Harry Potter and Christmas go together like chocolate frogs and butterbeer.
I’ve been obsessed with Harry Potter since I was 8 years old, and the books have meant a lot to me and have played a huge part in shaping me as a person. But just because the books are all published and the movies are all released — except for the upcoming Fantastic Beasts films! — that doesn’t mean you have to give up loving the fandom. And I know that it can be a bit of a struggle to try and host a Harry Potter-themed party and still feel like an adult, which is why I put together some ideas on how to achieve this over on my other blog.Here’s a little snippet:
From the décor and the menu to the activities and outfits, here are a few suggestions for throwing the perfect Harry Potter-themed Christmas party while still keeping all that adult-cred you’ve amassed by paying taxes and eating kale.
Show Some House Pride
What would Hogwarts be without its Houses? All you need to make these easy banners is a color printer and a lighter. I suggest printing them on cream-colored paper, rather than the standard white printer paper — it’ll help with the vintage look. Once they’re printed, use the lighter to char the edges a bit before hanging them up!
Make Your Own Great Hall
You might not consider your living room or hosting space to be on the same level as Hogwarts’ amazing Great Hall, but some floating candles are a good start on the road to greatness. This tutorial is a bit art intensive if you want to make the starry ceiling too, but making the candles is easy enough. Pro tip: Instead of cutting foam to get that melted wax look, just use hot glue. It’s a lot easier, especially if you’re making a couple dozen candles.
Catch the DIY Snitch
Since it is Christmas time, you may have a Christmas tree somewhere in your place. Even if you don’t, these, DIY Snitch ornaments can easily be hung on lights or with the same fishing line you used to hang the floating candles. If you make enough for all of your guests, they can take them home as gifts to hang on their own trees!
Extra Credit: Witch Wear
A lot of Harry Potter parties have guests and hosts dress up in Hogwarts garb or as characters from the series. But since it feels like Halloween was, like, yesterday and it’s hard to feel grown up wearing basically the same thing as a Catholic school girl, let’s stick with big girl clothes. For your consideration, I’ve put together four outfit ideas that reflect the four Houses’ attitudes, symbols, values and colors. Pick your favorite or show off that House pride we talked about (I’m a Slytherin, and don’t hate)!