Party of the Year

So, I’ve been absent from the blog a lot lately, and a large reason for that has been the preparations for my oldest’s 11th birthday party.  Her birthday is two days after Christmas, so it’s hard to fit in a party every year when her friends are all out of town, etc.  Last year, we ended up not even having a party, so this year, I wanted to make it extra special.

Mallory is a Harry Potter NUT.  She has read all of the books multiple times, can tell you intimate facts about even the most minor of characters, and knows all sorts of trivia about the series of movies.  So, it was only fitting that we have a Harry Potter party.

We had lots of references to the books about, beginning with the entrance:

Our potions display:

When the guests arrived, we got refreshments out of the way.  This had been one of our favorite parts to plan.  We had magic treats of all sorts, including Sirius Black Dog Chow (Chex Mix), Golden Snitches (Pre-Wrapped Candy with wax paper wings), Troll Bites (popcorn), Bat Wings (chicken), Dragon Eggs (Cookie Dough Bon Bons), Chocolate Frogs, Aragog’s Children (deviled eggs), Polyjuice Pickles, Botts Every Flavor Beans (Jelly Bellies), &  Herbology Bites (Veggie Tray).

Of course, you can not have a Harry Potter party without Butterbeer!  (We used THIS recipe).

And we also served Magic Soda… when you poured the Sprite into the cups, they “magically” came out all sorts of colors (thanks to some help from powered Koolaid placed in the bottom of the cups prior to serving).

Refreshments out of the way, we moved on to sorting the guests into Houses.  We had a microphone wired up from another room, so the sorting hat “magically” spoke over the speakers as each girl was sorted into their house.

They each got a badge (you can find the printables HERE).  We printed them off, laminated them, then added a safety pin with hot glue to the back.

After the sorting, each child was given a wand.  They were exceptional, if I do say so myself, and took quite a bit of time to make.  They’ll get a post all their own...  Anyway, after the choosing of the wands, we had defensive wand lessons…

And next was potions class…  We had two potions to make – dancing rice, and secret finders… (bases of these both included baking soda and vinegar).

 

After potions class, we marched down the street to an open field for a quick game of Quiddich.  The awesome hoops were leant to us by a friend from church.  The girls had to stay on their brooms at all times.  Each team had a Keeper, a Seeker, and a Chaser.  Another fast running child held the snitch (a golden painted ping pong ball) round and around until she was caught.  It was LOADS of fun!


The exhausted Quiddich players came home to cake:

Posing in a wanted poster….

And who could forget presents…

It was an amazing day.

Oh, and one thing I forgot… the sign in the bathroom….

If you don’t understand, you’ll just have to read the book.  Or at least see the movie.

 

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18 Responses to Party of the Year

  1. Meg March 21, 2013 at 12:16 am #

    What a wonderful party! Thanks for all the good tips and ideas. I can’t believe no one has commented here yet.

    • Laura March 27, 2013 at 1:01 pm #

      Thanks Meg! We had so much fun! :)

  2. Jillian @ Hi! It's Jilly December 6, 2013 at 10:18 am #

    I loooooove it! All the little details are so great! Good job, Mama! ;) Pinning!

  3. Kathleen November 23, 2014 at 8:42 pm #

    Great party ideas!! Would you be able to email me the recipes you used for your potions class?? Thank you!!

    • Suzanne September 27, 2015 at 1:04 pm #

      Hi what a fantastic party with brilliant ideas. Would you be able to send me the potion recipe please. That’s the one thing I am having trouble finding but yours look great!

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