As a Harry Potter enthusiast I encouraged my niece to partake in the reading of all the books. After she began the first book, she was hooked and loved reading all of them. When her birthday came near, she requested a Harry Potter birthday party. I was so excited and hopped onto the web and began gathering ideas and creating lists.
1. Birthday Invitation
I downloaded and used these fonts Lumos, Aquiline, and Golden Script for the invitations. I created an old parchment look by rubbing brown ink along the edges and throughout cream cardstock paper, and then print the invitation. I rolled the invitation into a scroll and tied with a ribbon and attached a paper owl and personalized name card made with my Cricut. I downloaded the Harry P font and used the Cricut to draw the name card. An editable word version of the invitation can be found here.
I wanted to create the Hogwarts Great Hall in my sister’s dining room. The ceiling is covered with plastic black table cloths held by thumbtacks and floating candles created by painted paper tubes, a glue gun, and battery tea lights. I used the glue gun to create the dripping wax, which required a second coat of paint to create the wax look. I used the Cricut to cut vinyl stars and added those as well.
House flags created from Google images enlarged and printed onto cardstock and then glued onto Cricut cut shapes.
Hogwarts banner was created by cutting cardstock with the Cricut and the Harry P font.
House flags over the fireplace. Can be found at Censational Girl.
Big thanks to my cousin who made the paper mache sorting hat!
3. Photo Booth
The photo booth was created with foam board and using the Cricut to cut the cardstock.
Our menu included Butterbeer cupcakes, Hufflepuff pizza puffs, Slytherin spirals, firebolts, Ollivander’s licorice wands, flesh eating slugs, owl feed, Bertie botts every flavour beans, and chocolate frogs. The cupcake toppers were from Just Sweet and Simple.
As this was an orientation, the attendees’ had to succeed at passing a few tests: potion creation, wand making, spell recognition, and snitch rolling competitions.
6. Acceptance into Hogwarts gift bag