Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Twin's Harry Potter Party

This will probably be the longest post I have ever written so here is a little table of contents for you:
Getting in Character
Party Decor
Sorting Ceremony & House Cup
Olivander's Wand Shop
Potions Class
Magical Creatures
Honeyduke's Candy Shop
Divination Class
A Feast
Winner of House Cup & Gift Bags

The Invites
So to begin let's cover the invitations I sent out. They were printed on Mohawk Skytone Vellum Parchment Paper Aged Shade. I used the following Text:
Headmaster: Albus Dumbledore
(Order of Merlin, First Class, Grand Sorc., Chf. Warlock,
Supreme Mugwump, International Confed. of Wizards)

We are please to inform you that you have been accepted to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for Lily and Evie's 3rd Birthday. Term begins on February 25th 2012.

Hogwarts Express leaves Platform 9 3/4th at precisely Eleven A.M. from 1402 Coghlan St in Bremerton, WA 98337. We await your OWL ( or FLOO NETWORK (815-954-1981) RSVP by February 18th.

Yours sincerely,
Rachel Ventura
Deputy Headmistress

Students may wish to wear their robes or classroom attire, Wands will be supplied during 1st years orientation and sorting. A feast will follow! Students will then prepare for potions class, magical creatures, and enchantments. PARENTS ARE REMINDED THAT FIRST YEARS ARE NOT ALLOWED THEIR OWN BROOMSTICKS.

First-year students will require:
1.Three sets of plain work robes (black)
2.One plain pointed hat (black) for day wear
3.One pair of protective gloves (dragon hide or similar)
4.One winter cloak (black, with silver fastenings)
Please note that all pupil's clothes should carry name tags.

All students should have a copy of each of the following:
The Standard Book of Spells (Grade 1) by Miranda Goshawk
A History of Magic by Bathilda Bagshot
Magical Theory by Adalbert Waffling
A Beginner's Guide to Transfiguration by Emeric Switch
One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi by Phyllida Spore
Magical Drafts and Potions by Arsenius Jigger
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander
The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection by Quentin Trimble

1 wand
1 cauldron (pewter, standard size 2)
1 set glass or crystal phials
1 telescope
1 set brass scales

Students may also bring and owl OR a cat OR a toad.
P.S. This list is just for fun

I then used a wax seal we bought from Universal Theme Parks to finish off the invite. When using a wax seal you have to put 20 extra cents on the invite to mail it.

Getting into Character
We spent a lot of time preparing for the party but the pay off the Twin's finally got to dress up. My mom had purchased these skirts for them and all though they didn't match exactly there were a good find. I bought the ties from a Halloween store and the shirts I ordered from amazon.

My outfit was meant to resemble Professor McGonagall but by using what I already had in my drawers: a part of a Halloween costume, a broom skirt, a cape from LARP days, and the hat we bought from Amazon.

Party Decor 

Since the Party invite said to meet at Platform 9 3/4 we definitely needed a sign. I bought the red foam poster board from Michaels. I then used my Cricut to cut a large white circle, the black letters, and the Yellow Words. I printed an image of the seal too to add. If you have the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge, email me and I will give you the Craft Room CCV file to load and cut from to save you some designing time :)

This is actually the second year we have done this party so we had a lot of things we could use again. We had bought a sorting hat from Amazon last year along with the poster of Serious Black. 

Putting up a few signs is a cheap and easy way to transform your home. This idea was found off Pinterest.

 I created a Hogwarts entry banner with the CTMH Chipboard Creations

This banner we had bought from Universal Theme Parks and hung it on the front door.

We also hung banners to create the Great Hall effect. These banners were actually ordered years ago for our wedding.

We had found these glitter balls at the dollar bins at Target and added them to the decor as well. We also had signs that blocked off the house like "Forbidden Forest" for closed off bedrooms and "Beware Diagonally" for hallways. We also set up a chess set with the sign "Wizard's Chess" on it.

Sorting Ceremony & House Cup

As the children arrived we placed them all in a house and let the sorting hat figure it out.

I then placed labels on the kid's back that had their name and house.

If they won any games or behaved well that house got extra pebbles. If a child behaved poorly they lost pebbles.

While we waiting for all the kids to get sorted the children blew bubbles in the bedroom. I have found that the wedding bubbles are great bubble blowers for kids and are somewhat wand shaped. Plus if they spill it is only a little.

We added a glowing solution to the bubbles that was found a Michaels (not pictured here). It was really cool. I then decorated the display a little with handmade brooms (the idea was from pinterest) and some sparkly sticks.

Ollivander's Wand Shop

One of the really cool things at Universal Theme Parks is all the window displays in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

We live in a unique home that has windows facing the patio from the inside so we were able to create some window effects for Ollivander's Wand Shop. 

We needed a place to display some Quidditch stuff since what's a harry potter party without a little Quidditch. The Wand shop seemed like a good choice.

I had created some quills for the kids to use in the next activity. They were very simple. I bought the large feathers from Michaels and then cut the tips off and inserted the inside of pens. Very easy to do and they looked amazing. 

My husband and I had bought some Official Wands from Universal Theme Parks so we displayed those along with the wands I created for the kids. These were created with wooden dowels and handles I found at Michaels. I then painted them for Unicorn Hair (white), Pheonix Feather (red), or Dragon Heartstring (black).

The sign I found online and printed in the same paper as the invitations.

Each child was called over and allowed to choose a wand - or have the wand choose him or her.

We then let the children and adults try to guess the "Bertie Botts Every Flavor Jelly Bean". We set up shot glasses of different types and had slips of paper to fill out.

Everyone then got a quill and got to try each of the flavors.

We got some great answers that ranged from "Ear Wax" (of course) to "Sunshine"! Kids have great imaginations.

I think if we do this again though it would be better to create little baggies of the beans (like we did for the party favors that we sent home) and staple them to the slip of paper so it is easier to pass out to each player. The party favor label was an image I found online and printed out to glue to the bags.

Potions Class

This part of the party was definitely the most fun. We started out by examining some of the contents of the ingredients like "Dried Bat Brains" or "Frog Livers".

The containers were taken from the kitchen and had coffee filters that had been stained with coffee added to the tops. I then placed distressed labels on the jars using the same paper as the invites.

Next each child got to pick a special potion. I found these bottles at Michaels in the wedding section.

They could choose between "Felix Felicis" (also called "'Liquid Luck'", makes the drinker lucky for a period of time, during which everything they attempt will be successful. It is meant to be used sparingly, however, as it causes giddiness, recklessness, and dangerous overconfidence if taken in excess.)

The invisibility potion, A Truth Serum (a potion that can be used to gain the truth from anyone. Veritaserum is the most powerful Truth Serum there is. It is a colorless, water-like fluid. Three drops is enough to force the drinker to reveal the deepest secrets.)

or Polyjuice Potion (a very complicated potion that allows the drinker to assume the form of someone else. While it can account for both age and gender, It cannot be used for a human to take an animal form or for a half-breed to assume human form.)

I then added different color Kool Aid to each along with Glitter Sprinkles, and Sprite. The glitter swirled in the liquid while the crystals fell to the bottom. A very cool looking potion. My children LOVED them! 

And I think a few other kids too!

The children then go to pick some "Frog Turds" to place on their plate.

Then were given little test tubes of "Elixir of Life" (water) so they could add to the frog poop.

These osmosis cubes absorbed the water and for a temporary time resembled crystals. I found this in the kid's science area at Michaels.

Next we created some bubbly brews by adding "Tantacular Acid" (Vinegar), "Elixir of Life" (Water), "Blue Moon Potion" (Soap), and "Powdered Root of Acid Elves" (Baking Soda) to the cauldrons and stirring.

Make sure to add the powder or the vinegar last.

Finally we emptied the mess into a giant bucket and then let the kids put two sea monkey tablets into their bowl. We moved the to the next room while my husband added hot water. When the kids came back they had surprise insects in their bowls.

Magical Creatures

We created a sign and added a spider.

Then we set up some fairies on one side of the "hut"

 We had toads and a Rooster to symbolize a Hippogriff.

 We added different books about magical creatures.

 And even had some chains set out.
We played a game with the "Dragon Eggs" similar to hot potato. The kids all stood in a circle and I played Harry Potter music. When the music stopped the child holding the egg stepped out and kept the egg. A new egg was added to the circle and the game continued until all the kids had an egg (the last being a golden egg). Inside the eggs were jelly beans, chocolate, exploding candies, or a free ticket to Honeydukes. For large groups or young children it would have been better to send several eggs around each time so the game would end sooner.

 On our patio we set up the candy shop. Complete with sign.

 We also had the gift bags all set up for the children too.

We had Welsh's Originals as Butterbeer Nuggets

 Malt Eggs as Dragon Eggs

 Gummyworms as Flobberworms

 Handmade dipped chocolate covered pretzel as Chocolate Wands

Also I tried the white chocolate covered Twizzlers which did not go over as well. The Twizzlers dried out and were too hard to chew.

These candies were found at the dollar store and were a great buy. We added the Honeydukes label to each one.

 I covered these Jelly Belly beans with the label I found online.

I even found card images and printed them to put in with the kid's gift bags.

Each frog had a label added to the bag. These labels were just pictures of the box I found online and then cut out.

Divination Class
 We set up the girls' table with cover and hanging beads and a sign.

I set out one of the glitter balls we found at the dollar store as well as some tea leaves and cups.

We showed the kids how to add a little bit of leaves and then some water.

Lily's looked like a bat. A few others were a half-moon, a pitch fork, a boat, and worms.

A Feast

Finally it was time to eat! Bring out the food! We made mac & cheese and served it out of the cauldron pot.  

We cooked chicken legs and corn on the cob in the oven. We also had a variety of appetizers including Spider Deviled Eggs, and Cornish Pixie Puffs (cheese balls).

We also made butterbeer and created these cup labels to make it more authentic.
The cake idea was found on pinterest. My mom did the icing to make it look like an open book.

The girls were so excited!

And another year down. Happy 3rd Birthday!

Winner of House Cup & Gift Bags

Each gift bag had a diploma of completion. An owl post package filled with chocolate kisses, a pack of Bertie Bott's Jelly Beans, a Chocolate frog, exploding candies, their wand, their bubbles, their drinkable potion, their crystals, their sponge insects, and a thank you card. Before the children left they could fill their bags to the brim with more Honeydukes sweets.

The owl post packages I created with Kraft Paper and the pillow box share from the Art Philosophy Cartridge (5"). I then used some CTMH stamps to decorate the boxes. 

Slytherin and Ravenclaw each had a child throw a tantrum which cost them house cup points. Even though Slytherin got the golden egg, Jack from Gryffindor answered some potion questions correctly, and Tamaya & Tova from Ravenclaw answered the jelly bean game the best is was Hufflepuff  who was awarded  the house cup - the second year in a row now! Lily says "What gives mom?"

Feel free to comment and make any suggestions. Hope to see you all next year!


  1. What a fun & very involved party! Great job!

  2. Holy Cow! That seems like a lot of work, but alot of fun!

  3. Good party idea. i will try this idea too because i love harry potter movie. you post are always so inspiring because you know the skills to gather audience into your site.