Wednesday, August 10, 2016

How to Host a Hobbit Tea Pt. I

The Invitations

I found a letter from Rosie Gardner recently, and here's what it said:

Tea in Hobbiton is a pretty casual occurrence since it happens multiple times a day, and from what we see in The Hobbit, when guests are invited, they are invited verbally.
"[The Hobbit hole was] a very comfortable tunnel without smoke, with panelled walls, and floors tiled and carpeted, provided with polished chairs, and lots and lots of pegs for hats and coats - the hobbit was fond of visitors.  'Sorry! I don't want any adventures, thank you. Not today. Good morning!  But please come to tea - any time you like! Why not tomorrow? Come tomorrow!  Good-bye!'"

Of course you would never want to invite a guest to tea the way Bilbo did to Gandalf.  We can forgive our poor, flustered Hobbit--he was, after all, in the presence of his first Wizard; but you would never want to invite your guests in such a manner.

 You want to throw a great party (not a casual party), one as memorable as Bilbo's birthday, don't you?  You will need invitations for that, and this is how you can make them.

Hobbits are ravenously fond of beautiful penmanship and calligraphy, taking great pride in their ink handling skills, and for this reason you will either want to be very careful when writing out your invitations, or will want to print the words.  Luckily, Hobbiton Brush Hand on is the perfect font for any invitation.

But what to write on your invitation?  Bilbo Baggins writes the following on his invitations (from the Fellowship of the Ring 2001):
Please note, as a good host, you do not want to make any of your foreign friends feel uncomfortable.  For this reason, please specify in your invitation whether or not they are welcome to bring along their cloaks and weapons, as well as their harps and flutes.  Otherwise it creates a dreadfully awkward situation.

Also, make it clear whether or not guests can bring someone along.  There is either "no admittance except on party business" or "three's company".
Any good Hobbit knows that receiving mail is the most special and thoughtful way of communicating.  For this reasons your invitations absolutely must be sent by regular post if possible.

I hope that some of your Hobbit friends will be able to attend!  The next step is to begin planning the decorations, which I will explain in a future letter.

Until then,

Rosie Gardner, expert tea party planner


  1. *gasp* how cool! You got a letter from Rosie! I saw her not that long ago actually...

    Rosie is quite the expert party planner and this advice was very good. Can't wait for the next letter and thanks for sharing :D

    1. Ah yes, she mentioned you. She says you're very nice ;)

      Of course; I found it very useful :D

    2. Aw, how sweet of her! Pfft, oh gosh she's pushing it... *whispers* she did?! XD

  2. It would be fun to host a hobbit themed tea party, if I knew enough Lord of the Rings fans in my area. :)