If you also have Hogwarts obsessed children after going on the Harry Potter Studio Tour, my ideas for a Harry Potter themed party will go down well. From making everything look wizardly to cooking simple themed treats and playing fun Potter-esque games, your party guests will be so immersed in the wizarding world of Harry Potter that they won’t want to leave.
Start as you mean to go on with the décor by creating a Platform 9¾ entrance. First change your house number to 9¾ for the day, then stamp an old bed sheet with a large sponge to look like bricks and make a slit up the middle so you step through the wall to start the party. Set the scene further with some Gryffindor banners and wanted wizard posters adorning the walls, or go the whole hog with easy-to- make flying keys and floating candles. Simply print out some of these paper key and wing templates, glue together and hang from string or invisible wire so they really look like they’re flying. Floating candles needn’t be a fire hazard either, as you can make some by wrapping white card around the base of battery-operated tea lights.
The options for Harry Potter nibbles are vast, from Hufflepuffs (cheese puffs) to Professor Sprout’s veggie garden (crudites). You can even make broomsticks by inserting cheesestrings on breadsticks and securing with a strand of chive. It should all be served with Harry Potter paper plates and cups, of course – get a few different designs with the houses on and kids can choose their favourite. Then wash it down with this easy to prepare, non-alcoholic butterbeer, which tastes just like the stuff you get when you explore Warner Bros Studio Tours.
If you have a talent for baking you might decide to make a themed cake from scratch, but there are also options for those of us who have less time. Harry Potter is so popular now that you can easily pick up a cake in the shops, or make a simple cake like the one Hagrid gave to Harry in the Philosopher’s Stone, using this recipe. It’s ideal for baking novices as the decoration is purposefully messy.
Whatever goodies you’re thinking of putting in your party bags, make them look like the genuine article by turning the bags into broomsticks like these. If your kids love to make things, they can design a wand for each of their friends and use this as the broom handle part of the bag instead. Find some sticks from the garden or woods – the more knobbly the better – give them a clean and decorate with paint and glitter then wrap the handle with string. It’s as easy as that!
As well as the usual pass the parcel and musical chairs, you have to throw some Hogwarts inspired games into the mix. Print a picture of Harry and you can play pin the glasses, or the lightning shaped scar. For older kids, save the wand-making for the party itself and get everyone involved. Or how about a game of Quidditch? This could be a ‘Find the Golden Snitch’ treasure hunt or even table Quidditch, where the aim is to bounce a rubber ball through different height hoops into a container.
I’d love to see any Harry Potter party ideas you make. Just take a photo, post it on social media and tag me!
*This is a collaborative post.