I did not plan this very well at all, and so from September onwards I am very very busy with parties, at least one per month.
The big twins birthday come first.
As they are Girl/Boy twins, we have the same dilemma each year. What theme are we going to go with?
Last year we had a carnival theme. I turned my front yard into a carnival which included stalls with pluck-a-duck, tin can alley and hoopla. The kids had lots of fun and they had a Merry go round carnival birthday cake and dessert table too. Sadly we were burgled not long after and my camera was stolen along with ALL of the photos from their birthday.
This year the twins decide on a Harry Potter theme party. We are massive Harry Potter fans in our house. We have been lucky enough to visit The Wizarding World in Universal Studios and my eldest even got chosen for the Wand Experience in Olivanders which really made her holiday magical.
So for the past few weeks I have been sourcing my Harry Potter props in order to transform my home into Hogwarts for the day.
I have grand plans for the party including a Sorting Hat Ceremony, in which each child will be sorted in to their houses. Then on to the Triwizard cup. This will involve the houses taking part in Harry Potter based games to score points. I am transforming my living room into the Gryffindor common Room. This is where the children will get to visit the dessert table. I was going to go for the obvious HoneyDukes style, but after some thought, I decided I wanted it fit in with the setting in the Common Room.
I have been making Hogwarts hanging banners to decorate with, and intend on having the children enter through platform 9 3/4. We will see how that one turns out.
The invitations took a while too. I spent hours in the craft shop on my hands and knees trying to find the right kind of paper. Then I spent hours searching the internet for the best font to match that on the actual envelope Harry receives. I ended up using a combination of five fonts.
I included a replica acceptance letter for Hogwarts, but included some details about the party. I also inserted a map of Diagon Alley with our home address on it.
The bit I struggled with the most was the sealing wax on the back of the envelope. Let me just tell you, using a regular candle does not really work. Find a shop that sells proper sealing wax.
Right well here are some photos of the Hogwarts invitations. hope you like them, the kids sure did.
Love Natty xxxx