You have to know one thing about me, I don't do huge parties. I know some people do, they go all out and have every detail down and perfect and lovely. And they are awesome.
Well here's my problem. All of my children's birthdays fall on the first week of the month they are born in. And I always think about their party a month or so before, and then I think nahh it's next month, I've got plenty of time. And then the rest of the month gets away from me, and I find myself about 3 or 4 days before scrambling to get everything done. Every. Time. (You'd think 9 years would teach me. But no.)
So, I now just tell myself....Keep it simple....because you are going to think you have a million years to do cute details. But you don't. You have two hours.
So, if you need to do a Harry Potter party in two hours. Here you go.....
You invite 4 kids. No more.
You serve 5 nine-year-olds 2 $5 pizzas (they will eat that much) outside on the picnic table.
You let them run around the backyard after the pizza.
You make these cupcakes.
except yours will look more like this....with white frosting for Hedwig.
You play a game---Defeat the Dementors (found on google on one of those party sites--I can't find it again. Sorry) where you blow up an entire package of black balloons and let them defeat (pop) all of the dementors as fast as they can without using their hands. We had over 40 balloons...and this game was HUGE hit.
You play one more game---Hide the snitch. I found a snitch online (that I got the day of the party---whew) had one kid hide it and then yell "Quidditch" when everyone could go find it. Again, we did this outside, so those boys were finding some crazy good hiding places and had tons of fun.
And then you do one craft (which is also their parting gift). Because you belong to a crafting momma. You have your neighbor cut some vinyl....and you let the boys go to town with foam brushes and fabric paint. (I really didn't know how this would go with all of them....I was wondering if it was too girly....but they loved it.)
And then you send them home with their tee and a pair of Harry Potter glasses happy. The end.