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Lord of the Rings Party

My first party when we moved into our new home in Columbia, Missouri was a Lord of the Rings party on Halloween night. Unlike previous parties at our old house, this time I really went all out on decorations, food, and activities for the kids. It was a great success, which led to more parties, including what has now become a fun tradition: our yearly Halloween party at the Shire (the nickname given to our house by our friends).

It all began with this Lord of the Rings party…

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Lord of the Rings Party Decorations

Lord of the Rings Party Templates and printer

Foam board or piece of wood

Antiqued paper

Black posterboard

Yellow balloon

Red, orange, yellow, and black acrylic paint and paintbrush

White foam ring (avoid green or you'll have to use more spray paint)

Gold spray paint and gold chain

Wood paneling

Shower curtain and curtain rod to hang

Green and red streamers

Reddish-brown or grey cardstock (for bricks around Hobbit door)

Art tracing projector

Pencil, markers, and silver paint pen

White butcher paper

Lord of the Rings Party Games & Activities

Lord of the Rings Fellowship Quest (Scavenger Hunt) PDF with

printables (check it out in my Shop)

Printed clues (on antiqued paper)

Various props

Map of Middle Earth

Someone to dress as Frodo

Lord of the Rings Party Favors

Favor bags (in your preferred color choice)

My Precious stencil (or similar - "The Road Goes Ever On" party

decoration below would make a good stencil for a favor bag as well) 

Acrylic paint and stencil sponge or brush

Party favors

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Lord of the Rings Party Decorations

Lord of the Rings Party Decorations Fit for a Hobbit (or Wizard...or Elf...)

With this being my first official party in our new home, I wanted to make it special. I dove headfirst into Pinterest and created a party board that continues to out-do all my other boards to this day. It was huge. So many ideas and a lot of time (I started 3 months ahead of the party date) - it was a combination that might drive some party planners mad. But I think the decorations you'll see below are proof that I didn't go off the deep end...at least not too far.

"I will be waiting for you at the Inn of the Prancing Pony."

The sign at the Prancing Pony Inn was prominently displayed in the first Lord of the Rings film as the four hobbits made their way through the village of Bree to join Gandalf. This sign was drawn on a piece of foam board to make it stand out and appear more 3-dimensional. The wood backing is a pre-made sign from a local craft store.

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No Admittance!

I used a decorative metal sign as the background for this memorable quote from the first Lord of the Rings film: No Admittance Except on Party Business! The font is “Party Business,” which I found on DaFont.com for free, along with a couple other LOTR-themed font styles. We placed the sign on our front door, and I heard a few snickers from guests who read it as they entered.

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One Ring to Rule Them All

Our Ring of Power was much simpler to deal with than the real thing, I imagine. It is constructed from a white, styrofoam floral ring, which you can find at your local craft store. I chose the white (vs. green) styrofoam as it meant I wouldn’t have to use as much gold glitter spray paint to get good coverage. This prop (if covered with a clear coat to keep the glitter from going everywhere) can also be used for a spirited game of “Hot Ring of Power” (a.k.a. Hot Potato). Although I didn’t think of this at the time, a couple of handmade flags hanging alongside the One Ring would have looked nice. These would be fairly simple to create with a good stencil.

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The Eye is Always Watching...

Although I am not much of a painter, this worked out fairly well. The eye is a yellow balloon which I painted with short brush strokes in red, orange, yellow, and black. The tower of Barad-dur is simply black poster board. In retrospect, I would have preferred a more 3-dimensional tower (below), which I could have used as a table decoration, but time was limited.

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"You shall not pass!"

This is arguably Gandalf’s most famous line out of all three movies…so I couldn’t leave it out, right? I used these door hangers to keep guests from wandering into bedrooms and my craft room, which is where we put all the stuff we don’t want anyone to see during parties. 

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The Road Goes Ever On...

This image always sticks in my mind when I think of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, which is why I think it would make a wonderful backdrop for a snack table. Antiqued bulletin board paper would do the trick. Add a couple strands of warm white LED lights for a lovely effect..

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Not All Who Wander Are Lost

This digitally drawn and painted banner can be hung 2 different ways and comes with complete instructions for both methods. If you're looking for a unique banner that works for birthdays or Halloween, you've found it! Learn more in my Party Shop!

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Speak Friend and Enter

So this project looks much more time consuming than it really was. Luckily, I had some white butcher paper on hand for my kids art projects that I used to create this striking entrance into the Mines of Moria. A projector, pencil, silver paint pen, and one night was all it took to bring the door to life. I added the silver, wooden letters (“Enter”) to give the door a more 3-dimensional appearance (and also to provide a hiding place for one of the Fellowship Quest clues).

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The Old Forest

There are 4 forests mentioned in the Lord of the Rings books, but recreating one of the gorgeous trees from Lothlorien wasn’t really an option. Instead, I decided to go with a lovely fall tree from the Old Forest, located between the Shire and Bree. This tree is made using packing paper, tacks (to secure it to the wall), fall leaf garland, and a strand of purple Halloween lights. Just be sure to wrap the lights around the tree as you secure it to the wall…trust me, it will save you time. I’ve used this idea for other parties as well. For our Tim Burton-themed Halloween party, I designed a black tree with scattered black and white leaves, a strand of purple lights, some torn/ripped black tulle, and a couple of decorative crows.

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Welcome, Hobbits

This Hobbit door would be a great decoration for an entryway…and super easy to craft! We made a similar prop as part of our Fellowship Quest.

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Lord of the Rings Party Games and Activities

Lord of the Rings Fellowship Quest – “One does not simply walk into Mordor…”

When I first decided on the theme for our party, I knew I had to have some kind of epic adventure for our little Hobbits. After all, the movies were epic, so why shouldn’t our party be too? I searched far and wide (across Middle Earth) to find a scavenger hunt online I could use…to no avail. So, I put on my thinking cap (and watched one of the movies as a refresher) and came up with my own version. Although the props were a bit time consuming to create, the hunt itself was pretty simple. You can get your own copy in my party shop.

Map of Middle Earth

This map was a prop we used for the “Fellowship Quest” (scavenger hunt) we sent the kids on after dinner. It’s drawn on a piece of posterboard I found in the education supplies section at a local hobby store. The kids referred to the map throughout their quest to figure out where they needed to go next.

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Frodo Carries the One Ring

You can see an example of one of the Fellowship Quest clues our kiddos were tasked with finding in the photo on the right. My son played the role of Frodo. Unbeknownst to him, he carried a clue for the Fellowship in his pocket (I didn’t want him playing with it, so I didn’t tell him it was there). When the time came for the participants to find Clue 2, they knew exactly where Frodo was – at the snack table (his favorite part of the party)!

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Shelob's Lair

This is another prop for our Fellowship Quest, and one I just had to mention…mostly because installing this creepy webbed passage down our stairs nearly killed me! I started at the top, but halfway down realized I didn’t have enough string, so I had to crawl all the way back up (on my belly) to get the supplies I needed. Not as easy as it sounds, trust me. I did manage to set up a fairly intricate break-away system that would allow adults to get down the stairs quickly if necessary, but the kids were forced to slide down on their behinds (like I did) if they wanted to see what was waiting for them at the bottom (hint: it was big, black, and had 8 very fake legs). Add a black light, and the effect was complete! 

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Riders of Rohan

One of the clues for the Fellowship Quest asked the participants to find a majestic steed belonging to a Rider of Rohan. Lucky for us, we happened to have two majestic steeds for the children to choose from! Other props for the Quest included an old-fashioned beer mug (like the ones Merry and Pippin drank from at the Prancing Pony), a lantern, and a Green Man wall hanging. If you’re interested in getting a copy of my Fellowship Quest, please visit my store.

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Must-Have's for the Snack Table!


Lord of the Rings Party Food

A Dinner Fit for a Hobbit – LOTR Party Food and Snacks

Considering the sheer number of meals Hobbits are accustomed to eating every day, I knew I needed to do something spectacular for the snack table! I finally decided that we needed more than snacks to hold us over since we were planning to go trick-or-treating later that night. So, I put together a dinner menu fit for a Hobbit!

Second Breakfast

Check out Samwise’s Po-tay-toes and Frodo’s Hobbit fingers (ewww) from this party idea I found on CatchMyParty.com! Add Bilbo’s cinnamon cakes and Hobbit door waffles, and you’ve got yourself a tasty Second Breakfast fit for even the hungriest Hobbit!   

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Dinner - Hobbit Style!

Although it was a lot of work, I managed to cook a full meal for a house full of Hobbits (and elves, and orcs, and dwarves)! We served Hobbit Stew, Gandalf’s Smoke Rings (onion rings), Eyes of Sauron (deviled eggs with paprika and tiny slices of black olives in the center), Samwise’s Po-tay-toes, Lembas Bread (wrapped in fabric leaves), Hobbits in a Web (hot dogs wrapped in croissants), and an awesome cake designed by a local baker to look like a Hobbit house.  

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Hobbit Stew

I found an amazing beef stew recipe online that turned out to be the talk of the evening. You can find the recipe HERE. I left out the peas (not a big fan) and added mushrooms near the end of the cooking time. Best of all, it’s a crock pot recipe, so once everything is in the pot, you can step away and work on other party prep.  

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Lembas Bread

I cut green cotton fabric in the shape of a leaf (long – like in the photo above) and used a permanent marker to draw veins on one side. I then folded each piece of lembas bread (biscuits) into a leaf and placed them in a bowl for our guests, who couldn’t believe I put all that effort into wrapping bread!    

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LoTR Cake Ideas

Above are a couple of ideas for Lord of the Rings-themed cakes (you could do something similar with cupcakes as well). The first photo is the cake we had at our party. I took a photo of a cake I had found on Pinterest to our local baker, and this was the scrumptuous result! The next photo is another idea I entertained, but in the end, we went with the Hobbit house cake. 

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Hobbit Door Cookies

Any round sugar cookie will do for this cute dessert alternative. Add some green food coloring, chocolate stripes, and yellow M&M’s, and your Hobbit door cookies are ready for the snack table!

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Party Favor Bags & Goodies!


Lord of the Rings Party Invitations and Favors

Unique Lord of the Rings Party Invitations and DIY Favor Bags!

For some of my parties, I prefer digital invitations, but for others, I go all out and create one-of-a-kind paper invites. For this party, I went the digital route (mostly because I was very busy with the scavenger hunt and props). Either way you choose to go, you’ll find some great suggestions below. Oh, and don’t forget the party favors! They’re a great way to ensure your guests retain fond memories of the party and their “quest.”

Lord of the Rings Party Invitation

This is what my invitation looked like after a few minutes searching the internet for LOTR images and fonts. I used PowerPoint to create it and then converted the slide into a JPEG file so I could attach it to the email I sent our party guests. 

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An Invitation from Lothlorien

Yes, I know this is a wedding invitation. However, with a little tweaking (and fewer inserts), you could easily convert this design into one for your next Halloween party. The leaf envelopes would be the most challenging part, but also the most creative. I would suggest visiting your local scrapbooking store to see if you can find a decorative leaf print paper. 

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Hobbit Door Invitation

This hand-painted Hobbit door invitation is available in my Party Shop for purchase. It boasts a unique design that's sure to make it memorable. I’m always happy when I visit friends and see my party invitations still hanging on their refrigerators, even long after the party.   

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"My Precious" Favor Bags

These simple, yet thematic, bags were printed and sold by Lunch Bags by Sammo on Etsy.com. Unfortunately, they are no longer available, but replicating this idea would be easy enough. You might even be able to use a Cricut cutting machine to produce a stencil to make the job easier.  

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Gollum's Goodies

Each bag of Gollum’s Goodies above is filled with candy and other LOTR trinkets for your guests. The bag is tied with a bit of twine and a gold ring. Super simple to put together and fun to open as well. 

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The One Ring Pop

What an excellent idea! Who would have thought ring pops could be so…thematic?

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