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How to Throw An End of the World Party

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CalendarIt is upon us: December 21st, 2012, aka, the end of the Mayan Calendar Cycle (read more about how the Mayan Calendar works), or as some predict, when the world will end (read more about the 2012 end of the world predictions) and the comments from you, our readers, are pouring in! We love to hear all your ideas, philosophies, theories and debates about what will happen today, 12/21/12. We invite you to keep the discussion going, but for the sake of having a little fun, we thought we’d start giving you some ideas, tips and ways to celebrate the “end”.

Throw an “End of the World” Mayan Themed Party

So if the world is really coming to an end, why not go out with a bang? Here are some party planning ideas to help ensure you have fun, no matter what happens. Plus 12/21/12 happens to be a Friday, and for many of us in the United States, the final day before the holidays and perhaps even a pay-day. So it’s the perfect excuse to get together with your friends, family and loved ones to celebrate.

Create an End of the World Soundtrack

Using a free service like Spotify, you can come up with a party playlist including everything from “It’s the End of the World as We Know it (and I Feel Fine)” by REM to “Till the World Ends” by Britney Spears. It will not only help your guests get in the mood, but you can listen to the music while preparing for the rest of your end of the world party planning.

Plan a Doomsday Food Menu

The Mayans ate primarily things they could grow or kill during ancient times. Corn, bean and squash were staples to accompany whatever main course was hunted for that day perhaps deer or fish in the coastal areas. Deer chili with bean-filled tamales might be a good modern-era spin on the Mayan cuisine and a great, hearty last meal. If you prefer your last meal to be one of your favorites like pizza, then by all means don’t feel the need to stick with the theme and splurge on whatever you wish. If burgers, beers and French fries are your meal of choice, you may want to go ahead and indulge – who knows if we’ll be around tomorrow to regret those calories or not.

Select Your 2012 Countdown Movie Picks

Queue up your Netflix, stream a video on iTunes or run to your nearest Red Box and rent movies about the world ending such as Armageddon, 2012 or Melancholia. (Note: this idea came from one of our fans who commented on our 2012 Planetary Alignment page).

Decorating Ideas for the Apocalypse

Luckily you probably already have the hall decked for the holidays, but to give your party a Mayan twist, bring the outdoors in. Grab some sticks and large rocks from around the neighborhood to build a fake campfire. Turn off any overhead or artificial lights and use candles (but be safe when lighting) instead. And have a flashlight close by just in case the lights don’t come back on. 😉

Dress Up Mayan Style

Of course this end of the world party lends itself nicely to a Mayan theme. Traditional Maya women wore simple woven cotton cloths (white or brown), woven tapestries or tie-dyed apparel to signify their family or tribe. Use a variety of earthy, natural colors and dyes indicative to the ancient world. Elite women adorned their outfits with pearls and feathers and hair sashes. For men, again keep it basic and simple using typical materials such as breechcloth or deerskin. Wrap around your waist, top with a sleeveless shirt (or no shirt at all) and you’ll be all set. Shoes are optional but if you insist, wear sandals (yes, even in December).

Invite your Friends to Your End of the World Party

Now that your end of the world party is all planned, the last and final step is to determine your guest list. Who do you really want to be with when the world does come to an end? Chose wisely or choose no one at all. No one will judge if you plan to throw a party of one. But if you do decide to invite your friends, use a free service like eVite or Facebook to create an event and easily email your guests. Using ancient Mayan hieroglyphics of course!

Details for The 2012 End of the World Party

When: Friday, December 21, 2012
Time: Chances are the planetary alignment goes off at GMT 0, so make sure you plan accordingly depending on your time zone.

What Did You Do on December 21, 2012?

Comment below, or tell us on Facebook. We would love to hear what you did on 12/21/12 and share end of the world experiences!

Sadie has been exploring the world since she was young - her first international adventure when she was 16 to Japan. She's traveled Europe and throughout the U.S. and loves to experience new places and things. When not writing, she can be found cooking vegetarian food, practicing yoga or enjoying museums and various cultures around DC.

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Cynthia
Cynthia

I believe the world will not be coming to an end on 12-21-12 but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to party like it is! Any excuse to throw a little get together and celebrate. Me and some of my friends are even planning a “we survived” party the day after. These are great tips, thanks for taking the time to lighten the mood and make light of the fact that people are freaking out that the world might end (because it’s not going to).

Tom

Riot starter!

2012 survivor
2012 survivor

We’re meeting with some of our friends the day after 12/21/12 to have lunch together assuming the planet still exists. Won’t it be easier to relax and enjoy yourself knowing you’re still here? 😉

angie
angie

Since my birthday is 12/22, I’ve decided to have a birthday/end of the world party on the 21st. Making my birthday cake in the shape of Mayan temple One layer Mexican chocolate and another of Brazilian rum cake. Oh, and an LED light on the top pointing up. The people I want at my birthday are the same people I’d want around at the end too, so it’s win-win for me. And if 12/22 doesn’t come? I still got to party without turning another year older – LOL. Cheers!

Symbiont
Symbiont

Tomorrow, 12.22, at 12.01 AM (aka, in thirty minutes) I am going to run outside. The following will be screamed:

The Doctor did it again! He saved us!

Thank you, Mighty Itzamnaaj!! You have spared us another day and we are eternally grateful to your awesome glory!

I better get suited up, it’s 40 outside and I gotta pee before I go!!

the world  will end on 31/01/13
the world will end on 31/01/13

we are all going to die on the 31/01/13 at 9:30am by the sun crashing into earth and then Saturn will crash and blow us up as well.

kayla
kayla

sorry for you to hear this but the world is nit going to end for another 1,000 years so good luck with your false statement……

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