With the recent release of the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, fans are eating up the latest chapter in J.K. Rowling’s timeless series. For parents of young witches and wizards, we’ve gathered 14 fantastical ideas to help you create a Potter-tastic party right at home!
Set the scene with floating candles and house banners, serve Golden Snitch cake pops with Butterbeer, play backyard Quidditch and mix up potions for a truly magical event.
All aboard the Hogwarts Express!
These ticket-style invitations are available as a high-resolution digital file from Etsy shop Party Sparkle. Just purchase, add your personal party details and then print as many as you need. While you’re shopping, check out Party Sparkle’s other Harry Potter-themed printables, including thank-you notes.
Claim your house
Set the scene with colorful house banners, courtesy of Warner Brothers. Whether you want to decorate your space with the shield of Hufflepuff, Slytherin, Ravenclaw or Gryffindor, WB has you covered with these free printables! You can even modify the text to spell out the birthday kid’s name.
Cast a spell
Make your party magical with these DIY floating candles from This Calls for a Party. Author Lisa recommends using battery-operated tea lights with a remote control and making lots of candles for maximum effect.
- Cardboard toilet paper rolls
- Hot glue and glue gun
- Fishing line
- Extra cardboard
- White paint
- Battery-operated tea lights
- Using a hot glue gun, apply lines of glue from the top outside edge of the toilet paper roll and continuing down the length of the roll to resemble dripping candle wax.
- Add a “stand” for the tea light. To make the stand, use the end of your toilet paper roll as a template and trace a circle on a piece of cardboard. Cut out the circle.
- Push the cardboard circle into the roll so that it sits horizontally about an inch inside the top of your “candle.” Glue in place.
- After the glue dries, paint the inside and outside of each roll with white paint.
- Once dry, place a tealight on the ledge inside of your candle. Use fishing line to hang it from the ceiling.
Jesseca of One Sweet Appetite created this memorable photo booth for her son’s party. With a backdrop of newsprint posters (bought on Etsy), balloons for a pop of color and a great “wanted” frame, this is both party decor and a photo booth activity.
Show your pride
Your guests will obviously need to be sorted into the appropriate Hogwarts houses for the festivities! These felt ties are another genius idea from One Sweet Appetite. Jesseca recommends having guests draw their house name from a hat to avoid disputes!
Wave a wand
There are lots of Harry Potter wands for sale online, but they can be pricey. Luckily, you can make your own wands. All you need are chopsticks and your trusty glue gun (don’t tell Ollivanders). Let Boxy Colonial show you how. Then, let the wand choose the wizard!
Indulge in a clever cake
Gina of East Coast Mommy made these amazing cakes for her son’s birthday. Whether you want to showcase the iconic game of Quidditch or show your pride with a school crest, Gina has you covered.
Catch the Snitch!
Cake pops make great party fare — no plates or utensils needed! Check out this recipe from Create-Celebrate-Explore. Author Tonya gives step-by-step directions to create these gorgeous Golden Snitches. They’re almost too beautiful to eat!
Cheers to Butterbeer
In case you didn’t know, Butterbeer should be served chilled with a frothy head and have a delicious butterscotch flavor. For your party, choose from one of these five recipes straight from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter park. Some contain ice cream, making this beverage the perfect accompaniment to cake!
Host backyard Quidditch
You have to play Quidditch at a Harry Potter party, right? Angie of Jonesing 2 Create supplies easy directions to create and play. Also included: a tutorial for making brooms out of pool noodles (because sticks + kids = disaster). She used water bomb splash balls as Bludgers to make this a water game, but regular balls can be used for cooler climes.
Or move it indoors
No one wants kids running around with brooms inside! But never fear: You can play Quidditch indoors. Katie of Farm to Fête shows you how with an impressive tabletop version of the famous game.
Go to Potions
After your witches and wizards have gotten the wiggles out playing Quidditch, it’s time for class. Melissa of Imagination Soup offers complete instructions for creating Exploding Polyjuice Potion and Veritaserum.
The recipes use basic household ingredients relabeled as magical substances. She even offers free printable instructions and labels.
Pass out the Floo Powder
Send guests home with the perfect magical party favor: their very own Floo Powder! These tiny bottles come filled with shimmery green powder from Etsy shop AcquaSotto, but you can request a different color. Just be sure to state your destination clearly when using the powder; you don’t want to end up in Knockturn Alley!
Take the magic home
Give your partygoers a stylish bag to gather all their goodies in. This printable option from the Etsy shop Thingamaparty is a digital file that you purchase. You simply print, cut out and then adhere to a generic bag. These might even be more popular than the party favors!