Sunday will mark the end of an era. Not only does it kick off the final season of Game of Thrones, but it ends the age of appointment television for the foreseeable future. With the constant rise of streaming and on-demand options, people watch TV on their own time and at their own pace. Apart from live sports, Game of Thrones has been the lone survivor of shows that people watch in real time.
Mad Men, Breaking Bad or the Sopranos are prime examples of the phenomenon that collectively gathers people around a screen at the same time. Let’s live it up one more time. Invite your friends over to watch the last six feature-length episodes. We’ll tell you how to put your watch party over the top. People all over the world have been enamoured with the show and have come up with fun ideas and recipes, that we are showcasing here.
Give your place a Westerosi feel. Or just make it look like a Game of Thrones-themed birthday party.
Show that everybody is welcome at your party. Whatever Westerosi house you feel allegiance to is represented on this handcrafted decor. The banner has been carefully assembled by hand using layers of cut cardstock and features the sigils from houses Lannister, Arryn, Stark, Baratheon, Greyjoy, Tyrell, Martell, Targaryen, Mormont and the Night’s Watch.
They might not be made with Valaryan steel, but they’ll put your party in the right mood. Shaped like Arya’s sword “Needle,” it can take on any challenge on your vegetable platter. Arya lives under the show’s motto Valar Morghulis (All Men Must Die). With this party accessory, your slogan should be Mirre havor ēdruta sagon ipradārin (All Food Must Be Eaten).
Have you always thought of yourself as the Mother of Dragons? See for yourself. Can you breed some winged companions from these candles? Daenerys also felt that her stony wedding gift was just a piece of decor. Now she’s jetting around all over the map with her “children.”
There’s a plethora of Game of Thrones-inspired drink choices out there. Some to buy and some to make at home yourself:
Be it mead or wine, fermented and alcoholic drinks are at the centre of Game of Thrones lore. Feel like Tyrion Lannister, who once called himself the deity of wine and certain parts of the female anatomy. Acclaimed winemaker Bob Cabral has created seven wines from seven different grapes. Each wine represents one of the seven kingdoms of Westeros. According to Cabral, he chose the grape that most closely resembled the temperament of each house. As a final project, he now aims to make a blended wine using all seven grape varieties to represent unity among the living.
Earlier this week, we wrote about the promotion by Diageo. White Walker has been available for purchase since October 2018 and is a blend of different single malts. Diageo says that the White Walker is made in Cardhu and Clynelish—”two of Scotland’s most northern distilleries where whiskies have endured long Scottish winters, not dissimilar to the climate north of the wall.” As a nod to the Night King, the bottle reveals hidden designs when it’s chilled.
Get ready for the new season of the epic series with the limited-edition bottle of White Walker by Johnnie Walker. pic.twitter.com/yCjHJwnzzA
— Johnnie Walker (@JohnnieWalkerUS) 5. März 2019
At DINE we strive to only bring you proprietary recipes to the dishes we present. That doesn’t mean that we can’t curate and showcase the creativity and talent of our peers. In the following section, we’ll show you the best party snacks for your Game of Thrones get-together:
As previously discussed, Sansa Stark is a big fan of lemon cakes. They are a source of comfort to the Lady of Winterfell. And they should be for your guests as well. You’ll find a myriad of lemon cake recipes on the internet that claim to be inspired by the elder Stark daughter. This recipe by The Ginger Whisk is our favourite.
Knowing the reference to this food might cause you to want to refrain from making it. On the other hand, is there a better party food than a sausage roll or pig in a blanket? Sorry Lord Greyjoy, this tasty snack will, for sure, feature at our watch party. Recipe here.
We should have put this in the drinks section, but you will have to stand in the kitchen yourself, so we put it with the recipes. Jeor “the Old Bear” Mormont, former Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, is described in the books of being a big fan of this concoction:
“The Old Bear was particular about his hot spiced wine. So much cinnamon and so much nutmeg and so much honey, not a drop more. Raisins and nuts and dried berries, but no lemons, that was the rankest sort of southern heresy which was queer, since he always took lemon in his morning beer. The drink must be hot to warm man properly, the Lord Commander insisted, but the wine must never be allowed to come to a boil. Jon kept a careful eye on the kettle.”
– Clash of Kings -by George R. R. Martin
In the Game of Thrones Cookbook, the authors included this recipe for the old man’s libation.
Show your colours once again. Bake your favourite cookie shaped by these GOT-inspired cookie cutters. Shortbread would probably turn out the best.
Sweet Hot Pie bakes Arya a type of flatbread in the shape of a dire wolf when they part ways in “Walk of Punishment” (Season 3, Episode 3). The dire wolf is the sigil of Arya’s ancestral house Stark. For the remainder of the series, Hot Pie remains at an Inn on the King’s Road, to study as a baker’s apprentice. When Brienne of Tarth stays at the Inn in search of the Stark daughters, Hot Pie gives her another Dire Wolf Bread. This time he’s much improved as a baker.
YouTuber Andrew Rea recreates famous meals from film and television on his channel Binging with Babish. When he attempted the famous Dire Wolf Bread, he invited Maisie Williams, the actress portraying Arya Stark, to bake it with him. Take a look.
Similar to the sausage rolls, we at DINE are suckers for a good deviled egg. To give it the necessary Game of Thrones touch, you just need some food colouring. That way, your regular deviled eggs become Targaryen dragon eggs with very little effort. Hope your guests are not turned off by it. If yes, more delicious egg for you. Recipe here.
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