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Can you believe the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, was published 25 years ago? Makes you feel old, doesn’t it? But it also means it’s no exaggeration to say that a generation has grown up with Harry Potter, and the army of fans, old and new, is as strong as ever. And I can see why. Because we all need a little bit of magic in our lives, don’t we. That’s why it makes such a fabulous party theme! And the official Harry Potter party merchandise has had a makeover. So it’s the perfect time for me to share my ideas to help you theme your Harry Potter party.
Where to start?
The new Harry Potter design is lighter and brighter than the previous one making it the perfect base for your party table – which I always recommend as your party centrepiece. And then comes the fun bit where you add to it! As you can see in the picture below, the signature scarf, sorting hat, book of spells, and Harry’s famous glasses are all included in the design. So why not add these to your table in real life too. A pair of glasses for each child at their table setting works really well because they get to wear them at the party and take them home. And how about a sorting hat as your table centre.
Battery-operated tealights add atmosphere and you can also hang them using fishing wire to give the illusion they are floating. Why not add some paper fans, in the house colours, as a backdrop to your table. Add some balloons in the house colours too, which will match the napkins nicely, and you’re now well on your way to creating your magical theme.
Harry Potter themed party games and activities
It wouldn’t be a Harry Potter party without a game of quidditch. To keep things simple I recommend a slightly adapted version using hoops and hacky sacks (or a range of balls if outside). And to be honest you can make up your own rules from there. It could be each child takes it in turns to see how many they can get through the hoops. And your smallest ball could be the golden snitch.
If the children are slightly older and all Harry Potter fans, how about putting their knowledge to the test with a Harry Potter quiz.
And if you’re looking for an activity, there’s nothing more magical than making potions. The lovely Amy at Crafty Croc Box has potion kits for little ones to create their very own bubbling concoction. Each box has all the items you need to create a potion, including instructions. As it’s messy play, this one is probably best done outdoors.
And you can’t go wrong with a pinata – a sorting hat one, of course.
Make it magical with music
The Harry Potter film soundtrack is a no-brainer. But there are also Harry Potter playlists on lots of the popular streaming channels that’ll be sure to get the party started. And it saves you the hard work of having to put together a playlist from scratch.
Leave a lasting impression!
A magical party bag will certainly leave your guests on a high but what to include? Harry Potter glasses are a must. I put glasses in party bags at a party I was hosting a while back, and they were a huge success. Of course, if you’ve added them to your table the little ones will already have them. A wooden bookmark is something the little ones can use when reading their next Harry Potter book, and you can never have too many wands, can you! Add in some cake with icing in the house colours and you’ve cracked it!
You’re now well on your way to creating your Harry Potter party, and I’m sure you’ll come up with many more ideas to add to this magical theme.
To discuss tableware, decorations, and party bags for your Harry Potter party, drop me a line, I’d love to help out!
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