We like to make our own fun and often center it around the books we are reading. J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings is definitely a family favorite. Watching the ten hour trilogy has become a New Year's Eve tradition. My daughters have made their bedroom into a leafy Lothlorien realm complete with entry password (Mellon). They probably listen to Howard Shore's classical LOTR masterpiece more than any other CD. Into the West is their favorite song and it makes me tear up sometimes because I know why they love it so much. It stirs up a longing in their hearts towards another land that they will travel to some day- the Good Land.
So it only seemed natural, while planning for our annual autumn tea party, to center this year's theme around a beautiful place within their beloved story.
Ladies and Gentlemen (if any happen to stumble upon this girly place accidentally),
Let me introduce you to...
click on pictures to enlargeThe weather is perfect-a drizzling rain has blotted out the sun, casting shadows about the hall. As the guests arrive, they are greeted by a smiling Elven maiden at the candlelit entrance. "Welcome to Rivendell." She hands them a tiny piece of folded paper and guides them down a dark candlelit corridor and into the great Tea Hall.
But wait, the door is shut up fast. Only those who know the password may enter. Fortunately, they remember the paper in their hands,
"Speak 'Friend' (in Elvish) and enter"
The door seems to open on its own volition.
The hall is brightly lit and candles abound. Brilliantly colored autumn leaves of red and gold hang by fine threads from the ceiling. Other Elven maidens wearing their handmade cloaks greet the guests by name.
An elf is singing somewhere in the shadows. All is peaceful and quiet.
Red berries are strewn across the table. Each setting includes a red napkin rolled and tied with twine and a place name. The dishes are clear. Inside each empty soup bowl there is a chocolate wrapped in red gold wrapper and a peach colored rose. Small orange and gold dishes hold individual votive candles.
Once seated the guests are handed menus and treated to a delightful luncheon.
Afterwards, all retire to the sitting room where they are each offered a skein of colored thread and 1.5 mm crochet needle neatly wrapped in gauze and ribbon. Those who wish, are instructed in the art of fine needlework and commence to begin work on lace bookmarks.
In return, the hostesses are each honored with a fine gift- a teacup for Alassiel, a lavender candle for Eruwethiel, a small gold notepad for Honalasse and a beautiful trivet for Galadriel. Later, after much laughter and fun, they are escorted again to the hall where fine teas and dessert await them.
Time slips by. A knocking at the door followed by male voices and running little boy feet, " Did you save me any dessert, Mommy?!" brings the maidens back to reality. Goodbyes are said and kisses blown.
Ah... Farewell to Rivendell.