A birthday invitation directly from the wizard world delivered by a mail owl

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I thought, since we featured the DIY felt owls in one of the last posts, why not share another of my favorite owl crafts we made.

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When making birthday invitations for our parties, we already want to start with a bang. My kids are invited to lots of birthday parties throughout the year and if a birthday party invitation stands out or has a special detail, we are definitely going to the party. We have created some clever invitation like an actual egg (even though the picture doesn’t give any justice, it was my favorite invitation ever) filled with confetti for a Yoshi party, a dice box for a casino party or a paper carrot for an Easter party. I am a big fan of 3D invitations.

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For our Harry Potter party, we also wanted to intrigue our guests. We had some different ideas, but decided a mail owl was perfect, because this is the natural way to receive mail and packages in the wizard world. Since real owls were not really available, we had to make our own owls. If you have visited our other blog or have seen some of the props and parties, you might already know our style. Our pictures and images are defined by their black outlines and are a mixture between cartoon and reality. We have a unique process in which both my sister and I are involved making the picture. She first pencil draws the image, outlines it with a marker and afterwards colors it and makes it look our signature style.

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We scan the image and I edit and retouch it with an image manipulation program.

The invitation owl that we had created was cute, but so far it was only a picture of an owl with its wings spread. We had to find a way to transform it and make it look like it was flying and delivering a message or invitation. In my head, I knew exactly how the owl was supposed to look and after editing it on the computer, adding a backdrop and the invitation scroll, the owl was “ready” to deliver our invitation. Almost… After we printed the invitation, I went back and made some small modifications like changing some sizes. Once reprinted, we cut out the owls and assembled the invitation. They came out even more beautiful than imagined. I knew they were perfect, when I saw the face of my birthday boy. He was very happy giving them out and we both can’t wait for the party.

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We do offer the download with an empty invitation template in our etsy store. If you are interested in ready made invitation, just send us a message to thepartyevent@gmail.com for details. Here is the link:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/507173731/printable-3d-harry-potter-inspired-owl?ref=shop_home_active_1

DIY Magic Wands

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The most important thing for a wizard or witch, has to be his/her magic wand. When we were deciding the birthday favors for the kids, my sister and I both agreed that each wizard at the party had to have a wand. But not just a simple stick, we wanted a wand that had magic written all over it…

The Hot Glue gun is one of our favorite tools in general and I think we use it in almost all of our crafts. We already knew the kind of magic of hot glue and paint mixed together from the sorting hat ornaments we did a couple weeks ago. So we started experimenting… Hot glue and paint on a chopstick will already result in pretty nice wands, but pearls and other embellishments like plastic spiders, stones, snakes, jewels, mini skeletons, beads or any other knick knack can really make a wand look spectacular….

You need:

chop sticks – paint (different shades of brown, black, grey,yellow, gold, silver etc) – nail polish for extra shine and glitter – hot glue gun and glue sticks – embellishments

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My sister made most of the wands, so she kind of is the wandmaster in our family now. Even though I am not a dark witch, one of my favorite wands has to be the skeleton wand. It looks sooo good and the pictures do not give enough justice. Even though the wands are all pretty easy to make, they are really time consuming. Still they are so worth it and I cannot wait to see the faces of our little wizard and witches when they are receiving their wands.

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We started applying several layers of hot glue on the chopstick. You could make lines, waves, dots etc to achieve different effects. For this particular wand, we covered the entire chopstick with hot glue working from one end to the other being careful not to get burned. Some areas were covered with more glue to make it look uneven like a wooden stick. We did not want a smooth wand.

Once it was dried, we applied an extra coat of hot glue for the handle. We also wanted to define the ends of the handle and piped a thick hot glue circle on each side. We repeated it several times and added some pearls on both ends of the handle for texture. According to my sister, the real fun is starting when applying the first coat of paint. The chop stick is getting transformed into a wand right in front of the eyes. We used a dark brown as base color. It needs to dry completely before applying the next coat. We applied two coats of dark brown to cover everything, followed by a metallic gold paint. Afterwards we highlighted the wand nail polish. We used the silver glitter nail polish for the pearls and the gold nail polish for the rest of the wand. It gives the wand a special shine like a glaze.

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When we made the wands, we had a mini wandmaster in training that decided that we couldn’t use the necklaces for the wands.  That was ok, because we had plenty of other materials to chose and make part of our magical wands. We also had another bowl of the magic ingredients like phoenix feathers, dragon heartstring and unicorn hair that are essential for making the wand extra magic.

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These wands are only a few of the wands we made and I want to show you more pictures in upcoming posts….They are really amazing and with some time, effort, hot glue and lots of magic, anybody can become a wandmaster.

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We also have a little sneak peak of the actual favor boxes for the birthday party. Yes, it’s a magic book. We created different books for the most important wizard subjects like spells and charms, the history of magic, defense against the dark arts, potions and herbology….  I am so excited to share more…..

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Crafty Friday – DIY Felt Owls

There is so much I want to post and share about our Harry Potter Christmas Party and as well about the upcoming Harry Potter birthday party and I don’t know with what to start…

Because our other blog has a crafty Friday segment, I thought why not share it here as well… So today, the DIY felt Owls are making their debut… So cute and so easy and best of “owl”, they can be used for so many things. We used them originally on our Christmas tree, but one of the owls has ended up on the backpack of one of my boys and brings him to school. Another one was converted into a bookmark. They could be used on or as party favors, on invitations or just simply as decoration.

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You need:

paper template

different colors felt ( I like a combination of four colors plus black felt for eyes)

scissors and hot glue

post it paper and yarn

Instructions:

I first sketched a little owl an paper and made some outlines for the different body parts. This took me the longest because I wasn’t sure about the size and shape and it took several tries. I will attach a template at the end of the post, if you don’t want to draw your own shapes. I cut them out and used them as a template. I would suggest making the template out of a heavy cardstock paper, because regular paper (the one I used) is just too flimsy. I traced the design onto the felt and cut them out. Actually, I really only used the template for the head and body shape. All the other shapes like wing feathers, feet and beak were just easier and faster to cut out directly. It also gives each owl, its own character.

By the way because we had used glitter for another project, the sample owl in the picture has also some sprinkles of glitter which reflect on the picture.

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I glued the shapes together and out came a cute little owl. Depending on the use of the owl, you might want to cut out a second head and torso to use as backing of the owl. To make it even stronger, you can use cardboard in between the layers.

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Our owls are not just regular owls, they are of course magical owls used by the wizard community to deliver mail, so they needed a little package. You could be really creative, but we wanted something simple and fast and I just had a post-it in front of me, so that’s what we used. I rolled it up (ending with the glued side) and used yarn to tie it to a package or letter. I glued it to the feet and voila the owl evolved into a magical post owl.

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Even though we liked the owls just the way they were, I added some more dimension drawing feathers onto the owls. We also attached string to make them Christmas ornaments…

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I am really happy that we are using some of the owls even after Christmas and now I want to make more owls, because I already have some ideas on how to display them next…

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Quilted Patchwork Nails

Hi, y’all! Today’s nail art used quite a few polishes, but it turned out really well, I think!

Quilted Patchwork Nails | Erin's Enamel
Quilted Patchwork Nails

So, to start out with these, I made dry marble decals out of 4 groups of 4 polishes each:

Group 1: Frenzy Polish Purple Calla (medium grape purple holo), China Glaze Wanderlust (pale lavender with copper shimmer), Serum No. 5 Glo-balt Blue (sky blue glow in the dark; currently out of stock), Zoya Selene (pearly teal with aqua shimmer)

Group 2: China Glaze Trip of a Lime Time (lime green creme), Finger Paints Wild Bikini (deep shimmery purple), Nailtini Concrete Mixer (purple-tinged gray creme), Pretty Serious The Dragon’s Curse (medium minty green with gold shimmer)

Quilted Patchwork Nails | Erin's Enamel
Quilted Patchwork Nails

Group 3: China Glaze Dune Our Thing (deep berry pink creme), Zoya Cole (peach creme), Zoya Daisy (lemon yellow with turquoise shimmer), Cover Girl Flamed Out (bright tangerine with heavy gold shimmer)

Group 4: Zoya Hannah (classic red creme), Sally Hansen Hard Hat (light mustard yellow with silver shimmer), China Glaze Santa Red My List (dark pink foil with silver shimmer), and OPI Maintaining My Sand-ity (light sandy beige creme)

Quilted Patchwork Nails | Erin's Enamel
Quilted Patchwork Nails

I did 8-10 decals for each set so I could have a variety of patterns to work with. Once they were fully dry, I cut them into itty bitty squares and began placing them on my nails. I put down a stripe of regular top coat and placed each square, trying to make sure I didn’t put too-similar squares next to each other. I trimmed the excess with nippers, cleaned up, and added a layer of top coat.

Quilted Patchwork Nails | Erin's Enamel
Quilted Patchwork Nails

I cheated on my other hand, though. I made the squares into decals on my mat, then put those on my nails, rather than continue with the individual placement. (It was kinda tedious…)

Quilted Patchwork Nails (macro) | Erin's Enamel
Quilted Patchwork Nails (macro to show the detail on the squares a bit better)

Once all that was done, I stamped the pattern on using Julep Brigitte and Bundle Monster plate BM-S104. I picked this one because it has the lines that look like stitching, so I thought it would look kind of like actual quilting.

As labor intensive as these were, I LOVED them! They turned out exactly like what I was picturing in my head when I started the whole endeavor.

That’s all for today! Thanks for looking!

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ILNP Happily Ever After + Zoya Pinta

Hi, everyone! I hope you’re all having a great day! We have a snow day today, although so far we have barely a dusting. There’s supposed to be more later though. For today, I have a purple look that I wore ages ago, back in April.

ILNP Happily Ever After + Zoya Pinta | Erin's Enamel
ILNP Happily Ever After + Zoya Pinta

I started with two coats of ILNP Happily Ever After, a light lilac holo with those amazingly reflective silver flakes. One coat was nearly enough, but there were a few sheerer patches that needed covering. I really, really love ILNP’s Ultra Metallic polishes. Fame, a champagne/gold drom the same line, has become one of my favorite polishes ever!

ILNP Happily Ever After + Zoya Pinta | Erin's Enamel
ILNP Happily Ever After + Zoya Pinta

I stamped with Zoya Pinta, a deep indigo creme, and Bundle Monster plate BM-S104.

And speaking of Zoya, they’re starting their usual January promo on Monday, January 9th! They haven’t released full details yet, but follow their Facebook page to keep updated! You can also browse through my Zoya tag here to see everything I’ve posted using Zoya polishes.

That’s all for today! Thanks for looking!

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Hello 2017 and Welcome to the Wizarding Harry Potter World of The Party Event

We are so happy you found us… Blogging and Harry Potter are two things we love, so we thought to combine them and create our own magical world…

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We are two Potterheads that have been obsessed for quite a while now and have been posting some of our stuff on our social media sites but wanted to create a place where all of our designs, crafts, pictures, parties or anything other Harry Potter related can be found all together. We do have a main blog (that I have neglected quite a bit for some time and will be up and running again soon), but we felt that our Potter World needed its own home….

We have a company called The Party Event, which designs and sells all kind of party decoration like cupcake toppers, garlands, signs, invitations and anything a good party needs like photo booth props. And photo booth props are our specialty. We do try to design a new set every month and do have everything from Beatles inspired props to holiday props and of course Harry Potter related photo booth props as well…

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You can also find us on etsy, amazon and our website. In our shops you will find a collection of different party themes that can be customized for any event. I will list all the links of our website, social media sites (our Potter world took over our instagram account), stores as well as the other blog soon. We would love for you to visit and like our other pages. If you like our style and cannot find a specific theme or need something unique, let us know… We would love to help you for anything potter related or not…Simply contact us at thepartyevent@gmail.com

This being said, here we will focus on everything Harry Potter. Just to give you a taste of our craziness… we just had a Harry Potter Christmas and it was the best Christmas we ever had ….

Thanks for stopping by and we are so excited….

Ina and Eva

 

Zoya Yuna + China Glaze multichrome dots

Hello again! Today I have something from the vault: Zoya Yuna with multichrome dots!

Zoya Yuna + China Glaze multichrome dots | Erin's Enamel
Zoya Yuna

I started with a base of Zoya Yuna, a dark gray with gold shimmer. It has a nice, smooth formula, but it did dry a fair bit darker than it appeared in the bottle.

Zoya Yuna + China Glaze Gone Glamping | Erin's Enamel
Zoya Yuna + China Glaze Gone Glamping

I added a large dot of China Glaze Gone Glamping, a champagne-green-blue multichrome, at the base of each nail…

Zoya Yuna + China Glaze Gone Glamping and Cabin Fever multichrome dots | Erin's Enamel
Zoya Yuna + China Glaze Gone Glamping and Cabin Fever multichrome dots

then I added a row of smaller Cabin Fever (a gold/copper/red multichrome) dots around that, starting at the center and working toward each edge.

Zoya Yuna + China Glaze Gone Glamping, Cabin Fever, and Pondering multichrome dots | Erin's Enamel
Zoya Yuna + China Glaze Gone Glamping, Cabin Fever, and Pondering multichrome dots

I added slightly smaller dots of Pondering, a purple/blue/green multichrome. I did the line around Cabin Fever first. But then I decided it needed more, so I added the extra dots extending out.

I know these multichromes were pretty popular when this collection came out, but they weren’t that exciting to me. They don’t shift as much I expected them to, based on reviews. Ah, well, they’re still pretty!

That’s all for now! Thanks for looking!

Blue acid washed jeans nail art

Hey, y’all! Happy new year! I’m back today with a nail art look that reminds me of acid-wash denim (hence the name).

Blue acid wash jeans nail art | Erin's Enamel
Blue acid wash jeans nail art

I started this look with two coats of Pretty Serious Ninja-Lish-ious (no longer available), a deep inky blue with green and blue shimmer.

Blue acid wash jeans nail art | Erin's Enamel
Blue acid wash jeans nail art

For the acid wash part, I made decals using Ninja-Lish-ious and Zoya Blu, a pale baby blue creme. I painted a circle of Ninja-Lish-ious, added a drop of Blu, and did a dry marble. I waited 30 seconds or so for it to set a bit, then used a stamper to transfer it to my nails with a kind of squishy marble technique. That gave it the smoky-ish/acid washed look.

Blue acid wash jeans nail art | Erin's Enamel
Blue acid wash jeans nail art (matte)

I topped the whole thing off with my Pure Ice Frost Finish matte top coat. This turned out really cool, in my opinion! I think it would look great in contrasting colors too.

That’s all for today! Thanks for looking!