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5 Ideas for a Cool Themed Party

Get inspiration from films this holiday season!
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 1  A Whole New World

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Travel to a galaxy far, far away and find out if the force is strong with your squad. Ask your friends to wear Star Wars-themed shirts or go all out with intergalactic costumes. For the entertainment, play DVDs of the six movies (remember to start with Episode IV to VI, and then go back to Episode I to III), hold lightsaber (or umbrella) duels, and have a contest to see who can best replicate Princess Leia's cinnamon hair buns. Complete the experience by catching Episode VII: The Force Awakens together in the theater!

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Alternative: If Panem is more your scene, go with a Hunger Games theme. Think of it as a late sendoff for Katniss and friends!

 2  Face Time

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Here's a fun idea: turn your house into The Derek Zoolander Center for Kids Who Can't Read Good and Wanna Learn to Do Other Stuff Good Too. If that makes zero sense, start by watching Zoolander, which is as hilarious as it was when it was first released in 2001. Trust us—you'll be doing walk-offs and the Blue Steel face with your friends all night! This is the perfect time to watch or re-watch the movie because the sequel will be coming out in February next year.

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Alternative: If sparkles, big hair, and lots and lots of pink sound like a blast to you, go with a Jem and the Holograms-themed party.

 3   Adventure Is Out There

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Ask your friends to bring all their travel memorabilia and knickknacks to create a wondrous space like the elderly aviator's home in the movie adaptation of The Little Prince. It'll probably be hard to find a plane to put in your backyard like he did, but if there’s one thing we learned from the beloved story, it's that your imagination can take you places!

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Alternative: Get into the Christmas spirit with Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, and the rest of the gang with a Peanuts-themed party.

 4  Music and Lyrics

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Sing your heart out with your besties by holding an acapella or acoustic night at home. If you'd rather karaoke, punch in songs from the Pitch Perfect OST like "Don't Stop the Music," "Since U Been Gone," and "Party in the U.S.A." Don't forget to buy lots of cups for the ultimate challenge of the night: do Anna Kendrick's "Cups" as a group!

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Alternative: Go with a Teen Beach Movie theme if you love the sun, sand, and sea.

 5  Super Fun Night 

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There are so many superhero movies that came out this year and will come out in 2016: Avengers, Ant-Man, Fantastic Four, Deadpool, Batman v Superman, Captain America: Civil War, Suicide Squad, Doctor Strange, and more! You can go with one theme or combine everything and turn your party into a super buffet.

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Alternative: If you prefer the small screen, you have these heroes on your side: Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash, Daredevil, and Jessica Jones.

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Stalks celebrities, watches TV, marathons movies, curls up with books, and flails at concerts for a living. Also: semi-hardcore Whovian.
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Cold Food

The most thrilling and delightful moment of any school day is opening up your baon during breaks. There is always so much excitement in unveiling your homemade meal and snacks housed inside matching heat-insulating containers. Because preparing packed meals is an age-old tradition of showing parental love, loved ones pour effort into curating a nutritious meal accompanied by a selection of side dishes, desserts, and beverages daily; it reminds us that we are being taken care of, even from far away.

Baon plays a significant role in a Filipino childhood. Almost every Filipino child comes to school with baon made especially for them by their parents or household helpers. Even Filipinos in the labor force continue to bring baon for varying reasons: to save money, recycle leftovers, cater to personal taste, or attend to special needs. Nonetheless, eating your baon is a heart-warming experience that allows Filipinos to bring a piece of home along with them wherever they go.

Even other cultures practice making packed lunch. In Japan, mothers create bento--Japanese meals in partitioned boxes. Because of the popularity of bento, trends have emerged, such as the Kyaraben, or character-themed bento. Naturally, Japanese parents and students began competing for who had the cutest and tastiest bento, and this is similar to what I have witnessed in my own childhood. I remember seeing my classmates sharing their snacks and lunches. They would compare and boast about their parents' or yayas’ cooking. In my case, I never had the chance to join in the competition or indulge in homemade cooking. Up until this day, I have never brought any baon to school.

For a long time, I envied others. As trivial or petty as it may seem, not having baon became a problem for my grade school self. During that time, I had to sit in a separate cafeteria away from my friends because the kids who bought food were assigned to sit elsewhere. You could consider me spoiled, but I wanted to experience something most kids did. I had food at home, so what made it so hard to bring some with me to school?

Now that I am on my final year in high school I have come to realize the benefits of purchasing my own food. Since I spent on food everyday, I learned to budget my allowance at a young age. Over the years, I learned to practice self-control whenever I wanted to eat more greasy fries and drink sweetened beverages. I have tasted the strangest viands at the school cafeterias, and I have repeatedly satiated myself over my latest delicious discoveries. Despite the struggles, I am thankful that I have never had baon because of what I have learned. Not to mention, I never had to experience eating cold food.

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