The Chamber of Secrets has been opened to reveal this awesome Harry Potter Birthday Party submitted by Katy McKinley of Wild and Wanderful out of Wheeling, WV, USA!
So creep on in and take a peek at all of the fabulous party ideas this Wizarding World contains! Do try not to disturb Tom Marvolo Riddle though or you might not escape unscathed!
Here are the incantations and party elements you need to recite and learn to re-create this darling occasion:
- Cute wanted poster invitation
- Fun Harry Potter graphic tees
- Floating letter and flying key banners
- Chamber of Secrets favor table
- DIY Ollivander’s favor wands
- 9 3/4 photo backdrop
- Butterbeer bar
- Cups adorned with Harry Potter-house stickers
- Cupcakes topped with scarves and glasses
- And a fun photo frame phrased with “Have You Seen This Wizard”?!
Harry Potter Birthday Party
Harry Potter Party Details:
This is what Katy shared about the party- “The great and hard thing about a HP party is that there are SO MANY things we could include in the party itself. We wanted to start with a fun invitation to “set the mood” for the party. And we thought that the “Undesireable No. 1” poster from Harry’s want ad would be a fun way to kick it off.
Louis was turning 6, however. So we decided to make a couple of changes…while keeping the same design idea. We were afraid that non-Potterheads wouldn’t get the reference so that’s why we wrote “Harry (Louis) Potter”. It was our not-so-subtle hint that this was going to be a Harry Potter party.
I had full intentions of making some really cool Quidditch shirts for Bennett, Louis and myself…but time got away from me. So I just thought a couple of graphic tees would be fun too. Louis’ “Snitches Get Stitches” cracks me up the most.
Party Theme and Games
We like our parties to include as much fun for all the guests as we can pack into one evening. Which means, we basically want to make it easy for everyone to dress up and be a part of the theme. So all of our “party favors” were a ton of things the kids could play with during the party itself…and then take home after. That way, they double as decor AND gifts. Win win!
When you first walked onto the porch, there was a table with a mirror reading “The Chamber of Secrets has been opened”, filled with goodies. You’ve almost seen all of these on the blog already, too! We had spell books, Harry Potter glasses, Gryffindor house ties, Quidditch brooms, and Olivander’s magic wands.
Bennett gets full credit for the wands. We bought some cheapie chopsticks on Amazon and he covered them in hot glue and paint…and created some truly magical props for the kiddos. I can’t tell you how many times someone “avada kedavra”-ed me, though. I’m thinking we should have taught them one of the nicer spells, haha.
I kept hoping that people understood the reference to the cake Hagrid gives Harry in the first movie…and not that I really don’t know how to spell ‘happy birthday’. You never know, haha.
Birthday parties can create SO MUCH garbage for us, so we always try and limit that by at least having some reusable, washable glasses for both kids and adults alike. And since we are a huge fan of getting kegs of craft beer for the grownups for our parties, mason jars with a cute themed sticker are perfection. We also found some bright, cute colored plastic cups for the kiddos.
My Mom made and AWESOME “Sorting Hat” cake for the party. Even though she fretted over it and it didn’t turn out quite like she had envisioned, I think it’s pretty freaking awesome. I also find the scarf and glasses cupcakes darling.
Strung up across most of the openings on our porch were these banners, made of envelopes and flying skeleton keys. They almost didn’t survive the crosswinds we kept getting on the porch that day, but they were super easy to make and provided for some extra theme-ing of the porch. It’s hard to decorate such a large space, so these banners helped extend my reach a little bit.
For whatever reason, my in-laws have this GIANT snake from years past. So my mother-in-law closed off the doors to the dining room and hid Nagini under the table for the kids to find. It was a hit, for sure. They dragged that poor stuffed snake around in circles MANY times.
One of our fabulous friends brought over some homemade Butterbeer with them. Yum.
Louis LOVED the Butterbeer. I can’t remember how many times he kept exclaiming how ‘delicious’ it is!
All in all, I’d say that we had a pretty darn successful birthday party. Harry Potter would be proud! I’m super glad that Bennett remembered to take some photos of people with our “Have you seen this wizard?” poster too! I don’t know why, but making face-in-hole posters are my favorite thing to do for parties (or anything) basically ever. It’s a fun photo op and provides for a little more silly antics.
A HUGE thanks goes out to all of the people who came, partied, drank all the beers, laughed all the laughs, and nerd-ed it up with us over our favorite Wizarding World. We had a blast! Happy birthday, Louis”!!
DIY HP Spellbook + Printable HERE
Easy DIY Quidditch Brooms HERE
DIY Gryffindor House Ties HERE
DIY Wands + 9-3/4 Wall HERE
FREE (personal use only) DOWNLOADS
HP Graphic Tee Silhouette Files HERE
Photoshop Birthday Invitation Template HERE
Hogwarts Crest cut/print sticker Silhouette File HERE
Mr. H Potter Printable Envelope File HERE
Have You Seen This Wizard? poster (24×36 file for engineering printers) HERE
EXTERNAL LINKS (FONTS / PATTERNS / FABRIC / SUPPLIES)
Font for Birthday Invitation found on DaFont.com HERE
Jolly Roger Raglan shirt pattern by Patterns for Pirates HERE
HP Inspired custom fabric from Vintage Lace
Round Harry Potter Glasses (set of 8) HERE
Skeleton Keys (for flying keys) on Amazon HERE
Assorted Color Kids Cups HERE
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