How to Celebrate Your Coming Name Day
with Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones?
At the time like most people in 2010 I had HBO, from immersing myself in time period based shows on the channel and all during spring complaining about how there was never anything on during this time of year and the only thing to look forward to months ahead was True Blood, after a smashing fall line up of Boardwalk Empires I was ready for a show that transcended stories we've already heard and retold numerous times to have my eyes glued to the screen as the first teaser video for the show arrived on the screen, by the end of the very short trailer I was jaw droppingly excited about the upcoming premiere it was the middle of March and to realize that yet another spring wouldn't be spent in boredom and dribble from the creative world of television had me instantly hooked. From season one even through the brutal scenes of authentic suffering that humanity has endured or still is enduring all over the world from past and present times I was floored with the high caliber this show presented that night and since then it's taken over all other show slots for that very reason. It's the true macrocosm depicted and each character is a unique and special chess piece in this dangerous game of iron thrones, kingdoms and family intrigue. From going into great detail about the most atrocious aspects of past and modern humanity such as Rape, Slavery, War, Incest, Prostitution and the perils of Lust, Greed & Power, this show epitomizes the struggles of being on the craziest planet in the cosmos, from truly revealing the world in moments of beauty and true tales of horror Game of Thrones has it all. You'll never be board, just fueled with rage as each of your favorite characters die, and the cruel moment of each episode's end that leaves all of us with mouths wide open at yet another dreaded cliffhanger! If you haven't already dove head deep into theme parties, cosplay adventures and reading the novels, start with the series, Seasons 1-3 are already available to watch and we're at the peak of Season 4, with only 3 episodes left, we're all clenching our jaws and gripping hands on the couch that yet another Red Wedding or Purple Wedding ensues or even worse something completely unexpected that leaves us cringing in agony for yet another year while we await the exciting premiere of season 5. From strong female and male characters that truly persevere from hell on earth, this show is a must see for any intellectual needed a deeper understanding of the nature of men and women, from our shadows to our light this show reveals all.
Game of Thrones
According to Wikepedia
Game of Thrones
is an American fantasy drama television series created for HBO by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. It is an adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin's series of fantasy novels, the first of which is titled A Game of Thrones. Filmed in a Belfast studio and on location elsewhere in Northern Ireland, Malta,Scotland, Croatia, Iceland and Morocco, it premiered on HBO in the United States on April 17, 2011. Two days after the fourth season premiered in April 2014, HBO renewed Game of Thrones for a fifth and sixth season.
The series, set on the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos at the end of a decade-long summer, interweaves several plot lines. The first follows the members of several noble houses in a civil war for the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms; the second covers the rising threat of the impending winter and the mythical creatures of the North; the third chronicles the attempts of the exiled last scion of the realm's deposed dynasty to reclaim the throne. Through its morally ambiguous characters, the series explores the issues of social hierarchy, religion, loyalty, corruption, civil war, crime, and punishment
Game of Thrones has attracted record numbers of viewers on HBO and obtained an exceptionally broad and active international fan base. It received widespread acclaim by critics, although its frequent use of nudity, violence and sexual violence has attracted criticism. The series has won numerous awards and nominations, including aPrimetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Drama Series in all three seasons, a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Television Series – Drama, a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation in both Long Form and Short Form, and a Peabody Award. Among the ensemble cast, Peter Dinklage won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film for his role asTyrion Lannister.
Season 4 Premiere Night on April 6th my 27th Name day!
As the season premieres have previously heralded in my birthday I usually was very excited during season 2 & 3's premiere each time Game of Thrones was started up again my birthday was fast approaching, this year I wasn't sure how or what I wanted to do to celebrate my special day, but after hearing that season 4 was on my 27th name day, the deal was done and the party theme was chosen! Read on for more details on how to throw your own killer Game of Thrones themed name day bash! From banquets, feast, raven's flying to send invitation and more you won't want to miss out on the juicy and at times bloody details of this wonderfully seasoned party.
Let's Prepare our Kingdom's Bella's 27th Name Day is .....Coming.
DIY Game of Thrones Party
Foundations to a Killer Theme Party
Once a theme is chosen it's usually a great idea to delve into past and recent story line's as well as incorporating sneak peaks from the upcoming season that nobodies seen in the show yet or read, but only exist with the bits of calculated footage from The Game of Thrones Cast & Crew, to the added characters we haven't met yet on the upcoming seasons cast list. We had not a clue who the Martel family was and we still only got a taste of House Tyrell. Since my favorite character was recently murdered in the previous season and she's the only one that I resembled as a red head I went for the immortalized Ros of Winterfell. **Spoilers** She was murdered by the despicable Joffrey Baratheon but still we all miss our beautiful brothel girl from the North, Ros! played by Esme Bianco a woman who I've been a fan of in the fetish modeling industry and to transform myself into her was quite the name day honor. As my delicious love is quite the tall dark and handsome type, I couldn't resist having him come to the party as the Bastard of the former King Robert Baratheon's son, Gendry the blacksmith's assistant.
Of course I wanted every friend imaginable at my 27th name day celebration, in fact I invited as many friends as I possibly knew, twenty four guests most of which were die hard fanatics, and those that weren't were more than interested and ready to have a party. The Raven's Flown to deliver the invitations and as we know in Game of Thrones unforeseen circumstances were the reason why most of my dearest friends couldn't make it to the party bash. It was more than exciting to have Jorah Mormont arrive with Her Majesty Daenerys Targaryen and one of our Wildling friends arrive from north of the wall with stories of White walkers and the perils the north were facing. We laughed, feasted around bon fire and drank mead and ale long into the cold spring night under the Hare Moon, it was quite a lovely name day celebration for a humble brothel girl from Winterfell.
Many guests sent their raven's back with word of family and dear loved ones who'd just fallen, and insane tribes from the south and north beckoned them to stay close to home as the wildlings raided local villages, it was most touching to receive on the morning of my 27th name day a bouquet of wonderful flowers from Mr. Fox himself at Chase Flower Shop, adorned in a vase worthy of Quarth's supreme council. As the party set-up and preparations began those flowers started the day off in quite the Game of Thrones Fashion!
Ros "The Red Headed Whore" of Winterfell
Gendry "The Bastard" Baratheon
The easiest way to save money for decoration and feast and ale budget was to instead of printing formal invitations and flying the raven's out, it was much easier to send everybody a nice private formal invitation on Facebook, and to tease and titillate my maybe guests with party sneak peaks to lure them into a world that only George R. R. Martin could have written. Below are the enticing photos from the show, as well as sneak peaks at the most sumptuous vegan cupcakes imaginable, don't worry resources to all of these items will be listed at the end of this Do-It-Yourself themed article. For those guests unable to attend or bring a dish to the Game of Thrones Potluck, I included an apology decline image for them to send in with their No reply, it truly wasn't a bother for this girl of Winterfell, I just wanted each of my guests to feel comfortable if their introversion, not a fan of the show or other life conflicts arose during party planning. It worked out very well and most guests felt quite relieved to not have to feel bad for turning down a party even though they were there in spirit.
This is what my event guests arrived too before preparing their costumes and traveling the seven kingdom's for my twenty seventh name day celebration.
Game of Thrones
Vegan Potluck BBQ
27th Birthday Party
Saturday April 5th
Please RSVP by Email or Text by March 26th 2014
Need Accurate Guest & Dish Count ASAP!
- Game of Thrones Costume Recreations
- Game of Thrones Steampunk Fusion
- Renaissance & Medieval Tribal Wear
- Not a Fan of The Show?
Dress in all black and Be One of The Night’s Watchmen,
OR Dress like a Snow Nomad and be one of The Wildlings!
- Swords, Weapons, Battle Axes, War Helmets, Torches, Poi All Welcomed & Encouraged!
A Potluck Contribution & Your Presence
Presents welcomed, but not expected if you’re not sure what to get me feel free to email me for “likes” and desired gift items.
Game of Thrones Party Shopping!
You can Travel the 7 Kingdoms or Take a Few Shortcuts from this Faceless Woman of Braavos
Celebrating, Hosting and Preparing a Game of Thrones Feast & Name Day Celebration can be quite the endeavor, and a costly one at that if you fail to use the items you already have around you right now! From starry night blankets and flannel ones for bon fires that reminded me of The North, and Winterfell, to old candelabras lying around the homestead and ritual dish serving trays and items to add that medieval charm to my Game of Thrones Celebration. From using fold able tables and chairs, to borrowing my host houses many outdoor benches for bon fire and BBQ-ing with Gendry Baratheon, this party was pretty easy as far as decoration goes, being an earthy pagan type with my home decor finally paid off in the theme party department.
Step #2 Decorations!
As the Dollar Tree in Tower District is usually only good for one of two items, home care products and party supplies I always drop by here to get my cheap and bulk items.
Individual Sparkling Cider Bottles,
Gift Bags & Candy for Party Favors,
Napkins, Ribbons & Steamers
and by far one of my best finds to go with my Tiki Lamps
Sadly the Tiki Lamps didn't work as we planned but the bon fire, good soundtrack music for ambiance and mead left us quite warm throughout the night. The low lighting was wonderful for relaxation and to unwind under the stars, feasting with party guests.
Step #3 Ambiance & Music
From Candelabras adorned with candle light, bon fire and the soundtrack to Game of Thrones Season 1 & 2, this party that was intended to stop at 9pm went long into the late night hours, friends wandered away with bags of feast left overs and endless party favors and the night was one of the most exciting and wonderful ways to spend a birthday yet! Don't forget how little things like lighting and music can truly transform a party into an evening no guest or host will ever forget.
Step #4 DIY Costumes!
As a woman with belly dancing and old world skirts heavy in her wardrobe, lots of pagan jewelry and endless gems to adorn myself with like the infamous red head of King's Landing & The North. It was wonderful to transform Bella BloodLust into Ros of Winterfell! Usually if I can't find an item I need I'll go thrift shopping, the top and knitted cardigan was both thrift shop found, the rest of my outfit was bought at Marshall's ages ago, so the entire costume came together quite nicely.
Bella BloodLust Transforms
Into Ros of Winterfell
Game of Thrones Decorations
I couldn't let my lover's leave home without some gold coins, and party favors to go home with, from adorning their mead and ale Game of Thrones style for the Season 4 premiere night, to screaming out Bingo! Playing Game of Thrones Inspired Bingo, to some tasteful and decorative bookmarks for my George R. R. Martin Bibliophiles, to individual glasses of sparkling cider and glasses to go home with, this was a gift bag fit for Kings & Queens of all Seven Kingdoms!
Easily the most innovative party item I found for Do-It-Yourself lovers is these amazing snowflakes house sigils! A brilliant young fan of the show worked out the artistic logistics and it created quite the sight on my God Tree at the party to see each house sigil swaying in the wind as the sun went down and the party festivities began. For your own copy of these awesome snowflakes print out the templates and visit the genius behind the creation today!
A Feast fit for a Queen!
A Feast of Fire & Ice
Inn at The Crossroads
I'm sure you're thinking the same thing I was, Vegan Potluck, with a Game of Thrones Feast? How is this mad woman going to pull this off?! I was more than ready for the challenge, as somebody that loves historical recreations it was most exciting to find the infamous food blog for Game of Throne fanatics Inn at The Crossroads, after nights searching for medieval inspired recipes for my banquet and guests to bring, that would be easy and simple to prepare or purchase for the festivities it was profoundly difficult coming up with the perfect theme feast, luckily these two brilliant women have already done it for us! Meet Chelsea & Sarrann, the two fans brave enough to scour the libraries for cookbooks of the old world, and combine them with the decadent meals of George R. R. Martin's imagination. For the party planning their entire blog assisted me in my endeavor, I was so happy with the delicious Strawberry Lemonsweet that infamously made it's first appearance along side matriarch Olenna Tyrell, in season three when she first met Sansa Stark. A meeting of intrigue and insight on her granddaughters upcoming Wedding Day to King Joffrey Baratheon. I couldn't resist investing in their infamous and lovely cookbook, as so many recipes were easy to transfer over for this Strawberry Vixen to turn into endless Wild Vegan Delights. Below is a taste of the menu that was offered that evening. Needless to say I'll be purchasing their second book that's for Game of Throne's Party Planning in the very near future, these ladies are an inspiration to published cookbook authors like myself and culinary adventurists everywhere. Visit their food blog today to be overwhelmed with endless recipes, I've since made Simple Dornish Fare that consists of home made flat bread, hummus and olives with a nice glass of wine, Oh no wonder there's so much fire and passion to be shared with Dornish men and women. *sexy smiles*
~Game of Thrones Potluck Menu~
Chocolate Salted Caramel Vegan Cupcakes
from Sweet Elite Vegan Cupcakes
will be the Celebratory Dessert of The Evening!
After you RSVP by email or text, Pick an Item & We’ll write your name down to keep track of potluck selections, multiple guests can bring beverages mead, beer &/or liquor scroll down and snag 1 of 4 slots if that’s what you’d prefer to contribute to the evening’s festivities. Items grouped are cost-efficient we’re doing our best to ensure our guests can make an affordable contribution no matter what your budget may be.
Below is The Menu, feel free to bring something from the store, prepare your own special dish, or for the creative culinary guest’s links from Game of Thrones Foodie Blogs such as Inn at The Crossroads
are included next to specific items for below in menu categories and all the way at the bottom for GOT Kitchen Adventurists.
#1 - 2 Loaves of Bread & Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip
Crusty Fresh Baked Bread
Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip
#2 Dips: Salsa, Guacamole, Vegetarian Refried Beans, Hummus
***Salsa & Hummus are Located at Trader Joe’s***
#3 Chips: BBQ, Potato, Tortilla & Pita Chips and/or Flat Bread
#4 Variety of Nuts & Dried Fruit
#5 Trailmix: Dark Chocolate, Dried Fruits, Variety of Nuts
#6 Amy’s Vegan Burgers & Hamburger for Meat Eating Heathens!
~Found in the Freezer Section of Savemart: Other brands are acceptable but please check ingredients it must be EGG & DAIRY FREE
#7 Vegan Hot Dogs & Regular Ones for Meat Eating Heathens!
~Brand: SmartDogs, Size: Regular NOT Long Ones
Found at Trader Joe’s, Savemart & Foodmaxx
#8 Vegan Shish Kabob’s ~Seasonal Fruit: Grapes, Strawberries, Melon, Pineapple, Kiwi, Anything That’s Easily Skewered
#9 Baked Potato Kits: Bag of Potatoes, Vegan Margarine, Green Onions
~Vegan Margarine: Smart Balance, easily found at most grocery stores, bring the BIG one. We’ll provide the fresh herbs and seasonings for these delicious baked potatoes
#10 Fruit Salad~ Variety of Seasonal Fruits
#11 Time Travel Tea Salad Gaslamp Society Members will remember this amazing Salad from our Time Travel Tea at Vintage Rose Tea House
~Romaine, Kiwi, Strawberries, Dried Cranberries, Oranges or Canned Mandarin Oranges, Sunflower Seeds, Raspberry Vinaigrette
Soups & Stews:
#12 Autumn Greens & Ginger Soup
#13 Baked Apple’s
#14 Sherbet “Ice”cream
~Variety of Flavors
#15 Condiments: Ketchup, Mustard, Pickles: Dill, Bread & Butter, Olives, Pickle Relish, Vegainaise, BBQ Sauce
~Veganaise~Trader Joe’s Ketchup & BBQ Sauce NO HFCS!
If you’re planning on bringing beverages please leave your formal title so I can quill you in.
#12 Lord &/or Lady of Juices
#13 Lord &/or Lady Izze Sodas
Found at Fresh & Easy
#14 Lord & or Lady of Hansen’s Sodas
Foun at Trader Joe’s
#15 Lord &/or Lady of Homebrewed Tea’s
Beer, Mead, Wine and Liquor: If you’re planning on bringing an intoxicating libation, please leave your formal title so I can quill you in.
#16 Lord &/or Lady Beer:
#17 Lord &/or Lady Mead:
#18 Lord &/or Lady Wine:
#19 Lord &/or Lady Liquor:
Inn at The Crossroads~ Game of Thrones Recipes
**For The Adventurist Guest**
Vegetarian & Vegan Recipes
Simple Dornish Fare
Strawberries & Sweetgrass
Medieval Fruit Tarts
Game of Thrones Desserts
Greens Dressed with Apples & Pine Nuts
Spice Plum Mousse
Inn at The Crossroads Sister Site Game of Brews
Tears of Lys