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Throw a Hunger Games Party


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Throw a Fabulous Hunger Games Party
Throw a Hunger Games Party

Set the scene for a "Hunger Games" feast with DIY mockingjay plates.

Photo by Jackie Burrell

Like "Harry Potter," Suzanne Collins' "Hunger Games" series may have been aimed at the YA set to begin with, but its 20 million crossover fans include college kids and 20somethings too. Even Kristen Bell, star of "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and "House of Lies," is such a fan, she threw herself a "Hunger Games"-themed 30th birthday party, complete with Panem decorations and costumes.

It's a great theme for any 18th (or 20th or 30th) birthday celebration, a last-night-with-the-high-school-gang gathering - or even Grad Night. Or it is, as long as you don't suggest people play "pin the district on the Panem map."

So here are some ideas for how to throw a totally memorable party, including decorations, activities and feasting. (Not to mention some great gift ideas for "Hunger Games" fans.)

Psst, if you're not sure what the fuss is about, here's an overview of the "Hunger Games" trilogy and book review by Elizabeth Kennedy, About.com's guide to children's literature.

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