What are today known as the seven deadly sins actually sprang from an original eight created by a Greek monk named Evagrius of Pontus. These sins included gluttony, lust, avarice, sadness, anger, accidie, vainglory and pride. The list has been transformed over the years to pride, envy, anger, sloth, greed, gluttony and lust, but the same caution against falling into the sins' traps rings true. Avoiding the sins isn't so easy; use them as inspiration for your next party and see how easy it is to commit one.
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Gluttony: All You Can Eat
The deadly sin of gluttony isn't shirked but celebrated in eating competitions worldwide. Competitive eaters are considered athletes who train for their sport (competing against other participants to consume as much of a product as possible in a specific amount of time). At your next Deadly Sins themed party, show off the sin of gluttony by offering guests the chance to compete at an eating contest. Use the International Federation of Competitive Eating competitions for inspiration; recent competitions included Mars bars, Rocky Mountain oysters, Nathan's hot dogs, Buffalo wings, pickles and ribs. Provide all "eaters" with plenty of water and a bucket nearby in case of stomach upset. Have a small non-food related prize ready for the winner.
Anger: Kick Butt
The sin of anger can have deadly and long-lasting consequences for anyone who suffers from it, but at your Deadly Sin party, you can help guests cast out their anger through proactive, healthy activity. Consider hosting the class at a martial arts, boxing or kick-boxing gym, many of which offer private lessons or sessions for beginners. Find a gym near you by searching sites such as GymTicket, which let you type in your zip code and brings up gyms in your area, highlighting ones that offer free passes. Another option is to contact a gym and request an instructor to come onsite to your party, giving you lessons right at the party. Instructors will have all of the equipment needed for partygoers to rid themselves of the deadly sin of anger, including boxing gloves, punching bags, mats and protective gear.
Greed: Get Your Game On
Greed is a deadly sin that can cause rifts within families, friends and coworkers, but if you turn on the television, you'll see there's nothing stopping the encouragement of greed on every channel. Game shows such as Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Deal or No Deal and even Jeopardy have contestants facing off to rack up big piles of money. Contestants take risks with huge amounts of cash to try to win more, but more often than not, go home with little to nothing. Highlight the deadly sin of greed by creating your own versions of the games to play at your party. For Jeopardy, create five categories of questions about your party attendees, such as family, hobbies, jobs and interests. For Millionaire, create trivia questions of increasing difficulty. As for the actual cash, use play money from a board game or make up your own on the computer.
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