Friday, July 20, 2012

Harry Potter Post-Party Wrap Up

Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

quoted on the tombstone of Kendra and Ariana Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

At the end of the party, the only things left to do were to say good-bye to the guests, making sure each one had their goody bag; clean up and take down decorations, and write and send out thank you notes. At this point there were several guests that didn't want the fun to stop, and so they were outside playing Harry Potter and casting spells on each other all afternoon. In fact, we left some of the decorations up and neighborhood kids would come over for the next few days to continue playing. (It was a summer party, so no school to worry about.) Finally after about a week, the stone walls of Hogwarts Castle papered all over our living room had to come down.

Our thank you notes were typed on school letterhead, using the Hogwarts Wizard font, but handwritten would work nicely as well. I tried to add a wizarding school twist to each note. Some birthday presents could tie in quite easily; others were more difficult. In that case, they just got a generic thanks for the gift and for coming to the party. We used the parchment colored paper and envelopes again to keep the magic going.

Sample Thank You Notes

Capture special party moments with your camera and videocam. Make a scrapbook or digital slideshow or movie of the event. Or a website, there's an idea!

Our kids were age 6 and 3 at the time of K's big Potter party. Since then they have moved onto things like The Hunger Games, and Minecraft, but they still enjoy Harry Potter (maybe not as much as their mother). My hubby took this video walk-through pre-party. There is also a bit of footage from during the party.


I really hope you have as much fun at your Harry Potter party as we did!