Harry Potter Party: The Ultimate Guide to Recreating the Magic of Hogwarts
Hold Your Very Own Realistic Harry Potter Themed Party!
We held this Harry Potter celebration as an awards ceremony and end-of-the-year banquet for a group at a high school. This lens will show you how to hold your own Harry Potter birthday party and make all the decorations you need to transform your house or a banquet hall or any room into the Hogwarts great hall, complete with an extra guide showing you how to make Honeydukes's sweets and other baked goods.
We were actually working on a pretty big budget but you can easily recreate some of these decorations and props with less money. Also, it is usually cheaper to make your own Harry Potter decorations than buying them if you're looking to save money (and you can always print things from the internet!).
Platform 9 3/4 Brick Wall
Here is the full view of our Platform 9 3/4 brick wall, the entrance to the Hogwarts Express at King's Cross Station and the entrance to our venue. Make sure your canvas is the right size for your door.
We cut a slit vertically about a foot from the top so people would walk through the middle, then hung a Hogwarts Express sign above the door (the sign was made by printing out a blown up photo of the sign, then pasting the separate pages together onto a piece of cardboard).
View of the Great Hall - This is what our version of the great hall looked like overall
Slytherin table is not included in this shot, but here are the other three tables and the head table. We made the long tables by pushing two tables together and covering them in tablecloths. You can also see the house banners hanging on the wall behind each table.
This was a multipurpose room at a school, so there are some extra things like a chalkboard and a projector in the middle of the room that you will probably not have at your party. Without some of the extra elements, your room may look more realistic and magical. You can also consider hanging out wallpaper or wall hangings that make the room look like it's covered in grey stonework.
Are you holding a Harry Potter themed party?
Harry Potter Party Planning Book - This Harry Potter book will help plan your party
Hedwig Welcome Sign - Greet Your Guests with Hedwig the Owl
This Hedwig owl was painted on cardboard with acrylic paints by my dad. Either buy a premade Hedwig, like a stuffed animal, or you can find a picture online you like and paint it like this.
Finished House Banners - The hanging house banners once they were mounted to colored tablecloths
Harry Potter Party Inspiration - This person's house was transformed into Hogwarts!
Great Hall Head Table
The head table was covered in purple with gold accents. The actual head table in Harry Potter is wooden, like the other tables, and is where the professors sit, but we wanted to make it purple because all our other tables were colored.
Which is your favorite Hogwarts house?
Harry Potter Costume - A fine set of black Hogwarts robes to wear to your party
Harry Potter Sweets and Food - Recreate Honeydukes with these sweet treats
Harry Potter Cake - This cake features a stack of magical books and a wand
Photo courtesy of artofsumptuouscakes
Harry Potter Gryffindor Cake - A Hogwarts cake featuring the red and gold of Gryffindor
Photo courtesy of twokingsconfections