Karlie's Harry Potter Party

Karlie decided for her 10th birthday that she wanted a Harry Potter themed birthday.  After seeing Hailey grow up so much in a year's span, I know this could be the last big theme birthday party for Karlie.  Once tweenhood hits, the home birthday parties start to lose their appeal. :(
So we gave it our all for this one!  The invitations were letters to Hogwarts.

Hogwarts School
of  Witchcraft  And  Wizardry

Headmaster: Albus Dumbledore
(Order of Merlin, First Class, Grand Sorc., Chf. Warlock,
Supreme Mugwump, International Confed. of Wizards)


Dear Miss *********,

We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted to a special preview session of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in honor of  Karlie’s 10th birthday. The session will be held on Sunday, March 16th, from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.  You will have a chance to sample a few classes and have a quidditch match!

If you accept the invitation, you are to report to platform 9¾ at 2:00 p.m. (Muggle address: ***********.)  You will be transported to Diagon Alley to purchase school supplies, and then to Hogwarts, where sorting will commence promptly at 2:30.

Please R.S.V.P.  to Katie by owl no later than March 15th to reserve your place.  (Or use your Muggle computer and email.)

Yours sincerely,
Minerva McGonall
Minerva McGonagall,
Deputy Headmistress
Then we sealed them with wax and hand delivered them by owl.
I think I have created a party planning monster.  Karlie was the head party planner.  I can only imagine what planning her wedding will be like.  :)  She had a definite vision of what she wanted and there was no convincing her of any other option.  I am not use to having to negotiate ideas and explain there is a limit to my abilities.  LOL
She was thrilled to create all the parts of the party.  I think she had as much fun prepping for the party as she did the actual party.
She and Kaitlin put together Harry Potter candy bags that we then put in the Piñata.  The Bertie Bott's Beans were the crowd pleaser.  The girls loved trying the vomit, dirt, booger and other gross flavored jelly beans.  They couldn't wait to give them to their siblings.

I made robes for each of the kids using this really easy no sew tutorial and then glued on the house patches.
Karlie also wanted a potions class.  She found three potions to make from this website.  We went to the dollar store and collected various jars.  She then labeled them and filled them with the necessary ingredients.
 Exploding Ginger Eyelash: Pop-rocks
Stardew: honey with a little bit of added water 

Bat Spleen: Gushers
Dragon Blood: Cranberry Juice
Horklump Juice: Lemonade
Infusion of Wormwood: Strawberry soda
Unicorn Blood: Cream soda
Mermaid Tears: Sprite
Pond Slime: partially mashed kiwi
Baneberry: blackberries
Puffer-fish Eyes: popping bob as (we bought from the frozen yogurt store)
Octopus Powder: Tang Powder
Ground Mandrake Root: Kool-aid powder
Nightshade: Crystal Light powder

 A little dragon came to get some love from Mommy during all the hustle and bustle.  I can always slay a dragon with a kiss.
Everyone was dressed in character.  Hailey was Albus Dumbledore.  I was professor McGonagall and Max was professor Snape.
While we were waiting for all the girls to arrive, they played find the golden snitch.  Whoever found it first earned a golden dollar. 
 Hank and Kiki found it!
Karlie planned every detail of the girls going shopping in Diagon Alley.  She used the left over Mardi Gras coins as money for each of them to shop with to buy their supplies for Hogwarts.

 We made each of them a Potions Book that color corresponded with the house they would be placed in.
 We made chocolate frogs and acid pops for them to but from HoneyDukes.
 They each needed a cauldron and glasses.
 We found brooms at the dollar store, so they each got a Nimbus 2000 broom that was also color coordinated with their house.
Karlie's most important detail was the wand.  I put a light under it and as the kids grabbed a wand, if the wand chose them, the light lit up the vase.  If it was not the wand for them, it didn't glow and they had to choose again.
After shopping at Diagon Alley, the kids jumped through Platform 9 3/4 to take the train to Hogwarts.

In the great hall they were sorted into their houses and given their robes (we forgot to get pictures.)  We had the sorting hat and she yelled out their house.  Karlie presorted the girls based on their personalities.  I had to memorize who went where!
 After the sorting ceremony, they were off to potions class with professor Snape.
 I loved listening to the giggling girls as they tried their potions and tried to determine what the ingredients were.  They even got Snape to crack up.
This was so fun but SO messy!  A must do outside. 
 Karlie really wanted a Quidditch match.  Max covered hula hoops with duct tape and hung them from the trees on both ends of the yard.
 The teams were divided up.  The rules were that you had to stay on your broom.
 They had a blast!
 It was much harder than they thought it would be.
Max threw the Golden Snitch in and team Slytherin and Hufflepuff captured it and won the match!
The final activity was blast the piñata.  Karlie cracked it open and they each got their goody bags of Harry Potter themed candy.
Karlie designed her cake and we did our best to make it a reality.  The sorting hat turned out so cute.
We tired to make it the most magical party for our spirited, bright, and determined Sparkle.  Happy double digits my sweet girl!




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