Friday, March 1, 2013
Let the mayhem begin!!!
For all of you fellow enthusiasts, you know that the series is coming back into our lives on March 31st, 2013. This will be season 3 for the cast of the show on HBO and from what I understand, it is the most anticipated season so far... So much will be happening... so... much... AWESOMENESS.... I'm not going to oogle about it though because knowing me, I'll shower you all with spoilers and piss a bunch of people off. Needless to say, I've read all the books. I know what's coming. Nuff said.
Last year my boyfriend and I held a low-key party at our dinky little duplex with 2 other couples and my son who will hence fourth be referred to as the squishy. We made honeyed chicken, black bread, Dornish stuffed peppers and some delicious lemon cakes... oh and that 3 fish and mussel stew that was just.to.die.for... All we did last year was have food, play games and watch the show when it returned to us. This year....
Lets just say I've been planning this thing since November. At least, that's when I created the Facebook event... Sure, people thought I was nuts. They probably still do but this years party will be the best yet and if I keep raising the bar at this rate, I'm going to have to sell my truck next year to buy the throne. ... ... ok, I'm not that crazy but the thought did cross my mind even if for just a second..
This blog is about the party. The Game of Thrones Premiere Party is almost like a holiday in our house - better than Christmas... This is an event that is coveted and is looked forward to by most in our inner circle all year long. I've made a commitment, I will not disappoint. I've gathered all of my ideas, along with a few other gems I've found on the internet to make this year amazing.
No party is complete without the food so lets start there. Last year I got all of my recipes from the two amazing women who made innatthecrossroads.com. This is a blog that has turned into my bible... I read it frequently and am constantly pulling ideas from the melded minds of these two plus our favorite author who bring GoT food to life. This year, it's no different only I have a few other tricks up my sleeve as well.
Their cookbook. Yeah, it exists. Along with another gem called "The Unofficial Game of Thrones Cookbook" which I also covet. Santa was good to me this year... and since I am no stranger to the kitchen and I can wield a spatula like Brienne wields a sword I was ambitious enough to try a few more of their daring recipes.
Here is an outline of the menu:
Cheese (3 different kinds...)
Bread and Salt
Flea Bottom Bowl of Brown
"Castle Black Bread of Ale" which is just bread made with Guinness and molasses....
Old Town Mustard
Hen of the Wall (Including an absolutely amazing stuffing...)
Roasted leeks, carrots, mushrooms and onions
"Red Keep White beans and Bacon" - a slight variation of the recipe you can find at innatthecrossroads
Black cherries and sweet cream
Roman Sweets which I have aptly renamed "Pentoshi Stuffed Dates"
Wassail - we're calling this Wildling Cider
Pyromancers Wildfire (Found in the unofficial GoT cookbook!)
Iced milk with honey
the new GoT Beer (released March 31st!)
Most all of these recipes can be found either at Innatthecrossroads.com or in their amazing cookbook which you can buy at Amazon. Gotta give lots of shout-outs to these ladies, they have created a MONSTER!
I'll go into more about the food as I can but this post is getting pretty lengthy and I want to be able to have some organization here so lets go over the decor that I'm planning to implement for the evening..
3 Dragon Eggs
Dragon Egg Bowls
Wooden Curtain of Sigils
Lanterns... the lanterns... oh my goodness, the lanterns...
House sigils for every attending family
The Kazoo of Winter
Westerosi Hangover Cures
Ent door knocker
Maesters Apothecary Set
Door hanging sign
metal serving dishes
Dungeon keys for sky cells and red keep dungeon
Kitchen Wench costume
Now you can see why I've been preparing for this thing since November? Maybe I bit off more than I can chew here...
Sending home with the guests:
House sigil for every attending family
a Kazoo of Winter
a jar of Mustard
a jar of Pentoshi stuffed dates
a loaf of bread and salt
a bottle of mead
a bottle of GoT beer
Westerosi Hangover Cures (They're going to need these!)
a vile of pink salt
(Sent later!) a small photo album of our amazing evening.
Well.... Now that I see it all in black and white, I'm a bit overwhelmed... Yes... might feel a small panic attack coming on here but.... after taking a few seconds to breathe... most of this stuff is already done!
Want to see what I did and how I did it? Well, I'm going to share it with you. This is your one-stop Game of Thrones ideas central here from my brain to my fingers to your house, lets make this the most anticipated season yet and throw one hell of a party complete with food, games, and even possibly some unexpected surprises.... Valar Morghulis!!!