12 Oct

Spectacular Deathly Hallows Dinner Party

Spectacular Deathly Hallows Dinner Party

If you’re a fan of the Harry Potter series, prepare to flip over this absolutely fabulous DEATHLY HALLOWS Dinner Party dreamed up by the talented Loralee Lewis!

From the elegant drippy-wax candlelight and traditional English meal to beautiful vintage-gothic-style paper details and a delightfully dark “forbidden forest” setting, this is definitely a more mature take on the popular child wizard series… and a spectacular one at that! Loralee didn’t miss a thing when it came to bringing the details of the story to life either…guests enjoyed everything from Polyjuice Potion and Dark Brewed Butter Beer to Chocolate Frogs and Three Broomsticks Pumpkin Juice! This is SUCH a fun idea for an adult-friendly Halloween celebration too.

Spectacular Deathly Hallows Dinner Party

Spectacular Deathly Hallows Dinner Party

Read on for lots more dazzling images and all the magical creative details….

Spectacular Deathly Hallows Dinner Party

Spectacular Deathly Hallows Dinner Party

Spectacular Deathly Hallows Dinner Party

Spectacular Deathly Hallows Dinner Party

Spectacular Deathly Hallows Dinner Party

Spectacular Deathly Hallows Dinner Party

Spectacular Deathly Hallows Dinner Party

Spectacular Deathly Hallows Dinner Party

Spectacular Deathly Hallows Dinner Party

Spectacular Deathly Hallows Dinner Party

Spectacular Deathly Hallows Dinner Party

Spectacular Deathly Hallows Dinner Party

Spectacular Deathly Hallows Dinner Party

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PARTY DETAILS, as told by Loralee

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“We love Harry Potter and had previously created a party for younger children based on the series, so we decided it would be fun to try more of a Halloween/Noire/Mature take on our favorite child wizard for the next get-together.  So in celebration of the finale and October, we created a Deathly Hallows Dinner Party.

The idea was to stage an outdoor dinner party with the look of a wizard gathering in a darker setting, the forbidden forest.  We tried to recreate as many details as we could, including glowing crystal ball “prophecies,” floating candelabras, virtually all light cast through real, lit wax candles (keep the fire extinguisher nearby), and appropriate food with details from the book. Here are some specifics:

1. I set out little glasses filled  with “Polyjuice Potion.”  Aside each small glass was an envelope labeled with a character specimen from the movie, such as “a hair from the head of Bellatrix Lestrange”.   The envelopes were really filled with a small amount of powdered drink mix.  As each guest arrived, the idea was that they would pick which character they wanted to be that night, drink the “Polyjuice Potion” and sit at the place setting created for that character.  I also set a large stand filled with black English hats for the ladies to wear.

2. If you look carefully in the dinner photos and you will see “Prophecy” orbs.  I created large round ice orbs and placed glowing LED lights inside them (powered by small batteries and covered in wax to prevent water from shorting them) in order for them to glow at night.  These were on each place setting and were each guest’s personal  ”prophecy.”  Seriously, they looked dynamite – wish I had a close up for you.

3. I hung a chandelier and two candelabras from the tree using fishing line to make them look like they were floating above the table.   These “floating” lights created a dramatic and fun addition to the event.  When we placed them in the trees and lit the candles, no douse of humility could have made me feel less than brilliant.  Watch out though, the candles can burn through the line if not positioned right and drop flames onto your table.  Hence, keeping a fire extinguisher nearby.

4. Owls were everywhere at the party.  I had them in the trees, in steel bird cages, and on the table.  I really don’t think you can have enough owls at a Harry Potter party.  They are currently on sale at Michael’s.  I may have already bought them all though.  You can also see a Renaissance Pennant banner around the candy table with an image from each of the four Hogwarts Houses (Lion, Snake, Raven, Badger)

5. I tried to stay true to an English meal.  The dinner included Cornish Hens, potatoes, a mixed green salad, carrot, and a variety of desserts.

6. I held the event in a dear friend’s field.  I thought this gave the event a Forbidden Forest feel that was a meeting place in the last movie.

7. I had a jar filled with “wands” on “loan from Ollivander’s Wand Shop.” (not photographed)

8. Candy: Had the lovely lollipops, crystal candy, black licorice wands, and of course, chocolate frogs!

9. I placed lots of sealed envelopes all around to echo the first book when Harry received his exorbitant amount of letters from Hogwarts.

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VENDOR CREDITS:
– Paper, Food, Straws and Staging: Loralee Lewis
– Photography by Tracy Wagstaff
– Candles and Owls and Candelabras: Michaels
– Candy: Sweet Afton’s at Gardner Village

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21Comments

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Stacy SAYS:

I am IN LOVE with this party! You did an absolutely amazing job…I can’t even imagine how much fun your guests must have had. I love the ice orbs! What did you use to freeze them into the ball shape?

Anyone planning to celebrate Nearly Headless Nick’s Deathday party this Halloween can use this for a ton of tips. :)

Reply October 12, 2011 at 9:06 am

Loralee Lewis SAYS:

Hi Stacy, thanks for the kind words! We did have a ball! We made the Ice “Prophecies” by finding a bowl that was half a sphere, filling and freezing it with water twice. Then we set the halves on top of each other and sprayed some water on it to freeze them together into a sphere. While freezing the second half of the water, we wrapped up a watch battery and LED in seran wrap and froze it into the ball, so the orbs would glow. They will glow for about 3-4 days this way, just FYI.

October 12, 2011 at 5:02 pm

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Faith Gauthier SAYS:

What a magical treat! Love the theme and your work is amazing!

Reply October 12, 2011 at 9:22 am

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Katie SAYS:

Absolutely amazing!! Will any of the printed items be available in your Etsy store?

Reply October 12, 2011 at 9:43 am

Loralee Lewis SAYS:

Hi Katie, and yes, the items are all up in the Etsy store right now. We don’t do printables, so everything can be prepped and sent to you immediately. Just visit the HP collection here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/LoraleeLewis/search?search_query=harry+potter&search_type=user_shop_ttt_id_5952565&shopname=LoraleeLewis

October 12, 2011 at 5:06 pm

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Elizabeth SAYS:

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this party! I’m trying to throw a Wizards Ball this winter and will definitely be turning to this celebration for inspiration!

Reply October 12, 2011 at 10:00 am

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Jordan SAYS:

This is simply genius!!!! Every detail is wonderful, I would have LOVED to be at this party :)

Reply October 12, 2011 at 10:45 am

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Nicole b. Weinraub SAYS:

WOW! This dinner party looks INCREDIBLE!!! What a great job in the attention to detail. Really remarkable work!

Reply October 12, 2011 at 12:13 pm

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Michele in IL. SAYS:

wow, super cool!

Reply October 12, 2011 at 12:48 pm

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Amity Hook-Sopko SAYS:

Wow! right down to every last detail! I’d want my place card between Sirius and Snape :)

Reply October 12, 2011 at 4:01 pm

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Ashley SAYS:

Wow, this party is to die for. Amazing. Is it weird that I want a wedding that looks like this? Ha!

Reply October 12, 2011 at 5:29 pm

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Kerrie Gurney SAYS:

WOW …STUNNING ….I love love love it all ♥ thanks so much for sharing ♥

Reply October 13, 2011 at 2:16 am

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Suzanne SAYS:

Thank you so much for posting this! I am working on a Harry Potter birthday party and this is inspirational!

Reply October 13, 2011 at 7:27 am

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Paige (Paiges of Style) SAYS:

This party is absolutely stunning. The details are so gorgeous! I’ve been a longtime fan of Loralee Lewis so I love seeing her work here!

Reply October 13, 2011 at 10:53 am

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Zoila @ Squared Party Printables SAYS:

Simply stunning!

Reply October 14, 2011 at 1:25 pm

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Jenni SAYS:

LOVE LOVE LOVE. I will certainly have to do this party sometime soon!

Reply October 21, 2011 at 10:41 am

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Jillian SAYS:

What an elegant party! I love it! Not too cheesy, just awesome. Love all the cool details, like the hanging chandeliers and the Polyjuice potion. Very cool! Good job! (

Reply November 6, 2011 at 12:50 am

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