How To Throw A Magical Harry Potter Party

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I used to host many a themed party before baby, but we just recently had a small get together to watch the new Sherlock season (!!!) and low and behold, Luna slept through the entire thing! It has made us hopeful that we can begin hosting again because it really was one of our favorite things to do as a couple. As many of you know, I am the founding officer of Geek Girl Brunch Miami, and for now live out my themed party fantasies through our monthly brunches and events. I thought I would share with you some of my ideas for different themes, and if you guys dig it, it could become a permanent staple here on the blog.

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Sorting Drinks; the great thing about having sorting beverages is that it can be used for both an adult party (booze – woo!) or for children. It’s a lot more fun than a sorting hat and gives photographic proof that you were sorted into the right (or wrong) house. A little bit of food coloring is masked under some ice and as the drink is poured, your fate is revealed! {source}
Chamber of Secrets mirror; the thing about Harry Potter is that it is pretty creepy when it wants to be. The Chamber of Secrets warning written in red lipstick on your bathroom mirror will do the trick! This was done at the Books + Books Cursed Child release party and it was so fun. 10 points to Gryffindor for simplicity too. {source}
Floating Acceptance Letters; probably one of the most iconic scenes in the Potter films is when Harry is attacked by billions of flying acceptance letters to Hogwarts. And lets face it, it’s probably one of your deepest and darkest fantasies to experience the same (ok, not so deep or dark). Make it a photo op by hanging some letters of your own off of fishing wire. Again, Books + Books killed it with this at their party, and in turn, made for one of my favorite photos of myself. {source}
Broomstick Munchies; it’s always good to have snacks at any party, and if you can theme them too, then even better! These cuties are made with pretzel sticks and some cheese. {source}
Quidditch Beer Pong; this has been the dream ever since we first saw someone put it together. I really wish I could say that we have tried this in the past, but we have yet to do so! I think we should stop procrastinating and just get to it already. Birthday 2017 challenge? Accepted. {source}
Wanted Poster; I recreated the famous Sirius Black wanted poster for my friend’s bachelorette party and it came out killer! It was the absolute best way to start off our nights of debauchery and is a real ice breaker if your guests don’t know each other well. {source}

YouTubin': A Buzz Bag 2-4-1

 

It’s been a long time coming, but here’s a new unboxing video. I had a great time opening these babies up, as they are two of my biggest fandoms, and I’m sure you will be able to tell from the amount of squee-ing taking place.

Life has been rough, but I’m happy to say that things are slowly going back to normal. Luna was hospitalized for severe dehydration after an apparent stomach flu (I still don’t buy it) that spanned 10 days. It was an absolutely terrible experience that left me both drained and absolutely thankful for every little healthy moment.

With that said, I know that my regular blogging routine was disrupted, but the good news is that I’m back and ready to tackle the remainder of 2016.

Girl Power + My MoboVida

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Even though things might still be rocky these days, I love the continual emphasis of girl power. I love that ladies are aware of their power and strength and are passing that knowledge and confidence on to their daughters. I am the forever optimist and believe that we, together, will make a change. It may not be today or tomorrow, but we are still doing good. I beg you all to believe in this good and be the good.

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That’s why I decided to dress up my new MoboVida case with an Eleven sticker. She represents a lot to me, but mainly strength, sacrifice and MUTANT POWERS. Just kidding, but not really. I like having a strong female emblazoning something everyone that interacts with me gets to see – it’s always a conversation starter! So if you are looking for a way to make something otherwise utilitarian a little more geeky, my vote is for a sticker of one of your favorite characters or sayings. It will not only make your accessories more geek chic, but it will also be a visual reminder of something that makes you happy or inspires you.

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MegaCon Tampa Bay 2016 Cosplays

I’ve shared all my outfit and cosplay posts from MegaCon Tampa Bay, but now it’s time for everyone else! There was seriously so many amazing cosplays at this con. At times, I would just park myself in a certain spot so I could check out everyone’s amazing work. Some made me gasp, some laugh and others wish I had a different skill set. Overall, I’m pretty stoked I attended this con, and good news! It’ll be back in Tampa next Sept. 29-Oct. 1st. Too early to start planning? Can David Tennant be invited again? Until next time, here are some of my favorite cosplays of the weekend!

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Hello Kitty Cafe Truck: Miami

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The Hello Kitty Cafe truck made its way to Miami this past weekend and for a split second, I thought I wasn’t going to be able to go! I just registered Luna in daycare (sniff sniff), and they were holding an open house the same day and at the same time I was going to be visiting the truck. I had to adult at that moment and chose having Luna meet her teachers and classmates over kawaii time. But! Luna was in such good spirits after such a long and busy day, that we decided to take our chances and head over there in the early evening. It was such a great decision!

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