I don’t think I could count how many times I have watched the Harry Potter movies since Drew found out about them. Drew loves them, so for his 6th birthday he wanted to do all the Harry Potter movies. This was not an easy thing to do. Having been the year before to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, I knew that first and foremost, we had to have Butterbeer. No HP birthday would be complete without it. I spent about a month looking from site to site trying to find the one that sounded like it would taste good and be easy enough to make for the party. The recipe I settled on was delicious. It was so easy to make, too! I will get to that later… I wish I would have taken better pictures and more pictures, but I didn’t know when prepping for this party I would be blogging in the years to follow. I did find pictures for mostly everything!
The first thing I did was make the Floating Candles. I cut and taped white computer paper into cylinders and then added yellow and orange post-it note paper that I tore to look like flames.
Normally, I would show you how to make these, but they were such a pain that no one deserves that torture…well maybe Justin Bieber. Since making these, I have found an easier, cooler way to do them via Pinterest, thanks to Centsational Girl! It so simple – paper towel and toilet paper rolls either painted white or wrapped in white paper and just insert a flameless tea light and a string. DONE! Centsational Girl also has a picture similar to what we did for the Hedwigs we sent home with the kids. (Sorry, no picture for them.)
For the floating keys, I took antique keys and tied white tulle, cut about 1 to 3 inches wide, for the wings. I used fishing line to hang them from the ceiling. (No picture for this either.)
Along with the Butter Beer we gave the kids HP candy. This was a big hit!
We had several yummy treats:
- Acid Pops – Blow pops rolled in honey and coated with pop rocks (make these right before everyone arrives to keep them as fresh as possible.)
- Chocolate Frogs – I used frog candy molds and made our own.
- Bertie Bots Every Flavor Beans – I ordered mine directly from Universal Studios Orlando. (It was enough for all the kids to get 10 to 15 beans each.)
- Flubber Worms – Sour gummy worms
- Levitating Lemon Drops – LemonHeads
- Butterbeer – Get Directions Here
I challenged each kid to eat a “gross” jelly bean, too. They all did it; most spit them out after they found out what the flavor was. (WARNING – the “dog food” one leaves a HORRIBLE taste in your mouth for hours and the “dirt” one really smells and tastes like dirt.)
We played two big games:
Put the Scar on Harry
I took craft paper and, as you can see, I drew a simple Harry Potter face. For the “scar” I went to the local tanning salon and bought lighting bolt stickers. They were the perfect size. They were even big enough to write the kids’ names on them.
This was pretty simple as well. I took a pool noodle and hot glued the ends together to form a circle. I made two of these for two teams. I bought little balls for the kids to throw through the hoop and then pass to the person behind them. First team to get through the line wins! (Sorry, no picture.)
The cake was made by my mother-in-law. Drew wanted a cake with a wand on it. Ask and you shall receive!
I tried to find something from all of the movies for the Party Favors.
- Red Stones – red jewels for fish tanks. Sorcerer’s Stone
- Snakes – little plastic snakes (Dollar Tree) Chamber of Secrets
- Trophies – Plastic trophies (Dollar Tree) Goblet of Fire
- Spider Rings – Needs no explanation. Prisoner of Azkaban
- Golden Snitch – Ferrero Rocher Candy with White Feathers glued on.Order of the Phoenix
- Spell/Potion Book – Found this online. Printed, cut and glued them into miniature composite notebooks (Dollar Tree) Half-Blooded Prince
- Magic Wand – Chopstick with hot glue, paint, and/or beads. Deathly Hollows See Tutorial Here
- Bertie Bots Every Flavor Beans
- Chocolate Frog
- Harry Potter Ring – I got these at a cake decorating store.
Let me tell you, the kids absolutely LOVED the wands and books. If you do nothing else you must do the wands and books! I had parents tell me a year later that their child still plays with them.