Have a Harry Potter tea party and there’ll be magic in the air!
Here are 10 ideas to start your adventure:
Try either beautiful owl patterns or Hogwarts school colors and top it with Hogwarts School Of Witchcraft And Wizardry.
Ask the parents to say the invitations were delivered by an owl while the children were at school.
The address of the party is Hogwarts Academy, of course, currently disguised as your Muggle home.
If you are having several activities, set up different rooms or areas as Three Broomsticks (kitchen), Daigon Alley (living room), or The Great Hall (dining/family room).
Look for cobwebs, of course, castle-sized spiders, cauldrons, and everything for students of witchcraft and wizardry
Hide a cell phone in the hat and have someone in another room ready to dramatically announce the children’s names and house selections.
Does anyone want to be Slytherin?
An easy costume idea is to offer press-on tattoos for the children or set up face painting.
Got egg cartons?
Let the group use them for the spine of a large paper mache dragon.
Stock up on Ollivander’s fine hand-made wands.
Choose wooden dowels of different sizes and stain them different wood colors.
Authenticate them with homemade Celtic woods labels like Alder and Spring Breezes or Oak with Serpent Eggs.
And beware the spell that can turn you into a frog.
A red soda could be Blood Worm Tonic, gummy worms become Whizzing Worms, cookies are Falling Stars and New Moons, and of course, you'll need a bowl of Bertie Bott's Jelly Beans.
Food selections (try to balance out the candy and sweets) can be international to represent all the visiting schools, and a birthday cake should be a Harry Potter theme or wizard’s hat.
Check with parents about allergies before planning the menu for your Harry Potter tea party.
You can also use this tea to create pumpkin juice by making it full strength, then adding apple juice and a few tablespoons of canned pumpkin pie mix to a quart.
If you give each child a plain ceramic cup and a few pieces of dried tea leaf with warm water, you have set the stage for a Hogwarts class in divination–-reading the tea leaves!
Need more classes?
Include Muggle geography of tea-producing nations and secret words for younger children to survive table etiquette in the world of Muggles like “May I, Please, and Thank You?”
Most magicians can now work within the Hogwarts theme and teach simple “magic” tricks to the children.
After the show, have the magician tie balloons into safe swords for everyone.
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