Lord of The Rings Cake by Auntie Susan
Last weekend I hosted a Lord of The Rings(LOTR) birthday party for my son. I have to say this was one of the more challenging birthday parties I've put together simply because LOTR is not the hot thing right now. Translation, no toys, no decorations, and no birthday ideas on Pinterest. That coupled with little time to plan a party required some quick thinking.
For the invitations I went with a rustic look. I found a free LOTR font called Ringbearer on Fontspace. I added a wax seal to the invitation like Gandalf does to seal the ring in the envelope. Since I didn't have a wax seal, I had to get creative. Instead of a seal I used a cheap metal cross that I placed into the hot wax, then I placed a thimble around it to make a circle shape. Surprised it worked? Me too!
Lets talk decorations,
The birthday banner was made to look like Bilbo Baggins birthday banner. I used craft paper and acrylics to make the sign.
If you read the book or saw the movie, then you know Bilbo Baggins had a similar sign posted on his fence. I printed one up with the font "Party Business" and placed it on the front door.
For the inside of the house, I tried to make it look like Bilbo's house. I printed out a map of middle earth and framed it with some black card stock. I found things around my house that looked like something Bilbo would have on his desk. I also distressed some paper and rolled it up to look like scrolls. Other decorations included a picture of Rivendell (salvaged from a PEZ box) which I framed and placed on a side table. If I had more time, I would have switched out family pictures for prints of Frodo, Bilbo, Gandalf, etc.
For the outside, I covered a beach cabana with a toy camouflage net. My logic for this was the hobbit homes were dome shape. Plus, the tent made a nice place for the kids to sit and eat lunch. I also covered a plastic picnic table/bench with some butcher paper colored to look like wood.
By the end of the party I felt like. . . well I think Bilbo said it best, "Why I feel all thin, sort of stretched, if you know what I mean: like butter that has been scraped over to much bread."