I made the 4 House banners and a black Hogswarts banner out of broadcloth and printed a crest to iron on. I made 2 sets of banners and hung them up. I made a few hanging candles and strung them up with fishing line.
I printed out some potion labels I found on the web. It was cool figuring out what ingredients to put in the bottle and making a gross potion name to match. Here's my potion bottles: Bloodworms (spaghetti), Bat Eyes (raisons), Mermaid Scales (shredded coconut), Dragon Wings (cabbage leaf), Gillyweed (moss), Ear Wax (lemon drop candy), Spider Guts (yellow raisons), Owl Poop (black beans), Blind Cat Eyes (moth balls), Goblin Pee (pickle juice), Red Blood Cells (pimentos), Leech Juice (coke), Volcanic Ash (pancake mix), Rabbit Hearts (beets), Frog Livers (capers), and Troll Blood (beet juice). The Owl Poop and Goblin Pee were the kid's favorites!! In kindergarten right now, anything having to do with poop is hilarious.
When the kids arrived, I put them in our living room and they watched the first Harry Potter movies and snacked on jelly beans in cute little black cauldrons while we waited for the rest of our guests to arrive. Then I gathered them all up on our stairwell to do a sorting ceremony.
Then on to the fun part - the potions class! We did this in the garage in case we spilled anything. The first potion was an invisibility potion. Start with dragon blog (red cabbage juice), add moon flies (plastic flies), add dried bones which makes it turn green (laundry detergent), add scorpion stingers (cloves), add snake venom which makes it turn pink (vinegar), add volcanic ash which makes it bubble up (baking soda). Then stick your finger in the potion and rub some on the back of your hand which should make you disappear. We turned off the lights when they did that and it was dark in the garage, so we all laughed that the kids disappeared!! Our second potion we got to drink. We started with Sprite, added magic fizzy dust (grape koolaid), then added fire sparkles (pop rocks) and it fizzes and crackled while they drank it all up. They all thought the potions was the best part of the whole party.
After pizza, we had birthday cake and ice cream. I get all our cakes at the local Randalls grocery store, they make the best chocolate cakes! They watched the rest of the Harry Potter movie and they were all captivated by the movie. It was a great way for them to wind down.
I didn't have any goody bags, but they had lots of things to bring home including their black robe, house crest buttons, a wand, a HP key chain, a little notepad and their feather quill pencil, and a small black cauldron full of jelly beans. I was hoping we could do a relay race with the brooms but we ran out of time.
I had the hardest time making a fake fire to put in the 3 large cauldrons I bought. I looked at tons of pictures on the web, but I just could not get it right with all the tissue paper I had. This one looks more like a gift bag than a flaming hot cauldron.
So instead, I used shiny glitter strips in the cauldron, which didn't look too bad. One day I'm going to have to figure out how to make fake fire!!!
Overall, it was an awesome party. Andrew loved it and loved having all his classmates in his house. Thankfully birthdays only come once a year, because otherwise I'd be dead from party stress!! In June, we have a trip to Disney planned and will stop at Universal Studios to see the Wizarding World of Harry Potter for the first time. I think we're all going to LOVE that!!!