Moments from our Hobbit Party (2016)

     Today was a good one. We just walked our neighbors home and are settling in for the night after a long day of feasting with friends, our fifth annual Facista family Hobbit party! Every year gets better, bigger, busier, and more wonderful. I'm thankful for days like this, celebrating my favorite author and unofficial patron saint, the changing season, and any excuse to throw a huge party and invite all of our friends. 

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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). 

Hobbit Party 2012 (In Dominica!)

This year's Hobbit party was amazing! I am so glad to have made such wonderful friends here in Dominica. Days like today make me especially sad to leave.

The Food

As you all know, the most important part of a Hobbit Party is the food. We went all out getting ready for this party, and the end result was an amazing feast of glorious goodies! 

  • Super chocolatey "Mount Doom" cupcakes!
  • Mini strawberry & blueberry muffins
  • Turkey and Ham mini sandwiches! I put them in the oven for a few minutes before we ate so that the cheese would be all melted and the bread would be toasted. They were amazing! I used the sweet Hawaiian rolls so they were a perfect blend of sweet and salty. 
  • A delicious blueberry pie that I found in the freezer aisle at IGA 
  • My mini sandwiches, a biscuit, and an amazing bowl of vegetable soup made by Mitzi!
  • A delicious pastry puff topped with peach slices, strawberries and whipped cream. 

The View

The view from the Loys' balcony is amazing. You can basically see all of Picard (the area where we live) and a lot of Portsmouth as well! If I lived at their house, I would probably never ever go inside. 

The Friends & The Fun

We had a ton of fun at our party, though none of it was actually Hobbit related (other than the massive amount of food we ate). We had "The Fellowship of the Ring" playing on the TV, which Liz's two sons seemed to enjoy. Apparently it was their first time seeing the films, which made me get all nostalgic and sappy and I kept accidentally giving parts of the movie away and feeling really bad afterwards. I sat and watched for a bit of the movie, but nobody else was quite as nerdy as me so I ended up joining in on the conversation back at the table. We also played a few super fun games. I can't remember their names but they were similar to a mixture of Taboo and Guesstures, where you can't say a specific word and your team has to guess what you're trying to describe. Anyways, my team won 2 out of 3 of the games so I'm feeling pretty good about that! (Take that, Mitzi & Crystine!) 

At the end of the party, I gave Liz all of my baking stuff. It was kind of a sad feeling to know that I am done baking on this island, but it was also really awesome to have a friend to pass all my things onto, and I'm also excited to come home. It is finally setting in that I am about to leave.

Planning A Hobbit Party

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As I'm sure you all know (just kidding, I'm not going to assume you are as dorky as me), this week is considered Tolkien week in the nerd community, and this year we have an extra special Tolkien week coming up because...

September 21 marks the 75th anniversary of the publishing of Tolkien's "The Hobbit"

AND, of course, September 22is the annual birthdays of our favorite Hobbits, Bilbo & Frodo Baggins!

This year, we are planning an extra special Hobbit Party because it's also (somewhat) serving as my going-away party from Dominica! This year is also especially exciting because I am pregnant and always feel like eating Hobbit food :)

Our Hobbit Party last year (that we threw in our apartment back in Phoenix) was all kinds of good fun.

Decorations:

  • I wrote on our giant white board
  • I turned our hallway into Fangorn Forest complete with Treebeard
  • I put up bunting and streamers all about

Activities:

  • We watched the Lord of the Rings films (obviously)
  • We made corn cob pipes and offered pipe tobacco for our smoker friends to enjoy on the patio
  • Eating (yes, that counts as an activity)

Main Course: (we needed two because we watched all 3 movies in a row)

  • Shepherd's Pie
  • Vegetable Soup

Snacks & Dessert: 

  • Slices of bread with butter and cheese
  • "Po-ta-to" chips
  • Strawberries & whipped cream
  • Marshmallow fondant mushrooms
  • Blueberries and cream cupcakes
  • "Lembas bread" (pita bread) and spinach dip
  • Broccoli & ranch dip
  • Grapes
  • "Dead Marshes" chocolate pudding

Drinks:

  • "Ent Draught" which was green kool-aid mixed with sprite
  • "Ale from the Green Dragon" (I think it was really just PRB)

And now, for this year... 

I'm gathering all kinds of ideas and getting really excited about our party. It will be very different this year for a few reasons: it won't be held at our house & living in Dominica makes it hard to find too much Hobbit food. But I guarantee it will still be awesome.

I've started a board on Pinterest for inspiration. Feel free to check it out if you need help planning your own Hobbit party: 

"September 22" Pinterest Board

I'll post a few more times thoughout the week about what I've decided to make :)

Happy Hobbit party planning!