ultimate game of thrones viewing party


Now that Season 6 of the hit HBO show Game of Thrones is under way, here are some important things we know so far:

[SPOILERS ahead but honestly, if you aren’t caught up, you aren’t thinking about planning a viewing party]

1. Jon Snow (Kit Harington) is alive. At the end of Season 5, it looked dire for our favorite Lord Commander. He was stabbed several times by his Night’s Watch comrades who felt Snow was ruining everything by joining forces with their mortal enemies, the Wildlings, in an effort to fight the White Walkers. Yes, Jon does die but by episode 2, the Red Witch, Melisandre, brings him back to life – and everything in Westeros is right again. Except now, Jon, who has been reunited with sister Sansa Stark has to fight to gain back his home, Winterfell, from the evil Ramsay Bolton.

2. Daenerys Targareon, the Mother of Dragons, Khaleesi and many other titles, was captured by the Dothraki, only to turn the tables on the leaders by burning them and their Dosh Kaleen temple to the ground while walking away from the blaze Unburnt. She now has the Dothraki hordes – and her dragons — on her side… let’s see how she put all these newfound reinforcements to good use once she returns to Mereen and consults with Tyrion Lannister.

3. Bran Stark has been trained by the Three-Eyed Raven to go into the past for “vision walks,” but although he is only supposed to observe, Bran also somehow makes his presence known. This does not bode well for him, especially when he has run-in with the White Walker leader, the Night’s King, which leads to the ravenous White Walkers to Bran and his crew. When they attack, it’s Hodor who loses the battle. It’s up to Bran now to carry on the Three-Eyed Raven’s work and find a way to defeat the White Walkers.

4. The High Sparrow and his followers have almost complete control over the people of King’s Landing, now that young King Tommen and Queen Margaery have now drunken the High Sparrow’s Kool-Aid. The young king declares to the cheering crowd that there is “a holy alliance between the crown and the faith.” Of course, Tommen’s mother and father, Cersei and Jamie Lannister, aren’t going to just stand by and watch it happen, oh no.

There are other character developments – Arya’s plight; Theon and Yara Greyjoy fighting for the Salt Throne; the Sand Snakes of Dorne – but as we near the Season 6 finale (June 26), and it seems like those four pieces above are the most important to the whole who-is-going-to-sit-on-the-Iron Throne end game.

Now you’re ready to plan your viewing party for the Game of Thrones season finale, inviting those friends who are (hopefully) die-hard GoT fans and are all up-to-date. Between the fun aspects of decorating (an Iron Throne), planning the menu (lemon cakes), drink recipes (a White Walker) and coming up with creative games before, during and after the episode (drink when Jon Snow broods), you should have a blast setting up the perfect viewing party.




There are so many different GoT themes you could choose from to decorate your home. Here are some ideas:

King’s Landing and the Iron Throne: Turning your living room into King’s Landing seems like an obvious choice. If you want to go all out and purchase a replica of an Iron Throne, you can. The HBO store website has it, for a cool $30K. Yeah,  you’d have to be a serious GoT fan for that kind of purchase – and a permanent place for it in your home.

If you don’t have that kind of cash, you can actually make one. Click here to get detailed instructions on a DIY Iron Throne. It looks like it might take a little bit of time, but is totally awesome when its completed. Also, use lots of red and gold in the room, goblets for wine, and you can even purchase Lannister throw pillows. You can also turn your guest bathroom into a Throne room with a cool vinyl decal. And if you want to add spice, attach fake sparrows on strings and hang from the ceiling.



Winterfell and Castle Black: You could also decorate in the Winter-Is-Coming theme. Lots of fur throws on the back of the couch and chairs, and faux wolf rugs on the floor. If you have a fireplace, have it blazing. Keep it dark and moody with candlelight only and Gothic with iron candlestick holders. You can also get a Night’s Watch wall hanging and Stark throw pillows. And if you really want to get creative, set up a corner of your room with a dead tree and fake snow with blood on it.



Dany’s Dragons: You can give your home a Dothraki/Mereen feel, with big pillows on the floor, low tables for eating, incense burning, and dragon knick-knacks everywhere, including dragon eggs you can make yourself with styrofoam egg shapes and gold and silver (or green and blue) thumbtacks. If you have a backyard, torches and fire pits would also be effective.

Bonus idea: Have a whiteboard that lays out what has happened in Season 6, so guests can familiarize themselves with all the details before watching the finale. You could print out photos of each of the characters and have index cards with their story arcs (could also be used for a game).




There is an actual cookbook companion to Game of Thrones called A Feast of Fire and Ice that would be a great place to get ideas for your party food. It includes recipes for pork pies enjoyed by the Night’s Watch; Tyroshi honeyfingers, a favorite of Daenerys Targareon; and Quails drowned in butter, which is something the Lannisters would feast on in King’s Landing.



For fun, finger-food appetizers before the big meal, you can put out fresh bread, cheese, sliced meats, figs tarts, grapes and pears on a “Dinner Is Coming” cutting board. Or go Mediterranean with hummus, pita bread, olives and dates.



You could also do bread bowls, dragon dumplings, beef and bacon pies — and yes, honey-spiced locusts. That last one might just be for decoration because we’re pretty sure no one will eat them. See all kinds of ideas here!

As for desert, you could make a Dragonscale Cake, with red velvet cake (see recipe here), or there’s always Sansa Stark’s favorite lemon cakes that you can place fun GoT toppers on.

Here’s the recipe for Sansa’s sweet lemon cakes, courtesy of GeekyChef.com:




2 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

2 tbs. lemon zest

3/4 cup fresh lemon juice

1 cup butter, softened

1 cup buttermilk

2 1/2 cup sugar

2 eggs

2 lemons, thinly sliced and seeded


1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2) Boil lemon slices for about 15 minutes in 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar.

3) Grease a muffin tin with butter, vegetable oil or non-stick spray.

4) In a mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

5) In another bowl,  beat butter and 1 cup of sugar until light and fluffy.

6) Beat in eggs, then beat in 2 tablespoons of the lemon juice and lemon zest.

7) Beat in flour mixture and then buttermilk.

8) Place 1 lemon slice in the bottom of each muffin cup.

9) Divide batter between cups, pouring over the lemon slices.

10) Bake until cakes are firm and golden, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.

11) Mix together remaining lemon juice and sugar. Poke holes into the cakes, then slowly pour lemon and sugar mixture over the cakes so the juice gets absorbed into the cakes, let set for about 5-10 minutes.

12) Remove cakes from muffin cups and serve lemon slice side up!




Beside the requisite bottles of red wine (because if you have a Cersei Lannister attending, she’d be very offended if there was no wine), there are a few clever drink recipes you can include, courtesy of TheHeapingSpoonful.com.



There’s a White Walker – you fill a tall glass with ice, pour white chocolate liqueur to the halfway point, and fill the rest of the glass with club soda. The added touch is a spoonful of blue curacao, which you drizzle gently over the top to give it that light blue tinge on top. Yummy… and a little scary.

How about a Kingslayer? It’s 1 oz bourbon, 1 oz Goldschlager and 1 1/2 oz Grand Marnier (or any other orange liqueur), plus juice from half of a lemon. Pour some ice into a short glass and add all the ingredients and stir. Garnish by dropping a thin lemon slice into the glass. Jamie Lannister would approve.



You can also make a Red Priestess (or Red Witch or a Melisandre, if you prefer). It’s 1 oz Chambord; 1 oz Pimms #1
1 oz sweet vermouth; 3 oz pomegranate juice; 1/4 oz grenadine; juice of half a lime; and fresh raspberries, blackberries and blueberries for garnish. Combine all the ingredients in a wine glass with a few ice cubes. Brings anyone back to life!

Here’s one more, the Imp: 1 1/2 oz vodka; 1/4 oz fresh lemon juice; 1/4 oz lemongrass syrup (if you can find that). Rub a lemon onto the rim of a larger sized shot glass. Dip the shot glass into some sugar to create a sugar-rim. Add all the ingredients separately and stir then pour the mixture into the shot glass. Tyrion Lannister might think it a tad too sweet but then again, he just loves to drink, so he’d give it a try.

Make sure to have plenty of ale as well, since that’s also a beverage of choice for many of our Game of Thrones favorites – and also good to have on hand when you play drinking games. That’s next!




There’s a plethora of different games you can play at your party. First of all, whether you make it a costume party or not, no doubt some of your guests will show up wearing Dany’s or Cersei’s style, or a big fur coat like Jon Snow – but you can give them their own Game of Thrones name with a great name-generator. As your guests arrive, generate the name and make them a name tag, to wear proudly.

Or you can play the game “Guess Which Character I Am?” Assign each party goer a character from the show and attach it to their back. Then, they must go around and ask only yes or no questions from the other guests to try and guess who they are. Also, you can play the same game with “Guess Which House I Belong To?” and have your guests find those who are in the same house as they are.

How about doing a lottery on what’s will happen in the season finale, i.e. what is going to be the big reveal, who is going to die and other plot points? Have the guest fill out a card of the things they think will happen. This is where your Season 6 whiteboard with all the characters and their story arcs can come in handy. Whoever gets the most right wins a prize (Suggestion: one of those nifty Dragon Eggs you made).

But of course, the most fun had by all would be drinking games while watching the finale. Drink when Jon Snow broods. Drink when a sword is drawn. Drink when Dany does something badass. Drink when someone dies. Drink when it looks freaking freezing. There are so many you could come up with, but the end result is you’re all pretty toasty and ready to have your breath taken away by some awesome cliff hanger (we hope).