DIY Harry Potter 25th Birthday Party

DIY Harry Potter Party + The Best Butterbeer EVER
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DIY Harry Potter Party + The Best Butterbeer EVER

Alohamora! I’m unlocking all the secrets to the DIY Harry Potter party I hosted for my 25th birthday.

Better late than never, right? I know this post has taken a couple of weeks to make it to the blog, but I’m pretty dang sure it’ll be worth your while to scroll through – especially if you’re a Potterhead! My Hufflepuff self decided that I wanted to celebrate my quarter-century birthday by feeling like a kid. So I took to Pinterest for all the DIY Harry Potter party ideas I could get my hands on. Don’t worry, I’ll be linking all the articles that helped make this party possible. I’m also sharing my FREE butterbeer recipe with you as well, because … well … I’m just that nice.

Originally I had ideas in mind for games and activities, but Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was playing when guests arrived, and by the time everyone left later on that night, we’d sat through both that and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. People love to hate on Umbridge, I tell you what. 😂

DIY Harry Potter Party + The Best Butterbeer EVER DIY Harry Potter Party + The Best Butterbeer EVER DIY Harry Potter Party + The Best Butterbeer EVER DIY Harry Potter Party + The Best Butterbeer EVERDIY Harry Potter Party + The Best Butterbeer EVER DIY Harry Potter Party + The Best Butterbeer EVER DIY Harry Potter Party + The Best Butterbeer EVERDIY Harry Potter Party + The Best Butterbeer EVERI wanted to make this party as geeky as possible, so everything from the snacks and drinks to the decorations and even the music was Harry Potter-themed.

I got the idea from this Pinterest photo to print out the Death Eater Wanted Posters and hang them all over our townhome entryway. It was the first thing people saw when they walked in the door, and they loved it!

Next, they walked through their very own Platform 9 3/4 to get to our living room (this backdrop was 30ft long, so we just cut it to fit our doorway).

Following their walk through the platform, they hung their coats along with the Invisibility Cloaks. I downloaded the “Harry P” font, typed it up on a Keynote PDF, and printed this out myself, but I was inspired by this photo.

On the wall directly across from 9 3/4 were some flying Hogwarts letters directed to Mr. Potter himself. This was a pretty time-consuming DIY, as I hand-addressed 50 envelopes in the same lettering. However, you could just print them out onto envelopes, or print them and fold them into envelope shapes to save yourself the trouble of a seriously cramped hand. I got this idea from this photo.

Probably my least favorite part of the decoration process was when I opened up my Amazon package to find all of Aragog’s minions. Okay, they were just some tiny fake spiders, but my husband strung them up on the wall to make it look like they were crawling out of our backdoor and up behind our gallery wall.

Some of the coolest decorations were the Wizard Educational Books and the Potions I DIY’d. I wrapped 14 of my biggest books with these covers I found on Paper Trail Design. They really looked amazing. The potions were all put together in bottles from the dollar store, Michael’s, and Target’s dollar spot. I filled them with miscellaneous liquids and artifacts such as orange juice, milk, shredded paper, pebbles, coffee grinds, and more. Then I labeled them with these fun potion labels from Over The Big Moon.

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The Golden Snitches may have caught your eye. These little treats are Ferrero Rocher chocolates with wings I printed out thanks to Bite Sized Biggie. These were such a hit, so all the Snitches were snatched up in no time.

My Polyjuice Potion punch was simply rainbow sherbet, 7UP and a little bit of green food coloring. Some people added a shot of vodka to their glasses, and some didn’t. It was delicious both ways. The other snacks included pretzel rods as “wands,” puffed Cheetos as “flobberworms,” and an assortment of other chips. I also had a big jar of totally normal jellybeans that I labeled as Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans. Of course, let’s not forget my delicious butterbeer! If you haven’t yet scrolled down to get your free recipe, you should do that right away!

We were lucky enough to find a massive Hogwarts backdrop at Party City, and it came with fun little props. Naturally, I had a instant camera photoshoot with all my guests, and the end results were fantastic!

Last, but not least, our bathroom was filled with some fun surprises – including Moaning Myrtle (I just printed straight from this link), a totally “terrifying” Basilisk (a dollar store rubber snake), and the entrance to the Ministry of Magic.


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43 Comments

  • Reply
    Anna English
    March 18, 2019 at 9:37 AM

    This is such a cute idea! Your decor is so clever.

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      March 18, 2019 at 7:53 PM

      Thanks so much! It was a ton of fun (albeit a lot of work) to put together. So worth it for the outcome!

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    Cathclaire
    March 18, 2019 at 10:29 AM

    My friends would love this!!!!!!!! They are all Potterheads!!!! XO

    Cathclaire | Fashion, Lifestyle, Mindfulness Blog
    http://www.cathclaire.com

  • Reply
    Hillary Conheady
    March 18, 2019 at 10:55 AM

    Ok this is the best post EVER!!! I’m obsessed and totally saving it for later. The golden snitches are perfect!

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      March 18, 2019 at 7:54 PM

      Ahh, the Golden Snitches were one of my favorite things to make. And all my friends LOVED them.

  • Reply
    Liz
    March 18, 2019 at 1:54 PM

    This is such a cute idea! What fun birthday decor! I love Harry Potter!!

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      March 18, 2019 at 7:54 PM

      I certainly showed my geeky love for this franchise with the party. It was such fun to put together!

  • Reply
    Laura Adney
    March 18, 2019 at 2:26 PM

    Omg this is so cute! What a great birthday idea for all fellow Potter heads

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      March 18, 2019 at 7:55 PM

      Certainly! It was the best way for me to celebrate my special day!

  • Reply
    Rachel
    March 18, 2019 at 2:31 PM

    This is the cutest party ever!! I’ve (don’t kill me!) never watched Harry Potter before (or read it for that matter), but now I’m dying to!

    Rachel
    http://www.hello-her.com

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      March 18, 2019 at 7:56 PM

      Ahhh you definitely should 🙂 I’ve never loved a storyline quite as much as I love Harry Potter!

  • Reply
    Emily
    March 18, 2019 at 7:40 PM

    This is amazing! You really went all out! Even the books?! I’m sending this to my sister-in-law, she’d love it.

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      March 18, 2019 at 7:56 PM

      I wanted it to be as Harry Potter-ed out as it could possibly be! The books were one of my favorite decor bits. I watched a whole movie while wrapping them up, and love loved the way they turned out!

  • Reply
    Monica
    March 18, 2019 at 8:53 PM

    This is the most magical birthday ever! All of the decorations came together perfectly, and I love all of the photo props!! How are you going to top this party next year?!

  • Reply
    Kileen
    March 18, 2019 at 9:17 PM

    This is seriously the cutest theme and DIY decor!! Totally bookmarking this for future reference!

    Kileen
    cute & little

  • Reply
    Helen
    March 18, 2019 at 9:27 PM

    You NAILED this! I love the Invisibility Cloak rack. Omg this is so cool!

  • Reply
    sarah lindner
    March 18, 2019 at 9:38 PM

    You did an amazing job, I loved the 9 3/4s entrance, the invisible cloak rack, and the Ferraro Rocher’s with wings were my favorites!

  • Reply
    Aliya Gulamhusein
    March 18, 2019 at 10:16 PM

    I don’t follow Harry Potter but the decor looks amazing. You did a really wonderful job!

  • Reply
    Jamaria Johnson
    March 18, 2019 at 11:48 PM

    This is one of the most creative parties I’ve ever seen! I’m so glad you enjoyed your birthday! xo

  • Reply
    Nataly
    March 19, 2019 at 8:03 AM

    This is the cutest theme party! I love all the little touches that you created! Looks like a lot of fun!

  • Reply
    Taylor Mobley
    March 19, 2019 at 8:36 AM

    This. Is. Amazing. I am OBSESSED WITH THIS. You had such amazing attention to detail. I wish I had thought to do a fun theme party like this for my birthday!

  • Reply
    Deborah
    March 19, 2019 at 9:52 AM

    This is the birthday party of my dreams!!!! How awesome! I’d love a Harry Potter theme birthday party!

  • Reply
    Cathy
    March 19, 2019 at 10:41 AM

    I love this! Your decorations are fabulous. It must have been such a fun party!!

    XOXO
    Cathy

  • Reply
    Em
    March 19, 2019 at 11:28 AM

    oh my gosh, I love Harry Potter so this is right up my alley! too fun!

  • Reply
    rebecca
    March 19, 2019 at 12:12 PM

    ah, as a serious HP fan, this is so fun!

    xx reb

  • Reply
    Morgan
    March 19, 2019 at 1:15 PM

    This has to be THE BEST party theme I have ever seen and done PERFECTLY!! You thought of everything!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

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    Sarah Lennon
    March 19, 2019 at 1:28 PM

    I know nothing about Harry Potter, but it looks like you went all out on this party! Great job!

  • Reply
    Becky @ Disney in your Day
    March 19, 2019 at 3:19 PM

    This is AMAZING! I’m pinning basically everything. I do Harry Potter parties at my work (I’m a children’s librarian) but I’m such a big HP nerd I totally want to do an adult party like this.

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    JASMINE VARGAS
    March 19, 2019 at 7:32 PM

    I am OBSESSED with all the decor and I love that you did it yourself.

  • Reply
    Beth
    March 19, 2019 at 8:32 PM

    Oh my gosh, this is amazing! I don’t see how you could have improved anything. It must have been so much fun to put together.

  • Reply
    Rachel
    March 19, 2019 at 8:35 PM

    Ok this looks AMAZING! I want a party like this!!

  • Reply
    Lecy | A Simpler Grace
    March 19, 2019 at 9:58 PM

    Whoa! This is such a fun idea! I know so many Harry Potter fans who would love this. You are so creative, Stephanie!

  • Reply
    Azanique Rawl
    March 19, 2019 at 10:30 PM

    Girl, you are so creative! I would never have thought of the bottle labels and wall decor and party favors! This is such a cool idea for HP lovers at any age 🙂

    -xo, Azanique | https://www.lotsofsass.com

  • Reply
    Greta
    March 19, 2019 at 11:53 PM

    This looks like the most amazing birthday celebration! Hope you had the best time!

  • Reply
    Laura || Walking in Memphis in High Heels
    March 20, 2019 at 6:11 AM

    Oh my gosh! You did such a fabulous job! I am loving the wall decor, and all of the little details.

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    Jiawun | Beauty Nerd By Night
    March 20, 2019 at 11:12 AM

    OMG this is awesome! You really thought of everything, this is so perfect! I kind of want to throw a Harry Potter themed birthday party for my sister this year after seeing this post. I love all the details you put in! My favourite is definitely the platform 9 3/4 and Myrtle by the sink, haha!

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    Carolyn
    March 20, 2019 at 11:13 AM

    That looks like so much fun! HP party all the way!

  • Reply
    Delia Atenea
    March 20, 2019 at 11:23 AM

    You are so creative! This look so good!

  • Reply
    Torey
    March 20, 2019 at 1:52 PM

    This is so much fun ! You nailed it

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    Crystal // Dreams, etc.
    March 21, 2019 at 12:53 AM

    This is all so great! I don’t know what my favorite part of the decor is!

  • Reply
    Cristina
    March 22, 2019 at 4:44 AM

    As a Harry Potter fan, this made me super happy.

    Such a great idea and lots of creative things.

  • Reply
    Kelsey
    March 25, 2019 at 10:22 AM

    Okay this is freaking amazing!!! Can I do this for my next party?!

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