In the past, I’ve never been one to go to a lot of trouble or expense for my kids’ birthday parties. But last week my daughter turned 10 and made a special request for a Harry Potter themed party and sleepover with her besties, it’s all the rage among her group right now. I indulged her because frankly it was just so fun.
She and her friends are totally into these books and movies having read and watched them over the past few months. Her dad and I enjoy the stories and characters just as much, so together we got creative with a few ideas for her party and they turned out so cute I had to share. I also rounded up some other *brilliant* ideas spied across the internet in case you have plans for a Harry Potter themed birthday, dinner, or Halloween party in your household too.
1. Get Creative with the Harry Potter Fonts. I discovered the free Harry P font (download from Dafont) and made printable banners representing each house at Hogwarts, using these public domain logo images on the Harry Potter Wikia site for Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, and Slytherin.
I printed them on off-white cardstock and gave them Old World parchment look by burning the edges with a lighter. More Harry Potter fonts can be found here, download our four house banners seen below here.
2. Honeydukes Treat Bags. We have a fabulous candy store in our town that carries everything you can imagine so Honeydukes Candy Store treat bags made perfect sense. I filled clear bags from Michaels with gold & silver chocolate coins with a Gringots label, turned rock candy into “Exploding Crystals”, turned red thin licorice into “Dragon Veins” and a chocolate stone lookalike was Severus Snape’s “Sleeping Stone” causes extreme drowsiness – not from the books or movies just us having fun. Of course everyone wants official Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans – buy them online here. That fantastic treat bag label I downloaded from here.
3. Hedwig Owl Balloons. These are a MUST! This is not our idea, this one’s been floating (pun!) around the internet for a long time so we absolutely cannot take credit, it came from Lizzy Writes but I love this simple idea. My daughter copied the detail with a black and yellow marker and we scattered a bunch of them around the house and gave them out to all the girls.
4. Slytherin Inspired Cake. Our chocolate cake + extra long gummy snake with toothpick fangs was inspired by Salzar Slytherin’s Basilisk in the Chamber of Secrets, watch out Harry!
5. Hogwarts Party Invitation. This charming invitation arrived on our doorstep (with a Hedwig owl balloon) last month from one of my daughter’s best friends for her Harry Potter party. Our friend Tony (the dad) used the language from here with some modifications and printed them on parchment like paper from an office supply store.
I’ll upload his editable version with the house watermarks and language later today, but you can also visit this site for similar downloadable party invites.
6. Platform 9 ¾ Front Door. This clever idea to turn the front door into Platform Nine and Three Quarters comes from Martha Shmartha, made with a sheet, spray paint, and a Sharpie, so fun to run through at the start of the party!
8. Bake Character Cookies. Follow Darla’s lead at Bakingdom and create and decorate character sugar cookies, hello Harry, Ron, & Hermione!
10. Make Enchanted Potions. These authentic potion labels were purchased on Etsy and photographed by Judith Fernstrom Photograpy, get all the details here!
11. Owl Cupcakes. Deliver a message of sweetness with Owl Cupcakes spied over at Kara’s Party Ideas, those are vanilla wafers, sliced almonds, chocolate chips, and cashews that form the faces, love it!
12. Wizard Hat Cupcakes. An alternative to owls are these wizard hat cupcakes: dip ice cream cones in chocolate and drizzle the image of the scar on top with yellow decorator frosting, via iVillage.
13. Directions to Hogwarts. Send your guest to the proper place with these signs made out of yard stakes and black paint by Team Whittaker.
14. Sort Your Guests. Sew Hogwarts house scarves with fleece and a few steps with tips from Pieces by Polly.
15. Recreate the Great Hall. Remember the floating candles? Here’s a clever idea by Eating Bender to use paper towel holders and LED lights to recreate it *brilliant* !
16. Quidditch Treat Bags. Brown paper bags and pretzels make great broomstick treat bags that mimic the ones used in all the Quidditch matches, find them at Hostess with the Mostess.
18. Hogwarts Textbooks. Make your own Witchcraft & Wizardry textbooks with tips from Jen at Wired, very fun!
19. Craft Wizard Wands. These DIY wizard wands are simpler to make than they appear. Create them with paper, hot glue, and steps found at Your Life Uncommon.
20. Wanted Prisoner Photo Booth. Recall the wanted poster when Sirius Black escaped in The Prisoner of Azkaban. Uniquely Grace shares how she made a wanted poster photo booth, a great party keepsake for guests.
We used eerie Halloween decorations and candles to decorate the party table (black spiders, etc.) so think about using those too! It was so much fun to host a Harry Potter themed party, complete with spooky stories told by all in the dark with just a flashlight at the end of the night.
It resulted in one very happy ten year old girl and brought back memories of sleepovers with friends at that age *sigh* so so cute! Mischief managed!