Monday, September 16, 2013

Harry Potter birthday party

Harry Potter Birthday Party

birthday party, teen, tween party,

My daughter recently turned 11. 
 She is a HUGE reader and loved the Harry Potter 
series so we had a Harry Potter birthday party!!

harry potter birthday party, harry potter invitations

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.

chocolate frogs,

We also had chocolate frogs. 
 I bought a mold  and used chocolate melts
(amazon affiliate links)
 It was so simple. 
I melted the chocolate in a baggie. 
 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!!

butter beer, diy butterbeer

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 treat box 
 with the treats they wanted.

DIY wands, how to make harry potter wands

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  
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!


  1. You did an insanely awesome job! Those wands are genius and I'm laughing at the toilet. So fun!! Wish I was a kid at that party!

  2. My girls use their wands everyday. They hold then while the read Harry potter and practice spells as they come across them!!! You are amazing!!! So beautiful!!!

  3. I love what you have done. Please come show off your creativity at Frenzy Friday.
    We are at I will not be a party without you!.

  4. As a huge Harry Potter fan myself, i have to say you did an amazing job!My favorite is definitely the wands as well.

  5. Oh my gosh, everything about this party is awesome! The vinyl on the toilet is a great touch. But really I love it all. I'm gonna link to this in my "links to love" post on friday! xoxo

  6. Awsome! I will try it for my birthday!

  7. This is so cute! I turn 21 this month and I really want a birthday party like this. So our Toilet looks like your's without a party. Coolest thing ever.
    Greetings - Mia from


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