My little man turned 7 recently and we celebrated with a big Harry Potter Birthday Party! We’ve been long time Harry Potter fans and my youngest recently joined the club when we visited Hogsmeade at Universal Studios Hollywood last year. One step into the magical world and he requested a Harry Potter Birthday Party this year. Needless to say, we didn’t hesitate to oblige!
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Harry Potter Birthday Party Ideas
If you’ve been following my blog, you will know that this party madness all started with the birthday parties I plan for my three sons. I’ve always loved parties, but when I had my babies my love for parties multiplied! I love celebrating their birthdays with parties to remember. Not only for our sons but for our family and friends to join in on the fun! I love spoiling our guests with an elaborate experience filled with fun, food, party favors and a little bit of birthday magic! So, obviously birthdays are a big thing around here and we pulled out all the stops for the big day! Just like when we brought hay in the house and built the Wild West inside for little man’s Round Up Party. And when we built an Army Barrack for his Army Party and a Star Killer Base for last year’s Star Wars party! It’s really so much fun to make their birthday memorable for all.
For this year’s celebration, we knew we wanted to transform the house into our very own little Hogwarts. After all, who could resist this face?
With our busy schedule, we actually didn’t start prepping for the party until a few days before. Which meant I needed to cram a whole lot of DIYs after work. Luckily, my husband loves to help me and he took charge of transforming our house into Hogwarts so I could focus on the other party details. He started the transformation by hanging brick printed paper, black paper and wood printed paper to our dining and living room walls. This wasn’t an easy task and often took both of us to hold and fasten the paper to our walls. After lots of measuring, cutting and countless command strips, we were thrilled with the results.
We created the “Great Hall” for the Hogwarts students with a few tables dressed up with black tablecloths, burgundy runners and gold and red chargers.
At each place-setting, each student received a Gable Box filled with goodies; Bertie Bots Jelly Beans, a Chinese Yoyo, personalized broom pen, a pair of Wizard glasses, and a Honeydukes candy bar. I also made a Quill for each student! I added a Hogwarts sticker to the center of the box and a custom made favor tag made with stickers designed by Donna of Swish Printables.
Behind the tables, I decorated our fireplace mantle and hearth to resemble the Gryffindor common room. I hung a large Happy Birthday sign I found at Jonesing2Create. I usually design my own printables and stationery, but with my hectic schedule lately I decided to save time and utilize the awesome creations by other bloggers. 🙂
Next, I hung up several framed photos throughout the room (see how I created a Hogwarts Portrait Backdrop HERE). I also decorated the mantel with fun decorative pieces that I thought you might find in Hogwarts.
Following the tutorial for DIY Floating Candles from the Harry Potter Wish List blog, I made several candles to hang from the ceiling beams above the table.
We set up an Owl Post in the entryway, complete with a Sirius Black wanted sign and The Daily Prophet newspapers. I wrapped up a broom and several boxes just like in Hogsmeade! The table was perfect for guests to place their gifts for our little wizard, guarded by Hedwig.
Every wizard needs his luggage and personal owl! I set up a few suitcases along with a large birdcage and stuffed owl. I added a large “7” I found on clearance for $1 at Hobby Lobby and of course had to display the awesome invitation designed by Swish Printables.
Check out how I add a Hogwarts Seal to our envelopes!
Every student needs a Monster Book of Monsters! These adorable party favor boxes were designed for us by Wendy’s Printable Party. Aren’t they awesome?
This little area was also a great place for taking fun photos!
This was also the perfect little spot to set up our Ollivanders Wand Shop. I displayed one of the boxes from my son’s wands on top of a stack of my husbands collection of old books.
As additional party favors, I made a bunch of wands for the students.
The kids had so much fun with these and they are so easy to make. I’ll be sharing a quick tutorial soon.
We also set up an area for Dumbledore’s office which included photos of Dumbledore, Hufflepuff, Gryffindor, Ravenclaw and Slytherin. We added decor elements similar to those in Dumbledore’s study.
I used a Hogwarts Wax Seal for our party invitations, so I thought it would be a nice decorative touch for Dumbledore’s desk area. Check out my tutorial for Hogwarts Stationery!
I made a few potions as well for party props and decor. I’ll be sharing a tutorial for these as well.
Of course, my son wanted to display his Lucius Malfoy Walking Stick/Wand! It was a gift from Santa last Christmas and one of his prized possessions.
Harry Potter Birthday Party Table
And now for the main table! Creating a Hogwarts party table was so fun! I started with large banners for Hufflepuff, Gryffindor, Slytherin and Ravenclaw and hung them as my backdrop.
I also setup a ladder shelf for all the scarves I made for each student and topped it with our animated Sorting Hat. Be sure to check out my video and tutorial for No Sew Hogwarts House Scarves! Thank you Kunin Group for sending all the felt needed to make these fun party favors!
My friend Nancy of Tancy’s Creations created the most amazing letters for our table representing each House. She even included die cut mascots! I placed them on top of black candle holders for height.
Gryffindor was little man’s fave, of course!
Our cake took center stage on the table. I ordered this delicious two tier cake from Sam’s Club bakery and it was amazing! I elected to go simple for our cake this year, as to not take away from the other amazing desserts. So I simply topped it with Harry’s Patronus I made using my Sizzix Big Shot and Dashing Deer die on gold card stock.
My friend Roni of Roni’s Sugar Creations made the most amazing black candy apples complete with bubbles and branch sticks. These were so delicious and a huge hit at the party!
My friend Jill of Morsels Party Planning made these adorable fondant cupcake toppers that I added to our favorite vanilla and chocolate cupcakes.
And of course, it’s just not a party without a delicious set of custom cookies from my dear friend Katherine of Creating Awesomenessity. These are always the first sweeties to go!
Hedwig is my fave!
I added a few more decorations to the table, like the trophy that I found at Hobby Lobby for $4 and spray painted silver for our Tri Wizard cup and my son’s beloved Marauder’s Map. Another treasured gift from Christmas past.
The map was also a great conversation piece for guests to enjoy!
Honeydukes Candy Cart
To continue on with the sweeties, I set up a Honeydukes candy cart inspired by the candy cart on Hogwarts Express. I added Honeydukes stickers to plain white paper bags for everyone to fill up with their favorite sweets. I filled a small, medium and large jars with Fruit Slices, Mango Gummi Bears and Lemon Candy. I also displayed large Cherry Swirl Lollipops, Buttermints and assorted Jelly Beans.
Harry Potter Costumes
We can’t have a proper party without the proper attire! Our birthday boy had a complete Hogwarts Uniform with black khakis, a white button down shirt, Gryffindor Tie, Grey V-Neck Sweater, Gryffindor Robe and of course his mommy made Scarf. And a proper set of Harry Potter Glasses!
You know we had to have Professor Snape, both in person and as a cardboard cutout! He is after all, one of my personal favorite characters and Alan Rickman will always be one of my fave actors. My middle son hosted the students in full character as he wore his very own curated costume. Finding a Professor Snape Costume was no easy task. Luckily he found a wig which we trimmed and a coat that worked perfectly! He makes a mean Severus Snape impersonation, even down to the voice!
What a great looking group of Wizards! (My oldest even dressed up in jailbird pants and a “Straight out of Azkaban” shirt, haha!)
And that’s a wrap! Another fun filled Harry Potter Birthday Party for our little man. Thank you to my special friends and family that joined us for his Birthday, I know it’s one he will cherish for all his days!
I hope you are inspired to create your very own magical Harry Potter Birthday Party! I will be sharing more fun details and tutorials in the weeks to come so be sure to visit again soon!
And remember my friends…
“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light” – Albus Dumbledore
Happy Party Planning!
Harry Potter Birthday Party Styling & Photography – Michelle’s Party Plan-It
Sugar Cookies – Creating Awesomenessity
Candy Apples – Roni’s Sugar Creations
Cupcake Toppers – Morsels Party Planning
Hogwarts House Letters – Tancy’s Creations
Monster Book of Monsters Favor Boxes – Wendy’s Printable Party
Harry Potter Birthday Party Invitations and Favor Stickers – Swish Printables
Felt – Kunin Group
Harry Party Birthday Party Costume, Robe, Tie, Picture Frames, Potion Bottles, Assorted Candy, Glass Jars, Snape Cut Out, Party Favors – Oriental Trading Company
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This was such an amazing and fabulous birthday. The details and love you put into it totally show. Thank you for having us, the boys had such a blast!!
Thank you so much Blanca! We loved having you. It’s always fun when we can party together!
Such a great party!! The decor was amazing and so realistic!! We can see the passion you have for partying and making your guest feel they have been transported to another place in time. Thank you for inviting us to be part of your son’s special day!!
Hi! I love the Harry Potter Flag! My niece is turning 16 and this is her theam party. Where can I order the flags??
Hi! I have the flags linked above. Have fun party planning!