The world’s favourite TV show will wrap up this coming Monday, leaving passionate Game of Thrones fans with a gaping void and non-viewers heaving a sigh of relief. No offence, GOT lovers – we just don’t want to hear about the Red Wedding for the seventeenth time.
With that being said, us non-viewers are definitely in the minority. The first episode of this eighth and final season captivated more than 17 million people, and more than three times that number pirated the episode in the first 24 hours (it was illegally streamed a whopping 54 million times). And it’s expected that this record will be broken once more when the final episode airs on Monday night.
So, to celebrate, we’re sharing a few top tips for hosting the best GOT viewing party – so good, you’ll even entertain the people who don’t know Sansa from Cersei – with a little help from party planner extraordinaire, Natty Faulks of Strawberry Fundaes.
1. Set the scene
“Moody dark tones, lights off and candles – lots of candles,” says Natty.
If you’re worried about open flames and Medieval costumes, opt for electric candles or even fairy lights. And, if you’re putting on a full feast, you don’t need a lot of table settings – it can all be served in the middle of the table and that adds character too.
2. Essential Props
“I collect my props from op shops, garage sales and Gumtree, but there are also some items from Kmart and the local $2 shop,” says Natty. “Some of these props were collected for my wedding and I have held onto them for dinner parties. They’re my staples.”
Natty recommends: a hessian table runner (try Spotlight), wooden boards (Kmart), silver platters (five bucks at an op shop), silver wine goblets (op shop, $3 per cup), rose gold charger plate (Kmart), gold cutlery (Kmart), antique candelabra (family heirloom), rose gold cup/ goblet (Kmart), crystal decanters (Gumtree $15), candles (Coles), assorted fruit and berries (Coles), ivy leaves ($2 at Stacks), battery powered fairy lights (Kmart).
3. The Menu
“I like to garnish with rosemary or sage,” says Natty. “This is a super cheap way to present your cheese board beautifully.”
Create a cheese board, served on wooden boards and with textures and colour (think rustic breads, dark grapes, apples, pears or figs).
For drinks, it’s got to be Dragon’s Blood (decanter red wine) or the limited edition GOT-inspired single malt whisky collection from Diageo and HBO. The collection features seven Scotch whiskies paired with six of the iconic Houses of Westeros, as well as the Night’s Watch, giving fans an authentic taste of the Seven Kingdoms (grab yours at www.malts.com).
For your main, go Medieval with a roast and potatoes (add carrots and pumpkin if you like). Simply cover in olive oil, season with salt and pepper and a bit of balsamic and lemon on the chicken.
“I put them in separate baking trays and pop in the oven for at least an hour,” says Natty. “Feel free to add dried herbs as well, and serve with steamed greens – or John Snow Peas, as I’ve done for this menu!”
Finally, for dessert is Natty’s “pretty complicated” White Walker cheesecake. Her hack? Buy a frozen cheesecake and garnish with fruit or flowers. Simple!
Print Natty’s menu at home to use for your own party: GAME OF THRONES MENU