Harry Potter Birthday Party!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Our oldest son turned EIGHT last week!  He has a new found love for all things Harry Potter, so we celebrated Hogwarts style!  

 He didn't have a birthday party last year {an unheard of thing around here} because he was having his tonsils out 2 days later and we couldn't risk him getting sick for surgery day.  So this year, he was double excited to have a very small group of friends from school, along with his brothers to celebrate with him.

 {Luke really was awake & having fun... bummed I didn't notice his closed eyes until too late!}

I made the invitations using scrapbook paper and a free downloadable font {Harry P from dafont.com}.  I inked the edges of the paper to make them look old, and I printed "Owl Post Delivery to... " on the envelopes. 

Sorry, the picture is only a glimpse of the invite that I posted on Instagram.  I have a lot more sneak peeks pictures that I posted there {#samsharrypotterparty}

Guests were greeted by this black burlap wreath {repurposed from here} with a Platform 9 3/4 sign on it.  I got this sign and a couple others from Dirt and Sunshine, an adorable blog that had tons of great ideas and free printables for a Harry Potter party.

And I put together this little display using my Interchangeable Chevron sign with a print from Harris Design Studio on Etsy.  The birdhouse is mine that I use in my Craft Corner, and the boys painted the owl to look like Harry Potter's owl, Hedwig.  The glasses were part of Sam's Harry Potter Halloween costume.

When everyone arrived, they each put on the Sorting Hat {my witch hat from Halloween} and were sorted into their assigned Hogwarts house.  Then they each colored a banner for their house.

Then we had a Feast in the Great Hall with flying keys hanging above the table...

We changed our "Command Central" that was in The Great Hall to look like Hogwart's by covering the boys' chore charts with black card stock paper and colored Hogwart's house emblems.  Our boys vinyl names were covered with the names of Harry and his two best friends, and we hung ties for the houses from our backpack hooks {one more house emblem not pictured here}.

And quotes from Dumbledore covered up this beachy quote decoration I made a couple of years ago from an old fence post...

We decided to come up with creative names for the food we served rather than serving food from the book.  The Hufflepuff Cream Puffs were a big hit! 


Also on the menu was:

Potter's Pizza
Slytherin Salad
Ravenclaw Raspberries
Gryfinndor Grapes
Draco's Doritos
Butter Beer
Elixir of Life {water bottles}

After the feast we went outside for a Quidditch Match.  I loved how our Quidditch set-up turned out, especially considering that it was made with hula hoops we already had and PVC pipes from a soccer banner.  The whole thing only cost me $3.50- the cost of a can of gold spray paint on sale.  Jake's soccer season ended last Saturday- I took apart his banner that same day to spray paint the PVC pipes for Sam's party on Sunday... how's that for re-purposing?!  The Quidditch set-up also made a great place for taking really silly pictures.

And what's Quidditch without a golden snitch?  We had a few to choose from, made from ping pong balls & a styrofoam ball, all which got a coat of gold spray paint and some paper wings.

Then the kids came back inside to decorate their own Hedwig the owl.  I originally planned on having the kids make these cute owls that I saw on Not Just a Mommy, but we ended up with Plan B because I didn't save enough time to prep all of the felt.  Also, Plan 2 was a lot less expensive {I returned $25 worth of styrofoam balls from Plan A to Michael's the other day... Seriously, why are styrofoam balls THAT expensive?!} 

 And for the cake, I made Sam's favorite- yellow cake with homemade vanilla butter cream.  But I wracked my brain trying to think of something fun and different to decorate the cake with.  Finally, the night before the party I ran across this picture of Ron and Harry getting to Year 2 at Hogwart's in the Weasley's flying car.  So, I bought an angel food loaf cake and cut it to look like a car, with Fudge Stripe cookies cut in half with the chocolate side face out for the wheels.  It was super silly, and Sam loved his funny cake!

Sam loved all of the presents he got, including this one that was wrapped to match the Harry Potter theme.  I love it when I find another Mom who does stuff like me! :)

At the end of the party, everyone got to stop at Honeyduke's Sweet Shoppe!

And they filled it up with all kinds of fun candy and sweets: 

Chocolate Frogs
Magic Wands
Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans
Edible Sorting Hats
Dumbledore's Lemon Candies
Magic Wands
Cockroach Clusters
Sour Slugs
Golden Snitch Gumballs
and Fizzing Whizzbees 

They also took home a "broomstick" bag filled with Honeyduke's Treat Mix {Chex cereal, marshmallows, bite-size pretzels, and candy corn}.  The printable and idea is from this party featured on Hostess with the Mostess.

 It was such a fun day for our sweet Sam.  He is a precious 8 year old boy.  He is sweet and kind-hearted, sensitive, loving, and I've always said since he was tiny that he has an old soul.  He is one of those kids that prefers to have a hand full of genuine, true friends over a bunch of fake friends.  He is the best biggest brother that his three younger brothers could ever have.  His best friend in the whole world is his brother, Jake.  

They share a room and every day at school they give each other big hugs goodbye in the morning, and every afternoon, they run up to each other SO excited and hugging after school.  And anytime they happen to see each other while at school, I hear all about it right after school.  Sam loves Science, Art, Magic, Reading, and making movies.  Currently he loves to make his own versions of Harry Potter movies, of course.  He also loves his new skateboard that he got for his birthday {padded up from head to toe, of course!}  No matter how old he gets, he will always be my precious little Sam Ry!  

 Happy 8th Birthday Sam!

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit Gallamore West.  
I'm so happy that you are here. 

I'm sharing Sam's party at some of my favorite party places! xoxo
Tarabelle said...

WOW! You did SOOOO good! I would love that party and I'm 32!



Jen said...

Laurie, you are the BEST! This looks like so much fun! It looks like all the kids had a great time. Happy birthday, Sam!!

Our Pinteresting Family said...

Absolutely amazing! I love the cake it's adorable. I really don't understand why styrofoam balls are that expensive either...glad you were able to find a more cost effective alternative that looked like fun. :) Megan

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Unknown said...

Oh my gosh! SO fun!! I love every little detail!! Great job Laurie! :)

AbsoluteMommy said...

I'm in love! I want to do this for my birthday!!

Jaimee @ Havenwood House of Boys said...

You are a rock star!!! FanTASTIC job Momma!

The Jenson's said...

LOVE IT! So cute Laurie. Kinda sad that he is now so grown up to be having friend paries....and I don't get to see them in person anymore. Looks like Sam had an awesome birthday!

Stephanie said...

Love all this! My daughter wants an HP party for her 9th bday soon so I've been collecting ideas too:)

Unknown said...

Awesome party. I love Harry Potter and want a Harry Potter party for my birthday. I think 43 is still an appropriate age. I would love to have your join my Our Favorite Things Link Party.
Have a great week.

Sarah AJ said...

Super cute party! The details make such a difference.

Kelsey said...

So cute! I know your guy had an absolute BLAST at his amazing party! Great job girl :)

Four Marrs and One Venus said...

Ahhhhh! Cute Cute CUTE! Oh my gosh- how did I miss this post? So happy Reannah posted about it on her page..because this is too great Laurie! What a Party -- wow Mom you took the cake on this one! Loved everything about it...and I agree. styrofoam balls are INSANE!!$$!!! I don't get it! Happy Birthday Sam!

sarahssidebar said...

This is the best party ever!!!! :D I love Harry Potter. I think I want to replicate it for my next birthday. :) hahahaha~ you're never too old for harry potter. :)

Unknown said...

Where did you find the Owls to decorate and what did you use to decorate them?

Unknown said...

Where did you find the Owls to decorate and what did you use to decorate them?

Jillian said...

I adore this! I'm throwing my 9 year old daughter a Harry Potter birthday party next month, and I am so thrilled to have found your blog with all of these clever ideas! She'll be dressed as Luna Lovegood!


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