Updated August 25 2010 Suitable for children from 4 years up
Every child on the planet seems to be a fan of Harry Potter, don't they? So why not give yours a themed party featuring favourite characters and heroes from the movies they love so much?
Here you'll find all sorts of goodies for a themed Harry Potter birthday or special event party. I've hand-picked the best from Warner Brothers' Zazzle store and from Amazon. They are both reputable suppliers and ones I strongly recommend.
And with the gear via Zazzle, you get to choose your style, colour etc. as you customise each item.
Children love dressing up and the Harry Potter theme will give them just the excuse!
As you prepare for the party, get your theme ideas down on paper and file everything away neatly as you go. As you gather loose things for the party put them in a tote bag to keep them safe.
Get organised from the start and all your problems will be little ones!
Spice up the party rooms with posters from the movies. Use a
selection of them
in each room to set the theme.
At the end of the party, to go with their grab-bag of goodies,
why not pop in a
poster for the ones who behaved the best?
Announce it at the start - a great bribe to keep them sweet!
Which ones will you choose for the main party room? If there
are very young
children present, don't include the very scary ones!
Each child takes their turn. They choose a scene from their favourite Harry Potter story -- maybe getting ideas from the pictures they see around them. Then they have one minute to mime the main happening in the scene to the others.
The first to guess right gets a small prize and a small reward is given to the one doing the miming. Of course, the adults will be helping the children with more clues when they're needed :)
Make sure that one of the chairs at the party table has a mermaid sticker stuck underneath, representing the mermaid to be "rescued" from the BLack Lake.
As the party meal comes to an end, tell them that a mermaid has been captured in the Black Lake and is under a sleeping spell. Each child in turn has to make up and cast a spell to try to rescue her. Tell them the best spells will win a treat.
When each child has cast their spell, get them to look under their chairs to see whether they "rescued" the mermaid. A prize from the goodie bag goes to the winner and treats to the best spells cast!
Two teams (or more) are made from the guests and they form up into lines. Balloons (one colour for each team) are used for the quaffles and they are to be passed from person to person along the line - but no hands! Elbows, knees and chins can all be used though!
If a balloon is dropped, it's been "bludgered" and must go back to the start of the line. The last person in the line has to run/waddle(!) to drop the balloon into a common goal area -- maybe a playpen or a marked off area.
Play lasts 5 minutes and the team with the most quaffles in the goal wins. Small prizes from the goodie bag are awarded to each member of both teams for taking part and for being such good sports. The winning team members can be awarded a special sticker or button/badge to wear. You choose which is the special one -- maybe Hogwarts Castle?
These great cards can be used as invitations or as birthday
cards. Don't forget
your 'P's and 'Q's -- use them as as thankyou cards after the party.
Which will you use for the invitations?
Wear one of these to the party! Customise for boys, girls and
adults by changing
the colour, style and size as you like.
Make sure all the adults at the party get into the swing of it and wear one.
Prepare a party grab bag for each of the children who come
along. Something as
a little thank-you for helping make the party such good fun :)
Choose enough stickers, magnets, keychains and badges to go round. Mix and
match with the images you want!
Don't forget you'll need some stickers for the games, too
A really special treat for the child who loves Harry Potter, a
their favourite characters.
These make great prizes for the party games they play.
Only available in the US.
Really get into the theme and use these postage stamps to send the invites.
Here's my top ten hand selected items - there's Harry Potter
Quidditch Goggles, an Illuminating Wand, a chess set,a Gryffindor Robe and
Here's my top ten hand selected items for UK visitors -
there's Harry Potter
glasses, wands, games and other Harry Potter themed stuff. Check out the
special Harry Potter Cluedo - hours of fun!
If you havent found all you were looking for here, use our customised Google search, fine-tuned to children's themed parties. For best results, put "themed parties" on the end:
There will be no unsavoury results in this customised search engine, so it's safe for children who use it.
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For unique fine art and graphic designs on cards, mugs, tees and gifts, visit the HightonRidley store on Zazzle