A Month of Harry Potter Party Ideas!

To celebrate the 23rd anniversary of Harry Potter’s first ride on the Hogwarts Express on September 1st, we will be having a month of Potter!

I was going to try to blog about my son’s birthday party all in one post like I normally do, but decided that it would be just too overwhelming. So I have decided to break it into pieces that I will be releasing all month. So stayed tuned for lots of Harry Potter party ideas!

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My son is obsessed with the Harry Potter books and I was excited when I found out he wanted a Harry Potter themed birthday party. What I wasn’t prepared for was the amount of self control this party was going to take.

When I popped online to get the creative juices flowing I was totally unprepared for what I found. The parties were incredible! Everything from hand-painted Fat Lady paintings to amazing costumes. I have been planning parties for a long time, but have NEVER seen anything quite like this. And the scary part was how easy it was to get sucked in. After looking at about five different blogs I found myself thinking that recreating Hogwarts in my house was totally reasonable.

My number one rule when planning parties is to only focus on the things that the kids will actually care about. So I kept reciting to myself, “Will little boys care about this?”

I have found that boys really only care about the games and the take-home prizes. They seem oblivious to decorations and are too busy running around to even notice most of the food. Unless it is cake and ice cream, they just don’t care.

I have to admit that I was only half successful. It was really hard to say no to some of the decorations, especially when a lot of the work had already been done by other wonderful people on other blogs. But I forgot how much more effort it takes to print everything out and set it up.

I really could have gotten by just fine with a banner, some balloons, and a couple healthy snacks for the handful of grownups who came. I think if my party guests had been older or if they had been girls the decorations and food would have made a bigger impact. But on the other hand, my son loved every single detail and that really made it all worth it! And we really did have a blast. We do it because we love it!

Keep your eyes open for the next post, we will be covering how to go “hoo-ing” and the Harry Potter party invites!

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