We are thrilled to welcome Charynn of Two Sugar Babies to post her husband’s amazing Harry Potter inspired party!
Here are the details from Charynn:
“This Wizard (“Harry Potter”) Party was a surprise 31st Birthday Party for my husband (we were moving over his 30th). He loves the books and movies, and is known to dress as a “Weasley” (when he has, little kids will line up for photos and autographs!), so the theme choice was easy.
Maureen from Anders Ruff Custom Designs created the most awesome printable package to pull the event together.
The party included a few different displays/food tables to correlate with some of our favorite parts of the Harry Potter world. My favorite display to create was the potions display complete with a bubbling cauldron, potions, spell book, slimy creatures, spiders, and a skull. I purchased a bunch of small, different shaped bottles and filled each with different colored liquids or items that matched the descriptions in the book. Maureen made small tags that I cut and displayed on each bottle. Guests had a great time finding their favorite potions from the books. I found a vinyl wall piece on Etsy and bought an inexpensive pack of spiders at Party City to use as the backdrop.
The dessert and candy table was modeled to be reminiscent of a display in “Honeydukes,” a candy shop that the Hogwarts students love to visit. The backdrop was made with plain pink fabric embellished with ribbon, and the centerpiece was a “Candy Shop” sign designed by Maureen. I made some of the most popular treats from the books, including “Cauldron” Cakes, Pumpkin Pasties, “Rock” Cakes (chocolate chip cookies), “Acid” Pops, “Exploding” Bon Bons, “Golden Snitch” cake pops, Chocolate Frogs, a Chocolate cake from Hagrid, and also drink-inspired Butterbeer Cupcakes. I found licensed “Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans” and placed them in movie-inspired boxes from Etsy and then purchased easily found candies that I labeled with Wizard-like names from the series, along with Crystal Ball lollipops from Vintage Confections. Each guest was given a chocolate frog as a party favor in a replica box, complete with wizard cards that I also found on Etsy.
My husband (and kids) adore the owls from the series, so I found stuffed owls on Amazon, moved some lanterns inside, and wrapped boxes in kraft paper and twine to simulate an “Owl Post” for an easy and inexpensive fireplace display. It unfortunately was raining the weekend of the party, so we also added the “Welcome Muggles” banner and party Welcome sign designed by Maureen to the display as well.
We had a long table set for seating, so I decided to set up a long centerpiece display with lots of candles (that were all lit after dark), vintage silver trays and movie props including Hogwarts Books, Harry Potter glasses, wands, and a replica Hogwarts Acceptance Letter and Class Supply List. I also found a plain white trophy that I painted gold and put in blue cellophane and a light to represent the “Goblet of Fire.” I embellished the decor with party tags from the printable collection and used maroon and gold wrapping paper as a table runner.
FOOD & DRINKS
For food and drinks, I tried to find as many Harry Potter themed recipes as possible to recreate. There’s a cookbook on Amazon that I used as a reference to make Guinness Stew, British Hand Pies, and other book and movie inspired foods. I ordered licensed Pumpkin Juice from Universal Studios and then supplemented it with a punch bowl filled with homemade pumpkin juice, and then at the end of the party we made a fresh batch of “Butterbeer” for dessert. Tons of recipes for both can be found on Google and Pinterest.
Other party favorites were the “Have You Seen This Wizard?” photo booth prop from Anders Ruff and “Dark Mark tattoos” using a hand carved stamp from Etsy.
VENDOR CREDITS & RESOURCES:
– Styling and Concept: Charynn of Two Sugar Babies
– Party Invites and Printables: Anders Ruff
– Potion Bottles: Michaels
– Harry Potter-themed Items, Drinks, and Candy: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Party City, and Amazon.com
– Owls: Amazon.com
– Vinyl Wall Art: Evolution Vinyls
– Dark Mark Stamp: Doodle Bug Design
– Crystal Ball Lollipops: Vintage Confections
– Bertie Botts and Chocolate Frog Boxes: PropPrintables
– Chocolate Frog Mold: Amazon.com
– Hogwarts Acceptance Letter: WizardingWorld