If you’re looking for DIY Harry Potter party favors, you’ve come to the write, ahem, right place. I love making party favors almost as much as I love planning parties. Although my goal is always to make beautiful party favors that I know my guests will enjoy, I get really excited when I can make them quickly and easily so that I can move on to the next DIY project on my to-do list. This DIY quill pen checks both boxes.
At the end of our daughter’s Harry Potter party, her guests received a bag with a Gryffindor notebook and a quill pen. After all, school supplies are a must for all serious Hogwarts students! Luckily, I had a few tricks up my sleeve that made making the notebooks a breeze, even for a muggle like me.
Chalk it up to the fact that I worked as a packaging designer many moons ago, but I couldn’t have imagined presenting our wand party favors in anything but the Ollivander’s signature wand boxes. The children went wild when they found them. I guess their reaction proves the power of branding and packaging, even in the wizarding world!
One of my first DIY projects for my daughter’s Harry Potter birthday party was making a wand for each of her guests. I started out by researching the wands that the actors used in the movies. And that’s how I found myself buried in internet quicksand faster than you can say Lumos! The more I looked, the more information I found, and the more intrigued I became. So naturally, I took the plunge and decided to faithfully recreate the wand props. Initially, I second-guessed myself. Was it possible? Did I have enough time to pull it off?
Much like her mother, my daughter had to be dragged kicking and screaming into the world of Harry Potter (metaphorically speaking, of course). I knew she would love the books as much as I did, and I couldn’t wait to share them with her. Seven books, eight movies, and a Hermione Halloween costume later, I think it is safe to say that I was right. When she asked for a Harry Potter-themed birthday party, I was only too happy to grant her wish.
Part of the magic of Wonderland is that things are rarely what they seem. A little of this magic unexpectedly worked itself into my daughter’s Alice in Wonderland party and made its way to our Mad Hatter table. These Kate Aspen paper plates are the closest thing you can get to the real thing. I fell in love the moment I laid eyes on them. In fact, they inspired me to crank my tablescape design up a notch by adding gold chargers.
What’s a Mad Hatter tea party without the iconic Mad Hatter hat? I wasn’t particularly anxious to find out, so I made one for each of the guests at my daughter’s party. I loved how they turned out, and as it turned out, they were super easy to make. In case you’re planning a similar party, or if you just want to rock the Mad Hatter’s style (I promise I won’t judge), I’m filling you in on the steps so that you can make your own quickly and easily.
No milestone birthday should go unnoticed, and the little one’s 5th birthday was no exception. Up until this point, we had planned low-key family celebrations, such as apple picking. But for the big 0-5, we decided to step up our game in a major way.
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