your local library and pick up as many copies of The Hobbit
as you can. You may need to reserve the books ahead of time
(many library systems have interlibrary loans worked out where
they will bring in books from other branches.) These make
for GREAT table centerpieces, especially when they are propped
up so that one can see the open pages and pictures within.
dragon eggs as part of your decorations! Take a standard large
party balloon and blow it up just before it begins to get
the nose on the end. It should be a perfect egg
shape. Using the rubber mouth of the balloon to hold it, cover
the balloon with several layers of colored tissue paper and
liquid starch in a paper mache fashion. Cut off the nose and
youll have an amazing looking dragon egg! For more fun,
consider popping the balloon inside and removing
the rubber through a small hole. You can now insert secret
messages and the like to be used in a myriad of ways for your
party (they could be thank yous for your guests for
coming to your party and passed out at the end, they could
hold clues for a treasure hunt, they could have instructions
for the next activity (allowing the guests to choose which
egg to crack open next, etc.))
fun game prizes or great parting gifts, consider visiting
your local book store and providing copies of the Hobbit to
give to each party guest.
your party involves swimming (i.e. a summer pool party) let
them re-enact a part of the story where they find the ring
in the water. Have one person swim from one end of the pool
to the other underwater, releasing a metal ring at some point
along the way. Once they are out of the pool, the other party
guests will have to try and swim around the pool looking for
the ring. With all of the splashing that will ensure, it is
more difficult than it first seems!
several different font websites you can download the Elvish
font from the movie(s). This can be used in any number of
different ways. It can used as part of your invitations or
as part of an activity that you have planned by having messages
written in Elvish and having your guests translate the messages
using a decoder that you provide. You could even take this
activity a step further by providing the translating sheets
to your guests and allow them to write secret messages to
each other. As a helpful hint, if you want to write a secret
message, write in a regular font first, then just change the
font in WORD and youll have the message encoded!
you have access to a forested area (or your backyard has a
lot of trees) gather a bunch of walking sticks. These are
great to pass out to each guest as they enter your party.
You can either choose one for them or allow them to choose
from the ones youve gathered. You can also turn this
into an activity for younger guests by allowing them to draw
on their walking sticks with markers.
guests enter your party, consider playing music from the Lord
of the Rings movies or The Hobbit ( if you can get your hands
on it.) Although the music would be great to play throughout
the party to help keep the theme alive, its definitely
not necessary. Just having the music playing at the entrance
while your guests arrive is enough to make a great impression.