I was beginning to think my second Harry Potter party was given the Cruciatus Curse! One guest went into labor, another guest’s father had emergency surgery (no worries everything is great now), and the wedding reception I was working on the day of the event doubled booked the venue! But after two reschedules and a windstorm, it magically all came together! Not all my loved ones could make it as planned, but that is the life of any hostess. Sometimes you honestly have to pull out your wand and do your best spell to bring it all together! And I have to tell you, the end result really did feel magical! It had a much different feel than my first HP party last year, but I think it’s fun to mix it up a little!
Here are the photos of the event. At the bottom of the post are some of the details I included.
1) I set out little glasses filled with “Polyjuice Potion.” Aside each small glass was an envelope labeled with a character specimen from the movie, such as “a hair from the head of Bellatrix Lestrange”. The envelopes were really filled with a small amount of powdered drink mix. As each guest arrived, the idea was that they would pick which character they wanted to be that night, drink the “Polyjuice Potion” and sit at the place setting created for that character. I also set a large stand filled with black English hats for the ladies to wear.
2) You cannot see them too well in the photos, but look carefully in the dinner photos and you will see “Prophecy” orbs. I created large round ice orbs and placed lights inside in order for them to glow at night. These were on each place setting and were each guest’s personal “prophecy.” Seriously, they looked dynamite – wish I had a close up for you.
3) I hung a chandelier and two candelabras from the tree using fishing twine to make them look like they were floating above the table. These “floating” lights created a dramatic and fun addition to the event. When we placed them in the trees and lit the candles, no douse of humility could have made me feel less than brilliant.
4) Owls were everywhere at the party. I had them in the trees, in steel bird cages, and on the table. I really don’t think you can have enough owls at a Harry Potter party. They are currently on sale at Michael’s. I may have already bought them all though.
5) I tried to stay true to an English meal. The dinner included Cornish Hens, potatoes, a mixed green salad, carrot, and a variety of desserts.
6) I held the event in a dear friend’s field. I thought this gave the event a Forbidden Forest feel that was a meeting place in the last movie.
7) Not photographed: I had a jar filled with “wands” on “loan from Ollivander’s Wand Shop.”
8) I placed lots of sealed envelopes all around to echo the first book when Harry received his exobrant amount of letters from Hogwarts.
A special thanks to Tracy Wagstaff Photography for the photos!
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