Our kids get a friend themed birthday party when they turn 5 and 10. This was Ariana’s year as she turned the big 1-0. She has recently finished the Harry Potter books, so this was the theme she went with. Which made this mom and dad swell up with pride. *sniff*
14 awesome girls were part of this special day, and I’m never sure if I have more fun or if they do. Here are the party details, and as usual, many things aren’t pictured because we’re terrible at taking pictures during events like this!
Pictures of our guests. Four came late, and I completely forgot to get this shot of them, but oh, these faces were epic!
Food in the Great Hall. We almost forgot to get photos of this, but there was still some left by the time we remembered.
Before the “students” began school, they took a trip to Diagon Alley to get supplies, beginning with Gringotts to withdraw some Galleons.The wand chooses the witch! We made these with dowel rods, hot glue, beads, and spray paint. We were super pleased with the results!
Our sweet little witch running Honeydukes!
Of course you can’t start classes until you’re sorted into houses
The activities were in the form of classes. Mainly real Hogwarts classes mixed with a few grammar level ones for the sake of having enough.
Care of Magical Creatures where they designed dragonsHistory of Magic where they studied Harry’s scar by trying to pin it in the right placeHerbology where they painted planter potsQuidditch! Bill made these hoops and they were fantastic!!! We had the girls bounce a ping pong ball on the table, trying to get them through the hoop.Flying Lessons where we did several broom relays. Many of our awesome neighbors let us borrow their brooms for this!Grammar, complete with Mad LibGeography as a Horcrux scavenger hunt. I printed the clues on the back. Bill made these maps, too! This man is creative, ya’ll!!!Potions where we mixed baking soda, dish soap, food coloring, and vinegar. The girls had more fun with this than anything else! They could have stayed with this activity for an hour, I’m sure. I got these adorable little cauldrons on Amazon, and they made cute party favors.Other activities we forgot to photograph:
- Dueling in the form of freeze tag
- Charms using Wingardium Leviosa to keep balloons in the air with their wands
- Defense Against the Dark Arts where the girls fought a dementor (black tablecloth pinned to the wall) with wands (shooting q-tips from straws)
- Vocabulary as Harry Potter Bingo
The birthday girl’s ice cream cake