Harry Potter Birthday Blast

There’s Harry Potter mania in our house—but it has nothing to do with the movie coming out on Friday. My daughter, Katie, had a Harry Potter party last weekend with about 15 other muggles, ages 3 to 9. You would think that Harry Potter merchandise and party ideas would be all over the place, but surprisingly I couldn’t find much. So I’m sharing details of our bash in case you need them!

katie with harry potterMy husband and I welcomed guests to Hogwarts and gave the kids black hooded capes; they were only $2 each at Halo Heaven. Then the wizards lined up to pick a card from the “sorting hat” (a witch’s hat we already had) to determine what “house” they would be in. (There are four houses in the wizard world.) I found stickers with the crests from each of the houses on eBay, and put the matching one on each kid’s cape. A local, reasonably priced entertainer dressed as Professor Dumbledore, and taught the kids magic tricks as they munched on broomstick popcorn and pretzels. (I made 15 of these in hour the night before; you just snip the top two inches off 30 paper bags. Make three inch slits in half of the bags and fill them with air-popped popcorn. Make longer slits in the rest of the bags and open them. Stuff the popcorn-filled bags inside the empty bags, insert a pretzel stick, and tie everything together with twine.)

ry=480After the Professor’s lesson, it was time for lunch at Hogwarts: roasted chicken, fish and chips (well, baked fries), corn on the cob, and berries in a trifle bowl. I concocted a simple version of Butterbeer by squirting Smucker’s Butterscotch Syrup into cream soda, and gave the kids a small taste. (We also had water and juice.) For dessert, the kids ate owl cupcakes inspired by Parents contributing editor Karen Tack (the eyes are Oreos and Reece’s Pieces while the nose is made from Life Savers), licorice wands, snitch pops (if you put Lindt white chocolate truffles on a toothpick, it looks the golden snitch), and Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans from Jelly Belly. Going totally over the top on sugar, I also made “caldron cakes” by baking brownies in a muffin tin and attaching pieces of  Twizzler chocolatephoto-1 licorice for handles. We played games such as Owl Post (just like whisper down the lane) and Quidditch (kids broke into teams; some players hunted for a gold ball while other tossed bean bags. The team with the most points by the time the ball was found won). Finally, our favor: this inexpensive Harry Potter wand and sticker book from Walmart.com.

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  1. by Kit Bennett

    On July 14, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Thank You – I love the Owl cupcakes! One of my kid’s favorite HP party ideas was filling jars with odd things to make it look like Potions. We used them for a guessing game and for decorations. I found jars in all shapes and sizes to make it look more like an Apothecary and gelatin was very useful! We’re adding more details Harry Potter Party Ideas” like Bertie Botts Candy shop, wand making treats as we speak!

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