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 Post subject: RotR 2011 - Hobbit Party - Help & Organisation
PostPosted: September 5th, 2011, 4:19 pm 
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So This Year Return of the Rings is already under way. There's a sign on Bag End's Front Gate and the Shire is full of talk about cakes and speeches and fireworks- it means one thing- Party Time.

However the party planning team has a few kinks to straighten out before the celebration begins. We need your help and opinions to sort these issues out in order to ensure that this Hobbit Party runs as smoothly (well as smoothly as a party could run if Merry and Pippin break into Gandalf's fireworks cart again) as possible.

Please let us know what you think of these ideas:

- It's Bilbo and Frodo's Birthday (aka Hobbit Day) on September 22nd- would you like the Hobbit Party to start on that date? Or would you prefer it to run as an opening event for RotR and start in the next day or so?

- How much Planning and Discussion do you want for this event? Do you want a general plot-outline or just a scenario and let the madness unfold?

-Any other Questions you may have regarding the Hobbit Party can go here and Elenthari or I will try our very best to answer them.

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 Post subject: Re: RotR 2011 - Hobbit Party - Help & Organisation
PostPosted: September 5th, 2011, 4:35 pm 
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yay, I'm so excited! Fesivities! :)
-personally, I think everything should start on the actual date of September 22nd - use it as the opening event, like you suggested? I don't really celebrate the day or week before anyone else's birthday, but the time beforehand could be used for preparation. then afterwards it can be one big RotR party.

-in my opinion, less planning is better: just enough so we know what's going on, but not so much that we feel like we're running on a schedule for a birthday party!

can't wait for the RotR awesomeness to begin. do you need any help with anything for it? I'd be happy to help if necessary!

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 Post subject: Re: RotR 2011 - Hobbit Party - Help & Organisation
PostPosted: September 6th, 2011, 4:13 pm 
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- I think that it would be awesome if we started on the actual Hobbit Day date. It just makes it seem more authentic. Well, to me at least. ;)

- Is it possible to have a mixture of both? Like... We may need some type of plot, but also to do our own thing.

- Is there any way that I could be my elf, Amara? Do I have to be a Hobbit to attend the Hobbit party? And also, can I help along with some of the decorating committee?

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 Post subject: Re: RotR 2011 - Hobbit Party - Help & Organisation
PostPosted: September 6th, 2011, 6:11 pm 
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I think that maybe we should start the thread a few days before the Hobbit Day so as to get the introductions and stuff out of the way and then have the actual party start on Hobbit Day. Because you don't know how many people will actually be able to get on that day and giving a bit more time allows for people to come and post as we have members all over the world.

Usually we have our own thing, right? For the Yuletide and Hallowfest? But maybe we should do a plot. It's a Hobbit Party, so we should have it like a proper Hobbit Party. With drinking and dancing and gift giving all around!(It's been a few years since I've read FotR but if I recall right, no one left without a gift so maybe we should do a secret-santa kind of thing at the party to make sure everyone gets a gift?

And asuming this is like all the other parties before. You come as yourself, not an OC, lol. You can say you're a hobbit, elf, anything ;D At least I'm pretty sure that's how it will be.

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 Post subject: Re: RotR 2011 - Hobbit Party - Help & Organisation
PostPosted: September 6th, 2011, 11:12 pm 
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I agree with Eruraina, opening threads before time would give people more time to get organized before the actual party starts. I'm not picky about a plot, madness can ensue and fun be had everywhere and it wouldnt bother me.

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 Post subject: Re: RotR 2011 - Hobbit Party - Help & Organisation
PostPosted: September 7th, 2011, 12:46 am 
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She does have a good point. I agree! :)

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 Post subject: Re: RotR 2011 - Hobbit Party - Help & Organisation
PostPosted: September 7th, 2011, 5:20 am 
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Thanks for all your opinions they are incredibly useful for Elenthari and myself.

Starting date seems to be wholly in favor of Hobbit Day- which has pretty much cleared up the first issue we were worrying over! I really like Eru's idea of starting it a little bit before in order to get introductions etc out of the way- so maybe if we started it on the weekend or the Monday before the 22nd that would be good?

Re Plot- I like the structure and the Secret Santa idea- maybe this is something we could organise prior to opening? e.g. people sign up and then your PMed with who you've got to get a gift for- so when we do start the party everybody is ready to give their gifts and know who they're giving them to! Beyond that I'm more in favour of it being pretty free-flowing- maybe if we just set up the situation like Bilbo and Frodo having another long expected party & they've invited everybody in Middle Earth (and by extension AU :) )- and say that there will be speech giving, dancing fireworks etc to come.

Amara- Character wise the idea is you play yourself not an RP character so you don't need to go into rigorous details about back story or appearance (beyond dresses if you want :) ). And you don't have to be a Hobbit to attend but I suppose we can stretch reality a bit by saying you have elf ears/ traits etc.- hope that helps

Thanks again everyone :)

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 Post subject: Re: RotR 2011 - Hobbit Party - Help & Organisation
PostPosted: September 7th, 2011, 1:19 pm 
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Lembas, you read my mind, didn't you? :P

I think we should start the Party during the weekend before 22nd - that way we'll get more people involved with it. As far as the plot is concerned. Well, we've usually had it our way - without many planning and such, but, yes, maybe we should concentrate the event more around Frodo's/Bilbo's b-day. After all they are our guests of honour. :P

@Eruraina: I looove the Secret Santa idea! If we're all up for it me and Lembas will get on it right away by setting up a sign up thread. :P

Thanks for the cooperation everyone. :goofy:

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 Post subject: Re: RotR 2011 - Hobbit Party - Help & Organisation
PostPosted: September 7th, 2011, 3:29 pm 
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^ Yes

Fwee I'm getting excited now- I shall start up the gifts thread :)

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 Post subject: Re: RotR 2011 - Hobbit Party - Help & Organisation
PostPosted: September 7th, 2011, 9:58 pm 
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Lembas wrote:
Amara- Character wise the idea is you play yourself not an RP character so you don't need to go into rigorous details about back story or appearance (beyond dresses if you want :) ). And you don't have to be a Hobbit to attend but I suppose we can stretch reality a bit by saying you have elf ears/ traits etc.- hope that helps


Oh, I gotcha! So, I'm myself in RL... Dressed as... Well... Myself. Except I use the dress that I posted a picture of. I'll take it! ;D

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 Post subject: Re: RotR 2011 - Hobbit Party - Help & Organisation
PostPosted: September 7th, 2011, 10:43 pm 
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I'm a little confuzled by the Secret Santa thing, how is that gonna work? What do ya do for it?

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 Post subject: Re: RotR 2011 - Hobbit Party - Help & Organisation
PostPosted: September 7th, 2011, 11:12 pm 
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For the secret Santa thing there would be one person 'facilitating' it. What they do is get a list of everyone participating. They then shuffle the names using a hat. Everyone that signed up will get a name of another member that signed up. Gifts are made(Prose, youtube videos, graphics, and the occasional traditional drawing) and then sent through pm to the facilitator who then distributes the gifts(through pm) to their recievers and then in a thread all of those who signed up must guess who their SS is. AU does it every year around Christmas. But for the Hobbit Party we should call it something else. Instead of Secret Santa maybe Hidden Hobbit? Lol.

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 Post subject: Re: RotR 2011 - Hobbit Party - Help & Organisation
PostPosted: September 8th, 2011, 8:00 am 
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Eruraina wrote:
Instead of Secret Santa maybe Hidden Hobbit? Lol.


Me approves. :yes:

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PostPosted: September 8th, 2011, 7:56 pm 
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I approve too!

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 Post subject: Re: RotR 2011 - Hobbit Party - Help & Organisation
PostPosted: September 9th, 2011, 7:30 pm 
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Awesome that you guys approve!

Also, somewhere in the midst of the party I'd like to put on a little "show". Just a bit of entertainment for everyone to enjoy. I was thinking of including some of Legolas's singing(strange choice of character you might think, but I know what I'm doing), a fireworks show that goes along with LotR music, and maybe even put a square dance together! Because square dances are fun!

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PostPosted: September 9th, 2011, 7:42 pm 
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We could have a thread for music choices at the party, and together we could create a 'playlist' of sorts. I was wondering what kind of music we'd have. I'm thinking Celtic reels for sure. <3

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