Although I was missing my favorite sister who is also my best photographer and detailer, I managed to get my son's party completed. We ran a little late, and the backdrops were slightly off center, but the food was great and the kids seemed to have a blast. "Next time" I will make my posters on the backdrops a whole lot bigger! But I think it had a good earthy dystopian urban decay feel, with lots of metal, wicker and burlap!
It's difficult to plan an appropriate birthday party for a boy who is turning 12, that can keep up with earlier awesome parties such as capture the flag, letterboxing etc. with 20 kids. I think we did it though! We were considering doing a "Minute to win it" party (maybe next year), but my son loved the book The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and once I read it I understood why. Definitely a pre-teen and up age level appropriateness, but we figured out rated G activities, such as "last man standing dodgeball."
For more detailed information on the crafts and activities, either watch my blog at clickableparty.blogspot.com or email me directly at email@example.com. The printables for this party are available now in my shop at http://www.etsy.com/listing/75541176/the-arena-diy-printable-party
For dessert, cupcakes, trifle and various cookies!
Activities / Games
"training stations" making bow and arrows, compasses, parachutes, a mockingjay pin and fire starters. They also had a poster making session, and a "cornucopia race"
What People Ate
Just a cold buffet of sandwiches, fruit, chips, green salad and pasta salad.
What People Drank
Fruit punch, ice tea and soda