Hobbit Day is celebrated every year on September 22, the birthday of both Bilbo and Frodo Baggins. Where I live in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, The Rabbit and the Dragonfly, a wonderful coffee shop and community hang-out, will be playing The Hobbit movies all day. I know in other places, movie theaters run The Hobbit movies and The Lord of the Rings movies in one long marathon. Sometimes movie theaters even serve a great feast. What a great way to celebrate Hobbit Day!
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The Lord of the Rings movies are very special to my husband and me. We both absolutely love them. But also, the first movie was released in 2001 when we had been married for only a year, right before I got pregnant with my son. We continued to see all three movies while our kids were very small. Then, we were able to take our son to see The Hobbit when it came out in 2012; he was only 6-years-old. It was the first “grown-up” movie he saw. We had a blast!
One of my bucket list items is to throw an incredible Hobbit Day celebration. First of all, those Hobbits know how to eat! I would love to put together a menu of traditional English favorites with a little Shire flair thrown in. Can’t you just picture hand pies, scones, stew, cider and ale? Yummy.
Second, I would also love to dress like a female Hobbit. In the movies, they wore essentially Medieval or Renaissance dresses, which look fabulous on curvy figures like mine. My décolletage (cleavage) would look especially lovely. In general, we plus size women look de-vine in that style of dress. We can fill out those curves!
While my kids are still living at home, I just don’t have the brain power or the time to do so. However! Someday, I will be cooking up dishes from the Shire and inviting my loved ones to watch J.R.R. Tolkien’s stories on my big screen.
In the meantime, I put together this blog post for two reasons. 1) As a plan for my future Hobbit Day celebration. 2) To help you plan your own Hobbit Day party. I’ve got ideas for everything from invitations, to costumes, to food and even party games.
What to Wear
You want to look like a Hobbit (a gorgeous one, of course), but you also want to be comfortable. Here are suggestions for plus size Hobbit costumes.
#1 Raid your closet. You might be surprised to find Hobbit-y looking clothes in your own closet or dresser drawers. Don’t look at your clothes as matching outfits, the same way you always do. Try to look at tops, bottoms and dresses on their own.
Look for a top or a blouse that either has princess seams (lines that start at your bosom and run down your torso) or is puffy. A blouse with a plunging U-shaped neckline and puffy sleeves would be perfect. Next, look for a long skirt. A skirt in earth tones or plaid would work very well. Then, see if you have a waistcoat or a button-up vest that can go over your blouse. The tighter the better! It will look somewhat like the over dress of a Medieval dress. (If you have a male significant other or friend, you could nab one of theirs.)
#2 Raid your friend’s closet. Perhaps your friend’s closet has more of a variety of clothing. (See #1 for what to look for.) If she’s already coming to the party, you might be able to come up with two Hobbit costumes if you combine your wardrobes. If you don’t have enough for two female Hobbits, maybe one of you could “wear the pants” in this couple! Short pants would be especially delightful on a male Hobbit.
#3 Visit a thrift shop. Ah, the thrift store. A cosplayer’s best friend. No doubt you can find some very basic wardrobe items at your local thrift store or consignment store. Look for the same pieces that I mention in #1. The benefit of thrift shopping is that you will have a selection to choose from, as well as men’s clothing, like a vest. Who knows? You might even find an actual Medieval or Renaissance costume!
#4 Buy a costume. I’m not crafty in any way. I couldn’t make a Peter Jackson-worthy costume to save my life. (I might be able to glue some fur onto a pair of socks to make Hobbit feet, but that’s about it.) Buying a costume would probably be my first choice.
If you struck out in your own closet and at the thrift store, there are plenty of talented seamstresses and crafters on Etsy who have a-mazing Hobbit-y costumes and pieces for Hobbit Day. Here are a few that I found after doing a quick search. I’m sure you could find more if you dig deeper.
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Plus Size Green Overdress – This plus size Irish green overdress by Calypso’s Caravan is not only gorgeous, it’s easy to wear as a costume. I wore an overdress with a muslin shift for dinner at Culloden House on an Outlander tour of Scotland. It looks like you’re wearing a corset and skirt, but it’s just one piece that you cinch in all the right places. This would work perfectly as a Hobbit costume for women.
Plus Size Elf Dress – If you’d rather be an elf instead of a Hobbit, this beautiful green and silver costume from Brielle Costumes would be super flattering. According to the description, the dress’s velvet has a bit of stretch to it, which would flow over your curves, rather than pinch them.
Hobbit Skirt – This Hobbit skirt is so cute! Although it’s not a period piece, this skirt from Sassy Skirts for Gals would be perfect to wear for Hobbit Day. (Well, any day, really.) I absolutely love the bright, colorful illustration on the fabric. And the poofy A-line is always flattering.
What to Eat / Schedule of Events
The Nifty Nerd – Jessica, a.k.a. The Nifty Nerd, has a wonderful collection of Hobbit recipes for each meal, including second breakfast and elvenses. She has a few options for each meal, so you can choose the one you like best. Her own Elven Lembas bread recipe is included. (Remember how disappointed Sam was with Lembas bread? Ha! They look delicious to me.)
NPR – Beth Accomando at NPR also has a rundown of yummy recipes for Hobbit Day. She also has tips for how to get through a long day of movie-watching and eating, like wearing comfortable shoes. (Or go full Hobbit and wear no shoes!)
Both The Nifty Nerd and NPR pull recipes from an incredible cookbook that a blogger put out a few years ago. An Unexpected Cookbook: The Unofficial Book of Hobbit Cookery by Chris-Rachael Oseland is a little bit cookbook, a little bit storybook. Here’s a link to it on Amazon to check it out. (It has a 4.7 star rating!)
Hobbit Day Invitations
If you’re crafty (again, I’m not), I bet you could whip up something gorgeous with whatever you have lying around your craft table. Or, a trip to Michael’s would result in some lovely Hobbit Day invitations. Here are two other ideas for you.
Online invitations are the best. You can send them at the last minute. You can also save postage (and some trees! Tolkien would be proud) by sending a Hobbit Day invitation by email. Evite has two different online invitations that would suit Hobbit Day very well, depending on your mood.
This Wizardly Invitation has a dark, “One Ring” look.
The Let’s Brunch invitation is cheerier, with illustrations of a Hobbit’s favorite foods.
I picked this one from the incredible selection.
It’s technically a “save the date” card for a wedding. I chose this one because I am very fond of Bag End and I love when Bilbo says, “I’m going on an adventure!” If you decide to buy this Adventure invitation from Beyond Words Bridal, I’m sure she could customize it for your Hobbit Day party.
Hobbit Day Decorations
If you’re at a thrift store to pick up clothes for a plus size Hobbit costume, I bet you could find simple things to decorate your party. Tableclothes, napkins, blankets thrown on the floor for a “picnic.” You could even buy cheap, mismatched dishes for the occasion. (Just don’t try to throw them around like dwarves!)
You could also print your own decorations at home. I found digidame’s store on Etsy and I’m in love.
Her Middle Earth party decorations are gorgeous. It also includes an invitation to join the “company” on a trip to the Lonely Mountain. *Sigh.*
No doubt your Hobbit Day party involves watching at least one of Peter Jackon’s movies, if not all of them. I created a fun bingo game specifically for fantasy movies that would work perfectly as a party game. There are 8 printable cards in the set. The squares are filled with things that work for any fantasy movie or TV show, like “Hero loses hope” and “Villain laughs an evil laugh.” (Does Smaugh laugh?) You can buy them and print them from my shop on Etsy.
Well, I’m ready for my Hobbit Day celebration. How about you?
Have you had a Hobbit Day party? Tell me in the comments! Or share a photo on Instagram and tag it #plussizenerd.