This year there was a bittersweet feeling among dedicated Harry Potter fans as the final film, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" hit theaters. Over the summer, E-Trender Angela had the pleasure of working with a true Harry Potter fan, intern Robin Weaver. Robin's excitement for the novels by author J. K. Rowling and enthusiasm for the movies inspired the idea of creating a Spellbinding Harry Potter Party ~ perfect for Halloween and birthday parties for adults or teens!
Centerpiece Details~ vintage cake stand found by E-Trender Sue Keels at a thrift store, crystal balls donated to the scape by Todd Lloyd owner of Chair Covers & Linens, Todd found these great crystal accents at Target! Owls, courtesy of E-Trender Angela's Aunt Cindy's owl collection! Vintage candle sticks from Robin's mom's collection. And the authentic Chocolate Frog box Robin purchased while visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios!
Angela and Robin visited Chair Covers & Linens and found the perfect linen to help set the scene for the tablescape...
The linen called Burgundy Rubi Rose closely matched the scarlet and gold colors of the Gryffindor House which is the house that Harry, Hermione and Ron belonged to at the Hogwart's School. Rent this linen for your event here.
A scene of the candles floating over the Great Hall at Hogwart's.
Chocolate frogs are a popular treat at Hogwarts! They are packaged with collectible cards portraying witches and wizards. Many of the students at Hogwarts collect and trade the cards. There are many versions being sold online. Angela & Robin used a chocolate frog mold and Mercken's Dark chocolate to make their own! They make a great favor for your guests too!
E-Trender Angela's husband Anthony donated his own tie and scarf adorning Gryffindor colors to the scape!
In the films, Cockroach Clusters contain real cockroaches to give them their crunch! In reality, they can be delicious and a fun addition to your Harry Potter themed treats!
Stacked books that fit in with the theme make a great pedestal for elevating your plates and platters!
ET Tip ~ E-Trender Angela created the food place cards using a Harry Potter font maker she found on this website.
Angela copied the graphic to a Word document and formatted the picture to the desired size for the place card. Then she cut out the word and mounted it with glue dots to a piece of red card stock paper, that was folded in half to make the table tent.
And who wouldn't LOVE Hagrid's Rock Cakes?! Harry, Ron and Hermione ate a few of these whenever they visited Hagrid. These little cakes are supposed to look and somewhat taste something like a rock, even having a hard surface. Although, Hagrid's Rock Cakes were nothing to write home about...you will find that this version can be a scumptious treat for your guests!
Are you having fun? If you are planning a Harry Potter theme party a must is asking your guests to dress up as characters from the films or pupils of the Hogwart's School!
We had an absolute wizarding time preparing for this theme party with the help of Dinah Bucholz's book The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook!
A special thanks and dedication to an amazing intern, Robin Weaver. May success and inspiration follow you in every step at John Carroll University and beyond! Much appreciation and wizarding love, Angela
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