I served some non-Harry Potter stuff, but names it after Harry Potter stuff. For example, I had popcorn, but called it "Gringott's Gold."
But, I of course mostly served Harry Potterish foods:
For these, I used Pillsbury bread sticks and backed them normally. I just split the ends to look like brooms before baking the dough.
2- Hedwig Cookies
To make my life easier, I used Pillsbury sugar cookie dough in a roll. My family has an amazing sugar cookie recipe, but I didn't have time to make these from scratch! Last month, I found an owl cookie cutter while visiting my parents and snatched it up for this party. In case you don't know, Hedwig is Harry's owl and he is white. I simply rolled out the dough, cut out the cookies, baked and frosted. The eyes and beaks are made from Tollhouse mini semi-sweet morsels.
To celebrate the famous Harry Potter treat (but not break the bank buying actual ones at Toys R Us), I made these with a frog mold I found at Hobby Lobby. I simply melted chocolate bark, filled the molds, and cooled.
4-Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans
I did, however, purchase these at Toys R US and mixed them with some more Jelly Bellies because there are not nearly enough good tasting ones mixed in the Bertie Botts bag. I am pretty sure I got most of the nasty ones. I think everyone else was too afraid to try them. Let's see, I got ear wax, dirt, soap, pickle, and I am pretty sure vomit.
I made this recipe found on MuggleNet. It was good, but SUPER sweet. I think it's because I used vanilla flavored cream soda.
I was also going to make Pumpkin Pasties from this recipe, but I didn't have time, sadly. Check out MuggleNet's recipes, though. They have a lot of great ideas.
My husband, being the good sport that he is, dressed up as Harry Potter. I dressed up as Hermione. I know, I know, they don't go together. BUT, neither of us were about to dye our hair red (been there, done that, don't want to go there again).
Jeff looks super serious in all these pics because he's trying to play the part-hehe. I love the influence I've had on him.
We already had the makings of the Gryffindor uniforms (Jeff opted for the after class look). We just needed ties and wands (and me, poofy hair). Here's where I kicked into DIY mode.
For the ties, I bought two maroon ties at the thrift store for a dollar each. One had blue stripes and the other had grey and gold stripes-no prob. I also bought two rolls of gold ribbon at Michaels from the dollar ribbon bin. I covered the non-gold stripes with the gold ribbon and adhered it to the tie with fabric glue. (I wrapped each individual piece of ribbon around the tie and glued it in the back to give it a seamless look). Two Gryffindor ties for 4 bucks!! And they charge 20 bucks for this one:
The wands are wooden dowels from the crafts store wrapped in black duct tape and I bought Jeff's glasses for 50 cents at the thrift store (I popped out the lenses).I drew the scar on his head with eyeliner.
I have stick straight hair, so to create Hermione's frizzy hair (or attempt to) I showered in the morning and then twisted my hair into tiny little buns all over my head and pinned it like that all day. My hair still deflated within 30 minutes. I'm not complaining-I know lots of people who wished they had that problem!
And that was my Harry Potter Party. For more ideas and for ideas for a Kids' Harry Potter party, the following are my favorite sites: