An Epic Hobbit Movie Night

Step into Middle-earth and set the stage for an adventure with Bilbo, Gandalf, and the company of dwarves. Bring the enchanting realm of the Shire, the mysteries of the Lonely Mountain, and the grandeur of Erebor right to your living room. With “The Hobbit” inspired drinks, dishes, and decor, your movie night will be as legendary as the movie itself.

Be Inspired.

The Hobbit

charcuterie board
The Unexpected Party Platter

Recreate the delightful chaos of Bilbo’s pantry being raided when Gandalf unexpectedly welcomes the dwarves! An assortment of cheese, cold cuts, rustic breads, and other Shire delicacies all come together onto a charcuterie board, capturing the essence of the Unexpected Party, all in an easy-to-snack-on format.

Use the list as your shopping list, or visit our sister site [] to bake an authentic Hobbit spread.

Tip: Although salad is mentioned in The Hobbit, use lettuce leaves to layer the board for color and added texture. This will also help keep the board clean from the cold meats and oils from baked goods.

Create a Shire-Themed Movie Night: The Detail

Welcome your guests to the warmth of a Hobbit home, where the heart of Bilbo’s home lies in his numerous pantries. Create an immersive atmosphere that captures the cozy charm of the Shire, allowing your friends and family to settle into cozy Hobbit comfort.

Start Here: Scenes from the Unexpected Party

Whether you’re hosting a movie night or a dinner party, props inspired by the scene can help bring the experience of recreating a food scene to life. Browse the screenshots and follow the list to help you find Hobbit-inspired props from the Unexpected Party scene at Bilbo’s Bag End. Suggested keywords are included to help you narrow down your search for the perfect items.

If you’re a diehard Hobbit fan with more ideas on what props they might have used or think you’ve found a closer replica, drop me a note so we can help others!

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Key Unexpected Party Scene Details:
  • Wooden platters
  • Rustic wooden or stoneware bowls
  • Wooden tankards
  • Beeswax candles and candle holders
  • Root vegetables
  • Fresh or dried herbs
Bilbo’s pantry: a trolley centerpiece

To capture the cozy charm of the Shire for your movie night, utilise wooden crates and rustic bowls with an assortment of root vegetables like:

  • potatoes
  • turnips
  • apples
  • nuts
Breathe in the fragrance
  • Cut and hang up fresh or dried herbs, such as bay leaves, sage, rosemary and thyme.
  • Select beeswax candles for your table, as these would have been found in the Shire. Beeswax has a sweet honeyed scent with a touch of warmth, sometimes described as ‘sweet hay’.
  • If you use an aroma diffuser or scented candles try oak or ash capturing the fragrance of The Old Forest near the Shire, or use pine or cedar wood
capture the magic of the Shire

Forget artificial lights – we’re going old-school with plenty of candles. Beeswax candles are ideal for that authentic touch, but any candles will do the trick. Once the lights go off, the movie starts, and those candles are flickering, you’ll be immersed in the perfect ambiance. Just remember to prioritize safety; keep your candle holders on the mantelpiece to avoid any screen interference, and use lanterns for added protection against accidental bumps and knocks.

Create a Hobbit-Themed Grazing Platter

From mince pies to seed cake, combine all the best foods from The Hobbit onto one bite-sized board.

Hobbit-Inspired Recipes

In the spirit of cozy comforts and rustic delights, explore a selection of delectable drinks and food that would make any Hobbit feel right at home. 

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