Party: done!

The Harry Potter party is over and I am now suffering from post-party depression….

here are some non-kid-featuring pics of some of the set up….

Cake: done!


HP cake, step 1


I went back and forth for days trying to decide which cake I would make for this party… I really wanted to make a broom shaped cake, but I wasn’t too confident with my sculpting skills… then, today, my favorite cake blog, Cake Wrecks, posted it’s second homage to Harry Potter cake….. And then I saw it. The round harry face in the second half of the post…..


HP Party: the Wand Shop


I have gotten a few emails and FB messages requesting details of the preparations for the upcoming Harry Potter Party. I’m a bit torn, because a few of my readers will be attending and I don’t want to spoil it for them, but then again, they are adults, so if you are reading this and want to keep the surprises, stop reading!

The party is a week from today. So far, the hardest thing has been to pick things NOT to do… I wanted to cover the swing set in fabric and paint it to look like the outside of Hogswart, and make a cardboard chandelier to hang candles on… I also narrowed down the menu from the dozens and dozens of ideas I found online…. I am trying, VERY HARD, to be reasonable!

The craft activity for the party will be for the kids to make their own wands. I just put the finishing touches on my Wand Shop…. here goes:

This is what I’ve got:

  • The wands are long bamboo sticks I found in the fake plant section at Winners, 1 bunch for 5$, cut in half with a plant shear
  • the bottles are spice containers from the dollar store…. They contain the ‘cores’ for the wands: Phoenix feathers (dollar store white feathers left over from a previous project), Unicorn Tail hair (the white bristles off a paint-brush, cut off), Dargon Heartstring (twine, cut into pieces and the unwined to make is skinny) and Veela’s Hair and Thestral tail hair (both from a set multi-color ¬†clip on hair extensions from the dollar store)
  • there is an extra bottle that will contain glue
  • 6 rolls of fun printed tape from the art store
  • a popsicle mold, each hole filled with different colors of glitter (which amazingly, I had lying around the craft room!)
The kids will pick their core, attach it to the wand bottom by wrapping the ‘handle’ with the tape (the older kids can make a pattern with different tapes if they wish). When they are done, the will dip the tip of the wand in the glue and one of the glitters, which will make the tip sparkle.
I labeled the jars with stickers I had in my old scrapbooking supplies, so it looks like old apothecary jars. And I have a teenager coming over to help out that day, so she can be in charge of making sure every kid that arrives goes to Ollivander’s Wand Shop first, where she will supervise and assist if necessary.


ok, I fully admit I am currently going Uber-board for my little one’s 6th birthday… I feel so bad for her, early August birthday, which around here means NO ONE is in town… No class-party like her March-born sister, no camp party because every one leaves the week before…

She happens to be WAY into the Harry Potter movies, which I gather is a bit unusual for a turning-6 girl…. Blame it on the 8 y.o…. (Hey, I kept Miley Cyrus out of my house, that has to count for something!)

So the baby, she is turning 6, and she has no idea what I have up my sleeves! The Hogwarts acceptance letters went out in the Muggle mail today, the sorting hat and 4 class banners have been hand painted and are hiding in my craft room, bamboo sticks have been cut and will be part of the make-your-own-wand station, most of the decorations were gathered today and now I will start baking treats and coming up with magical or spooky names for everything.

And I may or may not have purchased a roll of imitation brick wall paper so that arriving guests will have to run through the Platform 9 3/4 wall….

I told you, I have lost my mind.

Sorting hat: check!


Making a sorting hat


3 paper bags, a little glue, a couple of staples

Planning a Harry Potter bday party…


I may be going a little UBER on this one…

a couple of signs have been made, i have a ton of recipes to pick from, and I convinced myself NOT to wrap the swing set in fabric to make a pretend Hogwarts…., mostly because it made no sense since I am turning the porch into the dining hall! so the swing set will be Ollivanders.