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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Harry Potter Party! Decorations, Games and Treats!

 The Perfect Harry Potter Party!
Halloween is my favorite!
I love parties too--and decided I must do a Harry Potter Party every year!
It was so much fun!
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First, a photo booth!

Brick Wall Photo Op!

And...I got this amazing BRICK WALL backdrop from Lollipop Props Shop!
It's the perfect Photo Op backdrop for a party worthy of Hogwarts!
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Adding a backdrop made such a difference to a room that is otherwise very orangey and dark!
This light gray brick lightened up the space...I wish it was permanent!
I hung it right over the entry closets using push pins!


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Invitations:
I made fun invitations for the party!
 Check out how to make your own Hogwarts House Crest Rubber Stamp here!
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 Right click to save off this letterhead I made up...
Then download this Harry P free font and type it up and print it out!
I printed it out on parchment paper for added awesome.
  
  Then I had a frog wax seal--I love when I have stuff laying around!
Of course, I really love this Hogwarts seal set:




I used gold sealing wax and a lighter to melt it.
It's flammable, so it ignites if you aren't careful...an empty hot glue gun is also a good choice.
 Just melt a nickle sized pile of wax and then press the seal into it.
 These are great and still mail-able! 
 Just our luck too!
The post office had Harry Potter Stamps!


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I made a sorting hat for our party!
It was mini but easy to make!

I cut 2 identical circles and one big triangle.
 I folded and glued little pieces of the triangle to make it wrinkled.
 Then I glued the triangle together to form a cone.
 I cut the center out of the circles and cut small notches...
 that I hot glued inside the hat!
 It's the perfect way to sort guests into Hogwarts Houses!

Golden Snitch Treats!
You need:
Ferrero Rocher chocolates
Vellum paper
Hot glue/gun
 Cut long, slender wings out of vellum or wax paper and hot glue
them to the chocolates with just a tiny tab of glue!
 They are adorable and will fly away quick!
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GAMES:
Our favorite game of the night was playing
Bean Boozled!
It's basically Bertie Bots Every Flavor Bean in a game!



There's a spinner and you take turns spinning to see which color of jelly bean
you get to eat.  It can either be a sweet tasting flavor or the nastiest thing ever!
Trust me, I got 5 sick flavors in a row!
Stinky socks, Canned Dog Food, Barf, Toothpaste and Lawn Clippings...
the grossest was the stinky socks!  Blech!
 We recommend having a spittoon for spitting nasty beans in...
and some napkins handy!
This guy loved it and laughed so hard at all the horror.
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And another favorite game...
 Right click and save off these 2 pictures.
Then print them out.

 Then cut them and line them up.
They should fit perfect!
If you want your Umbridge dart board to last longer, laminate it!
 I put each sheet in the laminator after trimming the edges.
 Then cut the excess plastic.
 Line them up and tape together.  I used packing tape!
Then, we already had a magnetic dart board on hand...and magnetic darts.



Like this one from Amazon.
I taped Umbridge right to the front!
Hang it up and lob those darts at her!
Admit it, you wanted her to die way more than the Dark Lord!
Oh, how she was insufferable!

My best advice:
If there is anything at your party that you don't want your guests to see...
cover it with a big black sheet or fabric and add some spray painted gold frames!
The perfect touch to a Harry Potter Party!
And no one has to see the piled high computer desk, sewing table, Silhouette Cameo, printer,
to-do lists, note pads, random junk and embroidery machine all crammed on your desk!
Win win!




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Friday, October 30, 2015

Harry Potter Week! DIY Magic Wands!

 Harry Potter Week!
Make your own Magic Wands!
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These turned out great--Not your generic magic wands!
I love the bright colors and the unique variety.
You won't find wands like this anywhere else on the internet!

  This is the perfect craft for kids!
My 7, 11 and 13 year olds helped me.
(depending on your age of child, they can assist with different parts of the project)
 Made with sticks and polymer clay (oven bake clay)
Making this a very budget friendly project!
 First, take a walk or a hike and find some sticks.
We picked curly, knobby roots and straight branches...
 Now each of us sat outside and whittled off the bark.
 This is where some supervision is necessary, or with
small children, do this ahead of time.
 Now our sticks are ready.
I wiped them all down with a damp cloth to get any dust off them.
Next, we used a Sculpey Polymer Clay Multi-color Sample Pack:


These are great for getting a big variety of colors!
Then it was just a matter of playing with clay.
I lay them on a silicone mat on a baking tray.
About 6 fit on a tray at a time.
Then bake them in the oven according to package directions.
We did 275* for 30 minutes.
 Then let them cool completely and you are done!
This is perfect because there is no painting or hot glue necessary!
 They are all bright colors and super appealing!
I mean, really, how could you resist these?
 We did the Hogwarts House colors...
 Some really thick sticks...swirls up the shaft...and buttons!
 See that curly one below?
The bronze and teal?
It's my favorite!
 We did some like the elder wand with strategic knots...
 Some glow in the dark too!
But remember, the wand chooses the wizard...so which one will choose you?
 See the glowing?
 These will be the perfect party favors for our Harry Potter Halloween Party this weekend!
Check back every day this week for more Harry Potter geekery and crafts!




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