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Hosting the Ultimate Harry Potter Party

Posted on 3rd May 2020
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Hosting the perfect Harry Potter children's party blog post by Karnival Costumes online party shop
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Turn those Muggles into young sorcerers at your Harry Potter party and you'll all have a magical time! With a little planning and research you’ll be teaching a few spells, whipping up some magical potions and watching the fun appear right before your eyes. It's time for a visit to our Hogwarts School of Party Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Having confirmed the party theme, and established the date, time and location for your party, the next major action is to send out the party invitations. Why not create a Wizard Scroll party invitation to send to your party guests. Write the party details on parchment paper using gold or black ink. Burn the edges of the paper to make it look old, or tear the edges and brush them with brown ink to antique them. Roll up the paper and tie it with gold ribbon. Alternatively, you could use a traditional envelope sprinkled with a little glitter and enclose two or three small gold Galleons (the most valued coin of the wizarding currency) as a special treat. If you don’t have parchment – and few of us do, you can age normal printing paper by dropping a few coffee granules onto a dampened sheet and watch it spread creating age spots.
Don’t forget to include that your guests are to come dressed as Harry or their favorite character from the Harry Potter series. You can also suggest they come dressed as witches and wizards of their own creation. Here at Karnival Costumes, we’ve lots of official Harry Potter fancy dress and costume accessories for you to choose from. Don’t forget it’s always good to have a few generic Hogwart’s dressing up bits or black pointed hats. For those who arrive without a costume, a hat and a drawn lightning bolt on their foreheads will create lots of young Harry Potters.
We’ve a selection of themed Harry Potter disposable party tableware and party decorations including metallic gold balloons which make perfect snitches if helium filled. To add to these, if you spend a few minutes on the web, you’ll find plenty of Hogwart’s Proclamations which you can print out (modifying them if you wish) and then hang around the party area. Whilst you’re there you can also download a map of Harry Potter’s world and this can be printed out over a number of pages which can then be added to your wall decorations.
Don't forget to include signs for the four Hogwarts houses: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin.  You can also use items from the book, such as an owl, broom, cape, wands, cauldrons, telescope, stuffed cat and rubber toads etc to make your own film set. Which if set in front of the map will create a fantastic photo opportunity.  Add to this our Harry Potter photo props in-order to create even more party photos.
Using aged brown paper or by printing them out and then again aging them, make wizarding book covers with the following titles and use them to wrap these covers around normal books. Stacked around the room, these will add to the overall atmosphere: Great book titles would be; "The Standard Book of Spells, "A History of Magic," "One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi," "Magical Drafts and Potions" and "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them."
As a centerpiece on your buffet table, and providing your guests are old enough, you could fill a black cauldron with popcorn sprinkled with a few (washed) gold Galleons – or if it’s a more formal setting you could set a small cauldron with gold Galleons for each guest.
If being Harry Potter and his chums from Hogwarts isn’t enough to keep them entertained, here’s a few games that should be popular with all fans of Harry and the students at Hogwarts:
Not Quite Quidditch
This can be played outside using a gold painted soft football or indoors using a gold balloon.  With propped up buckets (goal) – which can be decorated if you wish, at each end of the ‘pitch’, divide the players into two teams and give each player a broom stick (or brown swimming pool noodle) to "ride." The teams must kick the Quaffles into the goal. The "keepers" must try to keep the Quaffles from going through their teams' bucket. A team gets a point each time it kicks the Quaffle through the other team's goal. Play for a set amount of time and award a prize to the team with the most points when time is up.
Wizard's Thinking Hat
You’ll need to complete some research for this game by creating a list of Harry Potter themed questions and answers. To play, have your guests make wizard hats by rolling cardstock paper into a cone shape. Tape the edges to make a hat. Alternatively you can buy a licensed Sorting hat from our collection or let them use their black witch’s hat. Then have one player wear their Thinking Hat and sit on a stool in the middle of the room. Ask the player a question about the Harry Potter stories, such as "What are the names of the Dursley family?," "Who is Voldemort?," "Where did Harry live at the Dursley house?" and "How old was Harry when he first went to Hogwarts?" If a player can answer the question, he or she gets a point and can try to answer another question. If not, the player leaves the stool and another player gets a chance to answer questions. The player with the most points wins a prize.
Mirror Messages

Give each guest a pencil, paper and a small mirror. Have them each write a secret message to another guest. However, they must write the messages backward! When all the messages are written, have the guests exchange messages and then read them with their mirrors or without for more laughs!
Professor Flitwick's Magic Potion
Collect ingredients for making cookies, pudding or any treat. Don't tell the guests what you're planning to make. Write the recipe as if it were for a magical potion, renaming the ingredients for fun. For example, you might call flour "cloud dust," milk "ghost's blood" and an egg "dragon snot." Have the kids make the potion following the magical recipe. Then let them decorate their magic cookies.
If you are hosting older children at your Harry Potter party you may wish to add a few sweet treats To add a few treats to the party here are a few magical selections:
Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans (jellybeans)
Drooble's Best Blowing Gum (bubblegum)
Chocolate Frogs (moulded chocolate – check the web for affordable moulds)
Pumpkin Pasties (individual pumpkin pies)
Licorice Wands (licorice)
For those organizing Hogwarts themed party games and need some small prizes, or for those creating their own goodie bags, here’s a few ideas:
Harry Potter books and movies
Harry Potter glasses
Book of magic tricks
Harry Potter Favours
Wizard wands
Stuffed owls
With a little planning and effort we’re sure that you’ll find it easy to organise your own super Hogwarts and Harry Potter party. And if Harry isn’t your chosen theme, here at Karnival Costumes we’ve plenty of other themes to choose from…… 
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