I read The Hunger Games trilogy simultaneously with the Adventurer. We loved it. We discussed it for weeks.
We waited patiently for the movie. We are waiting patiently (I’m lying) for the next installment on the big screen.
When she asked me to plan a Hunger Games party for her 13th birthday, complete with arena in the woods, how could I refuse?
Here is a run down of what we did and how we structured the game so everyone had a chance (or three) to be a Victor.
Invitations: We found the invitations at Party Games Plus and invited (demanded really) that our guests represent their district at the Hunger Games. The invitations are customized for you and delivered in a pdf file.
Tribute ID cards: Included in the invitation package are printable ID cards from each district. We used thick photo paper for printing, punched a hole in the top, and strung it with black yarn. We added 3 life tags, that could be ripped off easily when they were attacked.The tributes received their ID cards and district assignment when they arrived for the party.
The Cornucopia: We used our trampoline as the Cornucopia and put the best weapons inside, with the exception of the Bow and Mallow (a marshmallow shooting bow) which was well hidden in the woods. I set starting points for each tribute by measuring to be sure that everyone had an equal run to the cornucopia.
Tribute Bags: Each player had to retrieve a black drawstring bag filled with backup ammunition (marshmallows) in order to win.
Finding food and water: Survival was a required part of the game. Each tribute had to find food and water in the woods. We used small water bottles and hid them along the stream in difficult to reach spots. To represent food, I used small white flags made from an old sheet.
Weapons: We had a wide array of plastic weapons to start, many of which broke in battle early in the game. We had a Nerf sword, the bow and mallow, several swords and daggers.
Alliances were allowed, but we planned on having only one winner.
Bonus #1: Find a Tracker Jacker nest, get an extra life! I inserted a life card inside a balloon before blowing it up. Wilderness Dad drew tracker jackers on the balloons with a marker and we hid them in hard to reach places.
Bonus #2: Find the bow and mallow, shoot Wilderness Dad(primarily for my entertainment) and win the Mockingjay prize!
Prizes: We awarded a $10 iTunes gift card and a copy of The Hunger Games on DVD.
The biggest problem we had was determining what kind of hit (with a plastic sword or other weapon) constituted a kill. We couldn’t really solve this problem in the actual game. Several players just refused to die!
Knowing the game itself was the major draw for this party, I didn’t spend much time on decorations or creating theme specific food. For some fun ideas for Hunger Games treats, take a look at Confessions of a Cookbook Queen.
Overall, everyone had a great time. When the game ended, they begged to play another round. The Adventurer has already asked if we can do the same thing again next year. I guess it was a success!
I’m not a party person, but this was so much fun that I wasn’t tempted to eat nightlock half way through. 🙂