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4 Tips for Hosting Hobbit Day at home this year

Can’t travel to New Zealand for International Hobbit™ Day but still want to join in the festivities? Use these helpful tips to create a festive feast fit for you and your fellowship in the comfort of your own home.

1. The key to a Hobbit’s heart is through their stomach

It wouldn’t be a Hobbit feast without plenty of good food and cheer.

Picture banquet tables piled high with Hobbit fare served family-style – from whole chickens and golden roasted potatoes to meat off the bone, cumberland sausages and butter braised mushrooms. Try a roast meat carvery with homemade breads, cheeses and fruits preserves. Be sure to have more than enough for your guests, and with enough for second helpings of course! You can see our Evening Banquet Tour menu for some inspiration here.

After dinner, it’s time for dessert. Rustic seasonal fruit tarts with fresh cream or custard are sure to be a treat, or try a butterscotch pudding with stewed peaches or pears! Serve it all with goblets and steins of your favourite ale, cider or mead and you’ve got yourself a feast fit for a Hobbit indeed!

2. Not your finest china

"Chip the glasses and crack the plates, blunt the knives and bend the forks!"

Okay, don’t do that, but be sure to avoid your nice china, cutlery and crockery for an authentic table setting. Hobbits are humble, happy-go-lucky folk who value peace and quiet over material things. Consider mismatched table wear, cloth napkins, rustic pottery pieces and candles for your dining table rather than a traditional matching set.

3. The sounds of the Shire

Make a playlist for the party with a combination of classic tracks from the films, teamed with Celtic-inspired jigs. Tracks featuring instruments such as a Fiddle, Tin Whistle and Flute feel right at home in the Shire and are used in the music we play in The Green Dragon™ Inn and by our live entertainment at International Hobbit Day each year.

Team this with the sound of a cracking fireplace and laughter and cheer from your guests and the ambience is set.

4. Dress the part to feel the part

A visit to a local secondhand shop could be just the trick if waist coats, breeches and hooded cloaks or shawls aren’t in your normal wardrobe. Stick to greens, browns, reds and yellows and be sure to go barefoot and let the hair on your toes run wild. If you don't want to be a Hobbit this year, choose your favourite character or creature from Middle-earth™ to fit the theme.