How to Host the Perfect Potter Party

If your child is Harry Potter mad, how about a Harry Potter themed birthday party that they won’t forget? The best thing about it is it doesn’t have to cost a fortune and can be a lot of fun – with a bit of planning you can create the perfect Potter party. Here a few ideas to get you started….

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Invitations – It is probably a little difficult to send the invitations out by owl (unless you happen to have some well-trained owls on hand to help!) – but you can give your invitations a magical touch. Use coloured envelopes from to catch the attention of the recipients – decorate with a magical seal as if the post has come from Hogwarts itself to add to the excitement! If you can, write the invitations out in green ink (as the traditional Hogwarts letters are written in).

Decorations – Of course you won’t be able to create the enchanted ceiling of the Hogwarts great hall – but you can certainly create a magical atmosphere with a few well-placed decorations. Use fairy lights to give the room an enchanted feeling, if you have any old broomsticks from Halloween these are perfect placed in the corners of the rooms, as are any toy cats, owls or toads that you may have (garden ornaments work well too). Don’t forget the Hogwarts houses – use the Red, Yellow Blue and Green colours of the 4 houses as a colour scheme and if you are feeling particularly creative, create your own Hogwarts School Crest – you can print one off, and even make your own school banners.

Food – Of course the food is important at any party – you can have great fun with the food for a Potter Party. Make birthday cake in the style of the cake that Hagrid presented Harry with (you might want to add spelling mistakes for an authentic ‘Hagrid-made’ touch!). Make your own ‘butterbeer’ and sandwiches with unusual and interesting ingredients – or get creative with the names of them! You can even buy Chocolate Frogs and Bertie Botts every flavour beans – Just be careful of the earwax flavour!

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Outfits – No Harry Potter party is complete without wizarding Robes – whether these are more casual school robes, or the eye-catching robes worn by Ron Weasley to the Yule Ball! Be creative with the dressing up box and encourage your guests to do the same. It doesn’t have to cost a lot – an old curtain can be fashioned into a perfect Dumbledore style robe! Charity shops are also the perfect place to find great wizard-wear!

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