Hosting a Game of Thrones Dinner Party
This year to celebrate my husbands birthday we hosted a dinner party with some of our friends that love the Game of Thrones as much as we do.
As you can tell from some of my previous posts, we are pretty big GOT fans. Since we are headed into the final season, we decided to host a Game of Thrones viewing and dinner party, in conjunction with Ron’s birthday. Which is great since I needed to utilize a large amount of his sword and knife collection to make the tablescape happen. Which honestly, just made the the entire celebration even more fun for him, because he got to show his collection that he has been collecting for years. It is hard as an interior designer and is quite a challenge to work Dragon Slayer swords into an everyday living motif, but trust me it can be done if need be. These days, they have been saved for his Man Cave area which will be in our basement upon finishing the spaces out.
To start this party off I wanted to really set the mood properly; in the television show and books there are so many different types of topographies, I knew it would be a challenge to incorporate them all without the table looking like a complete circus. So I decided to focus in on my favorite land which features the Dothraki army and Khalessi Mother of Dragons. To create that vibe I used my cow skin rug as a tablecloth, and reused the white fur placemats that I used for the Christmas table as seat cushions for the metals chairs. Yep I got one last use out of these placemats, lol
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The next layers of linens were provided by Deconovo the Classic Durable Placemats for Dinning Tables and made from premium and are heat, water and stain resistant. They come in a set of 8 for $17.99 and come in lots of color options, my color is Titanium.
I used my galvanized chargers, which are probably one of the most versatile chargers I own. They go with everything, and I can dress them up or down, depending on the occasion. A simple black napkin should be something you always have on hand too, they go with everything. These also came from Deconovo in a 6 piece set for $14.99. They are made of a soft Jacquard Damask Cloth and come in a 18 x 18 size.
This dish-ware also plays a large focus on this table as well. I used my basic every day white plates, but I wanted to add more brown and slate colors to the table. I layered a salad plate from another set of dishes on top to add some brown.
Then, I found these great hand carved wooden bowls at my local Sugar Boo, which is one of my favorite stores on the planet! I really like the versatility of these bowls too, because I can see them holding votives later on, maybe on a coffee table or as a centerpiece on this table. I also loved the wood grain variations on each of the bowls, that gave my table a really rich luxurious bohemian vibe.
Another pretty undeniable feature on this table is the large charcuterie board that I procured from Front Gate last fall, along with the wine bottle candle opera toppers. I utilized those for another themed table, you can see here from Halloween, for my Alfred Hitchcock The Birds Birds Table. This time I chose to use them in a flat base form instead inserted into a wine bottle like last time. Then I used some votives and I added my recently found Dirty River Balls to the tops to create a medieval vibe.
The large charcuterie board has been a great item for entertaining. I have to say I love the size and scale of this piece, especially for hosting large parties. You can fill it up and it spans a nice long distance, so you guests can easily graze along the board in a group. Which I find tends to be a bottle neck at all parties, when your guests stop and graze, so the size and length allows you to stretch the food out further for easier accessibility.
I added large heavy duty beer stein ale mugs or whatever the guest beverage of choice would be, but they just felt right for the theme and feel of the table. I think a wine glass would have felt to frilly or light weight with all the masculine swords and knives. Speaking of knives each place setting has its own unique cleaned knife, if the guest would like to go full on Dothraki to eat, and chop there food with a hunting or bowie knife. Of course the birthday boy gets his dragon slayer knife.
You may also notice that I was able to find the same pattern of the brown and white cow rug on some really pretty mercury glass hurricane votives which I added to the the rest of the candles on large charcuterie board. If possible it is always a good idea to replicate a pattern through out your theme to give the feeling of cohesion.
Honestly the rest of the table and night was created by just paying attention to the details. Which any fan of any show will tell you, it is all about the details. We had swords a plenty scattered through out our home but the feature sword was the King Slayer. We also played up the gears, which are present during the opening credits of the show. These items along with several other icon pieces, like a leather bound book to replicate that of the Red Witch with a one eyed crow sitting a top.
THE WHITE WALKERS
It just wouldn’t be the Game of Thrones without an appearance by the undead White Walkers. This year Johnny Walker created a limited edition Whiskey especially for the final season, called White Walker. Now, if you know my husband you know that he loves his whiskey, so of course this had to be procured for this celebration at all costs, lol.
I decided it would be fun to do a frozen shooter that was blue like the White Walkers eyes. So I added a little Blue Cacao to a shot of the whiskey.
I poured the shots into an ice cube shot glass that I created from my silicon mold purchased for the Candy Bar Shot Glass at Halloween. Then used a cut up skeleton for a stir stick garnish. I have to say, as the shot glasses cooled the liquor and became transparent they looked really neat.
They lasted about 10 mins tops, so keep them in the freezer until you are ready to serve. Also if you pre-chill your liquor it will help to preserve them too, and add a little extra time. Let’s face it, when dealing with a White Walker in the show or as a drink, time is not one your side, LOL.
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