Harry Potter Party Prep

I’ve been planning this party for three years.

Seriously. (Siriusly?)

Three years ago, in the fall of 2007, I started reading the Harry Potter books. (Finally. I HATE having to wait for books to come out, so I never start a series till they’re all done. Waiting for multi-part movies is bad enough.) So of course, as I read them, I couldn’t help but come up with party ideas. I think Patronus Cookies were my first idea, when I found a reindeer-shaped cookie cutter in a Christmas set. I’ve had a Word doc going on my computer for probably that long, where I’ve jotted recipe, game, and decoration ideas.

I’ve tried to have this party twice before, and plans have fallen through. (My poor friend Bekki. When I was planning the party the first time, for the Half-Blood Prince premier in July 2009, she sewed a beautiful Fleur DeLacour costume to wear, and was terribly disappointed when I had to cancel the party!)

The second time I tried to have it, for my birthday this past spring, I again had to dash her hopes when I had to cancel AGAIN. I feel like the King of Swamp Castle in Monty Python: “Everyone said I was daft to build a castle on a swamp, but I built in all the same, just to show them. It sank into the swamp. So I built a second one. That sank into the swamp. So I built a third. That burned down, fell over, then sank into the swamp. But the fourth one stayed up. And that’s what you’re going to get, Lad, the strongest castle in all of England.”

But THIS TIME, the party is going to stay up!

I’m actually glad I wasn’t able to pull it off before, because I would have hosted it at my home. My apartment has a wonderful large dining room that is great for parties, but it holds no candle to the location where we’re having this party: a four-story historic mansion in Jamestown with a two-story library and an “astronomy tower” that overlooks the Jamestown and Newport bridges. Holy. Cows.

You may remember a few months ago, we had dinner at our friends’ house. You may recall the pictures of their Harry Potter cupboard under their stairs. That’s what sparked the idea for finally having this party. I gasped when it hit me, and begged them, “Please please PLEASE can I host a Deathly Hallows premiere party at your house?” They graciously agreed, and are actually quite excited about it, being big Potter fans themselves.

So I’ve spent the past few days finalizing plans, day dreaming, and creating a trunk-full of amazing props and decorations. (I felt like Harry packing his school trunk for Hogwarts when I put everything in here this afternoon!)

I’m thrilled at how it’s all looking and coming together. Only one disappointment: I really wanted to make super-awesome invitations, and I just didn’t get those done. I wanted to buy a bunch of tiny stuffed owls and attach the party envelopes (parchment) to the owls and mail or hand deliver them. I didn’t end up doing invitations in the mail at all…just email. (That is a huge bummer to me, because invitations are one of my favorite aspects of party planning.)

The only other snag is that I had a calendar fail…I didn’t realize until a few days ago that the party is the same day I get back from a short trip to D.C. Eeeep! So I had to make sure almost all the party stuff was done before I left tonight. And I had to delegate most of the cooking (just desserts, but still…un-bake-able in an airplane).

Have you ever had to delay a party you’ve been planning for a long time? We you able to put it together later?

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  • http://www.westernesse.com/karlita Karla

    Don't know if they still have 'em, but Saver's had some Harry Potter brooms on clearance. Also, I hear there's an unofficial Harry Potter cookbook, but I forget the name of it. Hope you have fun despite the hectic schedule!

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