Monday, February 28, 2011

The Journey at Platform 9 3/4

The journey to this magical birthday celebration began at Platform 9 3/4.

Upon entering the space, twenty little boys discovered a new world many had never experienced. A world that included a sorting hat that sang a silly poem and organized the children into "houses." 

House members were identified by colored scarves and rings. Upon house selection, each child was given an acceptance letter from Dumbledore himself. 

All of Harry's favorite foods were served for lunch (ham sandwiches, a herbology tray, cupcakes, butterbeer and berry ocky rot). 

After lunch, boys lined up to take their turn in the "chair of doom" while they each tasted a jelly bean from Bertie Bots Every Flavor Beans. Some boys didn't mind the flavors of pineapple, blueberry or the non-tasting beans. Others, however, caused the audience to shriek with laughter when they discovered flavors such as onions and dirt!

The favorite station was the candy shop which we blogged about last week. The kids were digging in feverishly and filling their bags to the brim with as much candy as they could. Not a surprise but slightly funny to watch. 

After the candy shop raid, kids found themselves at the Wand Shop. Each boy created his very own magical wand using a pretzel rod, chocolate and candy sprinkles. 

The amazement of this birthday celebration really came when the guests arrived to potions class. Children were told to create their own concoction from ingredients such as excitability solution, knotgrass, armadillo bile, dragon tears, sleeping powder and acromantula venom. It's amazing what excitement a little dry ice can bring to a party!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Everything Potter Candy Shoppe

Treacle Fudge, Acid Suckers, Chocolate Frogs, Jam Donuts...maybe not food fit for a king but perfect for a Harry Potter Candy Shoppe! I am in love with this candy table featuring Hedwig himself presiding over all the treats! Special thanks to Megan at The Ink Market for the candy tags.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A Muggle, A Birthday and A New Love for Wizards

I recall when the Harry Potter series first became a phenomenon. I was in my early twenties working as a nanny and the girls were addicted to the book series. Though I initially thought I was beyond the age limit of this fantasy world, I decided to begin reading the first book so I could keep up with the girls conversations. That is when I fell in love with Harry Potter and his story. Nearly ten years later, I just completed my first Harry Potter birthday party for a 7 year old client (who is also a friend and classmate of my son). I understand his love for Harry, Hermione and Ron and hope he can see the "love" in the details. 

Check out the invitation from Megan at The Ink Market below. We'll try to get the party pic's blogged soon!