Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Celebrating Harry Potter Style

On January 16th, Luke turned 8 years old.  After going to his cousin's Harry Potter themed birthday party in December, Luke knew that he wanted the same theme.  He had just started reading the books and was very excited about it!  This was his year to have a big friend party so we went all out.  I haven't read the books (I've tried, just can't get into them.), but Kevin had read them.  So thanks to Luke, Kevin, pinterest, & blogs I was able to come up with a Harry Potter party.

The prep work:

Sorting Hat

Take Home Bag- they also put some the creatures they found on the magical creature hunt in their bags (plastic frogs, snakes, dragons, lizards, etc.)

The boys were split into these two schools & wore this badge to represent their school.

Kevin made wands out of dowels and made each one a little different. I just told them to make them all the same, but he went above and beyond. 

The cupcakes
This was supposed to represent the train depot at Platform 9 3/4. (It was a stretch).  They walked through the "red brick wall" to enter the party. 
             The Party:                                     
When the boys first came into the party they received their wands and decorated them with markers.  Then we used the sorting hat to put each boy in either Gryffindor or Slytherin.  We used a baby monitor in the hat and Kevin was in the other room talking.  The boys thought it was cool to have the hat "talk".

Receiving wand and magic instructions.

Sorting & counting their creatures they found on the magical creature hunt.

Potions class.  Kevin did such a great job!  He really got into and made sure the boys said the "magic words" & used their wands to make the potions work.  I just wish we would have had a costume for him to make it seem more real. :)

Quidditch-  I got the idea for the Quidditch goals on a blog.  We decided to forgo broom sticks knowing they would be more dangerous than fun.  The boys loved this game and had so much fun playing Gryffindor vs. Slytherin.

Luke's friends sure spoiled him with some great gifts.  Nerf guns, Legos, remote control car and more.  This was one happy 8 year old boy!


Krista said...

That's awesome!!! Makenna loves Harry Potter so I might have to do this for her 8th birthday! And you look gorgeous pregnant!!

Megs said...

That is awesome! I am very impressed with the sorting hat. Looks like a great party.

Kerry and Dave said...

Yeah for "Life as we Know it" blog post and update! I am so impressed with your birthday party. Now you are obligated to read the books! Now, keep the updates coming!!

Amanda said...

Wow, what a lot of great ideas! It sure looked fun for Luke and his friends. You are an awesome mom!