Harry Potter-themed parties are nothing new, but they're certainly not old news, either. Even though the series reached it's inevitable conclusion with Harry and his friends coming full circle as they watched their own children leave for Hogwarts, people are still throwing fantastic Harry Potter parties. The books are just that good. And don't get me started on the movies...
So, if you've decided on a Harry Potter-themed party but don't know where to start, this is a good place. Check out the photos and descriptions below. If you have any questions, please feel free to comment.
These Quidditch goals (2 sets) were designed by a friend using PVC piping, hula hoops, and lots of duct tape. The PVC sits on top of rebar to make them easy to bury in the ground (and more stable). Add some black spray paint (or whatever color you like), and viola!
The kids had a great time practicing their Quidditch skills with their Nimbus 2000's (inexpensive Halloween decorations we found at our local dollar store) and a half dozen "Quidditch balls" (gold balloons).
Dinner, Harry Potter-Style!
Two long folding tables covered with black fabric table cloths, plastic plates and cutlery (in gold), plastic gold-rimmed goblets, and Hogwarts napkins complete the look of a Harry Potter dinner party. Add some floating candles and a few wayward bats, and your guests will be truly impressed.
These were very simple to make, although paper wings are more commonly seen on the Pinterest boards we frequent. We used off-white, wired ribbon instead, which worked out nicely. Add some lightweight fishing line, and you're all set.
Watch Your Step!
We also created signs to deter party-goers from visiting certain rooms, "Lumos" and "Nox" labels for the light switches, and a print out of Moaning Myrtle for the inside of the toilet lid.
Welcome to Azkaban Prison
A good-sized box is needed for this one (or you could rent ours!), but the effort to find the right box is totally worth it. The kids loved this photo booth!
The Chamber of Secrets has been Opened!
Red lipstick and some fake Halloween blood. Easy-peasy.
Harry's Hogwarts Letters
The fireplace is painted on white butcher paper, and the letters are strung on lightweight fishing line. We even found a Hogwarts stamp and made our own wax seals. A fun and easy prop!
A festive tablecloth, stuffed "Hedwig" owl and griffin, some glass candy bowls with labels, and a couple of sparkly black trees come together to create a cute "HoneyDukes" corner.
Time for Potions Class!
What's a Harry Potter party without Potions Class? These old bottles received new makeovers with labels we found online and a spray adhesive. Here's a tip: if you want to add dry ice to your plastic cauldron, be sure to place a glass bowl inside and put the dry ice in that.
Our potions class activity involved some cool science experiments I found online. The most memorable "potion" was simply a mixture of dish soap and baking soda, along with some glitter, food coloring, and a few other inert ingredients. We added the baking soda last...I'm sure you can imagine the effect. The kids loved it! In fact, most of them continued to add more baking soda just to see how much of a fluffy mess they could make.
Another "pro tip:" if you do the baking soda experiment, have the kids mix their ingredients over a cookie sheet. It makes clean-up a breeze!
Save the House Elves!
One of our boys dressed as Dobby for our party, so we thought it only fair to take up a collection of socks for the "Save the House Elves Fund," sponsored by S.P.E.W, of course (Society for the Protection of Elvish Welfare).
Platform 9 3/4
If your venue allows for it, you can have your guests enter the party through Platform 9 3/4. Or simply tape a brick wall photo backdrop to your front door. We found this to be a great start to our party!
Looking for some help?
If you're looking for some help with your own Harry Potter party, you're in the right place! If you live in central Missouri, we offer a party decoration rental service. The Harry Potter package rents for $75 for 24 hours. Set-up requires an additional fee, but we will assist with tear down at no extra cost. If you'd like something more all-encompassing, we can create a complete party package for you as well, including a party menu with recipes, supply lists, activities/games, custom goody bags, etc. Just contact us and let us know how we can assist you.