Hobbit Birthday Party Invitations

April 22nd, 2013

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

The “baby” is turning nine this weekend, and he wants a Hobbit birthday party to celebrate. He has been reading the leather-bound edition of the book I gave his father years ago, and is as captivated by it as J.R.R. Tolkien could have ever hoped a child would be. When he got as far into the story as the recent movie goes, we watched it together, and he declared it to be the greatest cinematic work in history. His enthusiasm has been contagious–his dad and oldest brother are now rereading it, and I’ve been listening to a beautifully narrated version. We are all on board with a Hobbit birthday party theme.


Anyone familiar with my blog or book knows that I love a homemade birthday party. We’ve done wizards, dragons, fancy dress, video gaming–you name it. I haven’t met the theme yet that can’t be easily adapted to pin the tail on something. But I’m terrible at time management, and I always wind up in a mad panic the day of the party.

So I turned to my magical, make-it-happen book, and I made a plan.


The plan is to work on the party a little bit each day this week, and see if that cuts down on the last-minute crazy. I also thought I might blog each day’s work, to help keep me on task and to create a resource for anyone else looking for Hobbit birthday party ideas.

Sunday, we printed up and assembled the Hobbit birthday party invitations. And by “we,” I mean “I.”


For these, we used a 20-count pack of specialty printer paper, and gold rings found in the jewelry-making section of the craft store. The total cost was less than five dollars, and I asked his teacher to help hand-deliver them at school, so no postage cost. I will follow up today with parents via email, though, just to be on the safe side.

The birthday boy/head burglar was very particular that the invitations should state “You Have Been Chosen.” It’s more of a command than a request.


After school today we’re going to papier-mâché a punching balloon and see if we can’t turn it into a pinata that looks like a troll. Come back tomorrow to see how that goes. Any tips?


4 Responses to “Hobbit Birthday Party Invitations”

  1. marilee pittman says:

    Sounds like a wonderful adventure..

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