I browsed pinterest for the inspiration for many of the decorations for this party
The kids faces during the potions and spells :) Priceless!
When the younger kids misunderstood the purpose of the potion ingredients and started trying to EAT the cornstarch...yuck! :)
my son wore a full Harry Potter costume, which he really enjoyed! And one of my friends brought her three sons in authentic kilts!
owl cookies, cupcakes and a special birthday cake delivered by Hagrid himself!
Each child received a felt Gryffindor house tie and a magic wand from Olivander's Wand Shop as well as a special bar of chocolate to combat dementor attacks that was delivered to each guest via owl post ;-)
Activities / Games
we had "pin the glasses on Harry," a "find the golden snitch scavenger hunt," decorated Hedwig the owl, crafted wands out of dowels, and made magic potions! Potion 1- we filled trays with milk, dripped in food colorings and then used a q-tip dipped in vegetable oil to cause the colors to swirl on their own! Potion 2 - We mixed corn starch, food coloring and water to make quick sand! Potion 3 - We mixed vegetable oil, food coloring and club soda and dropped in alka seltzer to create lava lamps! Potion 4 - we mixed dish soap, vinegar, food coloring and baking soda to making a bubbly volcano! (this was the favorite by far!) After potions the kids received their official wands and went through some wand-waving technique instructions ;-) Then we went outside to test their spell casting skills and they "exploded" a bottle of coke, just by pointing their wands at it! (we dropped five mentos into a bottle of diet coke as the kids cast their spell) They loved it!
What People Ate
We had treacle tarts, pumpkin pasties, hogshead cornish meatballs, polyjuice potion (chili cheese dip) and dragon scales (chips,) pretzel wands, "potter pizza," herbology bites (veggie tray,)
What People Drank
homemade butterbeer and elixer of life (water)