Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Percy Jackson / Greek Gods Birthday Party

For my son's 12th birthday, he wanted a Percy Jackson / Greek God themed party. He LOVES Greek Mythology, I mean loves it. There wasn't a lot out there, a couple of things on Pinterest so I had to wing it a little.

First up was a chalkboard drawing for his birthday. One of the things his previous teacher did was a chalkboard drawing for his birthday. He loved that so I wanted to continue that in our Waldorf Homeschool. I worked off of the picture of Zeus in one of our Greek Mythology books. I am still very much working on my artistic skills (did I mention we are NEW to Waldorf homeschooling??) so be gentle.

Since Percy Jackson's favorite color is blue, his mom gives him a blue birthday party so that was pretty easy. Blue streamers, blue balloons, I found some gold star balloons which fit well. We cut out large yellow thunderbolts out of posterboard and smaller ones using my Cricut for the cupcakes. I also found these cute ceremonial cups at the Dollar Store that looked Greek to use on top of some cupcakes. 
My version of Zeus

The book version
The decor and presents are ready!
Paleo cupcakes, gluten, dairy, and soy free. These are coconut flour based and to get the Percy Jackson flare, I made a blueberry puree and it colored them nicely.

Close up of the cupcake

Paleo, gluten, dairy, and soy free pancakes. These are almond flour based and again to color them blue I made blueberry puree. I put some in a baggie, cut off the end and was able to do a number 12 and a lightening bolt. We served them up on our special celebration plate and he loved it!
This was about as low key as it gets. He was super excited about his birthday last night before bed and the whole day he was just enjoying his special day. It was great to watch given years past my husband and I felt like we celebrated his birthday for him because he didn't seem to understand what we were celebrating! He's come a long way baby! This year he kept telling me how excited he was and before bed last night told me how much he loved me and how I was the best mom ever. Buttering mom up always helps. ;)

Harry Potter Birthday Party

Wow, it is only in having my son's birthday party in September that I am realizing I never posted about my daughter's birthday party in January. Yeah, to say we've been busy around here is a huge understatement! Both of my children have gotten to the point where this year they are choosing just to have a family party. But, that doesn't mean we don't decorate and have FUN! So, for anyone else wanting to do a Harry Potter themed birthday party, I hope these ideas can be of use!
Chocolate Frog Boxes

Chocolate Frogs! They sell this mold on Amazon, I used Enjoy Life allergen friendly mini chips

Letters coming out of the fireplace
Fireplace letters from another angle
Mandrake Cupcakes! Take babies meant to be baked into cakes (think Kings Cake for Mardi Gras) and hot glue a bit of fake plants on top and tuck into a cupcake. This one is a paleo version, gluten, dairy and soy free with Almond Flour. I bought little pots and just inserted them with the cupcake liner they were baked in.
I took one cupcake and crumbled it to give it the look of dirt in the pot.

Plated Mandrake Cupcakes on a Dollar Store tray

"Howlers" made from apples with sunbutter

"Hippogriff Eyes" aka Olives

"Pumpkin Juice" aka Orange flavored PowerPak

"Berrybots Every Flavor Bean" aka Surf Sweet organic, dye free jelly beans

The table
I was able to serve healthier versions of foods and treats without missing out on anything. And, finds like the Target Dollar Spot (chalkboard stickers) and the Dollar Store for the trays and pots made it economical as well. Celebrations don't have to be limiting when you have food allergies and intolerances. Some additional creativity will take you far once you get the hang of it!