Anyone who knows us will know that Milly and I are HUGE Harry Potter fans. We’ve read the books countless times, and watched the movies religiously and Milly even has various versions of all the books. Some just to look pretty on her shelf.
Happy Harry Potter Day!
Back when Evan turned 8 he was a huge Harry Potter fan. He was obsessed and he asked for a Harry Potter-themed party. This meant loads of planning for me to get things perfect. This was party planning heaven!
Hosting a Harry Potter party for kids is a magical experience that can transport young witches and wizards into the world of Hogwarts. From spellbinding decorations to whimsical games and activities, planning a Harry Potter party requires a little bit of creativity and imagination. In this post, we’ll walk you through some essential steps to make your Harry Potter party a success.
Set the Date and Time
The first step in planning any party is setting the date and time. Consider the age of your guests when selecting the timing of your party. Younger children may do better with a daytime party, while older kids may enjoy a night time celebration. It’s also essential to give parents plenty of notice so they can plan accordingly.
Send Out Invitations
We printed our invitations, rolled them into a scroll and then secured them shut with wax and a special stamp.
Once you have set the date and time, it’s time to send out invitations. You can create Harry Potter-themed invitations using a parchment paper-style background and Hogwarts crest or use pre-made invitations from your local party supply store.
Decorate Your Party Venue
The next step is to transform your party space into a magical world of Harry Potter. Use Hogwarts house colours (red and gold for Gryffindor, blue and bronze for Ravenclaw, green and silver for Slytherin, and yellow and black for Hufflepuff) for your decorations. Hang up banners, balloons, and streamers in house colours, and set up a sorting hat station to help sort your guests into their respective houses.
We made sure we had the Room of Requirement (the toilet!) including Moaning Myrtle, a monster book of monsters (homemade with a box book which I covered with furry material) spiders everywhere, invisibility cloaks, floating keys and envelopes.
Plan Magical Activities
What’s a Harry Potter party without some magical activities? Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Wand-Making: Set up a wand-making station where kids can decorate and personalise their own wands using wooden dowels and craft supplies.
- Potion-Making: Create a potion-making station where kids can mix and match different coloured liquids and powders to create their magical concoctions.
- Quidditch: Set up a Quidditch match in your backyard, using brooms and soft balls to play.
- Scavenger Hunt: Plan a scavenger hunt with clues and puzzles that lead kids to magical prizes.
- Serve Magical Food and Drinks -No party is complete without food and drinks, and a Harry Potter party is no exception. Serve up magical snacks like chocolate frogs. We found the perfect moulds to make our chocolate frogs for Evan’s party whilst visiting the Harry Potter shop in London but you can also find these online if you are not planning a visit to a Harry Potter shop any time soon. Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans, and butterbeer (a non-alcoholic beverage that tastes like creamy butterscotch) are also a must for a true Harry Potter experience. This butterbeer recipe we found on Kids Activities Blog will be a huge success.
Dress Up in Costume
Finally, encourage guests to dress up in their favourite Harry Potter character costumes to make the party feel even more authentic. You can even set up a costume contest and have award prizes for the best costume.
Alternatively, you can set up a dress-up station if you already have props. Check out places such as Primark for cheap props such as Harry and Luna’ glasses, scarves etc. We also found some great stuff on Ebay including Ravenclaw’s diadem, Griffindor’s sword, Marvolo’s ring.
Be Sure To Join In The Fun!
Planning a Harry Potter party for kids can be a lot of fun, and with a little bit of creativity and imagination, you can create a magical experience that your young guests (and you!) will never forget. So, get out your wizarding robes and wands and start planning your magical celebration today!