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Aug292015

How To Throw A Hunger Games Party



You know you have reached the next level of "obsession" when you want to throw a theme party celebrating the release of the DVD in your favorite movie franchise. My friends and family long ago accepted my tendency to obsess over book and films, and they just go with the flow. Fortunately for me, most of my friends and family are equally obsessed with The Hunger Games and were super excited to attend my DVD release parties for Catching Fire and Mockingjay Part 1.

I started planning the parties as soon as I found out the release date for each DVD. You could get as creative as you want to with this type of party. Honestly, the possibilities are endless. I have seen some awesome Hunger Games birthday party invitations that could easily be converted into regular party invitations if you want to go the traditional route. To start, I created an event page on Facebook where I was able to keep a tally on the number of guests and keep them informed.

 

The next thing I started working on was decorations. I gathered everything I owned related to The Hunger Games (books, posters, dolls, magazines) and put them in one place. Then, I looked for different ways to display these items in a decorative manner throughout the party space. I also began to search Pinterest for ideas. I found a ton of free printables and lots of creative ideas. (Check out our Hunger Games party board here for tons of printables, including the ones in this story) I purchased inexpensive tablecloths, streamers and tissue paper in fire colors to create decor. I lucked out and found a cardboard Peeta on clearance at a local record shop, so I snagged him. Ebay and Amazon are great for decorations if your budget allows.



I did my Catching Fire party myself, so I didn't get very creative with food. It was just typical party fare. Before my Mockingjay Part 1 party I got my hands on "The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook." My best friend took over the food part and made lots of recipes from the cookbook and labeled every food item we had with a coordinating Hunger Games tag. She even made the bread that Peeta tossed to Katniss in the rain! This is another area where you can go as big or as small as you want. You could just do chips, popcorn, and drinks if you want, or have a desserts-only party featuring a Mockingjay cake.





After having one successful party under my belt, I started to think big for my Mockingjay Part 1 DVD release party. Any time I found any Hunger Games related merchandise on sale I got it and saved it for the party. I had my guests put their names in a bowl, and we did a "reaping" where I gave away prizes. We also rented a screen and projector to really give it the "theater" feel. If you wanted to, you could do a trivia game (there are several on our Pinterest party board) or play one of the Hunger Games board games (The Hunger Games: Training Days Strategy Game and The Hunger Games District 12 Strategy Game are both on Amazon) This was such a fun party, and all of my guests seemed to genuinely have a great time. I am already working on ideas for the next one!

You can find Amber on twitter @AmberHRailey.
 
Don’t forget to enter this week’s #ParTHG giveaway in our #100DaysofMJ celebration through the widget hereand stay tuned as our countdown to Mockingjay Part 2 continues with more fun themes and prizes!

 

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