Monday, July 11, 2011

A very Potter Party

We are huge nerds. This is not new information. And we are extremely, very, ridiculously excited about Harry Potter 7.2 coming out this week. So excited, in fact, that we decided to throw a Harry Potter extravaganza. Friday night, we had a bunch of people over to try and do a back-to-back HP marathon - starting at Sorcerer's Stone and going on through Deathly Hallows Part I. We didn't actually make it past Order of the Phoenix (#5) before passing out. In fact, most people wimped out between 11 and 2, but I'd invited a few of my young women and those girls can stay up til all hours. Kelsie, Losa and I enjoyed the last two by ourselves. And then passed out around 9 am Saturday morning (11 hours later). But we had a ton of fun and thanks to everyone that came!
Enter at Platform 9 3/4. The brick wall is just paint on butcher's paper. The broom is made of a tree branch and some dried naturals we got on sale at Hobby Lobby.
My lovely Platform 9 3/4 sign. It's a piece of scrap wood from Home Depot that I hand painted. I traced a bowl to get the circle and free-handed the numbers. I printed out and traced letters for the "Hogwarts Express" bit.
Another broom, and Harry Potter glasses ordered in bulk off Amazon
Font is actually called "Lumos" and I had a lot of fun burning the edges.
Twizzlers dipped in white chocolate.

Pretty much just mini pumpkin pies. These went quickly.
These were harder to make than I thought! They're brown paper lunch bags filled with Chex Mix and then secured with string and the most giant pretzel sticks I could find to look like broomsticks.
Holy crap, this stuff is strong. It's made with lots of brown sugar, butter, cream and cream soda. I could do a shot of it and that's about it. How Andrew Taylor chugged a whole cup is beyond me.
The spread
Nimbus 2000
Sorting hat

These cupcakes are devil's food with chopped up Reese's in them. They are sooooo good and I'm not going to tell you how many I ate... Thanks to Erin Frazier's recommendation, I bought fondant at the All In One Bakeshop instead of making my own this time. I've never worked with store-bought fondant before and it was difficult, but fun! I made the snitches, broomsticks, sorting hats, and half the lightning bolts. Hans helped out with the other half and made the glasses on his own. 

Cheap fabric from Hobby Lobby with iron on Decals (ironed on by Steph and Hans, with cutting credit to Parker).
We also hung fake candles (15 small ones) from the ceiling in the living room, like the Great Hall. They flickered all night and it was pretty sweet (just hard to photograph).

Looking to throw your own Harry Potter Party? Here's a couple good references and recipes.


  1. Oh my goodness! You do such fun things!! Oh to be as crafty as you... :)