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« on: August 20, 2009 09:12:35 AM »

Unless you are currently in elementary or junior high school you may have never heard of Percy Jackson… it is a wonderful series of books about a young unlikely hero and Greek Mythology come to life in the modern age.  My husband has read all 5 books aloud to Ben, who listened with rapt attention and loved them. When his birthday rolled around he asked for a Percy Jackson party. Well you can’t just run down to the local party store and buy Percy Jackson party supplies… they don’t exist, you have to “Make it Do” the party instead.  I have to admit to being stumped for a while.  But after going through all the adventures in the books, I came up with a few ideas. I love to have a craft, 2-3 games or activities and food.

The invitations for the party were a simple scroll printed from my computer onto parchment paper and rolled from both sides, then tied with a small gold ribbon- easy and very inexpensive.

We started Ben’s party by giving the boys foam swords to play with while we waited for all the guests to arrive.  I intended to make swords using pool noodles and PVC pipe, but after going to three stores I gave up on the pool noodles, everything was sold out.  But I found a good deal on the swords.  And I’ll tell you what, 8 and 9 year old boys know what to do when given a sword.  My advice is to keep out of their way!

Once every one had arrived, I started the craft.  I usually do the craft first to give time for the paint or glue to dry before the kids take it home.  The kids made Greek Hoplite shields out of black foam board and gold paint.  The board was nice and stiff and could take a hit from the swords.  I was able to get all the boards using a 40% off coupon.  Cardboard spray painted black would work wonderfully and be less expensive.   You could also use poster board, but it would not feel as much like a real shield.

Once the boys were done painting and the paint was dry, my mom hot glued two strips cut from poster board to the back, so the shield could be slipped over the arm and held.

The next activity was a treasure hunt with clues.  There’s a clue from Poseidon in the sharks mouth above.
Here’s an example of one of the clues:
There’s much to fear in Hades’ home
for in his kingdom
The dead do roam
Descend, descend to darkest black
If you survive
A clue bring back.
OK so I’m not a poet, but the kids loved the clues.  This one took them to took them to my basement, where I had decorated with all my best and spookiest Halloween decorations… skeletons, ghosts and chains.  The kids had to toss a Drachma (fake gold greek coin) from a small distance into a cauldron before they could descend into Hades (their payment to cross the River Styx.)

The favorite clue was hidden in balloons attached to our dart board.  I had also covered the dart board in a picture of Medusa.  With careful supervision the boys threw darts at the balloons (one at a time of course) and then at Medusa when all the balloons were gone.  Those boys loved the darts, they kept wanting more turns and loved when they could hit her in the eye or one of the snakes.

The final clue took them to a sword that could kill the Minotaur (the pinata.)  I could not find a Minotaur pinata or anything else remotely Greek Mythology monsterish, so I bought a sweet long lashed cow pinata, ripped it’s poor eyes off and put red angry eyes on and horns made by rolling up black foamies and gluing them on with hot glue.  He looked sufficiently mean to barely pass as the Minotaur after that.

The boys all became heroes after “killing” the Minotaur and they received their gold laurel wreath crowns. Then it was on to cake and ice cream.

Since in the books, Percy’s mom makes him blue food on special occasions, we had blue cake with blue frosting (from a Betty Crocker White Cake mix with blue food coloring added) and blue sprinkles.  I added a figurine of Poseidon on top.  The cake could not have been easier… I could have made it fancier with piping and sea shells and such, but time permitted.  Thank heavens for Poseidon!  We also had blue ice cream and blue Koolaid.
After Ben opened gifts, I made sure to get a photo of each boy in their party gear to send with a thank you note.  Ben get’s to write the notes today… otherwise I’ll forget!

I posted photos here as well.  http://makeitdo.wordpress.com/2009/08/19/percy-jackson-and-the-olympians-party/

I love planning birthday parties, so if you have any great ideas I would love to hear them as well.

Cheers,

Calli


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« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2009 09:43:33 PM »

Wow!  That sounds extraordinary.  I've definitely never heard of those, but someone could use some of your ideas for a basic mythology party too.  Great planning! 
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« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2009 07:55:59 PM »

This is unbelievably awesome! I was so glad to see this post! I'm already planning foods and stuff for my own Percy Jackson party when the movie comes out! There are so many cool things in the books that help make awesome parties!

Your party was a lot of work but it sounds like a blast!!!! Thanks for posting!
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