stories you’ll have to write in your own “there and back again” book.

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    • Go visit nature! Take a walk in the woods, or some cavern- but look out for dragons (unless it’s the green dragon inn… then go get thyself a pint!)
    • If you’re near Orlando, go on your own quest and visit It’s a Trap! A Room Adventure in Orlando (click here for information)!
      • It’s a Trap is a place where you work together with a group of 8 or less people (you need not know them prior to the adventure. One does not always get to choose quest partners) in order to solve a mystery by finding clues hidden around a room. There are currently 4 games total in 2 different rooms. One of the rooms happens to be a Wizard’s Hut- so it’s quite fitting.
      • I actually helped kickstart this place- and I got to go to a beta test of it. The quest we did was in the wizard’s hut and had a dragon character that talked to us! It’s definitely worth a visit. Below are some poor iphone photographs of the inside of the hut (taken with permission. And no spoilers!)


    Its a Trap TreeIts a Trap Dragon

    • Or go have a pint at the Cloak and Blaster! They have games and hobbit-inspired food as well as Hobbit-Hour (much like happy hour, but more geeky/awesome)

    Click here for more info about The Cloak and Blaster in Orlando

     

     

     

    And last but most certainly not least,

     

    GO SEE THE FILM!

    Click here for the Fandango movie overview

    (Or see the previous films! Or go see the old cartoon one!)

     

    image from Fandango

     

     

    oh, but check with your closest friends first, unless you want to no longer be friends:

     

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    Geeky British Party!

    By now, you’re all likely well aware of my geeky tendencies. You’re also likely aware of my love for hosting events. Here is an example of how those items came together in:

     

    A Geeky British Party!!

     

    Another awesome geeky friend of mine had a birthday about a week prior to mine, so we decided to throw a joint birthday party of geekery. Not wanting to leave people out by choosing just one geekdom, we decided to give it the theme of “Birthday Invasion of the British Geekdom”

    brit party

     

    Just in case you have any sort of inkling for doing this sort of thing, here’s a list of the fandoms we pulled from for inspiration:

    Harry Potter
    Doctor Who
    Monty Python
    Sherlock
    Shakespeare
    It Crowd
    Alice in Wonderland
    Peter Pan
    JRR Tolkien
    Mary Poppins
    Winnie the Pooh
    King Arthur
    Torchwood
    Downton Abbey
    James Bond
    Beatles / British invasion
    Eddie Izzard
    Stephen Fry / Hugh Laurie
    Peter Pan
    Peter Rabbit
    Guy Fawkes
    Vicar of Dibley
    Black Adder
    Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
    Robin Hood
    Father Ted
    Mrs Brown’s Boys
    Brave
    Austin Powers
    Red Dwarf
    … (etc) …

     

    Yeah, that’s a lot of stuff. But oh boy was it fun to come up with ideas. We planned games (and wrote a few ourselves), asked people to dress up, made themed food and drinks, and added plenty of fun decor to the house.

     

    I certainly cannot fit all of this into one post, so I will begin with our food planning. Some items were simply British but most had some geeky theme:

     

    FOOD (with geeky British twists)

     

     

    The restaurant at the end of the universe

    The restaurant at the end of the universe (just one of our tables full of food)

    Including plenty of Brit foods such as marmite, HP sauce, Nando’s sauce, Malt vinegar, Hobnobs, and more.

    Though this is the only photo of the Edamame, which we named “Silurian Pods.”

     

    Cucumberbatch sandwiches- get it?

    Cucumberbatch sandwiches- get it?

    Bread (with the crust cut off, of course), cream cheese, and cucumbers.

    Because I like flavor, I added some extra herbs and seasonings to my cream cheese. I did it the same way as when I made avocado cucumber triscuit snacks (click here for the recipe).

     

    Mrs. Loveitt's meat pies from Sweeny Todd (sans human)

    Mrs. Loveitt’s meat pies from Sweeny Todd (sans human)

    I wanted to make something like a pastie, which are quite popular in the UK. I knew it would be easier to handle at a party than making a pot pie. These came out great! Writing out the recipe takes a bit too much for this post, perhaps I’ll do another post on it later.

     

    I am the eggman

    I am the eggman deviled eggs.”goo goo goo joob”

    To make the “pretty” egg swirl, use a pastry or frosting bag with a star tip.

     

    Dowager Countess Chicken Salad Tea Sandwiches

    Dowager Countess Chicken Salad Tea Sandwiches

     

    "Always bring a banana to a party!" - 10th Doctor

    “Always bring a banana to a party!” – 10th Doctor

    I also somehow missed getting a photo of my bowtie pasta salad (because bowties are cool). Too bad.

     

    Because Gingers have no souls.

    Because Gingers have no souls.

     

    A Bit of Fry and Laurie

    A Bit of Fry and Laurie

    If you haven’t seen the show- go do it. It’s sketch comedy with two fantastic british actors: Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie.

     

    Marshmellow adipose

    Marshmellow adipose

    the fat walks right into your tummy

    …the fat walks right into your tummy

    These little guys were easily made using large and mini marshmallows. Glue the arms and legs on using frosting (or cream cheese) and draw faces on them using frosting. Even one of those little frosting gel pens would work.

     

    Cassandra Pizza

    Cassandra Pizza

     

    Here’s a photo of Cassandra (the last human) with Rose Tyler   (from withanaccent.com)

    One of our friends brought us this awesome homemade Cassandra pizza! If you don’t know Cassandra, check the photo above. She’s the last human, a character we all love to despise from Doctor Who.

     

    Neverland (with hook's ship), so long and thanks for all the fish. Merging geekdoms is fun!

    Neverland (with hook’s ship), so long and thanks for all the fish. Merging geekdoms is fun!

     

    second star to the right and straight on 'till morning!

    second star to the right and straight on ’till morning!

     

    Fish n Chips. Get it? HA!

    Fish n Chips. Get it? HA!

    Neither of us like fish, so we didn’t want to cook any. This was a great alternative- and punny :)

     

     

    Tots + curry dip. The potato reference is from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

    Tots + curry dip.
    The potato reference is from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

     

     

    Smarties Cereal

    Smarties Cereal

     

    Sir Issac Fig Netwtons, Jammy Dodgers, Shortbread. Elsewhere, we have "Cake or death" ala Eddie Izzard.

    Sir Issac Fig Netwtons, Jammy Dodgers, Shortbread.
    Elsewhere, we have “Cake or death” ala Eddie Izzard.

     

    Rummy Pooh Bears

    Rummy Pooh Bears

    I actually have a post on this one! If you’d like to know how to make Rummy bears (they’re very easy), click here. I serve them in shot glasses to make it easier to have a single serving, but while they’re “marinating,” I leave them all together.

    rummy bears

     

    Sir Francis BACON!!!  tee hee!

    Sir Francis BACON!!!
    tee hee!

     

    Ollivander's wands (pretzel sticks with dip)

    Ollivander’s wands
    (pretzel sticks with dip)

    Nearby we also had “strawberry fields forever” and “apple records” for dipping. Sadly, I forgot to set out the Brie for “let it Brie.”

     

    Bring us a SHRUBBERY!

    Bring us a SHRUBBERY!

     

    "I'm in an Ethical Pickle" Gotta love the IT crowd

    “I’m in an Ethical Pickle”
    Gotta love the IT crowd

     

    Dalek Cupcakes, brought in by another friend of ours!

    Dalek Cupcakes, brought in by another friend of ours (who came dressed as Ferb to the party)

    As for the cupcakes, we were able to “exterminate” them.

     

    Just a spoonful of sugar from Mary Poppins (in reality, they're pumpkin cake pops)

    Just a spoonful of sugar from Mary Poppins
    (in reality, they’re pumpkin cake pops)

     

    Note that we did not serve SPAM. Because “I don’t like SPAM!”

     

     

    Drinks! (with geeky British twists)

    I wasn’t cool enough to get photos of the drinks we came up with. Sorry guys, guess I was too busy having fun by then.  But here’s a quick list of some of our drink options:

     

    – Butterbeer! (alcoholic)

    – Your father’s Pimm’s cup (it’s like a normal pimm’s cup, but with added elderflower liquor. “Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!“)

    – Pumpkin juice (ala Harry Potter)

    – Mad Hatter’s Tea

    – Champagne Supernova (a twist on a mimosa)

    – Assorted fitting malt beverages including Monty Python’s Holy (gr)Ale, Hobgoblin (we called it gringott’s ale), Samuel Smith’s hard cider (from Apple records).

    – Sonic Screwdriver (Vodka and OJ with a twist)

    – Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster (mountain dew)

     


     

    If you’d like more ideas, visit our pinterest folder that was used for a lot of our inspiration:

    http://www.pinterest.com/museinitiative/british-geek-party-ideas/

     

     

    Thanks to all of our friends who showed up and humoured us with their dressing up (I wish I got more photos!!) and playing our games. We had a great time!

    geeky british party friends

    geeky british party friends

     

     

    Thank you all for reading! Stay tuned for more posts about this party including our made-up games, costumes, and fun decoration ideas!

     


     

    Interested in seeing other British things?

    click here to learn about my visit to Brew Dog pub in London

    things you drink brew dog

     

     

     

    OR click here to learn about my walk over the O2 in London- you can do it too!

    top of the o2

     


     

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    Hobbit Graduation Card

    Has anyone else tried finding a decent graduation card for someone this year? … I looked & have come to the conclusion: GRADUATION CARDS ARE BORING.

     

    Rather than fork out my money for a lackluster symbol of my congratulations, I decided to MAKE a graduation card for a special graduate I know.

     

    tolkien hobbit LOTR graduation hand made card

    also, this post is out in time for you all to celebrate

     

    Geek Pride Day (May 25)

     

    Geek Pride Day is an initiative to promote Geek culture, cosplay, and the like.  So go forth and celebrate time travel, wear your one ring, drink your butterbeer, daydream, assemble!, read a book, fight some crime, and for all of these shenanigans: may the force be with you.

     

    May 25th was chosen as the date in order to commemorate the first Star Wars release (some people even consider this day “Star Wars Day” over May the 4th), though it also shares a date with references from the Discworld series as well as Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

     

    Click here to learn more about Geek Pride Day

     

     

    Hobbit Lord of the Rings card home made

     

    Oh right, back to the graduation card….

     

    This was written/drawn with ink and quill (yes, olde-style dipped ink), though you could do it with a pen or a sharpie even…. just try it!

     

    I cannot draw.  Seriously.  This is about as good as it gets (I cannot even draw a straight line), so I had to choose an idea for a card that would fit with my level of drawing ability and my geek knowledge.

     

    I also love to age paper whenever I can (look forward to a post later on coffee/tea staining… though if you request it, I can expedite it!), so I purchased blank cards from Michaels and aged them, let them dry, then drew on them with the ink via quill.

     

    map of middle earth

     

    One of my first ideas for the inside of the card was to mention something along the lines of :  You’ve defeated SMOG Graduate School! Now you can return to the Shire real life! Huzzah!

     

    Then I decided I could find some cool Sindarin (one of the Tolkien Elvish languages) phrase of sorts to add to the inside, so I did!

     

    Had I the time, I would have written the message in Sindarin letters, but alas.

     

    tolkien hobbit LOTR graduation hand made card Sindarin Elvish

     

    Elvish Sindarin phrase

     

    If you’d like some Sindarin / Elvish phrase ideas, click here.

     

     

    I also wanted the envelope to match and hint at the Tolkien Middle Earth Map.  It worked, of course- he knew that it was Tolkien-esque :)

    LOTR envelope style idea

     

     

    And once again, the final product:

    tolkien hobbit LOTR graduation hand made card

     

    I hope this helps to inspire you to do something fun and geeky today!  Enjoy, fellow muggles!

     

    Want another geeky idea?  How about making some Geeky Cupcakes!  Featuring Star Wars and Superheroes!

    Or perhaps you want to learn about another random holiday?

     

    • What did you do to celebrate Geek Pride Day?
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