Do you ever have an idea, and think it would be so fun to plan and execute, but then procrastinate way too long to actually have it executed exactly how you wanted it? Yeah, that is basically the story of my life, and definitely the story of this birthday party. Our friend James loves Harry Potter (who doesn't), and I really thought it would be fun to have a Harry Potter party. So we talked to his wife, Kathryn, about throwing a surprise party for him in the theme of Harry Potter. She loved the idea, so we decided that when they went to the Nutcracker, we would sneak into their apartment and decorate.
Kathryn was in charge of the food, and we were in charge of the decorations/butterbeer. We had pink cake (just like in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone), Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans, Golden Snitches, baby basilisk (lil smokies), and a lot more.
For decorations, we made wands, had Moaning Myrtle in the toilet, Hogwarts banners, the fat lady, a brick wall for platform 9 3/4, and a lot more. It was a surprise to James to come home to a brick wall outside of his apartment door, but that added to the magic of the night.
We had a sorting hat, and sorted everyone into their houses.
Ruby and Adam were Ravenclaw, and James and I were Hufflepuff.
Caitlin, Vivian, and Catherine were Gryffindor, and Amy, Porter, and Kathryn were Slytherin.
Once we were sorted into houses, we had games that we played. The most popular was Quidditch (naturally).
We made Quidditch hoops, and used ping pong balls to see who could get the most goals. We didn't have seekers as part of the team, so there was no Snitch, and definitely no bludgers.
It got really intense. Hufflepuff ended up winning the house cup. I never thought I would be proud to be a Hufflepuff, but that night I was elated!
We also had a "Have you Seen this Wizard" sign (Prisoner of Azkaban), which seemed like it would be so easy to construct, but we really ran out of time.
And of course, we ended the night singing happy birthday to the birthday boy! Such a fun night! We would've had fun even if there wasn't a theme, but it is always fun celebrating together Hogwarts style.