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18 May
2015
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Percy Jackson Birthday Party

My favorite birthday parties to plan are based on books. Our third son turned eight this weekend and celebrated with a Percy Jackson themed party. Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan is a family favorite. Our son is well-versed in mythology and has a passion for weapons. We knew there would need to be training worthy of demigods. Characters in Riordan’s books train at Camp Half-Blood, so our basement was transformed into camp for the day.

boy standing with a Camp Half-Blood banner

At the end of each summer at Camp Half-Blood, campers are given a bead to put on a necklace representing a special event from the year. We had guests sort through a ridiculous amount of beads we keep in our crafting supplies to make necklaces while we waited for everyone to arrive.

Party goers practiced their archery skills by shooting empty cans with toy bows and arrows. We made swords by cutting pool noodles in half and adding plastic handles found at The Dollar Store. These swords were a hit with the children, and I didn’t have to be worried about anyone injuring each other.

pin the eye on the cyclops

Cyclops, along with other mythological monsters, make appearances in the Percy Jackson series. Our 10-year-old drew a Cyclops head on a piece of poster board, and we played pin the eye on the Cyclops. The kids enjoyed the twist to the old party favorite.

Percy Jackson cake with trident

Percy Jackson and his fellow demigods eat ambrosia and drink nectar to help heal their bodies. We couldn’t train with weapons without those two foods available. I made a citrus punch for the nectar after the birthday boy insisted it needed to be yellowish in color. The ambrosia was a basic marshmallow salad recipe my children request several times a year.

zebra cake baking in the oven

The cake was based on one found here. I used a sheet of gold Wilton Sugar Paper for the trident. It was easy to work with, and the guests liked its taste. Birthday boy asked to have a zebra cake. I searched Pinterest for ideas on making this cake and was successful. I may have held my breath when we cut into the cake at the party and was relieved when it turned our exactly how we had hoped. I used a white cake batter and a chocolate batter in alternating 1/4 cup increments until the cake pan was full.

inside of the finished zebra cake

This party was easy to put together and the costs were minimal. My son helped plan the activities which helped to insure success in his eyes. I’ve planned quite a few birthday parties over the years, and this ranks as one of my favorite.


 
Halloween Tradition: Booing Our Friends
By     |    Oct 17, 2014
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Halloween Tradition: Booing Our Friends

We’ve always kept dress-up supplies in all sizes available for the kids to use. I enjoy watching their imaginations explode with the help of a simple piece of fabric. Most days our house is home to archers, spies and princess warriors. Forts are erected, and the kids disappear into a world of make believe. Halloween is one day of the year where a whole lot of people will play make believe together with the bonus addition of candy. Seeing children... [Read More]

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DIY: Hobbit Birthday Party
By     |    May 20, 2014
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DIY: Hobbit Birthday Party

“The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien is our first grader’s favorite book. I read it to him and our third grader before the first movie hit the big screen. C can tell you what’s accurate in the movie and what’s added for extra drama. He can quote the book and does a creepy Gollum impersonation. It seemed natural to have a Hobbit-themed party for his 7th birthday, but he hemmed and hawed about the theme he wanted. Fairly close to the... [Read More]

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Cub Scouts: Blue and Gold Banquet
By     |    Feb 24, 2014
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Cub Scouts: Blue and Gold Banquet

The Blue and Gold Banquet for our Cub Scout Pack held more significance for us this year. This year we watched one of our sons cross over to Boy Scouts. I don’t have brothers. My knowledge of all things Cub/Boy Scouts revolved around clichés. My husband and his two brothers are all Eagle Scouts, and their mom was extremely active in Boy Scouts of America when they were growing up. Scouting was something my husband hoped our three boys would... [Read More]

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New Year’s Eve Plans
By     |    Dec 29, 2013
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New Year’s Eve Plans

Our New Year’s Eve plans consist of staying at home and celebrating with four very cute children. It’s been years, over a decade, since we’ve gone out and celebrated with just adults. I don’t miss that kind of celebration. We’ve had a few years where we invited families over to celebrate with us. I wish I would have been more on top of it and invited people over to ring in 2014. I actually enjoy mass chaos. Those moments of... [Read More]

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Birthday Flashback: Circus Celebration
By     |    Nov 12, 2013
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Birthday Flashback: Circus Celebration

The birthday flashback today is the circus celebration we had for our son who was turning 6 a few years ago. He chose an elephant cake which I made from two 8-inch round cakes and an ice cream cone. The first cake was the face of the elephant, and the second cake, cut in half, became the ears. I turned the ice cream cone upside down and frosted it the same gray color to be the trunk. My son chose... [Read More]

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