An Epic Harry Potter Party Plan Step by step Walk through includes everything you will need to host the most memorable and magical Harry Potter Party for your Hogwarts loving child. It includes 36 Harry Potter Inspired Party ideas starting with how to send out the invitations all the way through to the best party favor to hand out at the end.
So, your child wants a Hogwarts Birthday style party? Agh! Bet that needs more money, time, energy and creativity than you have right now? Yup. I know the feeling. I love birthday parties, but planning and thinking about planning them totally drains the energy out of me. Thankfully I don’t have to think too hard!
Here are some of the best Harry Potter Party Ideas already tried and tested by other moms and dads, all rolled up into a neat and easy to use step by step party walk through, including:
1. Sending out the Invites
2. Decorating the House
3. What Food to Eat
4. The Cake
5. Games to Play
6. TWO Awesome DIY Party Favors the Kids will love!
Are you Ready? Get out your notebook and let’s get our Wizard on!
1. Send out the Wizard and Witch Party Invitations
To set the scene for your Harry Potter Themed party, you want the invites to look like an official Acceptance to Hogwarts Letter.
If you are delivering by hand, look at this brilliant idea from One Creative Mommy.
You can get the tutorial on how to make the invite (and the words to use) here.
The the wax seal can be purchased off Amazon if you want to seal the Invitation envelope like this one below.
Official Hogwarts Party Invitations
2. Creating your Hogwarts at Home
Decorating your home doesn’t have to be expensive. A few cleverly placed, well designed party decor items will transform your home into Hogwarts without blowing the budget.
Budget Harry Potter Party Decorations from Amazon
Arrive at Platform 9 3/4
Use an old sheet or packaging paper and red paint bricks on it to create the entrance to your platform. Get the Tutorial here
Don’t forget to hang up your Cloak
Recreate The Great Hall
Tressle tables with house colored tablecloths, gold plates and floating candles set the scene perfectly.
DIY Floating Candles
These DIY floating candles look amazing!!! And keep getting better as the night progresses.
Before we settle down to party …..
It’s Time for the Sorting Hat to decide your fate. You can make your own sorting hat or use this Origami sorting hat for an element of mystery and anticipation.
Origami Sorting Hat
We want to make it a little random, so try out this Origami Sorting Hat Tutorial and Printable.
Harry Potter Ties
Hand out the House ties.
More Hogwarts Decor Ideas
Might be a good idea to tie these in with the scavenger hunt later on in the party. Make sure that you get one that fits the ‘treasure box’.
DIY Moaning Myrtle Toilet Seat
Get a printable Moaning Myrtle here to add a touch of creepy to any regular toilet.
3. Harry Potter Inspired Party Food
Go with a Banquet Dinner
Try something a little different and serve up chicken drumstick, corn and roast potatoes for a banquet inspired party meal just like Harry and his friends in the Great Hall.
Get Creative with your Labels
Even the most regular food is transformed once you put it in a jar and label it something a little disgusting.
Golden Snitch Chocolate treats
Foil Covered Chocolates with flying wings (download the printable here) make beautiful golden snitches. You can use this printable for the flying keys too.
Make your own chocolate frogs with a chocolate mold from Amazon.
I really love this idea. Bake Chocolate cupcakes directly in these mini flower pots and top with a little mandrake to complete the picture.
Hogwarts Herbology Tray
Serve fresh fruit and vegetables with a dip or two.
4. The Cake
Click here for hundreds of Harry Potter Inspired Cake Ideas
The Book of Monsters Cake (My personal favorite)
Some Cake and Cupcake Ideas from Amazon
5. Harry Potter inspired Fun and Games
This is the best part of any party. Here are some fantastic games and activities to keep your little wizards busy.
Olivanders Wand Shop
Get each child to select their wand because they are going to need it for this party.
Or Make your own Harry Potter DIY Wands
These DIY wands can be made for under $ 1 each and make a fantastic rainy day party activity(See the Tutorial here)
Hurry! Don’t be late for Wand Class
Got your wand? Head on to your next class: Wand Waving 101.
How to make Potion Slime
The wizard school day is not over yet. Time for a lesson in potion making. Make a massive pot of this all natural Two Ingredient Slime and let the kids mix, bottle and label their own magic potions.
or pop it in Potion Necklace to carry around all day.
Get some Printable Potion Labels ready to go (Download here)
Prison Photo booth: Have you seen this Wizard?
Let your guests do their best Sirius Black impression in this photo booth.
DIY Dragon Eggs (TUTORIAL)
Hogwarts Scavenger Hunt
Take a look at this done for you Harry Potter Scavenger Hunt made by More than Thursdays.
Printable Spell and Effect Matching Game
Hula Hoop Quidditch
Pin the glasses (or scar) on Harry
Make your own DIY Harry Potter Quills
6. The TWO Best Party Favor Ideas for a Harry Potter Party
I’ve done this a few times. Putting a party favor together for the end of the party can work out expensive and you end up with a bag full of rubbish. Rather decide on your budget and put together one thing as a party favor. Pick one of these two Harry Potter Party favors that you know your little guests will cherish.
DIY Cardboard Birdcage and Owl
These little owls are gorgeous.
Or these little owls for under $2
Put together a Harry Potter Spell Book and Quill (with Free Printables)
A party favor that will keep them busy for hours.