A Middle Earth Themed Party For The Hubby

The man in the house turned a year older recently, and of course, he just had to have a creative celebration. Hip! Hip! Hooray!

Last year, I designed a Naruto themed dinner party for him. Somehow, I thought it would be challenging to top that, since he’s a huge fan of Naruto and nothing else. I had asked him how he wanted his birthday celebration to be, but he decided to leave everything to me. What to do? What to do?

Oh well, if you don’t want it your way, then let’s have it my way. (Yay!) Thankfully, I do love a bunch of action/adventure stuff, and because the Lord of The Rings books and films are right at the top of the list (or somewhere there), then that’s what it shall be. (It would have been fun to dress up as Arwen…but with busy weeks/days leading to the celebration, I couldn’t do that).

And so, weeks before, the planning started. There was no question about having a banner similar to Bilbo’s in the first LOTR film – we just have to have that! But because of limited space and cold climate, we couldn’t have a big outdoor evening party with all the dancing, eating and fireworks. Besides, Gandalf was probably too busy playing chess at the park with Charles Xavier.

I suppose it’s time to let the pictures do much of the talking, eh? So, let’s bring them in…

middle earth party decor

This is what greeted the guests at the entry!

middle earth party props

This signage was by the main entry table.

This DIY project was probably my favourite – printable signs that look like wooden arrows! After seeing a few wooden arrows on Etsy bearing names of beloved fictional places, I thought, why not design a printable version for those on smaller budgets or those who aren’t confident enough with their carpentry skills to pull it off? These printable ‘wooden’ arrows are so easy to cut and assemble and perfect as temporary/short-term decors… which is just the case with parties. Even hubby, who’s an amazing artist himself, was quite impressed with these arrow signs ‘coz “they looked much like real wood”, he said.

Moving on, we’ve got the buffet table:

middle earth party

Yeah, I know, I should’ve removed the foil cover, as well as the bread basket cover. ‘Sigh’

I tried to imagine what sort of food containers they would use in the hobbits’ Shire – rustic baskets, wooden boards/bowls/plates, maybe some ceramic containers too. Then, to keep in with the rustic character, neutral and earth colours should be in abundance. I just had to add a leafy/flowery vine at the back, because we’ve seen how lovely the fields and the gardens are at The Shire in the LOTR films.

The menu for the evening composed of:

  • Slices of rustic-looking bread
  • A variety of cheese on a wooden board
  • Bilbo’s Beef Stew (Chilli con Carne, served with sour cream and cheese)
  • Steamed Jasmine rice
  • Rocky Road To Mordor (Homemade rocky road slices)
  • Arwen’s Lemon Slices (Homemade lemon slices, ‘coz they seem to be as lovely and delicate as Arwen)
  • Potato, Egg & Bacon Salad (Sam loved his ‘taters, remember?)
  • Fresh Fruits
  • Honey Garlic Barbecue Chicken
  • Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing
  • Rockmelon & Cherries Salad (brought by one of the guests)
rocky road to mordor

Sliced crusty bread (covered in the basket), cheeses on the wooden board, fruits and desserts

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Bilbo’s Beef Stew (one bowl has mild chilli, while the other has stronger chilli)

And finally, to keep the guests out of the nearby kitchen, this has to be:

lotr signs

If you are planning to hold a Middle Earth themed party, here are some other awesome ideas you might want to include:

Spongebob Squarepants Themed Birthday Party

A few days to go and the new SpongeBob Squarepants movie will be out in the cinemas! Hurray!

Speaking of SpongeBob (which is one of my nephews’ most favorite shows), I’d like to share one of my nephews’ birthday celebration last year. Because they were so into SpongeBob at that time, I suggested a SpongeBob themed celebration. Boy, we were so excited to try to create a Krabby Patty!

Using The Quirky Briars’ SpongeBob Squarepants Birthday Bunting printable, I made this banner with an assortment of skinny ribbons which colors seemed to coordinate with the panels’ colors.

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The white net (it’s really a net for protecting fruit trees from birds) added that under-the-sea/beach effect to the presentation.

In the weeks prior to the birthday, I did some research as to the names of foods that were served at one time or another in Krusty Krabb – the ever famous restaurant where SpongeBob works. Then I had to get my imagination to work and come up as to what can play as what kind of food.  Here’s what I had come up with so far….

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And finally….Krabby Patties!!! (with fresh greens from the backyard garden)

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…and some more!

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I had stuck a piece of paper on the door at the last minute. Here’s that piece of paper, as captured by my phone’s camera:

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Well, yup, the little kiddos loved the theme and the celebration. Wish I could recreate this in celebration of the new SpongeBob movie. 🙂

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