Chica and Jo
...simplifying life
Chica and Jo
...simplifying life
Chica and Jo
17
JUL
2013

Harry Potter party

by: Jo

Harry Potter party
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Little Jo loves all things Harry Potter. She has seen the movies more times than she can count and she is in the middle of reading The Goblet of Fire. It came as no surprise to me that this year when she said she wanted a Harry Potter birthday party. Be prepared for me to share A LOT of pictures with you!

I set up the Great Hall inside of our living room. McGeeky hung Darice LED white candles from the ceiling with clear push pins and fishing line. I used different sizes and varied the height. The look was fabulous when the sun set! To cover the wall behind the cake, I ordered a stone wall backdrop.

Harry Potter Party

Harry Potter Party

Harry Potter Party

I covered the tables in either Gryffindor red or Ravenclaw blue plastic tables cloths and decorated with candleabras I collected from various places. I used clear, plastic plates on top of gold chargers. To add punch to the chargers, I printed the crests for Gryffindor and Ravenclaw on sticker paper, cut them out, and stuck them on. Having the clear plastic plate on top kept the food from messing up the logo.

Harry Potter Party

Harry Potter Party

Harry Potter Party

Harry Potter Party

To make the banners, I used my Artograph projector to project the Hogwarts crest, Gryffindor crest, and Ravenclaw crest onto foam core. I outlined the images with a pencil and then painted them in. I trimmed out the edges with some coordinating cording. The foam core made them lightweight and easy to hang!

Harry Potter Party

Chica made the cake. She covered it with Wilton chocolate fondant that tasted like Tootsie Rolls! I can’t even explain how she made the Sorting Hat cake. She just did, and Little Jo and I believe she used magic.

Harry Potter Party

Harry Potter Party

Our most outrageous party decoration was the suit of armor Little Jo and I dragged home one night. Yeah, McGeeky wasn’t too thrilled about that purchase, but I think our armored friend looks right at home!

Harry Potter Party

In the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry must capture a particular flying key. I translated that by hanging feathered, vintage-looking keys from the dining room entryway.

Harry Potter Party

Even Professor Dumbledore took a few moments to pop in on the festivities.

Harry Potter Party

I found educational decrees online and taped them all over one wall.

Harry Potter Party

Next to the entry way, I had Hedwig the Owl in a cage near a box full of note pads and quills I made. I made the quills by purchasing feathers and snipping off the ends. I extracted the ball point pen ink holder thingie from a bunch of pens from McGeeky’s office and inserted them into the feather. I cut them down if I needed to and then used white or black duct tape to secure them in place!

Harry Potter Party

Harry Potter Party

I already owned this old-fashioned ink well and we added some gold coins to signify Gringotts Wizarding Bank.

Harry Potter Party

We of course made our Butterbeer recipe and served it at The Three Broomsticks!

Harry Potter Party

Another wall was plastered with Harry Potter “wanted” posters.

Harry Potter Party

My dear friend and co-worker, Donna, was so kind as to paint this fat lady portrait for the party. I placed it next to the front door for the party, but Little Jo immediately moved it to her bedroom door afterwards.

Harry Potter Party

Ah, Honeydukes. The kids favorite stop at the end of the party! I ordered the Candy Shoppe cardboard stand and printed out a Honeydukes sign to go on top. We went nuts making custom boxes, labels, and tags for our Honeydukes candies. You can get all of our Harry Potter Honeydukes printables in our Etsy shop. We used these all over the party space!

Harry Potter Party

For the Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans, I used our template and a piece of the transparent sheets and taped them to the inside before folding them up and adding the jelly beans.

Harry Potter Party

The Fizzing Whizzbees are my favorite! I used a bee candy mold that I filled with melted chocolate. For the fizzing part, I stirred in Pop Rocks. That’s right, Pop Rocks! It totally made the chocolate fizz in your mouth. So fun! We think the strawberry ones tasted the best in the chocolate. I used long plastic bags (the kind made for chocolate covered pretzel rods) which worked perfectly to hold the candies. Print the label, cut it out, staple it on and you have the cutest Harry Potter party favor ever.

Harry Potter Party

You can get the bee mold I used for the Fizzing Whizbees in the Harry Potter candy mold kit available in our Amazon store, which also includes molds to make an assortment of chocolate Harry Potter themed chocolate lollipops. The kit even includes a bunch of sticks, bags, and twist ties!

Harry Potter Suckers

And what trip to Honeydukes would be complete without grabbing some chocolate frogs? I made these with the chocolate frog mold that’s also included in our Harry Potter candy mold kit. And the frog boxes were made with a template included in our Harry Potter Honeydukes printables found in our Etsy shop.

Chocolate Frog Picture

The Honeydukes printables collection includes a round Honeydukes logo printable that is perfect for giant suckers.

Harry Potter Party

And the diamond-shaped Honeydukes logo was the perfect addition to plain brown lunch bags to create sacks for the kids to hold all of the treats.

Harry Potter Party

To get the party started though, we sorted the kids into houses. Each guest was either placed in Ravenclaw or Gryffindor after the Sorting Hat decided.

Harry Potter Party

Harry Potter Party

Once they were sorted, they had to attend classes! First up, Care of Magical Creatures taught by our good friend, Hagrid.

Harry Potter Party

If you don’t have a naturally bearded friend, you can try the caveman beard out. Make sure you give him a pink umbrella!

Harry Potter Party

Harry Potter Party

The kids enjoyed a little animal husbandry up at our barn.

Harry Potter Party

Harry Potter Party

After a lesson, they needed some time to relax. What better way than Quidditch? The goals are smaller hula hoops attached to inexpensive tomato stakes. Little Jo bought her quaffle while we were at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter but you can also buy also buy a Quaffle online..

Harry Potter Party

Harry Potter Party

Harry Potter Party

Harry Potter Party

Next up, it was off to the dungeons for Potions with Snape!

Harry Potter Party

I made Little Jo a Potions book for her studies.

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I used our potion bottle labels for the class. Fill them with Tonic Water and watch how they glow with a black light!

Harry Potter Party

A table set with cauldrons, candles and potion bottles.

Harry Potter Party

That’s McGeeky lighting the candles before class. He made a great Professor Snape! I couldn’t get him to dye his hair black though! And by the way, that is actually my basement craft room. We draped the whole thing in black plastic to hide all of the craft supplies!

Harry Potter Party

The final lesson of the day took the kids out of the dungeons and into the light for Herbology with Professor Sprout.

Harry Potter Party

We luckily have a plant room at the back of our house. She told them about the properties of aloe and then they planted venus fly traps to take home.

Harry Potter Party

Harry Potter Party

All of that activity caused some ravenous appetites! Dinner was served with heaping platters of food back in the Great Hall!

Harry Potter Party

Harry Potter Party

Harry Potter Party

The kids got to take home candy from Honeydukes, the robes my aunt made them, wands, Harry Potter glasses and t-shirts. A special thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make this party a forever memory for Little Jo.

Harry Potter Party

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24 comments so far:

  • 1
    Peggi Clark 07/17/2013 at 4:31 pm

    Wow… there are some great ideas here. Maybe can use some for my 10 yr old’s b’day. Thanks

  • 2
    Kris Shea 07/27/2013 at 1:53 am

    Nice party! Can you tell me about the brooms – did you make them? buy them? any links?

  • 3
    Marlene Romero 07/31/2013 at 12:15 am

    Unbelievable party!! What great decorations and games. Wish we could have been guests! The kids must have had a blast! Thanks for sharing.

  • 4
    Jo 08/01/2013 at 11:06 am

    Kris, I purchased the brooms from a local party store. You can easily find them wherever they sell costumes, or look here on Amazon for simple witch brooms.

  • 5
    Tamie 09/27/2013 at 12:03 pm

    Great ideas. I think of apply this for upcoming Halloween. Thank you for sharing.

  • 6
    Kina 10/03/2013 at 12:06 am

    This is fantastic! I wish I would use these for my daughter, but she may be too old at 11. Hummmm… maybe I can convince her – however, we don’t have a horse or the open yard space, but this is wonderful – you are SO creative!

  • 7
    Karen 11/20/2013 at 12:48 am

    My goodness! This looks absolutely FANTASTIC!!! There has been a massive amount of work by everyone!
    Well done!!

  • 8
    Jody 01/02/2014 at 7:48 pm

    Absolutely CLEVER and BEYOND amazing! I wish this idea was around a decade ago when my now grown son was into HP. LOVE the candle idea. GENIUS!

  • 9
    Louisa 04/26/2014 at 9:07 pm

    You have done am amazing job ! My son would love this! I’m doing my son a harry potter themed room and have got lots of ideas from this. Can I ask though we’re did you get the suit of armour from I’ve looked everywhere but can’t find one :(

  • 10
    Chica 04/27/2014 at 12:22 pm

    Louisa, the suit of armor came from a store called Garden Ridge.

  • 11
    Gwen 06/16/2014 at 7:50 am

    Wow, wow..wow. I think this is the best HP party I have seen. (Must have cost you a small fortune)
    My daughter is 16 and would LOVE this party lol. You’re never too old for Harry. Even this Mum would be there with bells on if invited.
    What a wonderful Mum you are :D a party that will always be remembered.

  • 12
    jess_the_ultimate_potterhead 11/25/2014 at 5:50 pm

    where in the WORLD did those quiddich goal posts come from?!?! i have been trying to find some for ages but they aren’t anywhere. Did you make them? if so, how? sorry, im a huge potternerd and i cant live without quidditch. normally i have to get my sister to run around the house so i can pretend to be a seeker and catch her. yeah. its really sad. please reply asap

  • 13
    Chica 11/25/2014 at 6:43 pm

    Jess, we made the quidditch goals by attaching small hula hoops to inexpensive wooden stakes. Hope that helps!

  • 14
    LAURA 02/20/2015 at 11:27 pm

    How did you get the candles on the ceilings to hold onto the clear thread – and hang in the air? Or maybe a better way to put this is how did you attach the clear thread to the candles?

  • 15
    Chica 02/22/2015 at 1:40 pm

    Laura, we just used clear tape to attach fishing line to the candles, then attached the other end of the line to the ceiling with push pins.

  • 16
    Emily 02/23/2015 at 4:32 pm

    Such a good idea! I would love this party!!!

  • 17
    Aidan Kutsov 05/30/2015 at 10:42 pm

    I totally love this party idea, I am currently slipping the link to my sister to bring this idea up to my dad for my sweet 16 party upcoming.

  • 18
    Karen 07/18/2015 at 8:01 pm

    Great party! I’m doing one fore my son this fall. Could you tell me where you found the Fizzing Wizzbees Candy label? I’ve looked everywhere for a template and cannot find one. Thanks!

  • 19
    Chica 07/22/2015 at 8:42 am

    Karen, the Fizzing Whizzbees label is part of our Honeydukes printables collection available on Etsy.

  • 20
    Barb 08/12/2015 at 11:51 pm

    We had a Harry Potter party for my daughter’s 17th birthday, which was pretty cool, but not this cool. Hope I get to throw another one for my grandbabies someday.

  • 21
    SJM 02/17/2016 at 7:58 pm

    Simply fabulous! I am soooo inspired and in awe!

  • 22
    Rocio 11/28/2016 at 8:04 am

    This party is amazing! Congratulations!

  • 23
    Jamie 11/30/2016 at 3:21 am

    This is awesome! I’m currently working on making my nearly 19 year old daughter a Very Potter Christmas, and I’ve been struggling with what all that should include. You have seriously given me some very good ideas and resources that I fully intend to use. Thank you so much!

  • 24
    Jo 12/02/2016 at 3:36 pm

    Jamie, what a great idea to give it a Christmas spin!

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