The 8th and final season of Game of Thrones premieres this Sunday (eeep!) and if you thought I wasn’t going to go all out on viewing party aesthetics then you were quite wrong. If you think it’s too much effort, think again – if you focus on a “medieval rustic” vibe as I’m calling it, putting together a viewing fit for Westeros royalty isn’t complicated at all – in fact, simplicity is your friend. Read below for ideas on how to throw a festive GoT premiere party.
A Game of Thrones themed party screams for a classic cheese & charcuterie board. Simple, whole foods are the move. There obviously was no processing and packaging in this medieval-esque time period, so forget boxed crackers (a Lannister wouldn’t be caught dead eating a Ritz) and opt for a French baguette. Everything else should be so easy – clusters of grapes, fresh bread, blocks of cheese, olives, whatever you’re into. Though it’s not for me, meat is certainly on-theme so if you’re into that then do it up.
*Shout out to the vegans, I recently had a party where I served a Miyoko’s cashew-based cheese wheel and it went FAST. It was devoured in full before the end of the evening, so you too can have the cheese board of your dreams.
Red wine. Done.
But for real, many descriptions of the wines references in Thrones include qualities of spiced honey, sometimes sour, full-bodied, dark in color, occasionally fruity or sweet. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, a (red) Zinfandel or, if you can find a bottle of it at your local shop – Mourvèdre. Any of these would meet the intense and flavorful expectation of the infamous Dornish wines. However, my roommate received the fun Thrones-themed Pinot Noir and Red Blend duo pictured above so we will be starting the season of with those.
The right vessel for your wine is crucial. I originally found myself searching for a golden chalice of sorts, but while re-watching the series in preparation for the premiere I realized 99% of the time they’re drinking from glass. Their glasses tend to resemble a French wine glass – shorter & thicker stem and a somewhat V-shaped bowl. So that’s what I got. And damn, does it feel good to sip from these goblets whilst smirking like Cersei.
A decanter is also key. You’ll never see a bottle of wine on the show, the wine is always in a decanter (or being sold in barrels).
As with the food, keep the ambiance natural and simple. Serve food on wooden cutting boards, avoid bright flashy plastic plates. Cloth napkins. Neutral, earthy colors.
Finally, turn off your phones and lamps, light candles and tell your talkative friend to shut up. Winter is here.