Are you a Lord of the Rings fan? I’ll admit, I haven’t read the books. But I love the movie trilogy. They are so rich and full of wisdom and heart. I know, I know, I need to read the books. Right now I’m working my way through the Harry Potter series, and not very quickly, at that.
We love a party with a theme around here, so when my niece finished the book series, we had to get one on the calendar. What better way to spend a Saturday, than going on an epic adventure with tasty treats to fill your belly!
I didn’t go whole hog with the theming for this one (I’ve got a lot on my plate right now) but we had to have some themed snacks. A hobbit needs his food, after all.
And laugh they did, and eat, and drink, often and heartily, being fond of simple jests at all times, and of six meals a day (when they could get them).
Breakfast and Second Breakfast
Since we had folks coming and going throughout the day, we had a spread that we could nosh on whenever hunger hit. We started the day with items that you might think of as breakfast or brunch items: banana bread, fruit, oatmeal cake, and these sausage bites.
I love a recipe that can serve equally well in different ways. The original recipe for these sausage bites was one that I found and made as an appetizer for my parents 50th Anniversary party a number of years ago. Since then, they have become a regular at our annual Mother’s Day Brunch. And they were perfect for our LOTR menu… meaty and hearty and filling.
And they’re ridiculously EASY!
You can use regular crescent roll dough, but I like using the dough sheets. Then you just cook up your sausage (I use breakfast sausage), mix in a block of cream cheese, salt and pepper and layer it all up. Dough, sausage mixture, dough. Done.
These are savory and creamy…really yummy!
Elevenses, Luncheon & Afternoon Tea
Having had a late, brunch like snacking session…we sort of skipped a solid lunch and rolled it all together into our afternoon spread. We added salami, cheese & crackers, popcorn, brownies and cupcakes to our offerings. People grazed all afternoon. My niece made the beautiful (and delicious) cupcakes . She’s the one who made the lovely petit fours for my other nieces bridal shower last year. Very talented young lady!
Dinner & Supper
OK, we ordered pizza for dinner/supper. I had a house full of teenagers, cut me some slack. If you are looking to do a more thoroughly themed movie marathon or party, here are some sites I found that you might find helpful:
While it’s fun to go all out with decorating and theming, it’s the getting together that matters. Don’t not do it because you can’t do everything.
So you can’t re-create the Shire in your living room or build a life size Eye of Sauron…so what. Buy some Keebler Elf cookies and call it a party!
What is your favorite bit of wisdom from the Lord of the Rings trilogy?