My daughter turned 11 last weekend. She is a HUGE reader and loved the Harry Potter series so we had a Harry Potter birthday party!!
This is a poor picture of her invitation, but it's apparently the only one I took. Underneath the writing is the Hogwarts crest. I also burned the edges of the invie with a flame.
This is how the guests were greeted when they arrived at Platform 3/4 (our house)
Inside we had lots of balloons hanging from the ceiling and lit candles everywhere. We used dark cloths to block the sunlight on our windows so it was really moody inside.
We served basic foods: pizza, chips and apple slices. My daughter's only request was rainbow jello. So I of course had to do that for her.
We also had 2 different kinds of cupcakes- red velvet with the stars, and white which were sprinkled with edible gold dust. I made both cupcakes from a box (is there any other way?) and used homemade frosting. I'll post the recipe for the frosting another time. It's soooo good and I don't normally like frosting.
We also had chocolate frogs. I bought the mold from amazon and used chocolate melts. It was so simple. I melted the chocolate in a ziplock back. Then cut the tip off and piped it into each mold. 1 package of chocolate melts made 6 frogs. I left the mold in a cool place in my house - not the fridge- and it set up in about 2 hours. Then the frogs popped right out. So simple!!
For drinks we served lemonade and butter beer. For the butter beer we just mixed cream soda with vanilla ice cream. The kids loved it!
Here is the candy bar. We had jelly belly's, bubble gum in all of the house colors, lemon heads, pixie sticks, licorice wands, chocolate candy bars (for dementor attacks) and acid pops- aka lolli pops. I also put some glow sticks in there and the kids LOVED them! Above the candy bar, I displayed some photos I took at the World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios. Each of the kids filled up their bag (in the polka dot box in front) with the treats they wanted.
Since these kids were a little bit older 9-11 years old, I was worried they wouldn't care for the wands. But they totally loved them.
I used dowels and hot glue to make them with this tutorial. I spray painted them brown, black and silver. My son wanted to help so he painted a few with gold craft paint.
I'm surprised at how easy they were to make and the kids went crazy over them! Especially this kid. Even though he looks mad in the photo, he was actually really excited!
For decorations, I made a big H out of black foam core. Then used a piece of kraft paper to make the Hogwarts banner.
The 2 posters on the sides are quotes adapted from the movies that I wrote with chalk marker on black poster board.
I'm thinking of leaving them up there for a while longer because they are great quotes!!
One of my fave decorations of the whole party is the vinyl I put on our toilet. HA!!
Here is the birthday girl! She loved her party and had a great time!
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