Harry Potter has ploughed through kids’ life in the wizardly way he’s so known for. Throwing a Harry Potter party for your kid’s birthday will be a gift itself, and boy the fun they’re gonna have! Oh, and yes, Harry Potter parties are also for grown-ups!
What you first need in order to set the mood is a good wizardly invitation. You can make it out of parchment paper so it looks like a scroll. Invite your guests to attend the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft. Roll it up and lock it with a bit of wax. Mandatory outfits will set the tone instantly. Each guest must bring their favorite character outfit. Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley are all time favorites, still Neville Longbottom and Draco Malfoy are not to dismiss.
If there are kids with no costumes, provide the party with home-made capes and magic wands. A couple of hours with a sewing machine and capes will be ready. Wands can be made of dry thin branches and some color and glitter at the end.
Now that you have your guests all dressed-up Hogwarts style, you can begin decorating the witchcraft school. Candles, broomsticks, fake owls, spiders and snakes and of course bats are imperative. Hang around twinkling party lights, paper snowflakes and spider webs. Get some bottles and jars and add colored water as magic potions. With proper props, you can create a real story to tell.
Something that will catch on quickly is Tri-Wizard badges. Create badges for each of 3 teams, Hogwarts, Beauxbaton and Durmstrang. Divide the kids into 3 teams and attach the badges to their costumes. This way, they will be ready for the party games and quizzes.
Recreate the student houses of Hogwarts by making banners with specific colors: yellow and black for Hufflepuff, blue and bronze for Ravenclaw, green and silver for Slytherin and scarlet and gold for Gryffindor. Use Gothic style to write the names of the houses.
Organize a wizardly treasure hunt. Hide egg-shaped chocolates, candy dragons, magic drinks and at least one Sorcerer Stone all around the party area. Give the kids riddles to unlock in order to find the treasures.
The thing with great stories is that everybody wants a sequel. So what do you do if your guests can’t get a glimpse of what happens next at Hogwarts? They create their own story. Get a piece of paper and a pencil. Each of the kids must write a sentence to get the story going. They can either read all sentences that have been written before or only the last sentence. The later has a bit of mystery in it, kids may find it more appealing.
Harry Potter trivia will challenge their knowledge. Create a set of questions and divide the kids into 2 or 3 teams. Set a time for teams to answer each of the questions. 10 seconds is challenging enough.
No party theme is more appropriate for crafting than Harry Potter. From magic wands to dragons, kids will have plenty of magic things to do. Give them straws, twigs, chopsticks, paints and glitter to create their own wands. They can make wizard hats with black card stock paper, a stapler and gold star stickers. The paper is rolled into a cone shape and secured at the edges with the stapler.
Magic wand pretzels are delicious and they look kind of magical. You need chocolate, pretzel sticks and colored sprinkles. Melt the chocolate and dip the pretzels in chocolate, take them out and finish with some colored sprinkles.
Make cupcakes and put wizard hat-shape tops on them. To make the hats, first make the cones. Then, melt some good quality chocolate. Roll the cones in chocolate and leave them on waxed paper until the chocolate dries. Add the lightning bolts and stars.
Top the cake with wizard hats made of ice cream and frosting stars. Really cool would be a hat-shaped cake, which is something most pastries can make easily.
Make a Poly-juice potion out of several flavors. Add a Harry Potter glass top and there you have it, a complete Harry Potter menu for kids.
As many stories for children, Harry Potter has its share of wisdom for grown-ups. Plus, they are given the chance to enjoy a free ride through the incredible magical world of Harry Potter as kids do.