Harry Potter Birthday Party – 9 1/4 edition – sweet treats table

We knew from the beginning that our party had to be set inside Hogwarts castle. We loved our backdrop during Christmas and knew that it would be perfect for the party as well. The wall backdrop was made out of plastic sheet from oriental trading which we had hot glued onto bed sheets. We also reused the portraits and the floating candles we made for Christmas. image

The Sweet Treats Table

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Our sweet table was a mixture of Honeydukes, magical inspiration from the books and our own imagination. From baby mandrakes, a sorting hat cake,  jumping snakes, puking pastilles, house elf cupcakes to snitches, chocolate frogs, every flavor beans and more, we wanted something special for any witch or wizard….

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We asked Luca what kind of cake he wanted, and he decided on the sorting hat, which was made out of rice crispies and fondant. The cake was one of the last things we made and unfortunately we ran out of time, because we wanted to paint it also with food coloring to give it more dimension. Also because of the hot weather in South Florida, it had melted a little. But well, mishaps happen…imageimageimageWhen we decided on the design for the cupcakes, we did not want to have “House cupcakes” because we are all Gryffindor fans in our heart. So I had the idea to use Dobby as our inspiration. Little elfs on all the cupcakes would have been cute, but we already had the cupcake toppers that we designed and are available in our etsy store. My sister made a clay Dobby and clay socks and the House Elf Cupcakes idea was born…

imageTo display the Honeydukes treats, we bought cauldrons from the Dollar store that we had washed inside and glittered outside for a more magical look. Of course chocolate frogs, golden snitches and every flavor beans had to be there too…We found templates for both packaging and the wings online that I will share at the end of the post. Pretzel sticks dipped in chocolate and golden/silver sprinkles became magic wands…imageThe mandrakes were chocolate cakes inside a pot that was painted to get a more earthy look with fondant Mandrake plants planted inside (the top was a plastic plant cut in pieces). We had Deathly Hollows and red scar sugar cookies and a Mrs Dursley Pudding (with another Dobby) that could have flown up in the air and crash any minute.

imageWe are working on a Harry Potter printable or ready made party package. We already have the photo booth props, cupcake toppers and the invitations for sale, but we will also offer the food tags, garlands, water bottle wrappers, signs, favor boxes and wands as soon as possible. If you are interested in any of our items, you can always contact us at thepartyevent@gmail.com

Downloads:

Snitches template:

http://bitesizedbiggie.com/how-to-make-golden-snitches-for-a-harry-potter-party/#

Chocolate Frogs box template: (I changed the font in golden)

http://foodinliterature.com/100creativity/2014/10/chocolate-frog-box-template-harry-potter-hogwarts-dinner-party.html

Bertie Botts box template:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Bertie-Botts-Every-Flavor-beans-Box/

(we kept our boxes open that the kids could take a bean rather than the whole box)

 

 

 

 

Harry Potter Birthday Party – 9 1/4 edition – savory treats table

We knew from the beginning that our party had to be set inside Hogwarts castle. We loved our backdrop during Christmas and knew that it would be perfect for our party as well. The wall backdrop was made out of a plastic sheet from Oriental Trading which we hot glued onto bed sheets. We also reused the portraits and the floating candles we made for Christmas.

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The Savory Treats Table

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When designing the table and deciding what food we would like, both Eva and I wanted to have something like a showstopper. A couple years back, we had a bug party and the cake was a massive worm covering the length of the table. Immediately we both thought about Hagrid and the massive Hagrid’s little lunch sandwich was born. We wanted to present it appropriately and build a tray from a shelf and a painted wooden board that we covered in plastic wrap. Also I liked the idea to have something other than pizza for a kids party…

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We like to use our cupcake toppers also in other food. The toppers makes it look more festive and it brings the whole theme together. Chips and dips get magical names and the savory table was almost ready. We had this wonderful fitting multi tier stand and converted it into our Dark Forest holder. We had spider webs, bat wings, thestral chips and blast ended skrewts that could be dipped into Felix Felices, Weasley’s Barrow dip or into Cockroach clusters. To make the table complete, we offered Gillyweed Sauerkraut, roasted Dragon egg nuts, Hufflepuff Popcorn and a Gryffindor potato salad. imageimage

Since we were in a state park with BBQ grills, we also offered hot dogs aehm I mean broomsticks. The pictures only show the before uncooked dogs, because once the party was in full swing, we forgot to retake it…

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We are working on a Harry Potter printable or ready made party package. We already have the photo booth props, cupcake toppers and the invitations for sale, but we will also offer the food tags, garlands, water bottle wrappers, signs, favor boxes and wands as soon as possible. If you are interested in any of our items, you can always contact us at thepartyevent@gmail.com

A Harry Potter Birthday Party – 9 1/4 edition

The big day was finally here and the party was amazing. The actual birthday was already last December but because of various reasons, we had to celebrate about two months late… which worked out quite well, because it wasn’t just a regular 9th birthday party, we celebrated Luca’s 9 1/4 birthday.

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Our location was magically transformed into our own Hogwarts on the beach… We had savory treats like Hagrid’s little sandwich, which was several feet long and spider web chips from the Dark Forest. For the sweet tooth, we had chocolate frogs, snitches, little angry Mandrakes and Mrs Dursley’s Pudding to name a few of the treats.

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The little witches and wizards were greeted from the sorting hat and received a wand and spell book as a favor after answering some questions to decide which wand was the right fit. We gave out the favors at the beginning because we had some magical lessons planned like spells and charms and wanted the kids to use their wands as much as possible. Other games included an owl post game, a magical creature hunt, choose your house, a dementor/Voldemort piñata and of course we had to have a Quiddich field.

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We got a lot of positive feedback and I want to share all of the details, pictures, games, decoration etc in the upcoming blog posts. Also lots of DIY projects as well as some of the resources we used and where we got some of our magical things…

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