Birthdays

How to Throw a Harry Potter Party

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How to Throw a Harry Potter Party
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Looking to host a Harry Potter-themed party? We’ve rounded up Hogwarts-themed birthday games, snacks and activities from Kara’s Party Ideas. Plus: 61 Amazing Birthday Cake Ideas

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Download and print neckties

Price:$3.00

Download and print neckties ($3; karaspartyideas.com) and attach to elastic headbands (found at drugstores). 

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Pop out the lenses from sunglasses

Price:$10.00

To make glasses, pop out the lenses from sunglasses (set of 12, $10; orientaltrading.com) and hot-glue feathers on each side and a creased diamond-shaped piece of card stock to the nose.

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Butter Beer

Price:$3.00

Add vanilla ice cream to cream soda and serve in plastic mugs ($3; partycheap.com).

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Cake

Price:$11.00

Bake batter in three glass bowls (two 12-oz, one quart). Create body by flipping over one of the 12-oz cakes and placing the second 12-oz cake on top. Spread frosting and add third cake on top for head. Roll out 1/2 lb fondant and use a small leaf cookie cutter ($11; amazon.com) to create feathers. Frost the cake and add rows of feathers. Shape feet and beak from gum paste. Make the eyes with fondant circles.

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Chocolate Frogs

Price:$5.00

Pour melted chocolate in frog candy molds ($5; casa.com). Let harden.

 

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Snitch Cookies

Price:$2.00

Cut wings from card stock and insert the ends of the wings into each side of a Little Debbie Banana Marshmallow Pie ($2; Walmart).

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Cupcake

Price:$3.00

Arrange mini—vanilla wafers, chocolate chips, almond slices, and cashews on a cupcake and decorate with an argyle cupcake wrapper ($3; karaspartyideas.com).

 

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Decor

Price:$165.00

Use a phone booth ($165; overstock.com) or a painted bookshelf to stage the goodies.

 

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Favor

To make glasses, pop out the lenses from sunglasses (set of 12, $10; orientaltrading.com) and hot-glue feathers on each side and a creased diamond-shaped piece of card stock to the nose.

 

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Favor

Price:$3.00

Download and print neckties ($3; karaspartyideas.com) and attach to elastic headbands (found at drugstores).

 

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Invite

Price:$3.00

Download invite ($3; karaspartyideas.com). Roll it and attach with string to a balloon. Draw an owl face on the balloon. String a vintage key (set of 10, $2; bestfire.etsy.com) to weigh it down.

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Activity

Price:$6.00

Re-create potions class by filling plastic tubes (set of 15, $6; jillybeankids.com) with club soda. Set out different flavors of Kool-Aid powder. Have the kids mix the powder into the tubes, say an enchantment, and watch as the colors are revealed.

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Decor

Price:$3.00

Download and print a Hogwarts Express Train Station sign ($3; karaspartyideas.com).