Bean's and Her Harry Potter Birthday Party

I hope you don't mind this off the hair subject of Bean's and her Birthday Party. We had fun putting this together and I had a very VERY small budget because of my husband being out of work for so long. He's finally back working again. Its been two weeks of solid reliable work--- and its time to catch up on bills. So keeping the birthday party affordable was important. So I had to use some real creativity on this one. I think between cake and ice cream to all the activities we did and drinks for our guests we didn't spend more than $50 on the whole shebang! I think that is pretty dang good. So this is how we pulled it off...
I may have splurged a little on the invitation. We had fun with this one. I got the idea from this site. I didn't think that one up on my own, but I saw it and had to do it. I had a bunch of white balloons so I took them into a place and they filled them up for me for forty-five cents each one. I made the invitations personalized and just printed them up as a photo. Cheap-cheap. I then glues them onto black card stock I already had. I think each invitation works out to be about seventy-five cents. And YES I did draw the owl on each of the balloons.
We had an old sheet hanging around that I use for photo shoots, or that I used to use, but haven't forever. So when one of my nephews asked if we were going to have a brick entrance to our HP party I decided that would do that one. We didn't have very many decorations, but this was a fun way to come to the party and it didn't cost us any more than die for the sheet. I think it was around two bucks.
Once inside everyone was able to make a wand. For my son's party we did sticks that they decorated and got wild with pipe-cleaners. For Beans HP party we did this with the smallest sticks and let them put beads on them. The sticks were so cheap I think I bought five sticks and got three wands out of each stick making fifteen total wands. I think that gauge stick is like forty cents, so this was super cheap too. And I had the beads in my craft stuff. Again a cheap activity. Even if I would have needed to buy the beads this kind is so cheap.And the kids super loved them. Some of them were glow in the dark beads and they were using those on the tips of there wands. It made for a pretty fun effect. The ONLY downfall of the wands was with one of our guests it was a great beating stick. I had to keep my eye on her the whole time and remind her not to hit the other kids.While others finished there wands we played HP bingo. Before the party I made fifteen different Bingo boards using photo shop. I love Photoshop!!! And I made cards to draw for all the different characters. My kids are sick and seriously know all the names of all the characters. Its so funny. Even the three year old can almost tell you everyone. To print these all up as 5x7's and the cards for the game was under ten dollars. I splurged a little on this one, but it turned out so awesome. We played like four games and no one wanted to stop--- they all wanted to win a prize, but it was time to move on. **UPDATE** I have made these available for download since it has been requested so much. So please follow this link to download.Once all the wands were finished we had a spell casting class. The spell that we cast was a freckle spell. I punched holes out of paper before the party and we had everyone pair up to teams. We filled a bowl with water and put the "freckles" in the water and let everyone put freckles on there partner. The kids had so much fun putting freckle spells on there partner. I think there was only two that didn't want to play this game. And I think they regretted it when everyone else was freckled. I have a cute photo of all of them all freckled. It was a lot of fun. I'd like to say I thought this one up on my own, but I have had it filed in my brain to use and I think I got the freckle game from a magazine... but I don't know for sure who to give the credit to for this idea.

The only downfall of this game was that the pink ones (bright pink ones) color bleed onto the faces and left spots for reals on the kids. So I think if I was to do it again I would check for bleeding paper first. Every other color was fine and didn't bleed at all. I didn't spend a dime on this game. I had plenty of paper lying around.

Our last activity before we moved on to presents, cake and ice cream was care of magical creatures. Before the party I made my own magical creatures to send the kids home with. Between my mom and I we had plenty of felt fabric for these. I just needed stuffing. Stuffing was on sale and I got a BIG bag for five bucks. I bought a few felt pieces for specific colors I wanted and spent two or three dollars on felt. But felt is cheap! So the biggest expense was on the time to put these together. But that was so fun! We made each face unique and fun. My oldest son and I sat and made up some of the funniest faces. IT WAS SO FUN!!!! How can you call it work if you have fun doing it? Then when I stuffed them I went to my mom's house and she and my grandma (visiting form Idaho) helped me stuff all sixteen. I made extra's to make sure everyone got one and I had two extra that my kids have claimed since. It was a fun process.

I asked YOU ALL about how to handle this game and I have to say THANK YOU--- you guys got my wheels turning and I was able to work out a scavenger hunt. I had kind of the idea of how I was going to do it, but I didn't get it worked out until the day of the party. I will share with you my rhymes and scavenger hunt, but understand I wrote this the morning of the party.The first clue I handed read to them after explaining that we were now going to work ALL TOGETHER for this care of magical creatures challenge. So the first clue I read was:

In this task of caring for a Nargle creature
You'll need to follow clues from your teacher.
If you follow them to the last clue
You'll be able to take a Nargle home with you.
Along the way you will learn how
to care for a Nargel right now.
So for clue number two you need to find...
a "RED" party balloon if you don't mind.

And I had a shoe tied as the weight holding one of the red balloons in my foliage. So when the lifted it there was a clue inside the shoe that read:

Congratulations you found clue number two
The tip here is nargles will steal a shoe.
If lonely or mad you'll find one missing.
You'll find clue #3 under a place for kissing.

And of course clue number three was in some mistletoe. Which became a fun little joke in itself with the kids holding it over everyone elses head. Kids are so funny. So clue three read:

How smart you are to find clue three so fast.
A Nargel will tease boys and girls at last
by making mistletoe grow for those you crush.
You next clue is where you get a fast "sliding" rush.

Of course it was on the underbelly of the slide. It read:

Yes it true a Nargle will like to slide,
Play tag, checkers or seek me and hide.
To find clue five you'll have to ask grandpa for which,
kind is his favorite kind of a sandwich.

Of course my dad LOVES a tomato sandwich, but I coached him before hand to make sure he'd tell the kids that his favorite sandwich was a tomato sandwich leading the kids to the garden in the tomato plants. This clue read:

I thought you'd be tricked by clue number five,
but again you were as smart and alive,
As a Nargle who eats treats to stay strong.
For clue #6 find a pink string that is long.

And I had taped clue six to the top on Beans window with a string that reached where the party was happening. It just needed a little tug and they had clue number six which read:

Near the end we are at last getting.
The last clue is where someone is sitting.

This was under one of the chairs the adults were sitting on. And it read:

You should have learned by now how to care,
For a Nargle needs to be played with,fed and taught to share.
So once you find a box out of place
It will be time to find a smile on your face.
For clue #8, the last of its kind,
A misplaced BOX is what you need to find.

And I don't know how creative it was, but I had a present wrapped in Christmas paper on the table with her other gifts. That is pretty out of place don't you think? My son got it. He was the one who found the box. And it had one last clue on it that read:

Great job you found it at last.
Take a seat and the Nargles will be passed.
The BIRTHDAY GIRL will make sure everyone gets.
A perfect NARGLE friend that perfectly fits.

And Beans handed out all the Nargles. She and her brothers had already chose out there favorites, and luckily through the excitement they still got there Nargles. Here is Baby J (my youngest) and his cousin enjoying there Nargles.
This is a picture of all the Nargles except for the extra two I made last minute for fear of being short Nargles if anyone extra showed up. We ended up with two extra, but I was still happy I made extra's. I had to choose a magical creature that they don't show on the movie so I could make them any way I want. I know that some websites if you read into Nargles say they think they are a small bug, but I wasn't going for authentic, I was just going for fun. And it ended up really fun for everyone. We then opened presents. Beans got spoiled. She is very lucky to be loved so much. She was wearing her new outfit that she got from the girls at Babes in Hairland. So she has been having a great birthday week thanks to great people in our lives. THANK YOU ALL!!!

We then had cake and ice cream. We didn't get to craft with the cupcakes. I just went to Smiths and they let me buy some Harry Potter rings form them. And we just put a ring on every ones cup cake. Cupcakes because they are so much easier to serve and faster too.
For ice cream I got real simple. Earlier in the week I had made the best cookies in the world using Bobbi's recipe that you can find here and I made them into ice cream sandwiches. BEYOND great thinking. I hate trying to keep the party going and under control and serving everything too. My sister always helps, but I was eager to make it as easy as possible! So that is what we did. So yummy--- I want another one.So that is the round up of the party and how we did things. It worked out great and the kids and I had fun putting things together. We did it completely different than we did for my oldest son. At his party we did a spell class that was fun and we played Quidditch in the yard. It really is fun how many different ways you can present the same party. I hope if anyone is throwing a Harry Potter party that this can help out. And if you look closely you can check out that new haircut of Beans' ISN'T IT BEYOND CUTE!!!!

Happy Birthday to my Beautiful little Beans!!!


  1. Super cute and creative! You deserve a good mom award!

  2. That's one of the coolest bday parties I've ever seen! Will you come and throw my next party? I'll be 34, but I'd be happy with the HP theme :)

    BTW, her hair cut is adorable! You did a great job!

  3. I think the freckle game came from Family Fun magazine. Looks like a fun party. Good job! Her haircut it cute, but it will be challenging now to style in a hundred ways!

  4. I LOVE everything you've done for this party! I'll have to remember this when my kids are older!

  5. You posted this while I was gone! I think despite the budget - the love that went into this is priceless! You are so stinkin' talented and creative! Thanks for sharing it with all of us!

  6. So cute! Way to go making the Nargles. What a fun idea! (found a link to your party on Pinterest)

  7. I was wondering if you could put a download to your bingo cards!! My kids love them and we are trying to plan a HP birthday party hpefully it turns out half as cool as yours!!!!

  8. We love your party ideas and shared some of them on oour blog: Modern Hostess. I am working on a Harry Potter party right now and can't wait to share it!

  9. Great ideas!!! I'm planning a Harry Potter party for my son who will be nine. I wonder if you could give me more information about the owl balloons? How did you manage to draw on them without them popping? Did you draw the owls on before having them blown up with helium? And also, what were they "delivering"? Thanks!!!

  10. Anyone who is planning a Harry Potter party should include Flying Cauldron Butterscotch Beer!

    (It's not actually beer, of course).

    Cheers! --


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