Monday, October 29, 2012

Harry Potter 2012

The costumes were amazing, the fire was awesome and the rain held off! Our Harry Potter party was filled with so many wonderful costumes this year. Everyone from Harry himself to Severus Snape was represented in fine form. 

As the guests arrived they were greeted by Professor McGonagall at the door with a signature cocktail.

They were then "sorted" with the Sorting Hat and put in one of the four houses of the school, Hufflepuff, Slytherin, Ravenclaw or Griffindore.
 The Fat Portrait Lady seems happy with her assigned school!

Hagrid not so much.

A dinner of Chili and cornbread was served at long tables on the patio. Each table had it's school banner hanging above it, as well as floating pumpkins and candles. A roaring fire kept everyone warm.

 The evil Lucius Malfoy

 Fleur Delacour and Nearly Headless Nick

 Gilderoy Lockhart and Augusta Longbottom

 Snape surveys his fire
Then poses with Minerva

 The Malfoys

 The Fat Portrait lady and someone in a glamour wig!

 Rubeus Hagrid

 A wild Stag!

 Just plain scary!

 The lovely Rita Skeeter

 Alaster "Madeye" Moody and Bellatrix Lestrange

 Frightful Knockturn Alley

 Tiki torches lined the path to the Quiddich field

 The way Muggles arrive!
The way Wizards arrive!

 The house banners displayed on dessert

Dobby and Hedwig guard the food table

The dining hall

 Hermione and Draco fraternizing!

 Hedwig and the Wild Stag

An entire family of HP fans!

 The weasleys
 Game time!
 A wild game of Quiddich

So much fun!

Saturday, October 6, 2012


Last year my daughters and I hosted a Harry Potter Party!

We sent out "Owl Posts" for invitations, had a game of find the golden snitch, a taste test and HP trivia. It was so much fun and everyone did such a wonderful job of creating costumes, we decided to make it an annual event.

Here are some decorations from last year's party!

The 93/4 platform of course!

The only way for wizards to arrive.

Fleur and Sirius greet the Muggles who arrive the normal way.

The school banners.

Honeydukes in all it's glory!

 A huge hit with all the guests!

 We strung fishing line at the ceiling, which became invisible at night. Then we attached "floating" pumpkins and candles.
The effect was perfect, it was the favorite room!

 Pumpkin Juice of course!

 Hedwig and Dobby watch over dinner.

The barn was where the taste test was held. I copied the Knockturn Alley sign. Using a jigsaw I cut out the fingers, then painted the sign and added the words.  
The original:

The copy with guests at the barn.

 Costumes, of course, are de rigueur. 
Here are some fabulous examples of last years outfits!

 Dolores Umbridge and her ever present cat!

 Professor McGonagall and Snape

 Fluer and McGonagall serving drinks! A Rare McGonagall smile!

 Sybil Trelawney adjusting her glasses.

 Dueling Sirius's.

 Rosmerte and Narcissa Malfoy plotting together!

 Voldermort and Dumbledore, that head just called out to be Voldermort!

 Moaning Myrtle and Nearly Headless Nick, the most amazing costumes!

 Hagrid and Harry share a Butterbeer.

 Trying to decipher the clues!

 Molly Weasley, Narcissa and, is that a Golden Snitch?

 Beautiful Bellatrix strikes again!

Harry himself!

The Owl Posts for this year have been sent. If you did not receive one, here are what they look like!

 These are the envelopes, the font is a HP script you can download here:

The invitation was printed on sketching paper, it feels like parchment.

 This is the train ticket we included with each invitation. 

A packet of Floo Powder was included for the wizards convenience! We found little parchment envelopes and filled each of them with a little salt.

I can't wait to share photos from this year's party. The guests are so creative and the costumes will be delightful!