Not very often does an event combine all of my favorite things, but this past Sunday I got to attend an event that not only included the world of Tolkien, but also included dressing up, a buffet, and an open bar. I am referring, of course, to The One Expected Party hosted by TheOneRing.net.
The Space Pirate Queen and I were lucky enough to attend this Oscar party and divulge in everything nerdy and decadent. The event was held at the American Legion Hall in Los Angeles and was themed, naturally, after The Hobbit.
I had never been to a legitimate Oscar Party and was too young to attend the parties that TheOneRing.net hosted when Lord of the Rings had been nominated, so needless to say I was very excited. The second we walked into the building we were in the world of Tolkien. On a personal note, I thought it was fantastic that after Gollum we were greeted by one of three open bars. THREE!
Each room was named after a different location in Middle Earth and had something different to offer. The Rivendell Room had silent auctions and merchandise, the Hall of the Elven-King was where the Oscars were live streamed, and most importantly, Rhosgobel was where the buffet was.
I must confess that more than anything we were excited for the food. Seriously, we would not shut up about the food. To me a buffet is the greatest invention of mankind. Cleanliness can suck it because a buffet is what is truly next to godliness. That and an open bar. Have I mentioned the open bar?
The first course of the evening was ‘Afternoon Tea’. We indulged in sandwiches, salad, and some of the best scones I have ever had in my entire life.
Look at them. Do you hear that? That’s the sound of angels singing to people making babies. That’s how damn delicious they were.
Later in the evening was dinner. Sweet baby Jesus that food was good. I was tempted to go all Roman on the situation just so that I could eat all night, but since I was wearing a nice dress I decided not to.
The Space Pirate Queen and I were very happy campers. Check out her post on Geek Exchange here.
Another great things about this party? The cosplay!
We also had quite an enchanting surprise when Gandalf sat with us and did some magic tricks!
Liz and I were quite impressed. By the way, make sure to check out Liz Ohanesian’s article about the event here.
We were at one point serenaded by tunes played by the lovely ladies of Dorian Mirth.
One of the many reasons why this party was great is because of the atmosphere. This was not a snobby event with fashion police and judgement. We were all here because of our love for Tolkien. It was an event where a person could choose to dress up to the nines or dress up like their favorite character from Middle Earth and either choice was completely welcomed and appreciated.
Stay tuned for Part II when we show pictures and videos from the rest of the evening, including appearances by Dominic Monaghan, Billy Boyd, and a Beecake concert!