A Book-Themed Percy Jackson Birthday Party

Percy Jackson (affiliate link) is a five book chapter book series about a 12 year old demi-god boy whose dad is Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea. Percy spends the series of light-hearted, adventurous books escaping from monsters, training at Camp Half-Blood (a camp for demi-gods) and questing — for example, in the first book, he tries to prove that he didn’t steal Zeus’ lightening bolt.
AJ loves the books and so we planned a Percy Jackson themed birthday party for her 10-year old birthday.

Decorations

Greek columns (on the sides of the dining room)
Camp Half Blood sign (on the front door)
Blue!! (Blue is important to Percy’s mom because her annoying husband argues that there is no such thing as blue food. So, Percy’s mom loves to find blue food just to prove him wrong.)

Food

I found as much blue food as I could – and totally forgot blueberries, the obvious choice. The kids sugar-loaded on blue punch, blue corn tortilla chips, blue jelly beans, blue Fruit By the Foot, blue Peeps, blue cereals, blue yogurts, and also, pizza – the only non-blue food.

We baked a Funfetti cake with homemade butter frosting. Poseidon, sea creatures, and our close-enough Percy Jackson decorate the blue frosting.

Demi-God Parentage & Your Greek Name

Party goers arrived and received name tags with
1. The kids’ names translated into Greek.
2. Their Greek god parent off of this list of the big 12.

  • Zeus
  • Poseidon
  • Hades
  • Hestia
  • Hera
  • Ares
  • Athena
  • Apollo
  • Aphrodite
  • Hermes
  • Artemis
  • Hephaestus
  • Demeter
  • Dionysus

Greek Mythology Go Fish

We weren’t sure if everyone knew the Percy Jackson books or Greek mythology. To help, I found a printable Greek God Go Fish game for the girls to play as a way to learn about the gods.

Pin the Eyeball on the Cyclops

The kids decorated their own Cyclops eyes. Then, we blindfolded them for a hysterical game of Pin the Eye on the Cyclops.

Camp Half Blood T-Shirts

We tried the Design Mom method of bleaching – and it sort of worked. However, the bleached material disintegrated after one washing. Better yet –just use puffy paints to write the words.

Sword Fighting

The kids partnered sword fought, traded partners after I announced, “switch.” Hysterical laughter filled the backyard, more so when we played the “just a flesh wound” way. (Remember that scene in Monty Python’s Search for the Holy Grail where the black knight is fighting and his opponent gets “just a flesh wound“?) If you get hurt, you have to try to not use that body part, hold it behind you or something.

Trivia Contest

For Greek god trivia, the kids ran to either the true or false side of the backyard. Winners got gold drachma. Printable true/false questions to get you started.

Bead Necklaces

Camp Half-Blood campers get a bead for each year of camp. We made our own bead necklaces.

Invitations

Alas, I didn’t get around to invitations but I bet you could use a Greek-font, aged paper, and make some seriously cool themed invites.

Goody Bags

The photo above shows the goody bags – glow in the dark Medusa snakes, a sea creature bookmark, a National Geographic pen, lip gloss, as well as the crafts they made – shirts and necklaces.

Finally

“In a way, it’s nice to know that there are Greek gods out there, because you have somebody to blame when things go wrong. For instance, when you’re walking away from a bus that’s just been attacked by monster hags and blown up by lightning, and it’s raining on top of everything else, most people might think that’s just really bad luck; when you’re a half-blood, you understand that some divine force is really trying to mess up your day.”  – The Titan’s Curse

Did you know that there’s a real Camp Half-Blood?

More Camp Half Blood camp ideas and a printable birthday party kit from the author, Rick Riordian.

Buy and read this 5-book series, you’re kids will love it but don’t waste your time with the movie, The Lightening Thief.

  • http://thegettys.blogspot.com Susan

    This is a very cool idea! We are listening to the Percy Jackson series on audio book right now…we are loving it!!

  • http://PragmaticMom.com PragmaticMom

    Wow! That is an awesome party. It MUST have taken longer than the standard 1 1/2 hours to complete all the activities?! What were the kids favorites? You rock mom!

  • http://thiskidreviewsbooks.com/ Erik AKA This Kid Reviews Books

    This is SO COOL! I would love to do this for my next B-day party! :)

  • http://theimaginationtree.com Anna @ The Imagination Tree

    Melissa, what a wonderful theme for a party!! I love all of the details. Book themes are the best. My 3 year old is asking for a “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” 4th birthday in September, and I’m thrilled! Can’t wait to start reading the Percy Jackson series later.

  • Shuchi

    What a wonderful party! So creative! My 9 yr old daughter loves your ideas. We might have to borrow a few for her upcoming birthday.

    • http://imaginationsoup.net Melissa Taylor

      have fun!

  • lettersnumbersbooks

    great party ideas! we love the books and movie. can’t wait till august 18th for the next movie!

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  • Tartarus_Survivors

    The quote at the end, is from The Lightning Thief. Not Titan’s Curse. I have read all the books, including the Heroes of Olympus, multiple times. I just find the need to correct someone when they get something about the series wrong,

    • http://imaginationsoup.net Melissa Taylor

      thanks!!

  • snyder751

    Thank you so much for sharing your ideas! My daughter loves Percy Jackson and wants this birthday theme. All I knew about was “blue” and “half-blood”.

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  • Julia

    Thanks a heap! My son about to turn 9 loves the books and was keen for a Percy Jackson party, so next week its on. We are using a few of your ideas and the Greek G-d Go Fish will be followed by the trivia contest, which has built some learning into the party (love that!) while they run a little mad. Wish me luck.

    • http://imaginationsoup.net Melissa Taylor

      hope it’s a blast!!