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The name game

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Kids with names like “Apple,” “Pilot Inspector,” and “Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii” probably wouldn’t have much trouble tying their names into a theme for their bar or bat mitzvah parties.

But according to the U.S. Social Security Administration, “Jacob” and “Emily” are the most popular names for adolescents about to turn 12 and 13. And prevalent names like these require a lot more ingenuity if you’re trying to tie them into a clever play-on-words theme — a problem that seems like more of a blessing than a Bronx Mowgli, Sparrow, Blue Ivy, or a Kal-El (poor Kal-El). Below is a list of creative party themes for some of the most popular baby names from the years 2000 and 2001:

• Graces can do a fun “The Amazing Grace” or a “Graceland” theme.

• Matthews and Madisons can go wild with a “Mad-agascar” (or “Matt–agascar,”) “Mad Men,” and “Matt Hatter” themes. Madisons can also do “Madison Square Gardens.”

• Samanthas can tip their red–and–white striped hats to Dr. Seuss with a “Green Eggs and Sam” theme or incorporate King Arthur with a “Sam-a lot” psrty.

• Michaels can do an “Open Mike” theme and intermingle comedy, music, poetry, and storytelling into their candle lighting ceremonies.

• Emilys can do “F’Emily’ and Friends,” “Emily the Strange,” “Emily’s Similes” (a literary play on words), or a Shakespearean-inspired “Emily by any other name would smell as sweet” theme.

• Jacobs can take a bite out of the Twilight franchise with a werewolf and vampire–themed “Team Jacob” party or backflip through time with a 1950s, sock hop “Jake, Rattle, and Roll” theme.

• Emmas can do a sweet “Emma-Ms” theme with M&Ms.

• Amys can do “Hunger Am’s.”

• Ashleys can do an “Ashley Ever After” and tie in a fairy tale theme.

• Joshuas can do Josh.0 (and incorporate a green screen and YouTube clips), Just Joshin’ You (a comedy theme), or a lush Joshua Tree theme.

• Elizabeths can do “Liz and let Liz” (same for an Olivia: “Live and let Olivia,”) a royal-themed “Queen Elizabeth” party, or if she loves makeup, you may want to consider a “Liz Claiborne” soiree.

• Hannahs can do a Hanna Barbera cartoon theme or become inspired by Hannah, the character from the television show “Pretty Little Liars,” and do a murder–mystery theme.

• Nicks can easily do a “Nick-elodeon” theme along with a red carpet for the Kid’s Choice Awards.

• Sarahs can do a “Sahara” desert/Moroccan theme.

• Josephs can perk up guests with a “Cup of Joe” theme with doughnuts, chocolate–covered coffee beans, and Starbucks references.

• ndrews can do a “C’Andy’land” (or simply “Andyland”) theme.

• Abigails have it easy with a glamorous “Downton Abby” gala.

• Michaels, Matthews, and Madisons can rock out with an MTV theme.

• Elizabeths, Emilys, Emmas, Ethans, and Zacharys can be sporty with an ESPN or ZSPN theme.

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