All great parties start days before with the baking. Especially Hobbit parties. Hobbits love their food.
This is the menu we chose, out of all the things hobbits would enjoy. We feel it got the basic elements.
For afternoon refreshments
For the Birthday Feast
Potato Soup - with bacon and cheese on top of course
Rustic loaves of fresh baked bread.
Roasted vegetables, tubers, brussel sprouts, carrots, yams, etc.
Home made ginger beer. (The Boy made it himself)
Tiny apple and pumpkin tarts
Seed Cake - (I found an old Victorian recipe that was probably close to what Tolkien had in mind on the internet. It has caraway seeds in it, and definitely improves over a day or two in flavor.)
Mounds of fresh whipped cream
Fresh Blackberries and strawberries
Hot Spiced Apple Cider
Food for the Journey (The Road goes ever on and on...)
Mini seed cakes
Fruit flavored gummies. (Trader Joe's)
Lollipops (Trader Joe's)
This was arranged as a little candy bar for guests to fill bags from as they left.
For pork pies I just used a turnover method that my mom used to make when I was little and packed in lunches. Pastry, cut in circles, filled, and then folded in half and pressed together with egg white.
It was a team effort.
The Boy's Auntie Haven made the fruit tarts. (He has the best aunties.)
|She took this picture.|
|The mini seed cakes.|
I was a dolt and didn't even think of taking pictures of the food when it was all ready. So this photo of my friend Suzy, in her awesome costume, with some of the table behind it is the best shot I have.
|Isn't she marvelous?|
It was a warmish day so my MIL set up shady places to rest. (He has the best Beema too.)
As with the food, the party was in 3 stages.
2pm - Lawn Games and Tournament
|Lawn bowling, with no lawn.|
|Me as an elf. Don't laugh too loud please.|
|Smallish hobbit receives his ball from a man of Gondor.|
|My son has the best uncles ever, seriously.|
|Small hobbit girl sounds the horn for the start of the tournament.|
|An easterling looks on.|
|Indiana Jones discovers he's on the wrong set. (My FIL pretended to read the invitation wrong.)|
|This magical container dispenses lemonade on command!|
|Seriously. The BEST uncles.|
5pm - Feasting
|Kid sized seating arrangements under the trees.|
6pm - Dancing followed by a Bonfire and the sharing of songs, riddle and poems. To coincide with dessert.
What can I say? My kid is a careful reader, and wanted all the hobbitish details.
Most of the kids really got into the dancing. Even the boys. My favorite part of the whole evening was watching the Boy dance with Little, who only wanted him, for 3 whole songs. He was a very attentive partner. My mama heart just soaked it all in, squeezed hard once or twice and maybe teared up just a tiny bit taking in that scene.
I have no photos of dessert, because it was after dark, just imagine mounds of whipped cream, berries, cake and those tarts from up above.
And then there was fire, and lots of riddles, and some poems, and one song. Then we sent our guests on their way with food for the journey.
The Boy is so blessed to have family and friends who will cook and decorate, and sword fight, and dress up all to honor him on his birthday. Well, and to have a jolly good time as well.
The hardest thing about throwing this party was that it was so cool I wanted to invite all my friends too. We will have to have another one day, and do just that.