I’m a huge nerd when it comes to theme parties, especially ones based on my favorite books, TV shows, and movies. Cue the Spaceballs costume party. The Downton Abbey dinner. The Hunger Games brunch. And last night we went to the Alamo Drafthouse — our favorite place ever to see films — for Wes Anderson’s new Grand Budapest Hotel, greeted in the lobby by a dress-up photo booth made of Mendl’s Bakery boxes.
When you really get into the spirit with “live action role play” (LARP) through costumes, decor, or cuisine, it just adds another whole level of enjoyment to favorite stories and characters. I love that our friend Katherine coined the term “kitchen LARPing,” for the growing trend where more and more TV addicts are hosting viewing parties including dishes featured in the series, when she brought a “lamprey pie” (winter vegetables, not eel, thankfully) to our house for the Game of Thrones premiere. And Tara took that idea to a whole ‘nother level when she hosted an entire Westeros-worthy spread for her Game of Thrones party last year.
Here are a few of her photos:
Gluten-free Roslin Frey cupcakes and House of Tully catch of the day!
Ramsay Bolton’s flayed peaches!
All of the recipes were taken directly from A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Game of Thrones Companion Cookbook, written by superfans Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer, and available for just $13.99 on Kindle — which means you can literally get it RIGHT NOW and start cooking for tonight’s Game of Thrones return on HBO!
I know I for one will be making something for dinner worthy of The Mother of Dragons, even though it will just be me and Ginger watching alone at home. Possibly these Direwolf Cupcakes from authors Chelsea and Sariann’s food blog, Inn at the Crossroads, entirely dedicated to the food from Game of Thrones. (They also have a Game of Thrones party planner section.)
Winter is coming, are you ready?
My friends at Goodwill of Central Texas surely are:
All photos by Tara Bellucci