Are you ready to venture back into the world of Westeros? The season premiere of Game of Thrones is nearing (April 6th, to be exact) and if you want to plan the perfect party to celebrate, here are a few great ideas from start to finish.
Joffrey isn’t checking Facebook in between being a massive jerk, so your invitations should probably be printed on paper, and hand-delivered. (Unless your party will have more than, say, 5 people.) A sealed scroll is more fun than an envelope. Props if you use colors from one of the numerous houses.
Sure, you could make banners – but you could also make something you might be able to decorate your apartment with after the event. While banners will be more interactive for your guests (who can’t resist an art supply trip to A.C. Moore?), can you deny how absolutely amazing this dragon is over at WalkingDeadPromotion on Etsy?
If the dragon is a bit too much, check out this equally cool map of Westeros from DreamPosters. (Hopefully it’ll ship before the premiere, but it’s still an amazing decoration that can help you appreciate the entire series year round!)
LittleVintageChest also has a bunch of amazing Game of Thrones prints, all which are based around a vintage Romanian dictionary page. That means that each one will be a bit different, but it’ll still be an amazing, rare piece of art to display. Also, Arya is such a strong and inspiring kid – this print will remind you to be a fighter, when life gets kind of difficult (and when Game of Thrones ends for the season.)
Sure, you can ask your guests to dress in costume. After all, Madonna pulled off a Daenerys costume recently (which Emilia Clarke loved) – you totally can too. If you’re looking for something a bit less expensive to spread your Thrones love, here are a few great suggestions.
Didn’t you love that little romance between Jon Snow and Ygritte last season? Sure, it ended poorly – but for those of us who haven’t read the books, who knows what next season will bring?
This shirt over at ElementsApparel on Etsy is smooth, comfortable, and includes the words that we felt in our hearts right when Ygritte said it out loud.
Of course, if Jaime Lannister won your heart over with his heroic actions towards saving Brienne, you could always represent House Lannister with the Lannister lion. Sure, the family might not be the most sympathetic, but who can hate Tyrion?
This shirt is available over at the FencingNArchery shop on Etsy.
If you really wanted to, just rubber band a single sleeve on a long sleeved shirt, and go as the Kingslayer himself. (Too soon? I mean, Cersei doesn’t even know about that yet.)
Okay, let’s get to the exciting part. Game of Thrones has inspired countless amounts of recipes, both for food and drink.
If you’re feeling extra creative, you can make a cute menu like PasticheEvents did. Photos from their dinner party is pretty much pinned a billion times on Pinterest. (Jon Snow Peas? That is amazing.)
All of the following recipes are from Inn At The Crossroads, since they’ve perfected their art. Honestly, nothing can compare to their attention to detail and creativity. The Inn has proved to be your go-to for fun treats related to the show by publishing their own Game of Thrones cookbook back in 2012. They still update to their website often, so you should check back for more inspiration throughout the season. You can find links to the direct recipes by clicking on the title.
The chefs from the Inn made this salad using baby spinach, lemon grass, mint leaves, diced plums, and candied walnuts. Chances are, you don’t have the original ingredients of fennel and garden cress and purslane laying around the house. To be honest with you, I’m not even sure what purslane is. It’s the perfect starter to your Game of Thrones feast.
In A Clash of Kings, Oxtail soup was consumed. And sure – you’ll need to visit the butcher for this recipe, but if you’re a carnivore or omnivore, this might be worth it. You’ll also need a turnip and a parsnip. Keep in mind, it’ll take about 4 and a half hour to prepare, and that’s not including the ravioli – but honestly, if you’ve already gone to the butcher for the oxtail, you’re probably pretty invested.
Sam was a fan of pork pie, and mentioned eating it back at Castle Black in A Clash of Kings. If you want to reminisce on the good times, try making one of the two pork pies listed on the site. Note that if you like your pie sweeter, the “Medieval” version is the way to go.
Drink like it’s your name day! This wine was mentioned in A Clash of Kings, and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Even better, it’s pretty simple to make. Ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, clove, and nutmeg are all used in this drink, and your base is simply some cheap, sweet red wine. Adding honey while it’s heating helps to make it even sweeter.
If you’re looking for more inspiration, you can buy the cookbook, A Feast of Ice and Fire (clever!), on Amazon.
So, you’ll probably be tired after the show airs – and you’ll probably have a lot of chatting to do about what the heck just happened. (Keep in mind, I’m not sure what this season will bring – I just have a feeling there’ll be a “what the heck just happened?!” moment.)
But if you have three hours free, think about picking up the Game of Thrones Game. You and friends can choose a house to represent (either Lannister, Stark, Baratheon, Tyrell or Greyjoy) in the struggle for control of the Iron Throne. While $60.00 is a bit steep for a board game, it’s way cheaper than the Iron Throne replica, which is currently $30,000.00 over at the HBO store. Plus shipping!
How are you going to celebrate the premiere?
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