Harry Potter party for 1 year old

You guyss, I can’t believe I finally did it! I planned and decorated a Harry Potter themed costume party for little one. (“Imposing my own ideologies” LOL). If you know me, you know I’m a big potterhead so this meant a lot to me! I am watching the Half-Blood prince while I type this and to be honest I don’t think I ever thought I would be able to do this (this party) especially with two kids. Alhamdulillah I was able to do it! Especially with some help from my little sis and loved ones.

We still kept it small by doing a mini get together with our family at home…but just ended up going a bit crazy with the decor, cuz…HARRY POTTERR!!!! 😀 #nerdattack

THE PARTY

ATTIRE – I asked the adults to come in any character of Harry Potter or wearing any of the four house colours they liked (red/yellow/green/blue). And the kids to come wearing white shirt and dark pants or skirts – to help make them look like Hogwarts students. They were going to be sorted into their houses by a talking sorting hat! (I actually managed to get one on time.)

THE PARTY – It started with some fun in “Olivander’s Wands” photobooth area and then people were invited to “The Three Broomsticks” to grab some food and potions 😉 #whynot.

Afterwards, children lined up to be sorted into their houses by the sorting hat. Heck, we also had some grown ups sorted into houses too! After the sorting hat chose them into their specific house, they were given a tie and a wand, along with a sheet of basic magic spells! 🙂
There were games planned for the kids to take part in, including ‘Pin the scar on Harry’ and ‘Quidditch Deconstructed’ but alas due to the hot weather outside (there was an extreme heat alert 🙁 ), we had to skip that. However, everyone cozied up to watch a Wizard create magic instead!
Little witches and wizards took part in casting spells and making magic while everyone enjoyed being entertained. The day ended with one of the wizards casting a spell that made a white pigeon appear!(I know I know…wish it was an owl). Nevertheless, everyone got a chance to spend a little time with it and children also got some fun shaped balloon animals to take with them along with the things in their loot bags.
After everyone left our little Hogwarts, it almost just felt like a dream.

THANK YOU’s and END OF DAY THOUGHTS

Thankfully everyone enjoyed the party at Hogwarts. I’m just so excited to say that the wizard we hired said – “this is the best Harry Potter party I have ever been at. I feel like I’m at Hogwarts!” XD eeek!
One of our guests included my cousin’s grandfather, who also said a sweet little thank you speech with words that made us all very emotional and our hearts so full of love. His words included him saying that he had never experienced something like this before and he would remember this joy forever. He then made a little prayer for us. <3

I thought mentioning these were important because I was a little worried before, thinking if I was going too far with the decor or if I was wasting. But grandpa’s words made me realize that I was really glad I was able to do it. Somehow this party didn’t just make us all happy, it touched someone’s heart too. I’m thankful we were able to do that.

Without further ado…here are the pics! Check out the captions to see how we made some of them. I attached some Amazon links to make it easy for you guys to find and buy the items. But you can also buy some of them in other costume stores too. 🙂

DECOR + PARTY PICTURES

\*LUMOS*
Oh, hello there, I didn’t see you at first. Sorry to keep you waiting, welcome to Hogwarts ~

\\ Black coloured Harry Potter cake //
How do you make it suitable for 1 year old? By using cute elements like these Funko pops + colourful magic jellybeans! The house and Hogwarts crests were edible print outs.
\\ Harry Potter cake //
Funko pop – Harry, Ron, Hermione (https://amzn.to/2X9NcKB)
I got Hermione from a different brand.
\\ Platform 9 3/4 //
Unfortunately I couldn’t find a table cloth bigger than this to cover my door. But just went with this. Picnic table cloth + White paint on top + Black printed banner stuck on top with tape
\\ Invisibility Cloaks //
\\ Floating candles //
Like that in the Great Hall. Here in our hallway :)You can find electric candles on Amazon, and use fishing strings to hang them. These floating candles were created from tissue paper rolls + tea light candles + glue + white thread
\\ Watch your steps, the stairs change //
Placed in the beginning of the basement stairs
\\ Main table decor and area. //
House banners hung in the style of Great Hall. Background “[Bbb] Year 1” like that of Harry potter movies, to represent us celebrating his first year.
\\ Cake table //
Things included some Harry Potter decor like: Hedwig in a cage; HP books; Funko pop characters of Hagrid and Voldemort; HP DVD boxes (special ones from my collector box); HP themed cupcakes and cookies; Golden snitches; edible wands; wands to give away; house ties; Sorting hat.
\\ Hedwig in Cage //
Hedwig – Any white owl or (https://amzn.to/2pcacMs)
\\ HP themed cupcakes and Golden snitches //
Hagrid – Funko pop (https://amzn.to/2NHewg3)
Cupcake toppings were bought from someone in Etsy.
Golden snitches made by sis – Wings printed on a paper and then cut out and glued onto a Ferrero Rocher chocolate. Then the little Ferrero Rocher sticker is place on top of the wings.
(I kept the paper base for the chocolates so that they sat still instead of rolling over. You can hardly see them against the black table runner.)
\\ Edible wands //
Breadsticks dipped in Chocolate + white chocolate swirled on top (was a real hit!)
\\ HP themed cookies//
Voldemort – Funko pop (https://amzn.to/2rxiQG6)
HP signs are edible print outs
\\ Wands, Sorting Hat, House ties //
WAND – Glue swirled on pencil and then painted in gold.
TIES – Made from felt and yarn
SORTING HAT – (https://amzn.to/2KhGc9e)


\\ The Three Broomsticks //
Hung over the eating area in my kitchen.
SIGN – Golden Alphabet stick ons over a black bristol board + gold artwork
\\ Potions //
Potion labels were printed out on 11 by 17in paper and pasted on 2L bottle drinks. Labels include – Amortentia, Gillyweed, Dragon Claws, Horned Slugs, Draught of Living Death, Elixir of Life (Water) 😉
\\ Winged keys over Loot bags with a chocolate coin pouch from Gringotts //
WINGED KEYS – made from vintage looking keys + white feathers + white thread + glue gun
KEY- You can find vintage looking keys on Amazon (https://amzn.to/33KIiq6).
Gringotts pouch is a jute bag from Dollarama (I just did the lettering on top of a tape)
Loot bags were hand drawn and coloured by my sister. She used marker on brown bags which can also be found in Dollarama.

\\ Magical Loot bag //
Magic jellybeans – Bulkbarn.
Pen, Glasses, Scar tattoo, Mini Cauldron – From a HP loot bag set on Amazon.
Wand – Glue swirled on pencil and then painted in gold.
Spell list – Found on the internet and then I modified it with the list of spells and their meanings.
Gold coins – Chocolate coins from Dollarama
\\ Ollivanders //
Photobooth corner, the “Have you seen this wizard” sign is made from thick bristol board and hand drawn in white paint. Photobooth props are bought from Amazon. Background art made on brown wrapping paper (found in Dollarama) with paint and the ‘Ollivanders’ banner was made separately and stuck on top with tape. Banner made with gold paint on black bristol board.
\\ Moaning Myrtel //
Print out from computer and taped.
\\ Photobooth extension – Living room corner //
Do you get the letterboard in the bookshelf? 😀 Hagrid’s words with a twist. Original goes “Yer a wizard Harry”. Perks of being a Harry Potter nerd meant I already had stuff to decorate this area with. If you have any ques. about any of the items you see here, let me know! 🙂
\\ Quidditch – Deconstructed //
A game where each hoop represented different points. Players would “fly” on the broomstick and throw the ball at the end to one of the hoops. Three rounds, whoever has the most points wins! All participants get gold coins from Gringotts bank (chocolate coins 😉 )
BROOMSTICK – Stick made from 36″ wooden dowel and bristles from one bag of natural Raffia (you can use more if you want a thicker bristle). I cut the ends of the Raffia and then tied them with a jute rope. Both dowel and Raffia bought from Michaels. Rope from Dollarama.
Youtube video that you could look at: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFJP11pILDI)
\\ Pin the Scar on Harry //
Hand-drawn and painted on white bristol board. Scars are cut out after painted and have tape on their back. Everyone would take a turn to put the scar on Harry while being blindfolded.
\\ Mini Hogwarts Castle //
For kids to play in.
SIGN – hand painted with gold paint on black bristol board.
WALLS – Brown wrapping paper (from Dollarama) painted with brown paint.
Everything stuck here with all kinds of tape (haha have to admit, it was really difficult to stick it on the treehouse here. If you have a real one, it’ll be awesome!)
\\ Harry Potter //
Unfortunately couldn’t find infant HP outfit so had to make the whole thing.
ROBE – His robe is made from a Child size S black T shirt (from Michaels). Just lay T-shirt flat and the draw out the opening in the front and cut it out. Stitch the seems. Then tuck and stitch on both sides of the T-shirt (just under arm) to give it a fit and flare look. Gryffindor patch glued on the robe.
TIE – Gryffindor adult tie (https://amzn.to/2O5UsDk) was cut and the part which is thinner was made into a tie for him. A print out of the Gryffindor patch was glued on his tie (honestly, the print out did a fine job! You could hardly tell from afar). I know it’s covered here.
SHIRT – White shirt from Children’s Place or anywhere you can get basically.
PANT – Black dress pants from anywhere.
HARRY’S SCAR – Maroon lip liner ;D hahahah
GLASSES – Amazon (from the HP themed loot bag items)
\\ Professor Minerva McGonagall //
HAT – from Amazon (https://amzn.to/2Ki8lgp)
ROBE – Generic Green robe from Amazon (https://amzn.to/2pYLyQ2)
GLASSES – from Amazon (https://amzn.to/2QdaJZN)
I wore a generic circular brooch in the middle of my neck on my scarf to mimic the original costume.
\\ Tom Marvolo Riddle //
CLOAK – Generic from Amazon (https://amzn.to/2Ok3qgr) . Hogwarts patch from Ebay, glued on; Slytherin headboy patch is printed on thick paper and glued on.
TIE – from Amazon (https://amzn.to/2CBvMNy)
White shirt and Dress pants (it was too hot for vest)
\\ Hermione Granger //
CLOAK – I bought from Amazon, but can be found other places too (https://amzn.to/2O7KYaE)
\\ Fleur Delacour //
HAT – (https://amzn.to/2CKoI0Y)
CAPE – (https://amzn.to/2Qg2cFt)
\\ Lord Voldemort and Hedwig //
\\ Professor Minerva McGonagall with Hedwig, Fleur Delacour and Dobby //
Dobby’s mask- from Amazon (https://amzn.to/32Kra2a)
\\ Being sorted into a house //
The sorting hat was a moving and talking one. This little cutie was placed in Hufflepuff! 🙂
\\ Professor McGonagall and Harry enjoying wizard show //
\\ Harry and Dobby //
\\ A witch and a wizard made a pigeon magically appear //
\\ Hermione playing with the Pigeon //
\\ Dobby and Professor Minerva McGonagall in Ollivanders//

\\ Platform to Hogwarts Express //
Print out on cardstock paper

Sigh! That is all!! Hope you all enjoyed seeing the photographs! Have a have a safe journey back home. Please let me know if you have any comments or questions and I will gladly answer them by owl post. 🙂 Until then.
*NOX*/

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