Charlie had decided he would love a Harry Potter Party to celebrate his 7th Birthday. OK, I could do that, no probs. What a nightmare. I have been so stressed out over this party, but thank goodness everything came together and it was a brilliant success.
Here are the many photos I took of the preparations and party - enjoy:
Charlie's Birthday Banner at home, with some of his cards
The Birthday Party Invitations. These took forever, as I had to find all the different Harry Potter fonts and logos. They came out brilliant, I was really pleased with them
The envelopes were the more tricky, the font was a nightmare, as I had to use more than one font and in different sizes. The back of the envelope was printed with the Hogwarts Logo and I secured the seal with a Red Wax sticker with the Hogwarts Logo
The invite asked the children to look out for the Hogwarts Express sign and Station Platform number. Pretty easy to do, although the lettering did take a while. Alot of re-writing the letters
Decided to go for a box Party Favour instead of those plastic party bags (which I hate).
Here are the 32 Party Boxes all ready for the party. Phew, only took 2 hours to make up!
The boxes were tied with traditional string and topped off with a Hogwarts Owl Mail tag
And look what goodies were in the box. I made the Bertie Botts sweets using jelly beans.
The squashy frog was disgusting, but seemed to be a hit with the kids.
And now we enter the Village Hall, or should I say Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
We hired the inflatable slide which we had last year. The kids love it and keeps them pretty quiet, apart from all the screaming.
A trip around Hogwarts. The school banners, which I made from black fabric and edged with ribbon. My first major sewing project on my sewing machine - didn't think I did too bad for a first timer
The Great Hall, including the gold plates and cups
Floating candles, made out of card - and a nightmare to hang
Diagon Alley sign
We took the DVD/TV off the kitchen wall and showed Harry Potter throughout the party, the kids loved it
Harry Potter - Colouring in
Make your own Hedwig
Hedwig Owl balloon floating high up
Spell Room, including wand and lesson chart
Charlie banner, done in the Harry Potter font
Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Harmione Granger - took forever to make, but loved the end result
The cake was a real problem. Nobody seemed to sell Harry Potter cakes. So off to Tesco for a Star Cake. I purchased 3 wood blank figures from Etsy and painted them as Ron, Harry & Harmione. Charlie wanted me to do an owl, but I had to draw the line somewhere.
The kids all had a brilliant time - all 32 of them, I must have been mad. NEVER AGAIN
Molly came as Rons pet rat - Scabbers
Charlie blowing out his candles and making a wish
With all the excitement of the day, I totally forgot to take a picture of Charlie in his Harry Potter costume, so here he is on Halloween in the same outfit:
A fab day was had by all. Thank you to all the kids that turned up and made this party one to remember. Thanks for all the help I received from Neil, my sister (Alison), Mum and Paul - there was alot of tidying up afterwards.
Happy Birthday Charlie. Wonder what his next birthday will bring.