No party is complete without some Butter Beer, Cauldron Cakes and a trip to Honeydukes Sweet Shop!
This is the final post in a series about our Harry Potter Birthday Party. You can read our other posts at the links below:
The Hogwarts Acceptance Letter
Invitation and Costumes
The Guests Arrive
Or just read all our party posts here.
After our quidditch game, we served our guests Butter Beer.
I used this fantastic and simple recipe from Bakingdom. We have been to Harry Potter World and had the real thing and we thought that this came pretty close.
Then we had cauldron cakes. I used this recipe from Sugar Bean Bakers. They were a little bit involved but very delicious. If I were to do this party over, I think I would have just stuck some licorice in some chocolate frosted cupcakes, but the cream filling was to die for. If you make this recipe, I do have one tip. I made the cupcakes ahead of time and stored them in the fridge. When I opened the fridge after the cupcakes had been in there overnight, the chocolate licorice handles had broken in half so I had to rush to the store to buy more handles before the party started. I don't know why this happened! But if you want to make them ahead of time, add the licorice at the last moment.
After the guests had eaten their cauldron cakes and ice cream, we opened presents. Then we unveiled Honeydukes. It has been in the dining room the whole time but covered with a table cloth.
We uncovered the hutch and let the guests use the rest of the their galleons to choose some treats to take home.
I had planned it so that each girl would be able to buy a chocolate frog and an edible wand and a few other fun items. We just looked for the most unusual candy that we could find at our Dollar Store and local grocery store.
We had a special Fill-A-Box section for our Bertie Botts Beans, Lemon Drops, and Cry Baby Candy. We had made cute boxes out of scrapbook paper. We used this pattern from Easy Paper Crafts.
Then the girls were able to fill the box with Bertie Botts and Lemon Drops for just one galleon.
I had purchased real Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans here but then I mixed a few boxes of the real stuff with some Jelly Belly's in the jar so we would have more yummy flavors and less crazy ones. And it was less expensive.
We made the boxes for our Chocolate Frogs using this template from Harry Potter Paraphernalia.
We bought our frog mold here. We also used the Chocolate Frog cards from the amazing Harry Potter Paraphernalia site.
The frogs were probably my favorite part of Honeydukes.
The edible wands were made with pretzel rods covered in white chocolate and then rolled in Pop Rocks.
I think every one loved Honeydukes! Each guest added her candy stash to the gift bags that they had received at the beginning of the party when they bought supplies in Diagon Alley.
After two hours of festivities, it was almost time to go home. We took everyone back into the backyard to use our special flue powder to send them home.
We had purchased magic fire changing powder here.
Unfortunately our first year guests were too young to travel by the flue network, and they didn't actually disappear when they shouted their destination. But we still had fun watching the green flames and letting every guest try!
Before they traveled home via Muggle Vehicle we took some last group photos at the front of Hogwarts. Here are the party guests....
and here are the Party Planners and Hogwarts Staff.
This is how we all felt after the party was over....
Exhausted and Crazy....
But happy for having had such a fun and memorable time together. I am glad that I have captured it all here for future reference. I hope you have enjoyed reading about our magical adventure and will be inspired to create a special once-in-a-lifetime party of your own. It was worth it!