I had been so excited to give Charlie this Harry Potter birthday-- especially back in February. We had been reading the first HP book (Charlie received the illustrated version for Christmas) and he was so submerged in everything Harry Potter. As soon as we turned the last page, he was asking when we could read book #2-- which we began reading only a few weeks later. But somewhere between finishing book #2 and Easter, the magic and excitement of the whole birthday party theme had worn off a little. So when it looked like the majority of our guests could not attend and Charlie was still not feeling 100%, it would have been really (incredibly) easy to just pack up the loot and take Charlie to Chuck E. Cheese instead. If only I hadn't gone to all that work already....
So (in a very selfish way because I had invested so much personal craft time already...) we went ahead and hosted the party. And honestly, it worked out great and felt more magical than I ever imagined.
(Note: Thanks to the internet and Pinterest, I din't have to come up with a single original thought. Every idea you'll see here was stolen from someone else. )
Books covered in printable book covers with HP glasses resting on top, wands made out of dowels and hot glue, stuffed golden snitch, Hedwig owl (borrowed from our school nurse).
I found this role of brick paper (that is supposed to be used for a photo backdrop) at Hobby Lobby. With one slice up the middle, it became the perfect Platform 9 3/4 and held up surprisingly well.
Kitchen Great Hall:
Floating candles made with paper towel tubes, hot glue "wax", and battery operated candles.
We divided the party up into "classes". First class was Herbology so we painted little pots with shiny acrylic paint. (They are wearing school robes that I made from 3XL tshirts cut and hemmed to look like a robe.)
Anna and Charlie both sported some of Mason's best artwork to date: the lightning bolt scar.
Next class was potions and this was by far the most exciting class. I had hopes of making some Borax slime and while I had all the ingredients collected and ready to go, it just really sounded like a lot of work to me that morning. So I nixed it and told the kids we could make it some afternoon-- but I'm secretly hoping they forget about it.
After Potions class, Coach Mason rallied the troops for a rousing game of Quidditch. We hung two hula-hoops up at either end of the basement and used different sized balls to play the game. As Charlie and Keira tried to toss the ball through the hoops, Anna was in charge of the Bludgers and threw random balls at Charlie and Keira. Meanwhile, Mason kept the golden snitch in his pocket until the last minute when he would let it loose and toss it in the air. Of course, the person who catches the snitch is the winner so this was incredibly competitive.
And lastly, the lightning scar cupcakes, homemade by me and Betty Crocker Moist herself. I'm telling you, I went all out on this birthday party!