And now for the third and final part (mostly pics) of this throwback post to my daughter’s hobbit birthday party!
(Check these links for the first and second installments, where I talked about all the materials and preps for the party, as well as the food that was served and decor that we put up…all mostly DIY’ed!)
Our first family pic for the day. Daughter and I were supposed to have matching crowns, but of course she didn’t want to wear them!
All the Costumed Middle-Earthers
We asked all the guests to come as their favorite Lord of the Rings characters, and it was so fun to see them—mostly our kiddie guests!
My nephew is the cutest Gandalf the Grey (with all due respect to Sir Ian McKellen!).
That’s my nephew as Saruman the White, and his scepter (carried by his dad a.k.a. my brother in law).
Lolo (grandpa) Rudy—my dad—leading the prayers, in his hobbit getup
The wizard Saruman, greedily and gleefully spreading his peanut butter onto his “lembas” (pan de sal) bread
Gandalf and Baby Hobbit having a serious discussion about the One Ring…
Saruman, an Ent, Gandalf, and an Elf princess in pink (or so she says…)
Pinoy party games, but make it LOTR-ish
We did just a few party games as we wanted to keep the event relaxed and casual. We also didn’t want to make anything too complicated, so we took our cues from the usual Filipino birthday party games.
Of course, we put a Middle Earth spin on all of them!
A Trip around the Party Tree
For the first game, we did the “Trip Around Jerusalem” (or more commonly known as musical chairs). But this time, we did “Trip Around the Party Tree.”
Check out the “party tree” that my husband fashioned out of craft paper, crepe paper, and our Christmas holly.
Quite an exciting buildup to this game, though the final two participants had a lot of help from their dads!
In the end, the wizard won!
Slay the Dragon's Pot!
For our next game, we did “Pukpok Palayok”, which is similar to the piñata party game. But instead of a decorated cardboard donkey filled with candy, we Pinoys fill a claypot (or palayok) with kiddie treats.
I know, not exactly a child-safe game, but that’s how we roll!
To put our LOTR spin into this popular Pinoy party game, I asked my sister to dress up the claypot as a dragon.
I swear, this is supposed to be Smaug the Dragon LOL. Still creepy, IMHO!
Our first Slay the Dragon participant made a successful hit on the first try, so of course all the kids scrambled to the floor for their share of the treasure.
Blowing the Hobbit Birthday Cake
We ended on a high note by gathering round the hobbit hole cake and singing the happy birthday song to our hobbit celebrant.
Singing the Happy Birthday song…
…to the clueless and teething celebrant!
And there you have it! I hope you enjoyed this photo recollection of our DIY hobbit birthday party, which we threw for our daughter way back in 2014.
To take a look at all the blog posts on this day, check these out:
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