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Harry Potter Birthday Party

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Harry Potter Birthday Party

My son started reading Harry Potter at the beginning of 3rd grade.  He never much talked about it the first books but then started using Harry Potter lingo in everyday conversation.  He was hooked!!!   After he finished a few of the books we started watching the movies.  Then he asked for a harry potter birthday party. That was Oct and his birthday was not until August so I half expected him to change his mind. 

 I always let the kids make a few suggestions of the most important items to be included at their parties and then try to work them in in some way. This year his was a long and magical list. 

  • Magic Wands
  • Potions
  • The pink cake Haggard made in the first movie.
  • Quidditch
  • Sorting Hat
  • Costumes
  • Honeydukes candy cart
  • Pumpkin Juice

Well some of these request were easier than others but he was extremely happy with our attempts to make magic out of fabric, cardboard, pool noodles,  hula hoops, wood sticks, hot glue and other not so magical things we had laying around the house.

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Owl invitations. These were great the only down fall was they had to be hand delivered ASAP.

Owl invitations. These were great the only down fall was they had to be hand delivered ASAP.

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Figuring out how to have the sorting hat place them in Gryffindor or Slytherin was difficult.  We only needed two groups so he picked his favorite ones.    The houses were used this to divided them up for Quidditch teams and potion classes along with the photo booth time.  First I was just going to have them draw the team names out of the hat but my son wanted to actually wear the hat.  So I decided (that morning) to place tags with numbers on them on the rim of the hat with tape. They put on the hat and pulled one of the strings.  After they were all done they sat down and we passed out the boxes with wands on top. I figured since the wands were all different it was safer to just give them to them as if that is what was chosen for them.  To my surprise not one kid wanted a different wand. I wrapped the 2 different shirts in all kinds of boxes and wrapped them in shipping paper and twine.  The best part was that it looked great on the table.

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Honeydukes Candy store had some amazing treats.  All of which I packed up and gave them as a goodie bag.  I knew that cake and butter beer was plenty of sugar for our 3 hour window.

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Pumpkin juice… aka Orange Crush.  Although I found many ways to make my own on Pinterest I decided that in August no matter how good a tall glass of pumpkin  just sounded gross.  This was great and a real hit.

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Sugar Worms and Acid Popping Suckers

 

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U*NO*POO This is just a box  with a label I made. The candy was just giant gum balls.

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Every Flavor Beans …These were just regular Jelly Bellys but I did buy a few boxes of gross beans for a taste test.

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Dragon Roasted Nuts…Honey candied coved peanuts.

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Fainting Fancies…Air Heads & Fever Fudge… Sour rainbow toffee

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Milk chocolate candy mold frog.

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Cockroach Clusters … white chocolate w/pretzel crumbs in a roach candy mold.

Butterbeer was a very welcome treat on this hot August day. I looked up every copycat recipe in the world, ok maybe not the world, but I felt that I could get away with cream soda ice cream floats. They were wonderful and the kids who have tried the real stuff said these were much better.

Butterbeer was a very welcome treat on this hot August day. I looked up every copycat recipe in the world, ok maybe not the world, but I felt that I could get away with cream soda ice cream floats. They were wonderful and the kids who have tried the real stuff said these were much better.

The birthday cake is inspired by the first movie. This was the easiest/hardest element of this party. It was so hard to make this imperfect cake.

The birthday cake is inspired by the first movie. This was the easiest/hardest element of this party. It was so hard for me to make intentional imperfections.

Spells and Explosions Class

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Spells and Explosions was a wonderful success and what kid doesn’t like to make a little mess.

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Quidditch was the perfect game for the day! We spry painted the field in the grass. We made goals, brooms, and a quidditch ball for this game.

Quidditch was the perfect game for the day! We spry painted the field in the grass. We made goals, brooms, and a quidditch ball for this game.

 

Berties Bott’s Every Flavor Jelly Bean Challenge.

Bertie Botts Jelly Bean taste test. We bought the Bean Boozled beans that have normal and gross flavers and you can not tell what you get until you put it in your mouth. They LOVED this although most of them spit them out they had a great time. Dog food, baby wipe, booger......

Bertie Botts Jelly Bean taste test. We bought the Bean Boozled beans that have normal and gross flavers and you can not tell what you get until you put it in your mouth. They LOVED this although most of them spit them out they had a great time. Dog food, baby wipe, booger……

Photo Booth

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The props were old cardboard boxes painted and cut out. I then attached sticks on the back.

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