A Hobbit Celebration

Happy Birthday to Bilbo and Frodo Baggins! Tomorrow is their birthdays and to celebrate the day, let’s be a hobbit for a day and celebrate the Shire.

Invite some friends. But one key thing to note – hobbits do not get birthday gifts. Instead, they give their friends and family small gifts in thanksgiving and in recognition to service and kinship.

What do Hobbits Eat?

Hobbits love their food – and they take it very seriously. They don’t eat three meals a day, they eat seven! And here they are:

  • 7:30am – Breakfast
  • 9:30am – Second breakfast
  • 11am – Elevenses
  • 1pm – Luncheon
  • 2:30pm – Afternoon tea
  • 5:30pm – Dinner
  • 9pm – Supper


That’s a lot of meals!! So what do they eat for each meal? Their fare is simple – not fancy or with heavy sauces, but lot of herbs and a bit of salt. That’s it.


Always include a variety of pastries and breads with plenty of cheese and jams! First breakfast is the time to load up on the carbs. Here are a few ideas for the main course of a hobbit breakfast:

  • Tea and scones with strawberries and cream
  • French toast with berries – Strawberry French Toast Casserole
  • Honey Cakes
  • A plate of meats and cheese with breads and rolls and jams and jellies. The bigger the selection the better!

Second Breakfast

Second breakfast is Bilbo’s favorite meal. While it always includes fresh bread and jams and a rasher of bacon (because you can never go wrong with bacon), it’s heavy on the protein.

  • French toast with a good side of sausage
  • Boiled eggs
  • Quiche with mushrooms and cheese
  • Wild Mushroom omelet
  • Cold meats and cheese

You would think a hobbit would be satiated by now. But they get so hungry, an elevenses is required.


This meal is a mid-morning tea designed to curb a hobbit’s hunger until the next meal. What do they eat at these teas? Well some tea and coffee, of course, as well as some easy to eat pastries – two or three choices would be fine.


The hobbit lunch is hearty and warm. Below are some ideas for that dish, but be sure to have a rich bread and some ale to finish of the meal.

Afternoon Tea

This is a social meal. This is when the hobbits carry on about what their neighbors are doing and who has taken an adventure (frowned upon by the elders).  This must be served with tea and sweets.

And then moving on to dinner …


The largest meal of the day, dinner must include breads with cold meats and cheese and tall mugs of dark beer. Here are some main course ideas –


And nope – they aren’t finished yet! Are you full? Are you ready for more?


Ahhh. The last meal of the day. Supper has to keep the hobbit until the next morning. A platter of cold meats and cheeses and some fresh breads and cold butter, are served with a main course – and of course, a large mug of ale.

roasted rosemary chicken

And then, after another mug of ale, it’s off to bed to rest up for the next day. A hobbit’s life is quite busy.

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16 Responses to A Hobbit Celebration

  1. Mary says:

    Not too familiar with hobbits but the food they eat looks amazing. The second breakfast is calling my name!

  2. BERNADETTE says:

    Your recipe is sure to lure Bilbo out of Hobbiton. Maybe Gandolf will come too. You better buy extra Mead.

  3. Andréa says:

    Now I know a hobbit eats really well. So delicious all these recipes!

  4. Sabine says:

    I wish I could spend a day celebrating with the hobbits. What a list of great recipes and dishes. I’ve saved it and will try out these recipes. Yumm

  5. Padma says:

    Certain days I do have the appetite of hobbits! Am always looking for food
    This is such an interesting read.

  6. Alexandra says:

    Well, I would be happy to eat like a Hobbit any time – what a delicious feast! Now I just want to get my books out again and give them a read too :)

  7. Irene says:

    What a fun post, Helen!

  8. cgrigg says:

    This is a collection of great recipes- TY Tried the chicken pot pie -Yum- Ate with some of my favorite shows!

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