Lightning Thief party was a HUGE success!!!!!

March 23, 2010 at 11:29 am 12 comments

I’d say the Lightning Thief birthday party was a huge success. The smiles I saw on T’s face were enough validation for me that I (or rather we) gave him a fantastic party. In fact, a few moms said their kids are still talking about it. YAY! All the work was worth it. SOOO worth it!

Thanks to some WONDERFUL helpers, it went off without a hitch. The games ran smoothly. The kids found the clues. The pinata was decimated. The blue food was eaten. Sword fights ensued. AND… I. survived. the. party. too! (I am not that great with a whole group of unruly kids…just don’t have the patience. I think this is why God only gave us one. And he is enough.)

Here are some pictures from the day. I have to give proper credit where it is due. I swiped a lot of my ideas from this mom and her blog. She was the original genius behind the plan…..

http://makeitdo.wordpress.com/2009/08/19/percy-jackson-and-the-olympians-party/

In case you are curious (or another mom looking for ideas – please feel free). Here are the clues we used….

Zeus’ bolt is gone you see,

Heroes it is up to thee…

To find this healm and bring it back

Before the three brothers do attack.


Ares, violent god of battle

Currently has some wicked cattle.

To learn the next clue in this puzzle

The mighty Minotaur you must muzzle.


Auntie Em’s is the place –

For the next task you must face.

Music will play and heroes will dance.

The last one standing has the chance –

To give Medusa what she’s due

And gather up the next clue.


Hydras are such wicked beasts.

On brave heroes they love to feast.

Grab a heavy sword – It’s a must!

For its body you’ll have to bust.

To face the dragon with 5 heads

Find the place where tires tread.


At the casino time will fly,

To stay on task you must try,

To win the game played with 3 dice

Because its gold is the price –

It is drachmas you must pay

To enter Hades realm today.

Don’t worry – For you will not fail

If you toss your coins into the pail.


Hounds of hell just love to eat.

Feed them, feed them – chunks of meat.

Each of you must give a pound

Before you pass the evil hound.

Once you satisfy its greed,

You can capture what you need.


Zeus’ bolt is safe at last.

Hurry heroes – hurry fast.

Back to camp to celebrate –

Hurry now the gods won’t wait.

Laurel wreaths – you must wear.

Don’t you worry about your hair.

Just enjoy the party fare.

When they arrived, they painted their shields. I bought a 4 x 8 sheet of foam insulation and cut out circles. Sanded the edges and painted them black. We used duct tape on the back to create and secure the handles.

After this, we spun the Oracle’s wheel (found this printout on another website) and made the cabin assignments on their tags. They had their names and ‘parentage’ written on them in gold ink. We later used these to tie to the sand buckets ($1 at Target) the Heroes used for the pinata loot.

My husband made a video for the Oracle to start the Quest. It  just gave the idea and the first clue. It was nothing more fancy than a basic power point. Then they headed out on their Quest.

The first stop was the garage (we live in the midwest – and the day before the temp was in the upper 60s – morning of the party – 2 inches of snow). We had a Minotaur balloon pop. They threw darts and everyone had to pop one to get to the clue.

Next up, we went back downstairs (thank goodness – for basements) and played Medusa freeze dance. Music played. When it stopped if you were still moving – you were out. Last one standing got to smash Medusa’s head for the next clue. (I made this pinata and the hydra with a balloon and simple paper mache, then painted.)

Then we went back to the garage to defeat the Hydra pinata. I gave each guest a sand bucket to use to collect their loot. We hung there Camp “luggage’ tag on the handles.

Then it was onto the Lotus Casino where we played the game Left – Right – Center to earn Drachmas for passage across the River Styx. (Toss a coin into the bucket and then pass.)

The final task was to feed Cerberus to allow them to pass to the bolt. I made the bolt out of the left over foam from the shields and covered it in duct tape and glow sticks. We hung it above the bag toss.  Each hero had to make it in the ‘mouth’ to pass.

Finally, everyone got a laurel wreath (made from cardstock) and we had a celebration feast. Blue foods. Pizza. Cupcakes.

We opened presents while they ate.

At the end, we gave them each a foam sword and let them ‘fight it out’ until the parents came to get them.

Poor T must have eaten something that didn’t agree with him though. He ran upstairs while I was getting something else ready and totally barfed up everything he ate. He insists that it was the ‘blue’ koolaid. “Too sugary Mom.” I am not as convinced, but he was a trooper and still managed to have a great time.

No drama on the family front. Well at least not on that day. The next day however, my mother tells me that she was showing the pictures of the pinata and party to the people at work and said,”She has too much time on her hands. She needs to get a job.” How am I am supposed to feel about that? At the time, I laughed it off. Much like I usually do when she makes hurtful and asinine remarks like that. Just because she wasn’t capable of finding the joy in staying home with her children…Stop judging me because I can. I stay plenty busy Mother. (And no – not on FB.) I volunteer at the school and with the PTO. I take care of my boys and our dog and our home. And God forbid…Once in a while I actually craft or do something for myself. Needless to say when I remarked about this to DH. He went nuts. (I immediately regretted opening my mouth.) He is not happy. However, I digress.

The bottom line. T said it was an awesome day. ‘The best birthday party EVER!’ So I am thrilled that he loved it and was appreciative of all the work that went into it. “Mom, I can’t believe you did all this for me???” Yep. Yes I did, Buddy because I LOVE YOU!!!! Happy Birthday!

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  • 1. Von  |  March 23, 2010 at 11:46 am

    NOTE: you make this much effort and take this much time ONCE A YEAR for a birthday party. A special event. Something you son will recall as a gift you gave him. Thank God for women like you who keep parties fun and give others ideas to use. Not to mention all the time you give to your local school and HOA.

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  • 2. Jen  |  April 15, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Dang, awesome party! A is having a swimming party tomorrow at the rec center, and that’s all it is. I’m making a gluten free Phineas and Ferb cake and calling it a day. Bday parties aren’t my strength. 😉

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    • 3. little1ders  |  April 15, 2010 at 2:46 pm

      Thanks! Last year was kind of a lame year and since the crap hit the fan this year, we decided to pull out all the stops. I seriously doubt that I will ever be able to top that one.

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  • 4. Sonia  |  May 10, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    Thanks for all the ideas…we used just about all of them and we had a fantastic party for our nine year old. Check out my blog to see the movie we made about it!!

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    • 5. little1ders  |  August 16, 2010 at 8:35 pm

      So glad to hear my ideas were helpful and that you had a great party. I will check out your movie soon. Thanks again.

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  • 6. "S" and family  |  August 16, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Thank you so very much for posting this party. I, too, stay at home for the benefit of my children and one important benefit is the ability to throw great parties at home! : )
    I don’t want my kids to feel deprived of the skating parties or pool parties their friends throw. I can’t afford that sort of party, but I can afford the time to try to make a party like you’ve done here. I will use many of your ideas, so again I thank you!!

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    • 7. little1ders  |  August 16, 2010 at 8:36 pm

      Have a great party and I am glad that you are finding my ideas useful. I found a lot of them on the web too. SO many of the things were homemade and the kids loved every minute. I bet you have a fantastic party. Good luck!!!!

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      • 8. "S" and family  |  August 26, 2010 at 9:08 pm

        Thanks! I want you to know that I’m putting a link to this page on my blog. Check it out when you get a chance!

  • 9. Sara Yost  |  January 16, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Just found you through a search for Percy Jackson party ideas! Awesome party, thanks for sharing – this will help me put on a great 8th party for my boy.
    Sorry about your mom, bravo for sticking to what is best for your family…and taking care of yourself at the same time. Your family is lucky.

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    • 10. little1ders  |  January 17, 2011 at 10:54 am

      Thanks Sara!!! Good luck and have a great party. I bet your son and his friends will LOVE it.

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  • 11. Sarah  |  May 29, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Hi, I’m a very busy mom who found your blog while trying to find some quick things I could do to make my kid’s Percy Jackson birthday party a success. I just want to thank you for putting all your wonderful ideas online so that moms that don’t have as much time can try to be as cool as moms like you. I hope that your mother can see how valuable your blog is to others and that making lasting memories for your kids is worth your time, whether you have a job or not. Best wishes! -Sarah

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    • 12. little1ders  |  May 29, 2014 at 8:20 pm

      Thanks for your kind words. I am do glad other moms are able to use some of the ideas. I hope you had/have a great party. I think all moms need to stick together and help each other when we can 🙂

      This was still our favorite party. This book series is so fun.

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