How to Throw a Greek Mythology Party For Kids Without Becoming a Hydra!

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First of all, don’t do it. Are you insane?  But if you must the very first thing you should do is to make the Grown-Up Nectar of the Gods which consists of Gin, Tonic, Limeade.  Mostly Gin.  Drink copiously. Ice cubes optional. You may begin drinking two weeks before the party.

This is kind of a MOM BLOG post. I prefer to be thought of as an elderly vixen blogger, but I’m having a minivan moment.

The next thing you do is send out invitations assigning a Greek God or Goddess to each child who is coming, which forces their parents to have to make, buy or think about making or buying an outfit. Why should you suffer alone?? Here is who came to our party: (Don’t be fooled by their sweet faces. They’re perfectly capable of raining down fire and fart jokes).

BIRTHDAY GIRL ATHENA:

PERSEPHONE AND NIKE:

HESTIA AND DEMETER:

PHOEBE AND METIS:

ARTEMIS AND APOLLO:

ATHENA AND HERA:

MEDUSA, ATHENA, POSEIDON AND ZEUS (Christmas picture anyone?):


Next, decorate your house with photos of the Gods which you’ve purloined from Google Images.

Know that your printer will run out of ink halfway through.  You will drive cursing to Staples in rush hour. You will come back and break the printer while you are trying to shove the new cartridge in.  You will figure out a way to jerry rig the printer by holding your thumb in a painful position that will likely result in some disfiguring, excruciating Carpel Tunnel Syndrome in later years, but which will now allow you to print out the rest of the f#@king Gods and Goddesses which your children better remember in their reminiscences of childhood (instead of that time you missed the Spring f#@king Sing in the 1st grade).

To finish decorating make a centerpiece by throwing into a large spaghetti bowl some green leaves from your hedge (hopefully not doused in poison), real grapes, avocados, oranges and some ribbon and you’re good to go.  Curling the ribbon will only take six hours and you might cut your thumb off, but they can stitch it back on at the ER if you store it in milk.  The thumb, not the ribbon.

For the record, I am not a creative arts-and-crafts, party throwing mom.  I hate doing this kind of stuff with the fire of a thousand Grateful Dead marijuana pipes.  I rebel by being mildly bitchy, eating Thin Mints and watching Breaking Bad until 1 a.m.  But I have a real problem saying no to passion.  And Bridget feels about Greek mythology the way I felt about Bobby Sherman wearing his little velvet choker when I was a kid.

Next divide all the Gods onto two teams and pit them against one another in the Olympic Games.  You are welcome to scream shaming epithets at them if you like, but this may cost you later in therapist’s bills.

Here are Team Poseidon and Team Athena warming up.  It’s good to incite them into bloodthirsty, vengeful, spite.  Use Lord of the Flies as a reference:

Game One:  Kill the Cyclops (aka Henry):

The Cyclops should be your husband or partner.  You can trick them into doing this by telling them that they’re “making memories” for your children. (Like “That time daddy had to go to the ER because Apollo shot an arrow through his one eye.  But it was okay because mommy was already there having her thumb reattached).

Here are the little hellions rousing the Cyclops from his cave:

When he emerges everyone should think … how did that guy convince someone to have two children with him?

Devil’s Advocate:  If your husband is willing to wear a short skirt, bad teeth and a fake eye to make kids laugh, you have married correctly.

You will be owing this particular Cyclops many Womanly Favors after all of this is said and done which, as you can see by those teeth, may be a bit of a chore.

Next the Gods will kill the Cyclops by shooting paintballs at a little target held just over his face. (more Womanly Favors are owed). Don’t be surprised if there are cries of “More ammo!” from the rampaging Gods and Goddesses. Remember to keep score. This part is very important, but if you do forget, lie and just write something down for each team preferably favoring the birthday girl.

Game Two:  Finding the Golden Apple.

There’s a lot of spit and possibly some boogers involved in this game.  It isn’t for the germo-phobes.  This is what it looks like:

Three Golden Apples floating with what should be a bunch of little red apples.  Our red apples looked golden so we had to differentiate by size (get your mind out of the gutter!). Each Golden Apple retrieved is worth 10 points. We were quite startled by the lengths to which the Gods were willing to go for these suckers:

I was a bit concerned we were water-boarding children.

Game Three: The Battle of the Titans.  

In some less discerning factions known as … the balloon toss.  You pair teammates together and the last couple standing wins 50 points for their team.

Game Four: Zeus’ Fireballs.

Just stop right there, this is a perfectly appropriate game for the under 10 set. We have a trampoline in our backyard with a net around it and we purchased a bunch of 99 cent balls from a party store.

One team at a time the Gods and Goddesses enter the trampoline, henceforth know as The Arena. For 60 seconds Zeus bombs the deities with the fireballs. If they catch a ball it’s worth 10 points, but if Zeus manages to tag them, they’re out and have to leave The Arena (I’ve read too much Hunger Games). The last remaining Gods in the arena at the end of 60 seconds win another 10 points for their team.

The winners of these Olympic Games were Team Poseidon. They all lined up for a special gift from Zeus:

Then we gorged ourselves on ice cream cake and had to take to the Vomitoriums (actually I think that was the Romans):

Athena and Aphrodite just before the cake Bacchanal:

Finally we gave up any pretense of sugar/crack abstinence:

Zeus forgot to take off his eyeball.

Athena marked by her battle with the chocolate fountain.

When it’s time to clean up – if you are Medusa – you can sneak off and hide in the master bedroom.  If any Gods or Monsters comes in and want you to help them wash their hands, re-pin their toga, find their shoes, show them the bathroom, dry their wet clothes, feed them again, clean up hummus vomit et. al. — you can just turn them to stone with your fiery eyes.

Medusa awaits the Cyclops … to be continued

And that’s how you throw a Greek Mythology Party!

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  1. Jennifer
    Jennifer 23 April, 2012, 07:30

    What an ADORABLE bunch of gods and goddesses! They hardly strike fear in the heart of man, if you know what I mean, but they warmed mine up. :) I love how committed you were to the theme, you’re a great mom.

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    • Shannon
      Shannon Author 23 April, 2012, 10:58

      Thanks Jennifer. I had a really hard time not offending the Gods by kissing them all up.

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  2. Rosie Carrillo
    Rosie Carrillo 23 April, 2012, 07:35

    All the effort MUST have surely made many happy memories. ( Not to mention a great/funny blog.) Kudos! :-))

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  3. Jenn Willey
    Jenn Willey 23 April, 2012, 11:47

    OMG, LOVED this!!! Thanks for sharing. Storing in the memory banks for when my toddlers are older.

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  4. Katarina Henkys
    Katarina Henkys 23 April, 2012, 11:50

    Hello Wonder-Mom!
    I’m really impressed by your efforts and your willingness to sacrifice body parts to throw your daughter a great party. What makes her so fascinated by the Olymic Assembly? (Appollo by the way ought to wear a blond wig, he’s the god if light among other things.) Your Athena looks lovely – in fact just like you.
    I hope she enjoyed the day!
    (-: Kat

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    • Shannon
      Shannon Author 23 April, 2012, 13:29

      I wish I could say I had something to do with Athena’s passion for the Greeks. However she stumbled upon the subject in school in 1st grade and it was the Greek Gods who taught her to read because she couldn’t get enough of their stories. Yes, I’m bragging.

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  5. Alexandra
    Alexandra 23 April, 2012, 13:01

    So- I love you even more – didja know that there’s a theater degree hidden somewhere under all my design books? I am totally pinning this on pinterest on my Fab Events board. And I 100% am going to try to get my Critter to have a party like this. I think I’ll do better to have this be MY birthday party. Then the games will invent themselves

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  6. Jo at bumbumgerms
    Jo at bumbumgerms 23 April, 2012, 17:45

    Bobbing for apples? What is this, the Middle Ages? OMG SWINE FLU

    Love,
    OCD

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    • Shannon
      Shannon Author 23 April, 2012, 18:47

      I’m a 70s kid, we just don’t think about germs. Which is why we and the cockroaches will survive the Apocalypse. (for better or worse)

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  7. Shelby Barone
    Shelby Barone 23 April, 2012, 18:23

    What a rock star Mom you are! I am totally wishing I was playing with silly string right now.

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  8. ghfool
    ghfool 23 April, 2012, 18:41

    Why would you have to convince your husband to be the cyclops by telling him it would “make memories” for the children when you have such extensive “womanly favors” to offer? :)

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  9. V
    V 24 April, 2012, 06:15

    that is SUCH a great idea for a party! they all looked so adorable in their costumes.

    http://2bestfriendschubbyroadtoskinny.blogspot.com/

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    • Shannon
      Shannon Author 24 April, 2012, 14:34

      There’s something about costumes (how my wallet wishes I could sew) that makes everyone get in the mood.

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  10. Jamie
    Jamie 24 April, 2012, 08:40

    OMG THIS IS SO CUTE! Michael and the one little boy there made me laugh out loud, though.

    How great that everyone participated! I always hated when that one kid would come to themed party wearing jeans and a TV shirt…

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  11. Caryn
    Caryn 24 April, 2012, 10:44

    Wow that is impressive! I can’t even plan a toddler birthday party at a venue! Sigh! Chocolate Fountain? Awesome!

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  12. kelly
    kelly 24 April, 2012, 21:34

    wow! what an amazing party! You really went ALL out.

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  13. Lisa
    Lisa 25 April, 2012, 06:02

    Just wanted to tell you I love your writing. I just discovered you on Huff Post, and I ended up reading both your blog and Huff Post articles for the better part of two hours. I can relate to almost everything you write about, from the bullying to the suicide blond (well, brunette, in my case) advice to your younger self. and it goes on and on. You’ve got a new fan :) Keep ‘em coming!

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  14. jeri
    jeri 25 April, 2012, 08:15

    Shannon what a beautiful Medusa you are… Athena is so lovely too…what a Goddess
    As for Cyclops-he’s totally HOT! Great idea and fun!

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  15. heather
    heather 29 December, 2012, 18:19

    This is hysterical! First time I’ve come across your writing. Was looking for ideas for my son’s bday which he wants to be all about Greek mythology. Definitely using your ideas. (Thank you so much!) But, mostly I am thankful for your sense of humor! So funny! Thank you!

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  16. Kathy Sutton
    Kathy Sutton 6 March, 2014, 08:52

    You had me in uncontrollable fits of laughter! What a gem of a write up!

    Our Greek God turns 10 this weekend, and somehow we have everything in order excepting party games…… Oh, and try finding a picture of Posiedon without a XXXXXing Trident! (pin the trident on Poseidon)…. Impossible!!!!

    Taking your advice and bringing the gin out!

    Kathy Sutton of Clevedon England

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    • Shannon
      Shannon Author 6 March, 2014, 10:20

      Kathy I am so happy you enjoyed the post and so jealous you live in England. One of my favorite countries in the world. Fingers crossed your party is a smash!!

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  17. Maggie
    Maggie 30 June, 2014, 19:30

    O M G. When I asked my 10 yo daughter what theme she wanted for her birthday, she said greek mythology. I smiled and said out loud “what a great idea, I know how much you love it” but inside my head I thought holy f@&$ I know nothing about it. Luckily, she spent the next 10 hours teaching me everything I needed to know and then some. I probably should have started drinking then! Her party will be at the end of August, which gives me plenty of time to re-read your gut-busting info and to drink and prepare!! Hope mine turns out as well as yours!

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