This post is long. REALLY long. We've broken it up and updated it for Season 7. You can find the links below.
So you've decided to throw an epic Game of Thrones watch party, and you're looking for ideas. Well you've come to the right place. We've been all over the internet looking for the best Game of Thrones party ideas out there. You're probably in a hurry, so lets get to it.
Most of you will end up inviting people the old fashioned way - by making a private Facebook event. But if you want to go all-out, there's just no substitute for a wax sealed paper invitation.
You'll need the right font to make it look proper..properly!
Add a medieval flair by using the template below.
Make sure you're clear about the start time. I suggest having guests arrive at least an hour before the show starts. Be very explicit about exactly when you will be starting the show (9PM EASTERN TIME if you want to start when it airs), and state that you require internet blackout during the show.
Setting the Mood
Since the recession, most people no longer have squires. So when your guests arrive, greet them by reciting their full title "Hail First Name of House Last Name". Blow a bugle horn between introductions for more decorum.
The Extension of Guest Right
After the arrival and recitation of titles, it is customary to offer your guests bread and salt. This is a symbolic gesture. You are offering them guest right.
Remember: If any guest takes the salt and bread, they are protected by "guest right." You are not allowed to harm that guest for the rest of the night!
The Denial of Guests Right
If unwanted guests arrive, here's what to do. Instead of offering bread and salt, you simply sit in the doorway with your sword across your lap. This is a sign that they are unwelcome and will not be extended guests right in your house.
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Now use the Amazon Music app to cue up the music, and play it softly in the background.
Another option is to go with something less recognizable and more period-appropriate. Try this hour-long selection on Youtube & simply start it over if it gets to the end:
Make Your House Look Medieval
You'll want to avoid having any electronics visible. So move them or cover them with cloth.
You should also gather every candle you've got and light em up!
Now decorate like it's 1399.
Game of Thrones Themed Decorations
Dragon eggs are a Game of Thrones party favorite. Here are several ways you can make them.
The Iron Throne is supposed to be uncomfortable, so decorate the most uncomfortable chair in the house.
As King (or Queen) of the Castle, you deserve a crown.
Show everyone what happened to the last guest who tried to usurp your authority.
(Is that a polyethylene skull + glue + gold paint?)
Show support for your liege lord!
In remembrance of Sean Bean.
And don't forget to honor the Old Gods.
Serve Sansa's favorite dessert - lemon cakes.
This one looks difficult, but it's actually just Strawberries, Blackberries, Raspberries, and a little bit of lemon peel for the flames.
Tip: You should always serve Hot Pie, but you should never serve Frey pies.
And even more edible dragon eggs.
You might want to serve some real food too.
Finally, you might want to make a menu to show off your culinary, Photoshop, and pun skillz. Here are a few ideas.
Of course, there are also six officially licensed Game of Thrones beers you can buy from Ommegang.
The two most popular wines in Westeros are Dornish Red and Arbor Gold. You should label your wines accordingly.
Individual labels for printing:
But in a pinch, just do the best you can.
Mead is basically wine made with honey instead of grapes. It is delicious and wonderfully period appropriate. I heartily suggest your stock up on mead for your party. I know I will.
Another idea is to put green Jello Vodka shots into mason jars and label it "Wildfire".
It should look something like this.
Party Favors and Prizes
$5 and below
$20 and Below
The Main Event
This is what it's all about. You should detail a clear policy regarding talking during the show and the use of cell phones. It's probably not necessary to outline a spoilers policy, because the show has officially passed the books.
Be very clear that there will be no discussions from the start of "Previously On" to the finish of next week's sneak peek.
We like to pause and discuss on occasion. It takes several seconds to say "Hey Name! Could you please pause it?", so instead we use a simple code. Just one word that means all of that. If anyone yells "POTATO!" during the show, whoever has the remote knows that it's time to pause. If you go with this strategy, make sure you pick a "safe word" that wouldn't otherwise come up. Is it appropriate to use "potato" to call bathroom breaks? That's your choice, but make sure that your policy is known and understood.
We recommend not playing a drinking game. We tried this a few years ago and it got out of hand quickly. We ended up drinking way too much to really enjoy the show. "Take a sip when someone dies" quickly turnes into "Ummm. Jerry just died of alcohol poisoning. Does that mean we have to take a sip?"
Nevertheless, if you want to chug, we've got you covered. Check out our list of Game of Thrones drinking games.
Game of Thrones Bingo
This game is fun, but you'll have to update the blanks. There are, for example, several squares involving the Hound, Joffrey, and Jon Snow.
One year I let guests fill in their own blanks for two squares before the show. Everyone read theirs and the community decided if it was specific enough. Just remember that every bingo card needs at least a different order to the squares, if not different blanks altogether.
And there you have it. If you try any of these ideas, make sure you send us pictures. We'd love to see how it turned out.