My daughter Nivedha is a major Harry Potter fan! YAY!!! I love the Harry Potter books and have read them countless times. I was so happy that my daughter is following in my footsteps. She has already read them 10 times and informed me with a written list of requirements that she wanted a Harry Potter theme for her 8th birthday party.
The toughest part of the party was narrowing down my choices when I googled for the Harry Potter theme.
These are the invitations I designed in MS Word. The invitation was inspired by the blog here.
Following this, we brainstormed and focused on what was easy and could be done in a couple of weeks time without breaking the bank.
I ordered Harry Potter glasses from Amazon.
I painted Easter eggs gold with Gold Spray Paint and filled them with stickers. These were "Dragon eggs" and I was inspired by the blog here. http://harrypotterparaphernalia.blogspot.com/2012/02/floo-powder-remembralls-and-golden-egg.html
For the favor bags, I really loved these fashioned like broomsticks. They came out really well. Credit to this site: http://www.ivillage.com/quidditch-broomstick-favors/6-b-139571
I wanted to buy some plush owls but they were just too pricey so I settled for S drawing owls on white balloons. Srini did a wonderful job with these. I also found some cute owls at the Dollar Tree for a dollar each.
The wands were so easy and fun to make. We had a great time making around 20 of them for the kids. Thanks to this blog: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/271553052502033583/
Sorting Hat - Ordered from Amazon
Happy Birthday Banner
Chocolate Frogs - Inspired by this blog:http://potterpartymania.blogspot.com/2009/10/how-to-make-chocolate-frogs.html
Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans - Credits: http://harrypotterparaphernalia.blogspot.ca/2012/01/bertie-botts-every-flavour-beans-box.html
Golden Snitches - These were Ferro Rocher chocolates with wings cut out from golden paper.
Wizard Hat Cupcakes - Credits: http://www.savvyhousekeeping.com/harry-potter-cupcakes/
Florean Fortescue's Fruit
Jelly Slugs and Gummy Worms
The kids had a wonderful time. Initially, for all the kids we welcomed them to Hogwarts and took them to Diagon Alley where they got their wand.
They were then sorted into different houses. I had ordered Hogwarts school seal rings from Amazon which were pretty neat. http://www.amazon.com/Harry-Potter-School-Seals-Rings/dp/B002HJHEF6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1402340797&sr=8-1
Then we had the Fabulous Feast followed by Transfiguration Class where they transformed themselves into different animals and the others had to guess what animal they were. Love the look of sheer glee on Nivedha's face here.
Next, they had Potions class where they did different experiments. The first one was the Practice Potion for the beginner. Kudos to One Creative Mommy Blog. http://onecreativemommy.com/harry-potter-party-games/
Then they watched magical creatures grow in water and finally all the Magical creatures were missing and they had a Magical Creatures Hunt.
After that, the kids played Basilisk Eye - Freeze Tag and we had some Harry Potter trivia time. The kids were all pretty tired after this and settled down to watch a Harry Potter movie.
My daughter was so happy with this party and I was so happy to make this such a special event for her.