Epic Harry Potter Party: Part 2
If you read Part 1, you are well on your way to having an epic Harry Potter party! You have the space, decorations and invitations all worked out. Now it’s time to worry about all the rest.
Every party has to have food, of course. Serve easy to prepare chicken strips and call then “witch fingers” or “dragon toes,” then serve fruit “wands” and dip as a healthy side item.
For the cake, I ordered the kit online. It came with some plastic castle walls and figurines. You do not have to be a master baker to create an awesome cake. I went to my local grocery store and was going to buy a plain sheet cake to decorate myself until I realized they had lost their minds and were charging $50 for it.
Three boxes of different flavored mixes – lemon, strawberry, and chocolate – and cans of regular icing for a total cost of about $6 did the exact same thing. I just cut the cooled cakes into the sizes I wanted to create three layers. A piping bag, a leaf tip and some green food coloring created the greenery on the chocolate-iced layers. Impressive and cheap!
The highlight of the party was the live animal presentation by the local zoo, otherwise known as the “Care of Magical Creatures” class. You may not be fortunate enough to live in a city that has a zoo that will bring a selection of animals to your house, but if you do, it is the perfect Harry Potter Party activity! I chose a bat, a toad, a snake (House of Slytherin, you know), a vulture, and two different kinds of owls (of course.)
For activities following the entertainment, I created three more “classrooms” – Herbology, Potions, and Defense of the Dark Arts.
Before attending class, each child had to have a wand, of course. The cheapest I could find online was only $5 for a plastic replica, but with 15 children coming, I didn’t want to spend $75 on something that would permanently live on the floorboard of the car by the time they got home. So, I went out into the back yard, got some sticks, and “carved” unique, individual wands. Then I put them in a pretty basket and passed them around so that the “wand” could choose their specific child. They took the wand selection very seriously. (Pro Tip: Let the Birthday Child pick out their wand before the party and set it aside.)
For Herbology, each child potted a small plant that they took home as an additional favor – whatever you find that is cheapest in your nursery – and we called it a Mandrake.
I have forgotten exactly what we did for Potions. I think I blocked it because it was painful (truthfully, I believe it was a failed Oobleck experiment), but I know we did something and I bought these cute little “test tubes” in the jewelry section of the craft store and decorated bottles. The “students” also took home their “potion.”
Lastly, we practiced some Dark Arts spells that I made up and the very last one required all the kids to point their wands toward the garage door and say together, “Openus Doorus,” to which my handy accomplice hit the button that raised the door! Wow, maybe those wands really are magic?
With the door open, it was time for the students to leave, but not before getting a “Goody Bag.” I took plain brown craft bags with corded handles and made a “Honeydukes” label.
To go along with the premise that each child was a student of Hogwarts,
I created a “Report Card” that went in the bag.
You can order a mold online to make chocolate frogs.
You can buy boxes of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans online, but they are a little pricey for jelly beans. Make them yourself with cellophane bags and some labels. (Pro Tip: Spell “Flavour” like the British do.)
And sheesh… it was over… did I mention that I hosted this entire party dressed as Professor McGonagall complete with faux British accent?
There are a hundred ways to host an epic Harry Potter party.
What are some of your ideas?