101 Middle Earth Party Ideas, Part One

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"If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world."
- J.R.R. Tolkien

If you are planning to host a Tolkien-themed party; either Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit, then you have come to the right realm!

We're sharing 101 Middle Earth Party Ideas right here, to provide you with hobbit-worthy inspiration and some freebies along the way.

So let's get started on our unexpected journey!

1. The Party Invitations

Your long-expected party will be quite unexpected without some beautiful invitations for your Middle Earth guests. You can order custom-made stationery, but this can be expensive.

If you are planning your party on a budget, there are plenty of DIY options, such as printing a simple design on brown paper, or purchasing printable invitations.

These can be instantly downloaded, edited then printed, all within a few minutes at home, such the ones we offer at The Digi Dame Party Shoppe.

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Here is how the DIY single-page parchment invitations were made.

You can see the DIY hobbit door invitations here.

Here is the tutorial on creating the handmade paper hobbit garden card/invitation.
2. Hobbit Door Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Bring the Shire to every Middle Earth sweet-tooth with these adorable little sweet treats, that are quite simple to make. See the full step-by-step tutorial

3. What about Elevenses?

Stuck on inspiration for a Middle Earth cake or cupcakes? Friends from every realm will love these ideas!

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Here is a full tutorial on creating your own hobbit-hole cake, such as this one.

4. The Great Eye

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5. Bilbo's Door Plates

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6. Map & Ring Favours

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7. Seed Cake Muffins

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“But I don’t mind some cake—seed-cake, if you have any.” - Balin

Create your own seed cake muffins and jam, by following this Pippin-endorsed recipe here.

8. Free Fonts

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To create your own invitations and decorations etc, you will definitely want to download some Tolkien fonts, as shown here.



9. Party Lights


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Don't follow the lights. Bring the soft light of Middle Earth to your party, with inspiration as shown here.



10. Gandalf's Mark

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“'Yes, yes, but that was long ago',” said Gloin. 'And I assure you there is a mark on this door — the usual one in the trade, or used to be. Burglar wants a good job, plenty of Excitement and reasonable Reward, that’s how it is usually read. You can say Expert Treasure-hunter instead of Burglar if you like. Some of them do. It’s all the same to us'.” - The Hobbit

Even if your front door was painted a week ago, let your party guests know that they have found the right place, with your own version of Gandalf's mark. There are decals you can purchase quite cheaply, or make your own decal by drawing/printing onto clear sticker paper.

11. Hobbit Style

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Decorate your party venue to resemble Bilbo's hobbit hole, with some props scattered around. Suggestions include:
* books
* maps
* candlesticks
* scrolls/parchment
* crockery
* one ring
* pipe
* quills & ink

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12. Beorn's Twice-Baked Honey Cake

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“This is what he promised to do for them. He would provide ponies for each of them, and a horse for Gandalf, for their journey to the forest, and he would lade them with food to last them for weeks with care, and packed so as to be as easy as possible to carry—nuts, flour, sealed jars of dried fruits, and red earthenware pots of honey, and twice-baked cakes that would keep good a long time, and on a little of which they could march far. The making of these was one of his secrets; but honey was in them, as in most of his foods, and they were good to eat, though they made one thirsty.” – The Hobbit


Bake like Beorn, with this recipe for twice-baked honey cake that is shared here.



13. DIY Inn


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Set up your own Prancing Pony or Green Dragon Inn party table, by decorating with wooden barrels, beer steins, pottery and a DIY sign.


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14. Hobbit Feet DIY

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"Their feet are covered with curly hair (usually brown, as is the hair on their heads) with leathery soles." - The Lord of The Rings


Follow this Frodo-worthy tutorial to create your own hobbit feet!




15. DIY Maps


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Learn how to create your own Middle Earth Map, with the tutorial shown here.


16. Goblets


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For atmosphere on a budget, use plastic goblets like the ones available here.



17. Find the Ring



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"Ash nazg thrakatulûk agh burzum-ishi krimpatul. One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them, One ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them." - The Lord of The Rings


Entertain your guests with a scavenger hunt to find the One Ring!



18. Lembas Bread Recipe

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"And look! More lembas bread." - Samwise Gamgee


Make your own with the above recipe. According to Legolas Greenleaf, one bite will fill a grown man!


19. Mushroom Cookies

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"Hobbits have a passion for mushrooms, surpassing even the greediest likings of Big People." - The Lord of The Rings


Hobbits love mushrooms! Get the shortcut to mushrooms (well, lookalikes anyway) here.


20. Fireworks

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 "squibs, crackers, backarrapas, sparklers, torches, dwarf-candles, elf-fountains, goblin-barkers and thunderclaps. They were all superb." - The Lord of The Rings


If you are able, include a fireworks display at your party, just as Gandalf did to celebrate Bilbo Baggins' eleventy-one years! Sparklers are a good alternative, if fireworks are not an option.



21. Official Journey


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Follow the filmmakers' lead and use these official tips for hosting a Hobbit party!


22. Elven Leaves

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Create your own Elven leaves to serve your second breakfast or elevenses, by drawing and cutting your own, or download our free printable here!



23. Middle Earth Biscuits



Here are some ideas on creating your own party biscuits/cookies, for your hungry guests to enjoy for elevenses or afternoon tea.



24. Middle Earth Map Nails

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We adore these Middle Earth Map nails! You can do these yourself, with DIY transfers, as shown at the Nailingtons tutorial here.



25. DIY Tauriel


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You can find an awesome tutorial on a DIY Tauriel costume here.



26. DIY Hobbit-Inspired Corset


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You can find an awesome tutorial on a DIY Hobbit corset costume here.



27. Mallorn Leaf Template


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You can find a recipe for healthy lembas recipe and a free template for a Mallorn Leaf wrap here.



28. Middle Earth Costumes


Below are a few links to DIY costume tutorials. We hope they bring you lots of inspiration and instruction!


Kids' Hobbit costume here


Dwarf beard here


Nazgul eye makeup here


Kids' costumes here



29. Witchking Headpiece


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No man can kill him! If you're a bit prone to evil, here is a full tutorial on creating your very own Nazgul Witch King mask.



30. Sew a Sting


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Here is a free pattern and full tutorial on making this plush Sting!



31. DIY Elf Ears


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To make your own elven ears out of Fimo clay, visit the tutorial here.



32. DIY Replica Smoking Pipe


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"In fact, it has been remarked by some that Hobbits real passion is for food...a rather unfair observation as we have also developed a keen interest in the brewing of ales and the smoking of pipe-weed...." (Concerning Hobbits -Ian Holm as Bilbo Baggins)



You can learn how to create a non-working replica by visiting the tutorial here.



33. Play Conkers


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"Well, I do have some skill at conkers, if you must know." (Bilbo Baggins, The Hobbit)



Gain some skill in the British childhood game of conkers with the tutorial here.



34. Gimli Costume DIY


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"It's true you don't see many dwarf women. And in fact, they are so alike in voice and appearance, that they are often mistaken for dwarf men. " - Gimli



DIY a Gimli costume, using the tutorial here.



35. The One Napkin Ring


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Use the One Ring as napkin ring favors for your Middle Earth guests, as shown here.



36. Troll Tag

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If you are hosting a party for Middle Earth children, play a game of Troll Tag, as detailed here.



37. It Stings!

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Purchase or DIY a spider pinata, and guests can "Sting" the pinata with a plastic sword until it bursts open.



38. Hobbiton Party


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Create authentic Hobbiton style for your outdoor party, by decorating with lanterns, fairy lights and bunting, as shown here.



39. The One Napkin Ring


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Use the One Ring as wine glass tags that your Middle Earth guests can take home, as shown here.



40. DIY Treebeard Costume


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"They found that they were looking at a most extraordinary face. But at the moment the hobbits noted little but the eyes. These deep eyes were now surveying them, slow and solemn, but very penetrating. They were brown, shot with a green light. Often afterwards, Pippin tried to describe his first impression of them. 'One felt as if there was an enormous well behind them, filled up with ages of memory and long, slow, steady thinking; but their surface were sparkling with the present; like sun shimmering on the outer leaves of a vast tree, or on the ripples of a very deep lake." - The Lord of The Rings


Use the step-by-step tutorial here to DIY your own awesome Treebeard costume or decoration!



41. Free Food Labels


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You can find a free download for food labels and more amazing party ideas, here.



42. Victorian Scones


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"Some called for ale, and some for porter, and one for coffee, and all of them for cakes . . . 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." - The Hobbit


Find an authentic recipe for Victoria scones here.



43. Raspberry Jam


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"'And raspberry jam and apple-tart,’ said Bifur." - The Hobbit


Find an 1861 recipe for raspberry jam, as requested by Bifur, here.



44. Apple Tart


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"'And raspberry jam and apple-tart,’ said Bifur." - The Hobbit


Find an 1861 recipe for apple tart, as requested by Bifur, here.



45. Bombur's Cookbook


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"I am too fat for such fly-walks. I should turn dizzy and tread on my beard, and then you would be thirteen again. " - Bombur


Find awesome Middle Earth recipes, including options from Bombur's Cookbook, from Warner Bros here.



46. Middle Earth Music


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"In this Music [the singing of the angels in harmony] the World was begun; for Iluvatar made visible the song of the Ainur,and they beheld it as a light in the darkness.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion


If you're wondering what tunes you can play at your Middle Earth party, why not play the movie soundtracks? You can find them here.



47. Drinks





"You can drink your fancy ales, you can drink them by the flagon, but the only brew for the brave and true….. COMES FROM THE GREEN DRAGON! " - Meriadoc Brandybuck & Peregrin Took


Ale, wine and mead are mentioned in Tolkien's writings. Also included are tea and coffee. In addition, Ent-draught, the orcs' vitality drink (which they call Grog), and Miruvor (a warm and fragrant clear cordial of the Elves) are detailed. Limpe is another drink of the elves.


You can create your own beer and wine labels using Canva here or Beer Labelizer here to DIY authentic Middle Earth beverages.


I have created some tea labels and pouches for you, which are available to download absolutely free. Click here to download. Enjoy!


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48. Mince Pies


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 "'And mince-pies and cheese,’ said Bofur." - The Hobbit


Find an 1861 recipe for mince pies, as requested by Bofur, here.



49. Pork Pie


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 "'And pork-pie and salad,’ said Bombur." - The Hobbit


Find a recipe for pork pie, as requested by Bombur, here.


The salad - The Victorian period was the inspirational era for Tolkien's writings. A Victorian salad consisted of a simple variety of leaves and herbs, with boiled eggs. If you wish to be really authentic, omit tomatoes, as Tolkien removed tomatoes from the second print edition and added pickles are requested by Gandalf. Cold chicken was also requested.


"‘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!’" - An Unexpected Party, The Hobbit



50. Tolkien Quote Printable



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Having created this printable wall art some time ago, we're now giving it to you, for use at your themed party. Click here to download your free printable.



Well, that means that we're halfway to our 101 Middle Earth Party Ideas! We hope that you have been inspired by Part One - Stay tuned for the next installment!


Until next time, keep preparing for your long-expected party!


Greetings from Middle Earth!

See Part Two of this series here.

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