“Now we are all here!” said Gandalf, looking at the row of thirteen hoods- the best detachable party hoods- and his own hat hanging on the pegs. “Quite a merry gathering! I hope there is something left for the latecomers to eat and drink!”The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien
While to a Hobbit, good food and drink are undoubtedly the important part of a party, with a little bit of extra effort, your human guests can be transported to a Bilbo Baggins’ comfortable Hobbit hole in the Shire.
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Looking for a reason to throw a Hobbit party?
- Hobbit Day [September 22]
- The Hobbit movie marathon
- Hobbit games night
- April 25-26, when fans estimate this Unexpected Party took place, marking the beginning of the quest.
“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.”
Bring your guests into the comfort of a Hobbit home. With rooms lined with panelled wood walls, tiled floors with carpet and polished wooden chairs, the true focal point of Bilbo’s house, is his pantry (of which he has several).
Placed as the backdrop to your dining table, an affordable pantry display can be created with a selection of items found in big box stores like Walmart, Kmart or ASDA, the grocery store and op shops.
Start by collecting an array of wooden boxes and woven baskets. in a variety of sizes. Fill these with vegetables and some fruits, such as:
- brushed potatoes
To create the illusion of large baskets of overflowing with food but without buying so many vegetables, turn a large bowl upside down and place it inside the basket. Scrunch a large amount of brown paper or newspaper to cover the bowl and place the vegetables or fruits on top.
Preserved food in your cupboard can also be included in your Hobbit pantry backdrop.
Upgrade commercial packaged glass jars of jams, pickles and vinegars by covering the tops with squares of fabric and tying twine to attach. Remove the labels where possible, otherwise turn the jars so the labels are facing the back of the shelf.
If your own pantry is a little bare, empty glass jars can be filled with dried beans for an affordable display. These ingredients also keep for a long periods of time for later use.
With enough planning, cut and hang up herbs to air-dry such as bay leaves, rosemary and thyme.
Finish off your pantry display with hanging garlic garlands and onions.
Extend the cosy rustic atmosphere to your serving ware at your table. Serve food in wooden bowls, breads in smaller wicker baskets, or create grazing platters with large wooden cutting boards.
Rustic textured plates can be found in most big box stores. Mugs from the same collection can be used, if wooden tankards are too difficult to find.
Finish off your Hobbit table with candles for lighting so your guests can see.
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When scent is used subtly, it will create an atmosphere reminiscent of Bilbo’s warm, earthy home. Too much, and it can cause headaches for sensitive guests.
Select beeswax candles for your table, as these would have been found in the Shire. Beeswax has a sweet honeyed scent with a touch of warmth, sometimes described as ‘sweet hay’.
If you use an aroma diffuser or scented candles try oak or ash capturing the fragrance of The Old Forest near the Shire, or use pine or cedar wood, But keep it to a minimum. The use of scent should not be noticeable, rather should simply feel you’ve stepped into a clean warm room.
Additionally, Bilbo’s tunnel in his house is described as ”without smoke’, however as Bilbo is introduced to us as ‘standing at his door after breakfast smoking an enormous long wooden pipe’. A candle with a subtle hint of tobacco would likely complete the atmosphere.
Before your guests arrive, set your playlist to The Hobbit soundtrack so as they enter, they know they have finally made it to the Shire.
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‘A little beer would suit me better, if it is all the same to you, my good sir,” said Balin with the white beard. “But I don’t mind some cake – seed-cake, if you have any.”
“Lots!” Bilbo found himself answering, to his surprise; and he found himself scuttling off, too, to the cellar to fill a pint beer-mug, and then to a pantry to fetch two beautiful round seed-cakes which he had baked that afternoon for his after-supper morsel.
“And more cakes- and ale- and coffee, if you don’t mind,” called the other dwarves through the door.
“And raspberry jam and apple tart,” said Bifur.
“And mince-pies and cheese,” said Bofur.
“And pork-pie and salad,” said Bombur.
A big jug of coffee had just been set in the hearth, the seed-cakes were gone, and the dwarves were starting on a round of buttered scones when there came- a loud knock.
Eggs, chicken, pickles
“Put on a few eggs, there’s a good fellow!” Gandalf called after him, as the hobbit stumped off to the pantries. “And just bring out the cold chicken and pickles!”
“Come along in, and have some tea!” he managed to say after taking a deep breath.
Already it had almost become a throng. Some called for ale, and some for porter, and one for coffee, and all of them for cakes; so the hobbit was kept very busy for a while.
“Quite a merry gathering! I hope there is something left for the latecomers to eat and drink! What’s that? Tea! No thank you! A little red wine, I think for me.”