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Party ideas for a Hunger Games or Catching Fire-themed bat mitzvah

Let the odds be ever in your favor

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The odds will be in your favor with this mockingjay pin cake.
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Have guests show up as Effie Trinket or a colorful citizen of the Capitol.
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All that’s missing is some Peeta bread and ginger Gale.
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Guests will surround these “Catching Fire” cookies like an inferno.
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A mockingjay pin is the perfect bat mitzvah favor.
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Demonstrate your kid’s love for reading with a very cool multi-tiered cake that represents each book in the tribology.
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Keep with the theme with some Katniss Everdeen-approved invitations.
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A challah cornucopia centerpiece can bestow gifts aplenty to your guests.
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People will pig out on a cake that pays homage to Katnis’s first act of rebellion. Just don’t let any guests shoot an arrow into it.
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Play Hunger Games-themed games like a mock reaping (or drawing) by an Effie Trinket impersonator.
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Have games resemble stations in the training center.
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True Hunger-Games enthusiasts will appreciate a little archery.
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Instead of shooting Katniss’s favorite game, a rabbit, use a chocolate bunny.
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Pay homage to Peeta with camouflage painting.
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A District 12 survival pack stuffed with goodies can make a great prize.
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You can stuff the District 12 bag with fun survival gear like a slingshot, tent, and bottled water.
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Frost cookies with fun phrases.
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Prim’s basil-wrapped goat cheese makes a tasty and appropriate appetizer.
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Have an elaborate banquet like the ones Katniss and Peeta see in the Capitol.
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Make sure to include some of Katniss’s favorite meal, lamb stew with dried plums.
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Offer guests cookies and bread from Mellark Bakery.
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The odds will certainly be in your guests’ favor when they try a slice of a cake lined with nightlock berries.
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Serve District 11’s crescent-shaped bread sprinkled with seeds in honor of Rue.
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Attach party favors and goodies to small, silver parachutes.
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Then hang the parachutes around your banquet hall for guests to grab.
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Serve guests a beautiful cake shaped like the “The Hunger Games” book.
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A great prize for a bar mitzvah game is Katniss’s hoodie from the arena.
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Bake up a few “Catching Fire” cake pops.
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Have a Caesar Flickerman impersonator interview the bat mitzvah girl as part of her candle lighting.

Does your tween merely poke her head up from her battered copy of “Mockingjay” whenever you ask her what theme she would like for her upcoming bat mitzvah? Maybe the answer to your problem is right under her nose — a “Hunger Games” theme! To hit a bat mitzvah bull’s-eye, follow our sharp party-planning tips, and may the odds be ever in your favor:

Food

Incorporate foods form the trilogy into your menu, like Katniss’s favorite Capitol meal, lamb stew with dried plums, the Everdeen’s fish stew with greens (try parsley, thyme, kale, and spinach with snapper), Mellark Bakery’s goat cheese and apple tarts, pale purple melon (take some honey dew and soak it in some grape Kool-Aid), District 11’s bread dotted with seeds, force-field roasted nuts, grilled whole rabbit, or Prim’s “perfect goat cheese wrapped in basil leaves.” You can also creatively incorporate symbols and characters from the book and movie into your cuisine, like embellishing a chocolate-frosted cake with a mocking jay made out of golden icing or make Cracker Jacks into little tracker jackers using candy corns as stingers.

Decor

First and foremost, style invitations so that they look like Panem lottery tickets.

Have each table’s centerpiece reflect a district. For instance, at a District 4 table — a district known for fishing — you can decorate it with fish bowls filled with Gold Fish crackers, vases filled with shells, netting, tridents, and even small fishing rods with gummy worms secured to the ends. Do the same for each district’s main export and be as creative as possible (District 1: luxury, District 2: masonry, District 3: electronics, District 5: power, District 6: transportation, District 7: lumber, District 8: textiles, District 9: grain, District 10: livestock, District 11: agriculture, District 12: mining).

Hang silver parachutes around the venue that have parting gifts or party favors attached to them.

Entertainment

Play games like archery (we suggest Nerf bows and arrows), capture the flag, and dodge ball. You can also write “Hunger Games” trivia questions on pieces of paper, fold them, throw them into a glass “reaping bowl,” and play a fun game for prizes with your guests.

Consider fire dancers or breathers for “Catching Fire” entertainment. If this seems like too much of a liability — or out of budget — consider setting up stations where kids can creatively decorate cupcakes (in honor of Peeta) or learn to tie a variety of knots or snares like Finnick or Gale.

Instead of a sign-in board, find an old leather book and recreate the Everdeen family book of plants with a few ink drawings of various plants and have guests sign the book.

Have the DJ play songs that emphasize the theme, like Duran Duran’s “Hungry like the Wolf” or U2’s “With or Without You” (in honor of Katniss and Peeta). Or, simply play songs from the movie’s soundtrack. Who doesn’t love Arcade Fire, Maroon 5, Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, or the Decemberists?

Candle lighting

For a creative candle lighting ceremony, have someone dressed as Caesar Flickerman conduct interviews with close friends and family who say kind things about the bar or bat mitzvah boy of girl.

Favors

Stuff District 12 knapsacks or “I shop the Hub” tote bags full of Hunger-Games goodies like mockingjay pins, Catching Fire balls, and survival gear like slingshots, tracker jacket spray (i.e. bug spray), and bottled water.

Click through the above slideshow for even more creative ideas!

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Brandy from Bakersfield (Missouri) says:
I love the great ideas. I can't wait to have my party!
Feb. 18, 2014, 9:40 pm
Hi from Lakewood says:
cool
March 2, 2014, 5:36 pm
Noelle from Ohio says:
These ideas are fantastic!!! I can't wait to incorporate them into our party! Thanks so much for sharing!
March 16, 2014, 11:24 am
Amelie from Butler says:
Great ideas
Dec. 3, 2014, 9:37 am

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