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}

Life with Luna: Hot Dog!

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Before we headed off to Disney to celebrate Luna’s big first birthday, we had a very small party at our place with close family and friends. Although Luna got a little overwhelmed with all the faces and ruckus, it was a good time. Funny to say that she handled the trip to Disney way better stimulation-wise, but it’s true! I think it is different when new people invade your own space.

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Since we were going on this big trip, we decided to keep the theme with Disney and made it a Mickey + Minnie party. Again, the whole point was not to shell out a bunch of cash for a party, but rather for a trip that we could all enjoy, so I kept things minimal. Sure, you may think this isn’t very minimal, but for a party planning obsessed nut, I assure you it is. Almost all the details were DIY’ed by yours truly, including the favor bags, mason jar vases, and glitter one. However, some of my favorite decor were the prints I got from ChatBooks. They now not only offer photo books, but also these beautiful prints. You get to choose which 5 you would like printed from each of your albums. I totally love them, and strung them off the large “ONE” balloon, as well as scattered them on the table. Now that the party is over, I have no idea what to do with them, so any ideas would be great! They are so beautiful and such amazing reminders of how much she has grown up already and all the moments we have shared.

Thank you so much to everyone for your feedback on my last very heartfelt and emotional post. These little ones really know how to do a number on your feels.

 

**This post was not sponsored by Chatbooks at all, I just love the service and wanted to share it with all of you.

 

Birthday Boy Details

October is full of so many festivities – it’s always one of my favorites!

It also is home to my favorite holiday and my favorite person’s birthday, my husband. He said he wanted something very low-key at home with his closest friends. Nothing major, just a night where we could have a few cocktails and catch up. I took the opportunity to make the party special, while not breaking the bank. I used items that were either under $5 or that I found laying around the house. It is totally possible to throw a party at your home without saying goodbye to a quarter of your bank account, I promise.

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A Very Potter Bachelorette Details

This past weekend I hosted a bachelorette weekend for my friend Elissa and wanted to make sure it was as special as can be. What made it so fun to plan was the theme: Potter! We were going to Wizarding World in Orlando for the weekend, so I wanted to make sure there was a magical theme going through all the details. I started with little gift bags for the girls:

I got some sweet little goodie bags from Hey Yo Yo and filled them with temporary dark mark tattoos, Potter themed buttons and pencils, along with golden snitch bracelets. What I loved the most was that I found all of them on Etsy!

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{Hunger Games Week}: Inspired by Katniss & Co.

On day 2 of Hunger Games week, I decided to focus on all the fabulous Hunger Games-themed party details that are popping up all over the web. As you all know, I’m throwing my own Hunger Games themed party this weekend to celebrate both the premiere and my friend’s birthday, and I was a little miffed to see all the inspiration pop up within the last 2 weeks, when all my crafts were basically done! Not to say that I may not try to tackle some of these new projects. ;)

I especially love the subtle inspiration taken for the wedding shoots as seen on Green Wedding Shoes and the suspended parachutes at one awesome kid’s Bar Mitzvah. Also, for those of you rushing to get a party together in time for the movie’s release, Living Locurto has a great collection of free party printables! I know I’ve snagged a few of her great details, like the drink straws shown above featuring some choice quotes from the first book.

Are you having a Hunger Games party this weekend? Would you have one?
Even better, do you have ideas that you think are imperative to include at a Hunger Games fiesta?

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