Elven ears and hobbit feet for Sophie’s Lord of the Rings birthday party

I honestly think that Julie and Mark must be the coolest parents ever to throw a spectacular Lord of the Rings costumed party for their daughter Sophie’s 21st birthday!

Some 120 guests who were invited to the party shire donned their pointy ears, put on their furry hobbit feet and dug out their old Celtic cloaks for Sophie’s special day. A crowd of Gandalfs, Saurons, Frodos and Galadriels were warmly and gracefully greeted by Sophie, dressed in a gorgeous full length jewel-encrusted ballgown and Lord of the Rings elven diadem, and her parents.

Sophie’s girlfriends channelled princess’s attendants. The lawn with the festive maypole became the arena for swordsmen(women) and archers who tested their valour on the battleground. Giant flowers and sacks of King Elfward potatoes with added pixie dust decorated the hobbit hole marquee with the famous sign “No admittance except on party business”.

The ale was flowing into earthenware goblets as freely as were the conversations at the tables. An impressive feast of oysters, lobsters, giant ham and other treats waited to be consumed. What a party!

Sophie cut a cute hobbit hole birthday cake custom made by Liggy’s Cakes. The cake cutting was followed by lots of energetic Ceilidh dancing and a great sounding Scottish band led by Grant Dinwoodie whom I photographed earlier in his Le Haggis cabaret act at Big Burns Supper.

I enjoyed the wonderful atmosphere, vibrant mood and feeling created by everyone and felt privileged to photograph this party. As I was leaving the action was in full swing, Sophie and her guests dancing their feet off!

Many thanks to the creative suppliers who managed to brings Middle Earth to Rushwell:

Alan and Lorna at Lowland Marquees
Peter and his catering team at Caterbirds
Liggy’s Cake Company in Glasgow and Edinburgh
Singer Grant Dinwoodie and his band Single Malt

Marquee transformed into the hobbit shire

Marquee transformed into the hobbit shire

Giant veggies outside the round door

Giant magic veggies outside the round door

Outdoor party decor

Outdoor party decor

Hobbit door sign

Door sign

At the beginning of the party we went to the bank of a little lake at the back of the house for family portraits and some photos of the birthday girl.

Sophie with her mum and dad before the party

Sophie with her mum and dad before the party

The family

The family

Sophie by the lake

Sophie by the lake

A little portrait

A little portrait

I love the diadem - it's very Lord of the Rings!

I love the diadem - it's very Lord of the Rings!

Sophie in the gazebo on the other side of the lake

Sophie in the gazebo on the other side of the lake

Little dog guarding

Little dog guarding

Sophie and her boyfriend

Sophie and her boyfriend

Outside the hobbit hole afterwards:

Sophie with her parents in the doorway

Sophie with her parents in the doorway

Her girldfriends play princess's attendants

Her girldfriends play princess's attendants

Sophie sees new costumed guests

Sophie sees new costumed guests

Guests bearing gifts

Guests bearing gifts

Mark as Gandalf the Grey

Mark as Gandalf the Grey

Julie with some hobbits

Julie with some hobbits

"Hairy" feet

"Hairy" feet

... and another pair of hobbit feet!

... and another pair of hobbit feet!

Sauron arrives to Sophie's Lord of the Rings birthday party

Sauron arrives to Sophie's Lord of the Rings birthday party

The more Gandalfs the merrier!

The more Gandalfs the merrier!

Elven archery

Elven archery

Swordplay at the Lord of the Rings birthday party

Swordplay

Winners and losers

Winners and losers

The fates turn

The fates turn

A really cute hobbit greets the new arrivals

A really cute hobbit greets the new arrivals

... and checks the hen house with Sophie's sister

... and checks the hen house with Sophie's sister

Inside the hobbit hole:

Sophie's friends

Sophie's friends

This Gandalf lost his hat

This Gandalf lost his hat

The ale flows

The ale flows

Middle Earth feast prepared by Caterbirds:

Oysters

Oysters

Lobsters

Lobsters

Whole salmon

Whole salmon

Tasty ham

Tasty ham

During the feast:

Conversations

Conversations

Pointy ears

Pointy ears

Cheers

Cheers

Fun and laughter

Fun and laughter

Sophie cutting the cake

Sophie cutting the cake to celebrate her 21st birthday

The cake made by Liggy's Cakes

The cake made by Liggy's Cakes

The band went on stage and the dancing floor got crowded immediately:

Grant and Single Malt band

Grant and Single Malt band

Sophie dancing with Julie

Sophie dancing with Julie

Ceidlidh dancing

Ceidlidh dancing

In good spirits

In good spirits

Sophie's mum and dad on the floor

Sophie's mum and dad on the floor

Sophie's sister with her boyfriend

Sophie's sister with her boyfriend

Sophie's friends making some moves

Sophie's friends making some moves

Oh, yes!

Oh, yes!

To view more of Sophie’s Lord of the Rings birthday party please feel free to click here for a slideshow!