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Fans of the insanely popular Hunger Games will be racing to theaters March 23rd for the highly-anticipated movie based on the first book in the dystopian trilogy. As huge fans ourselves, we love the idea of going all-out for the premiere by throwing a Hunger Games-themed party at home.
Any Hunger Games reader knows that food is one of the most important elements of the series. (It is called The “Hunger” Games, after all!) From the quintessential oil and grain biscuits that are the life force of District 12 to elaborate Capitol meals, when it comes to creating your party menu, there are a plethora of dishes to choose.
Crystal Watanabe A.K.A. “Greasy Sae,” the writer behind Fictional Food, a food blog that features recipes from popular books and movies, suggests cooking Lamb Stew with Dried Plums. “So many points of the book are focused around food, such as Prim’s homemade goat cheeses or Peeta’s burnt bread,” she said. “[But] if ever anyone needed a great main dish for a Hunger Games party, lamb stew is definitely it. I’m sure it would be Katniss-approved!”
For your own version of this dish, Watanabe suggests mimicking a Julia Child recipe that she said turned out “completely amazing!” She explains, “When I first gave it a try, I used a Moroccan recipe and it was just way too spicy for my liking and didn’t really give me that ‘Capitol’ feeling I felt Katniss experienced.”
The newly-released Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook has another adaptation of the stew as well as recipes including “Apocalyptic Eggs Benedict,” Katniss’ favorite cheese buns and roasted roots, a staple during the battle in the arena.
For drinks, serve a simple mint tea, a beverage that is mentioned throughout the series as an after-dinner drink in District 12. Katniss also chews on mint leaves while battling in the arena to fight off an even greater foe -- hunger. To calm her nerves post-battle, Katniss sips on Capitol Orange Juice. In keeping with the book, serve the juice with drinking straws decorated with Capitol-esque frills. Watanabe has a tutorial on how to create these adorable straws.
Unfortunately we don’t have expert baker Peeta on hand to bake delicious treats or cakes for the party, so Watanabe suggests making Goat Cheese and Apple Tarts, crusty bread dipped in warm hot chocolate (a Peeta-invented delight!) or her easy-to-follow recipe for Mr. Mellark’s Cookies.
Invitations, Decorations and More
To get everyone excited for the party, Watanabe suggests creating invitations with a flame border -- paying homage to our heroine, of course. Other suggestions include ideas straight from the book -- literally! “I’ve seen some really cute silver parachute decorations and have also seen hand-crafted pencils covered in pages of the book that could make really great favors.” (Throughout the Games, sponsors send tributes food and other necessities in the arena via silver parachutes.)
Going along with Watanabe’s idea and mimicking this adorable Hunger Games-inspired bat mitzvah, decorate your party with homemade silver parachutes using aluminum foil or silver paper and string.
President Snow, the dangerous yet elusive president of Panem, is never seen without a single white rose on his lapel. Pay homage to the Capitol and the Prez himself with white rose centerpieces or present your guests with a single rose upon arrival. For printable invitations, party signs and straw flags, check out Living Locurto for free printables.
For an extra special party favor, bid adieu to your guests by presenting them with a nail polish from the China Glaze-Hunger Games nail polish collaboration or a Mockingjay pin that Katniss wears throughout the series.
For more ideas, including costume ideas or games to play, visit Shelterrific.com.
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