The Best Harry Potter Party

The things that really make a Harry Potter party are the small details and decorations. Yes, you can dim the lights, serve some candy and draw a lightning bolt on your forehead, but you need something special to take your party to the next level. I did that with a combination of things – the food, drinks and the decorations.

I transformed our home into Hogwarts – a Magical School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. I tried to tie as many of the classes into our meals and created a series of challenges. Get the questions right and you earn a special magical treat.

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For breakfast, I served Transfiguration muffins with our dragon eggs.

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The challenges started with the Defense Against the Dark Arts. My husband had match the spells with what it does. For his efforts, he got a magic wand. Now, our wands were simply pretzel rods dipped in three kinds of chocolate, dark, milk and white, and covered with candy or nuts. To keep with the Harry Potter theme I labeled each wand combination so they would be more like the ones you would find at Olivander’s. Try each one and see which wand you prefer. Have fun with the combinations. The Pear and Troll Whisker actually tasted really good.

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  • Pear and Troll Whisker = white chocolate and Haribo gummies
  • Holly and Unicorn Hair = white chocolate and craisins
  • Mahogany and Dragon Heartstring = milk chocolate and pistachios
  • Ivy and Thestral Hair = dark chocolate and almonds

He had a Flying lesson where he had to match the different Quidditch positions with the types to Quidditich balls used. When he got them right, he received a Nimbus 2000 and a  Firebolt. I used brown paper which I folded and glued together to look like a broom bottom. I filled the Nimbus 2000 bottom with my favorite gummy treats which were individually wrapped with saran wrap and tied closed. I used a milk chocolate dipped pretzel as my broomstick. I filled the Firebolt with my husband’s favorite chocolate treats which were individually wrapped and added a dark chocolate dipped pretzel. This way we had something to snack on during the movie.

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For lunch we had Herbology Sandwiches and Transfiguration Muffins. Herbology sandwiches are a vegetarian sandwiches made with lettuce, avocado, apple, red onion, cucumber, tomato, alfalfa sprouts and topped with vinegar. I used tarragon vinegar my mother had given us for Christmas. It tasted great, but the vinegar made the bread very wet. Next time I’ll use a different type of bread that can withstand the liquid.

*if you look closely you can see the ears and tail on the muffin.

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He had a Charms class where he had to answer questions about each magical object. When he got them right, he got lightning bolt shaped cheese slices and golden snitch wheat crackers. See, not every treat has to involve chocolate and candy. I didn’t want to spend extra money on cookie cutters I’d only use once. Instead, I made my own with a lasagna pan I bought at the Dollar Store. For the simple designs, the homemade cookie cutters worked. For the more complicated ones, it didn’t work very well.

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We had tea time, of course. What better to serve than Divination Tea and homemade Sorting Hat digestives, a British cookie traditionally served with tea. I dipped my cookies in chocolate because that’s my favorite way to have them. I used another homemade cookie cutter for my Sorting Hats. They tasted great, but the cookie cutters didn’t work very well. Because the design is so complicated, I would recommend buying it.

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During his Potions class, my husband had to face the mice and match the potions with what it does. For his efforts, he got a glass of homemade butterbeer. This stuff is highly addictive and full of sugary happiness. I didn’t have rum extract so I simply used rum. I was serving it to adults so it didn’t matter. It tasted amazing. I’m planning on making it again this Halloween.

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Located by our dog’s crate, my husband had to match the Magical Creatures to their description. He earned a chocolate frog for each right answer. I found the chocolate frog mold on amazon.com for a very reasonable price. They’re too cute to pass up. One of my husband’s favorite chocolate treats are orange chocolates. I decided to use an orange chocolate truffle recipe and follow all of the steps except forming the truffles. I simply put them in my frog molds. They were delicious!

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I included a few special touches throughout our home to tie it all together.


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As the official gift, I got my husband the blu ray set of the Harry Potter films wrapped in parcel paper and sent by Owl Post, also known as me sneaking it into our mailbox without him noticing. I designed his birthday card around the Maurader’s Map forewarning him that I was up to no good. He had no idea just how much I was up to until he stepped into our decorated apartment and had enough food and activities to last the whole weekend. Our magical weekend was a huge success. My husband loved it and I certainly think it’s the best birthday party I will ever throw.

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Homemade Dragon Eggs

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Fall is in the air and I couldn’t be more thrilled! There’s something about the season’s sights, sounds and smells that make me feel warm and cozy.  Even though we’re in Florida, we still enjoy a variety of fall themed fun each year. We have to have some comfort foods and soups, cold apple cider, hot spiced cider or caramel apple spice, pumpkin flavored baked goods like pie or bread, a scary movie or creepy autumn tale like Sleepy Hollow, a special spooky treat and fall scented candles to tie it all together. Yes, in our home, fall is an experience!

For the next couple of weeks, I’m going to share some of my favorite magical fall treats. Earlier this year I threw a Harry Potter party weekend extravaganza for my husband. It was a ton of fun to plan and come up with all kinds of magically inspired recipes. All of these can be used for Halloween or anytime you get a craving for chocolate frogs.

Now, if you do your research for Harry Potter themed parties you’re going to find some cute decorations, games and lots of chocolate and sugary treats. However, no one ever created a magical meal. Being the Creative Campbell that I am, I had a lot of great ideas. My main priority was to make something special, but healthy. Yes, there would be chocolate and treats, but we couldn’t eat that all day.

Every great magical adventure should start with breakfast. Our weekend started with homemade Dragon Eggs. This is a spinoff of Scotch Eggs. Traditionally, Scotch Eggs are hard boiled eggs coated with ground beef and deep fried. Delicious, but horrible for you. Years ago I watched an episode of Food Network Star and one of the contestants made healthy Scotch Eggs. I’ve made my own adjustments to the recipe and it tastes amazing! I use ground turkey mixed with homemade pesto and sauté it. Trust me, they are filling and delicious. My favorite part about this recipe is that you can assemble the eggs ahead of time.

To make these eggs truly magical, I kept with my Harry Potter theme. If you’ll remember in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire the contestants had to face four dragons – the Hungarian Horntail, Swedish Short Snout, Common Welsh Green and Chinese Fireball. I used construction paper, printer paper (because my handwriting is horrible) and skewers. I typed the names of the dragons in a fun text, printed it, cut them out and glued them onto the construction paper. I cut and folded the construction paper and glued it onto my skewer to create a flag. After the Dragon Eggs were cooked, I put a flag in each of the eggs and served my dish. They looked amazing and tasted just as good!

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Homemade Dragon Eggs

Ingredients:

  • 4 large eggs (whole), 3 eggs (beaten)
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 8 oz. ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • pinch of garlic salt

Place four whole eggs in a pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and boil for ten minutes. Drain, rinse under cold water and peel. Set aside on a paper towel to absorb excess water.

In a food processor, combine basil, Parmesan, garlic cloves and 1/2 cup olive oil. Blend until smooth. In a mixing bowl, combine bread crumbs, flour, salt, pepper, cayenne, garlic salt, three beaten eggs, ground turkey, and basil pesto mixture.

Cover each egg with a 1/4 of the turkey mixture. Put in fridge overnight if needed. Saute in olive oil cooking around 3-4 minutes per side. Serve warm.