As all fans of The Lord of The Rings trilogy know, September 22nd is Bilbo and Frodo Baggins birthday. Many celebrate with a party in their honor and so do we!
My daughter Lindsay and her husband Joseph are the hosts of this fun annual event. This was the third year they've hosted. The first year was planned as we drove home from Florida a few days before September 22, 2013. That was before they were engaged even, but she wanted to host a party, and Joseph is happy to do the things that make her happy. It was held at our home, and it was so much fun, they've made it an annual event, though now it is held at their home.
Our adorable and delightful hosts.
A fun nod to Bilbo's 111st birthday
Getting everything set up
It was a beautiful evening
Some of the people came in Middle Earth inspired clothing while others didn't
Two dragon cakes to remember Bilbo's adventure in his younger years with the dwarves, and a battle of wits with a dragon named Smaug.
The Hobbits would have enjoyed the food - turkey, ham, breads, cheeses, crackers, grapes, apples
These Elven cousins made an appearance
Pretty candles for light
And of course the magnificent party tree!
It was a wonderful evening!
I love how my kids practice hospitality in their own ways, how they help each other. Emma spent a good part of the day helping Lindsay get things ready (making cakes, etc) and then we came after our co-op was over and Rachel came after work. We plated everything, made glazes for the cakes, sliced bread and cheese, washed dishes. All of Lindsay and Joseph's guests had a great time, and we did, too.
Since hospitality is a big part of my family's life and especially in our homes, I decided to link this post to Thoughts of Home on Thursday. Inviting people to your home is such a special way to share yourself with others. Over the years of this, I've learned that people love to be invited as well!