So, you know how even though I’m 32, I’m actually like, 12?
Well, I have been obsessing about the Hunger Games movie premier this week.
And I know I got super excited about the Twilight movies and Harry Potter, but this is way worse. WAY. So if the movie sucks, I will probably go home and cry and my husband will shake his head and watch Full Metal Jousting and wonder why he married a child adult.
But I can’t help myself. I’ve got a fevah and the only prescription is….
MORE HUNGER GAMES.
So lately I’ve been searching the internets for some fun Hunger Games food inspiration, but haven’t been finding much. Which brought me to the decision to make my OWN Hunger Games dessert party…
Yes, I spent a perfectly good Saturday afternoon setting up a pretend party. I did it for YOU, okay?? Because the world needs Hunger Games party ideas.
Wanna see what I came up with?
Super cute cupcakes didn’t really seem appropriate given the theme and feel of the story, and there really wasn’t a ton of food inspiration in the books. I reread the first one and made note of foods that stood out or seemed to have some type of meaning to the story.
When Katniss was leaving for the Hunger Games, Peeta’s dad came to visit her and gave her some cookies in a white paper bag, so I decided that those would be perfect. I don’t imagine his cookies having a ton of color and cute sprinkles, so I made these using a spice cake mix.
I placed the bags of cookies in a wooden crate.
I added some little bags of chocolate rock candy for fun and to add some color. I found these at the Candy Craze candy store in my mall. You could also probably find them online.
Another thing that stood out to me was the bread that was spread with goat cheese and topped with apples that Peeta and Katniss ate in the cave at the Hunger Games. Goat cheese had a special significance because it made Katniss think of her sister Prim.
But because I wanted to make DESSERTS, this is actually goat cheese frosting spread on slices of Sara Lee pound cake! The goat cheese frosting was actually very good, just a tangy and richer cream cheese frosting. But if goat cheese isn’t your thing, feel free to use regular cream cheese frosting instead.
Top with apple slices that have been tossed lightly in citrus juice so they don’t brown.
Of course, the poisonous berries are the turning point of the whole series, so I had to incorporate them somehow. I decided to do fun little mini cakes, placed in parchment paper cupcake liners. The cake is just circles cut from pound cake slices, but you could easily use your favorite cake recipe or mix instead.
I used the goat cheese frosting that I made and topped them with a blackberry sauce and candy “berries”. I bought the berries at Candy Craze, but I’ve seen them at Walmart and Target in the candy aisle. The candy berries would also be super cute in favor bags.
For the drinks, I had to go with orange juice, because Katniss had never tasted it until her first trip to the Capitol.
The recipes I used are below:
Spice Cake Cookies
- Box Duncan Hines Spice Cake Mix
- 1 stick butter or margarine, softened
- 2 eggs
- Coarse sanding sugar
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. In the bowl of a mixer, beat cake mix, butter or margarine, and eggs on medium until fully combined. Drop by spoonfuls on an ungreased cookie sheet. Sprinkle generously with sanding sugar and bake for about 10-12 minutes, until cookies have puffed up and edges have set. Remove from oven and let cool on sheet for a few minutes before removing to cooling rack.
Goat Cheese Frosting
- 8 oz block cream cheese, softened
- 6 oz goat cheese, softened
- 2/3 cup powdered sugar
1. In the bowl of a mixer, beat goat cheese and cream cheese on medium speed until smooth and combined.
2. Add powdered sugar and beat on medium low until just blended. Increase speed to medium high and beat for about 2 minutes, until light and fluffy.
If you prefer, you can substitute cream cheese for goat cheese.
Adapted from Bake at 350
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1/3 cup water
- 12 oz frozen blackberries, thawed
1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk together cornstarch, sugar, and water. Add blackberries and stir until mixture comes to a boil. Boil an additional minute, stirring constantly.
2. Pour mixture into a mesh sieve placed over a medium bowl, to strain out the seeds. Chill before pouring over cakes.
I got little glass bottles, straws, and white cookie bags at Shop Sweet Lulu.
I hope you got some fun inspiration for a Hunger Games party of your own. Have a happy Monday and may the odds be ever in your favor!!