Whew! I have to say that this was the most planned and took-the-most-work-to-execute party we have ever thrown! But it was well worth it. A few weeks ago, Blake told me that he wanted a Harry Potter birthday party. Well, we usually throw the more old fashioned, have some snacks, eat some cake, and play a lot type of parties so this was quite a stretch on our planning. But I really wanted to make it great and pretty authentic, so I hit Pinterest and started gathering resources. I have to say, the kids were great in helping with the prep-from cutting felt and assembly ties to glueing pages to spell books, etc. This would have taken me hours and hours and hours to do on my own! And for the most part, they happily created!
Blake was pretty set on what activities he wanted (as well as the general flow of the party, ha ha) so all I had to do was to make it happen. The party goers made their own wands, were placed in their house by the sorting hat (wearing a handmade felt tie), received their own spell books, practiced creating potions-some planned and finishing up with mixing their own, as well as a Quiddich game in the backyard. The two hours went by in a blink of an eye and I can confidently say everyone had a great time! Now there is talks of future "themed" parties...I think I set a precedent with this one.
As I stated above, most of the information right down to the labels on the potion bottles and signage was found linked on Pinterest or a simple Google search!