harry potter party - potions

The kitchen and eating area were transformed into the potions classroom.  Here guests got to make their own "potions" which were drinks mixed with soda, juices, grenadine, other flavorings, etc.

this chalkboard sign was a big ol' bummer for me - can y ou see why?  yep, I forgot the C in welcomes

the house elves that worked their fingers to the bone serving guests

potion cards listing ingredients for various potions


we interrupt these harry potter post

My family is off to the beach in a bit for a bonfire.  More HP posts to come.

harry potter party - divination

Our family room was transformed into the divination classroom complete with crystal balls, fortune telling cards, runes, tea leaves and more.

hot chocolate station

harry potter party - more great hall and sorting

I'm including a lot of pics in my Harry Potter party posts for a few reasons...

1.  As previously mentioned I'm currently feeling very lazy.  I do not want to spend time sorting through photos to find the best ones.  I apologize to you as it means you have to look at a bunch of pictures that may be blurry, not good color, etc.  On the bright side at least you're getting pictures to look at (and that's saying a lot for this blog that has been ignored for the last little while)

2.  Im including lots of photos of guests as wells as party decor pics.  If any Potter fans make their way here to this little blog I think they'll be interested in seeing costumes too.  I'm someone that scours the internet for both party ideas and costume ideas and I know I always love coming across pictures of both.

3.  My husband wants to show co workers photos of the party and our photo sharing sites are blocked at work.  He can access this blog though so if you're angry about too many pictures send your complaints to him :)

Here are more shots from the great room & sorting

The floating candles were a hit...just look at Snape smiling

more of the candles...they came out perfectly - i'll be back with a how to (it's simple) you just need fishing line, hot glue, tacks and battery operated candles

i love a student with attitude

lots of love between Ravenclaw & Gryffindor

a few muggles even got in

harry potter party - it's done!

Our Harry Potter party is now done and gone.  I am relived but still a bit sad that it's over.

My kids (and their friends) have grown up with Harry so this party was kind of a big deal for them.  The books, the movies, the events and activities we've done over the years have all made for some amazing memories.  We'll miss all the hoopla surrounding our favorite wizarding world.

I am however confident that Harry Potter will live on in the imaginations of many and people will be able to conjure up a Potter party for years to come.  So although I'm packing up all my party jive soon, I know it will be used again and again to celebrate birthdays and Halloweens.

Anyway, let's start with the pictures (because I'm still beat up from the party all pictures will be unedited - yes, I am that lazy) Big thanks to the friends that actually took pictures (it's the only reason I have pictures from any of my parties)

I'll also come back and try to post how-tos for some of our decor over the next day or two.

When guests arrived they walked into the Great Hall and Sorting Area

Dobby grew a few inches

The Great Hall


waiting to put on the sorting hat to get sorted

guests reached into a bag to pull out a pin with their chosen house on it

my sons last minute costume (one of my favorites of the night) the golden snitch

these students are excited to be at Hogwarts