09 Apr

Harry Potter Birthday Party Ideas – Part 1

Harry Potter Birthday Party Ideas

For all the Harry Potter fans out there – or parents of fans looking to throw a themed birthday bash for your little ones – I wanted to share some of the 12 Harry Potter Birthday Party Ideas that I recently worked on for iVillage.com, which include everything from themed food & drinks to favors & activities!

Harry Potter Birthday Party Ideas

Harry Potter Birthday Party Ideas

You can find all the how-to info on each project over at iVillage, and detailed images of the first 6 projects in this post. (Part 2 with images of the next 6 projects will be posted on Monday.) Here goes…



1. Quidditch-Inspired Party Favors inspired by Martha Stewart’s Halloween Witch Brooms – but this Harry Potter” version features edible pretzel rod broomsticks, gold ribbon accents (to mimic the gold detailing on the Quidditch brooms), and is filled with “Honeyduke’s Special Wizard’s Treat Mix” (pictured below).

2. Magic Color-Changing Drinks (pictured above)

3. Honeyduke’s Special Wizard’s Treat Mix – featuring edible Honey Nut Chex Mix, Gryffindor-inspired burgundy and gold M&M’s, and novelty gummy candies like spiders, frogs and worms + a free downloadable treat sign:

Harry Potter Birthday Party Ideas

Harry Potter Birthday Party Ideas

4. Potion Jar Centerpieces – featuring magical (and mostly creepy!) ingredients from the series like Bloodworms (spaghetti with marinara), Gillyweed (backyard weeds in green-tinted water) and Hippogriff Gizzards (canned oysters) + free downloadable jar labels (jars purchased at Ikea)

Harry Potter Birthday Party Ideas

Harry Potter Birthday Party Ideas

Harry Potter Birthday Party Ideas

5. Official Hogwarts Party Invitations

Harry Potter Birthday Party Ideas

6. Transfiguration Booth – a themed DIY Photo Booth / fun dress-up activity!

Harry Potter Birthday Party Ideas

Harry Potter Birthday Party Ideas

Stay tuned for Part 2: Projects 6-12, coming soon!

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At Home with Kim Vallee SAYS:

Wow! Brilliant execution and fun ideas for the kids

Reply April 10, 2010 at 5:40 am


Where was this when I did my daughter’s HP party last October? THis would have saved me a LOT of work. Cute ideas. Thanks for the continuted inspiration.

Reply April 10, 2010 at 11:27 am

twin xl SAYS:

So many creative ideas!!! Love the broomstick favors :)

Reply April 11, 2010 at 7:17 pm

Martha Shmartha SAYS:

Cool ideas. I just threw a Hogwarts party for my 7 year old. It was so fun!

Reply April 13, 2010 at 5:33 am

Heather SAYS:

What a treasure trove of great ideas! Makes we wish my kids were old enough for Harry Potter!

Reply April 22, 2010 at 6:04 am

Harry Potter party supplies SAYS:

You have the best idea of party favors, really really amazing! It will surely bring happiness in kids party!

Reply April 22, 2010 at 8:42 pm

andriaa SAYS:

I can’t find more info on how to make the magic color-changing drinks. The link won’t work for me. Can anyone help? Everything is just so darn cute!

Reply November 2, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Tiff SAYS:

Hi Jen. HELP… please. I am going to do a Harry Potter themed party for my son’s 8th birthday – I am looking at your HP party for inspiration and ideas (as usual :) Do you have any downloads for all of the cool signs you used?? Thanks!!

Reply November 7, 2010 at 9:42 am

Anne SAYS:

Thanks for the creative ideas… I am taking 3 and using for my son’s Harry Potter party!

Reply April 9, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Lucy SAYS:

Awesome ideas!!

Reply April 22, 2011 at 12:02 pm

emma SAYS:

im in a mother daughter book club and my daughter loves harry potter these will be great.i also recommend the unofficial harry potter cookbook

Reply May 4, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Mandy SAYS:

These are great Ideas. Thank you. Does anyone know of any “magical” ideas for a party for adults though?

Reply August 19, 2011 at 10:41 am

Presley Franchi SAYS:

I'm using the theme for my high school graduation invitations… LOL MATURE MY ASS.

Reply May 4, 2012 at 7:42 pm

andrea SAYS:

why do all the links take you to a pregnancy website instead of the details??

Reply July 29, 2012 at 11:29 am

jenn s. SAYS:

Hi Andrea – It looks like iVillage moved the location of the article on their site since the first time this posted (a few years ago). I just updated the links so hopefully they’ll work for you now – thanks for the heads up! :)

July 30, 2012 at 5:44 am

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