Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Harry Potter Party

Anyone who has spent 5 minutes with Kirsten in the past 4 months will know that she is completely obsessed with Harry Potter.  She has read the first 3 books already – I am making her wait awhile for the fourth, much to her dismay.  In June she carved an amazing wand with Grandpa Alleman.  She decided three months ago that she wanted a Harry Potter Birthday Party.  I was a little worried, because big parties are not my thing.  I am a “come over and play and then we will eat cupcakes” kind of mom.  So Kirsten did a ton of research finding ideas on the internet and put together a plan of what she wanted.  So we started executing.  We had to make a lot of the things ourselves because you can’t really run out to the store and buy Harry Potter things any more.  Kirsten sewed bags out of black starry fabric all by herself to be the goody bags.  She also sewed smaller gold bags that we filled up with jelly beans to be Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans.  I made spell books for each of the kids and Jeremy made wands for everyone.

 By the time the day came, I had a 4 page scripted, two hour birthday party planned.  The invitations were Hogwarts letters.  We awaited the owls for RSVP before the big day!
 We also had a ton of help from my dad and Patty in executing the plan.  Presenting Professor Dumbledore and Professor McGonagall, posing here with their favorite student, Hermoine.
 I was the Minister of Magic, Jeremy was Professor Snape, Katie was Ginny Weasley and Gingy was Hedwig.
 The journey to Hogwarts Castle started by passing through Platform 9 ¾
 Then each student received a wand and a bag.  
  Our newest class of First Years
 After a welcome by Professor McGonagall, Professor Dumbledore officiated the Sorting Hat Ceremony.
 After everyone was sorted into their houses, we proceeded to the Great Hall for the Beginning of Term Feast.

 The first class of the day was Transfiguration.  Professor McGonagall distributed their spell books
 Practiced the “swish and flick”, as well as a few spells.
  Then they were allowed to practice spells on each other,
and on Hedwig
After Transfiguration, it was time for Potions class.  Professor Snape had everything prepared to brew Poly Juice Potion
 Everyone had to help in the brewing process, it is a very tricky potion.
 Oh my goodness!  Is that 8 Harry Potters that I see?!
 The highlight of any term at Hogwarts is of course, Quidditch.
 Kirsten was the first one to find the Snitch.
 Watch out for that bluddger!
One of the greatest surprises was the cake that Amy Burr made.  She asked if she could do a special cake for Kirsten and she really out-did herself.  We did not tell Kirsten, and Saturday morning she noticed we did not have a cake.  I could tell she was about to cry, then took a deep breath, smiled and told me it was fine, we had jelly beans.  I could have cried - I love this girl!  Just then, Amy rang the door bell and came in with this amazing cake!

 It was so beautiful I thought we could never eat it.
Of course we did though, and it was amazing.  Thank you Amy!
 That is one happy Kirsten!
I think that this party was one for the record books in our family.  It was so much work, but completely worth it.  We had so much fun and will remember this special day for years to come.

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