Harry Potter Party Prep Pt.1

The stuff we do for our children.  That’s all I can say.

No, actually there’s more.

I love the Harry Potter books… not as much a fan of the movies although they are very fun, but the point is I’m a fan, so when Sam said he wanted a Harry Potter theme for his 10th birthday…  Well, it’s very hard not to go wild.  I’m trying to do it bare-bones-keep-it-cheap style with stuff around the house (for the most part).

I’m just beginning the real prep.

Candy.  I’ve been slowly collecting candies that I thought could be appropriate – Chocolate coins for galleons to be used throughout the party, gummy sharks, rattlesnakes, and the pop rocks will be used in conjuction with lollipops in a Honeydukes workshop “How to make Dumbledore’s favorite treat: Acid Pops.”  Sticks will be turned into Sugar Quills.

Kat had been given a mystery bean jelly belly machine  – into the machine the every flavor beans go!  A bean pops out and the kids need to guess what flavor…

Anabelle wanted to see what candy I had been collecting and tried a bean. She got pepper and WAS. NOT. PLEASED!  She also helped me secretly experiment with making the Sorting Hat talk.  Fun!

The trick in hosting a cheap theme party is to make it an experience.  It doesn’t have to be all or nothing, it’s just some added touches that make the fun.  The guide for the party?  Sam wanted it to be Hagrid.

But how do I turn Sam’s dad into Hagrid without spending major buckaroos?

Enter two pieces of pipe cleaner.

See if it’ll stay and if it’ll be comfortable…. check.

Add a 2 dollar piece of craft fur!  Attach it to the pipe cleaner and voila!  Heehee… I think Mike will look much better in it than I do… ( ;

To be continued….

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