photo of figurines of Percy Jackson and Annabeth Chase standing in front of a display of blue cupcakes

Chapter 28: I Throw a Fictional Birthday Party

“Hey.” Annabeth slid next to me on the bench. “Happy birthday.”
She was holding a huge misshapen cupcake with blue icing.
I stared at her. “What?”
“It’s August 18th,” she said. “Your birthday, right?”

The Last Olympian (pg. 372)

This is my third time rewriting this introduction, and this time I’ve decided that I’m just gonna be as weird as I want because this is MY blog and I do what I want.

Anyway, last weekend, my friend Rachel came up to visit and we threw a birthday party for a fictional character.

Now to be clear, this wasn’t just any fictional character, but Percy Jackson, hero and protagonist of the The Lightning Thief (which was recently named as one of Time‘s 100 Best YA Books of All Time), its sequels, and many spinoffs. For longtime readers of Maggie’s Musings, it should come as no surprise that I’m a huge fan of the Percy Jackson series. I grew up with these books, and even now as an adult, I still love re-reading them. They hold a special place in my heart.

I usually don’t remember dates like this, but Percy’s birthday just so happens to be the day after my brother’s birthday (speaking of which: Paul, if you’re reading this, IOU one (1) birthday gift and a cake or other treat of your choice). And since Rachel was already coming to visit that weekend and she also happens to be a Percy Jackson fan, we thought, why not? Let’s live the lives our twelve-year-old selves would’ve wanted us to have.

Blue food is a running theme in the Percy Jackson books, so of course Rachel (right) and I (left) had to make blue cupcakes.

I guess I should explain the blue food.
See, Gabe had once told my mom there was no such thing. They had this fight, which seemed like a really small thing at the time. But ever since, my mom went out of her way to eat blue. She baked blue birthday cakes. She mixed blueberry smoothies. She bought blue-corn tortilla chips and brought home blue candy from the shop. This — along with keeping her maiden name, Jackson, rather than calling herself Mrs. Ugliano — was proof that she wasn’t totally suckered by Gabe. She did have a rebellious streak, like me.

The Lightning Thief (pg. 37-38)

Getting the cupcakes ready to put in the oven. (I promise I helped!)

cupcakes baking in an oven

In the oven…

Protip, don’t hold fresh-out-of-the-oven muffin pans while posing for a photo.

While we waited for the cupcakes to cool, we worked on painting our own bead necklaces like the characters in the series have.

“I’ve been here since I was seven,” Annabeth said. “Every August, on the last day of summer session, you get a bead for surviving another year.”

The Lightning Thief (pg. 97)

Ready to decorate! (Yes, we made blue frosting for the blue cupcakes)

The finished products!

Nico glanced inside my room. His eyebrows furrowed. “Is that… is that blue birthday cake?”
He sounded hungry, maybe a little wistful. I wondered if the poor kid had ever had a birthday party, or if he’d ever even been invited to one.
“Come inside for cake and ice cream,” I said. “It sounds like we’ve got a lot to talk about.”

The Battle of the Labyrinth (pg. 361)

And the final setup, featuring the banner Rachel made, my Percy and Annabeth Funko Pops, and, of course, the books.

“Make a wish,” she said.
“Did you bake this yourself?” I asked.
“Tyson helped.”
“That explains why it looks like a chocolate brick,” I said. “With extra blue cement.”
Annabeth laughed.
I thought for a second, then blew out the candle.
We cut it in half and shared, eating with our fingers. Annabeth sat next to me, and we watched the ocean. Crickets and monsters were making noise in the woods, but otherwise it was quiet.
“You saved the world,” she said.
“We saved the world.”

The Last Olympian (pg. 372)


What’s something — no matter how “silly” it seems — that you’ve done lately that made you happy?

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5 thoughts on “Chapter 28: I Throw a Fictional Birthday Party

    • Thanks so much! This is a little embarrassing, but we actually just used a regular box of yellow cake mix and added blue food coloring. We used gluten-free cake mix, but I’m sure you could get the same result with other kinds as well.

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