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…
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:
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)
And finally, to keep the guests out of the nearby kitchen, this has to be:
If you are planning to hold a Middle Earth themed party, here are some other awesome ideas you might want to include: