Sunday, November 17, 2013

Victory Tour "Girl on Fire" Cake AND Should Your Child Be Reading the Hunger Games?

...or "Boy on Fire,"
as it is in our case!

...and read on a bit for my answer to the title's question.....:

For my son's 10th birthday, 
we celebrated with a Hunger Games theme~
He was President Snow.....
K was Gale Hawthorne
and we were graced with
 Effie, Katniss and Cato in attendance as well.
Our party details from treats to games  to decor, costumes 
and  favors is herein the post, 


Gale and his nemesis, Pres Snow
Yes, we've read the series with our kids,
though we have not seen the movies,
and  as I mention in the post
I do understand that embarking on the reading 
while not 'controversial,' necessarily, is a family's very personal 
and deeply thought out decision.
Frankly,  my feeling is that if a child is aware of 
the reality of the greatest evil
rampant in our day and age...
yes, abortion...
then the decision to read The Hunger Games series is
rather a moot point.
Discussion  of the social structure, government suppression
and brutal and bloody manipulation of children 
during annual games broadcast on reality TV
in order to satisfy The Capitol's sick bloodlust
within a fictional series set in a dystopian futuristic society, 
that's nothing when compared to 
the greatest evil and  one which is
so prevalent, so accepted
within our culture of death, as abortion.
Really, we should be thinking about how to capitalize on
the series and using it to our best advantage in
teaching history, politics, government and ancient Rome.
Yes, ancient Rome.
If you don't know what I mean by that, read the series.
It. Is. Excellent.

Now, onto the cake..
Whether you are indeed checking out the newly released
 Hunger Games movie with your kids
this weekend
simply looking for a fun, campfire-ish themed cake...
here goes:

1. Your fave cake mix recipe
2. Your fave chocolate frosting recipe
3. Wilton two tiered cake stand ( Michael's carries it...use that 40% off coupon in your Sunday paper). If you can't find it, you can click here and purchase the cake stand on amazon.
4. Wilton white candy roses....yes indeed, President Snow's trademark! Again, go to Michael's for these. If, for some reason, you can't locate them, you can click here to  buy the roses on amazon.
5. Gold edible glitter ( They're your campfire sparks)
6. Fancy yellow, orange, red cello wrap. (This will be your campfire flame!)
7. Pirouline cookies. Believe it or not,  my local Dollar Tree carries these!! Wow! What luck!  Otherwise, check your supermarket's cookie aisle or click here if you have no luck in either spot to buy them on amazon.
8. Chocolate icing writer with which to decorate the cake. Easily found at Walmart, Michael's, grocery store or here on amazon.

Assemble cake and campfire atop it,  as shown in pictures above.
 Write your celebratory tagline. 
Decorate with candy rosettes and candles AND ENJOY!

Happy Hunger Games and
May the Odds Be Ever In Your Favor!

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  1. Beautiful point about abortion! I love that you are using the series to teach such important points to your children! I wouldn't yet attempt it with my 9 year old daughter and my 11 year old son would not yet be able to handle material like that, but my teenagers probably could. I would just have to figure out how to have reading time with the older two without the youngers around! (thus the life of a multi-age homeschooling family, lol!)

    1. YES! It must be so hard to handle that juggling of covering certain material! I see it with two kids and only 3 years apart!

      Lisa, thanks for stopping in and for your kind comments....I truly do feel that if kids are aware of the evil of abortion, the scariest and most inhumane action of all, then the HG is JUST a story.

      "See" you around the blogosphere today, girlfriend! I appreciate your visit!

  2. What a great birthday theme and such an amazing cake yum yum :) thanks for sharing Chris, have a lovely week :)

    1. THANKS, friend!

      I appreciate your visit! xoxoxoxoox

  3. Thank you so much, Michelle~!

  4. I haven't allowed my daughter to read the books yet or see the movie but I have decided she can next year. She hates reading with me anymore cause she says I am too slow a reader and I want to stop and discuss things, so I decided she can read it on her own but I will be doing a lesson plan on it to discuss ethical questions and the like. I am still putting it together but I am hoping it lead to great discussions. I love your cake BTW, I am dieting so can't try to make one but it looks so good:)

    1. Sounds like my kids with the read alouds.....I hear you!

      Hope you share a few of the lesson ideas around the series...I'd love to possibly incorporate a few as well!
      Thanks for the kind words and the visit!

      Take care, Anna Marie!

  5. I love the books! My kiddo's only 8 though so not ready just yet. I'd love to read it with him when he's older though. The cake looks fantastic.

    1. Stephanie, I know you will enjoy AND be highly affected by the books when you do read them with your dd.....they are truly gripping!

      Thanks for the kind words and the visit, friend!

  6. That cake is awesome, Chris! I just wish your son's birthday had been a week earlier so I could've pinched the idea! ;-) I decided against a Dr Who cake for my daughter in the end, and I did consider a Hunger Games themed cake as she reads the books over and over again, but I couldn't come up with an idea! However, thanks to your encouragement, we did actually make a cake at all (first time in a while). It was absolutely delicious and she was delighted. So thank you!
    You make some very good points about the books, too. I know they gave rise to some very interesting and educational discussions in our household.

    1. So happy to hear your daughter's bday and cake were fun!! There's always next yer for a Giril on Fire never know:)

      Thanks for the visit, Lucinda and the kind words...

      Have a lovely day!

  7. I love the cake! My 10 year old is not mature enough for the books or movie, but in a few years I plan on having her read them. I love the books and already have my ticket to see the new movie on Friday.

    1. Aw, thank you, Katie!

      Hope you enjoyed the movie last night!

      Thanks for stopping by:)

  8. Great birthday party, how fun. I like your analysis of to read or not to read, I feel much the same way.

    1. Thanks so much, Rebekah, for the kind words....

  9. What a fun party! My older boys and I love the series, but honestly I never thought to make the connection with abortion. I love how you used this amazing series to address very important, and real, topics in life.
    Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thank you SO much for your kind words....I really appreciate tht you stopped by to share your thoughts.

  10. Thank you for linking up to Good Tastes Tuesday this week! Looking forward to seeing you again next week! Your recipe has been pinned to our GTT board!

    1. What an honor...thank you, Heather, for pinning it and for taking the time to stop by and comment!

  11. Thanks for linking up with Try a New Recipe Tuesday! :-) I hope you can join us again this week.

    1. Thanks so much friend!

      Loving your Tues hop, as you know~~

      Have a lovely day!

  12. Just love this post! Cake and The Hunger Games, plus pictures of your cute kids! Super cute!
    Visiting from The Jenny Evolution blog hop!

    1. Aw, thank you Michelle!
      So appreciate your visit!!

  13. Love your cake Chris! The glitter sparks are so creative! And your kids look adorable and so happy with the celebration! I love how you put so much time and love into your cakes/parties and it shows with your boys' smiles and joy!

    1. aw, thanks Tracy!!

      Love your kind words --- happy you stopped by!!

  14. So I've never read the books but I still love the cake! You're so creative!


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