Hobbit Party (2013)

{This post was written months ago and I am finally getting around to finishing it}

     Last weekend was the Third Annual Facista Family Hobbit Party! It was so much fun and I am so thankful to everyone who could come! 

I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve!  

This year, I was a complete failure at actually documenting the party. But I swear, it was awesome! I wanted to share the photos I did manage to take and some sources that I found inspirational when planning this year's party! (Is it too early to start planning for next year?!)

Because Hobbit Day is on the first day of fall, for our color scheme we went with traditional fall hues like orange, brown, and hints of green! 

     Our menu consisted of lots of homemade food and desserts, all fit for a hobbit of course! When planning a menu for a Hobbit party, think of foods like meat pies, turkey legs, potatoes, and biscuits! Basically, anything simple and delicious and not too fancy. This year, we only served dinner (but you could have second breakfast or lunch as well!), and our menu consisted of shepherd's pie, vegetable soup (for my vegetarian friends), garden salad, and buttered bread. For appetizers, we set out lembas bread (pita bread with spinach dip), little crackers, lots of fruits and veggies, caramel popcorn, pistachios, and mushrooms! And, of course, dessert was basically the main course! We made pumpkin pie, peach cake, honey cupcakes, berry cupcakes, and chocolate mug-cakes! To drink, we had tons of beer, wine, and soda pop. I decorated the ice chest with green fabric and dubbed it the Green Dragon & put all of the soda in a wheelbarrow filled with ice.

I made simple treat-bags for guests to take home extra goodies (seen in the picture above)! I tied a little golden ring to each bag so everyone would get a ring of their own and wrote a little sign (that I totally forgot to take a picture of) that said something along the lines of "Treats for the road and to enjoy at home sweet home". 

This year's party was so fun and I can't wait for next year's! I love planning and putting it all together and I hope everyone had a good time at the party :)

The general rule is: there are no rules, when it comes to planning a Hobbit party. If there's a lot of food and everyone's happy, you're basically set.

Happy party planning and may the hair on your toes never fall out!

P.S. I think it's perfectly acceptable to have a hobbit-y celebration no matter what time of year, so if you're feeling inspired, it's totally not weird at all. Go for it! You only live once (unless you're Gandalf).