I think I am suffering from post Harry Potter depression.
It’s been about 6 years since the Last Harry Potter book came out. It’s been a little over 2 years since the last Harry Potter movie came out. It’s been a little over a year since I visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando. I won’t be able to go to the new Diagon Alley theme park for a little while (it’s not even open yet and I don’t live anywhere remotely near Orlando!). Yes…I am an adult…and I love HP. I know there are others like me out there!
So how does one fill this Harry Potter void in their life? Well…this past summer I decided I would host the ultimate party for Harry Potter enthusiasts – a 2 day Harry Potter movie marathon extravaganza! I selected Columbus day weekend for the event. It’s a 3 day weekend so everyone would have a day to recover. It’s during the fall, so the Harry Potter related decorations would (seamlessly?) blend in with my fall and Halloween decorations in the house. The date was secured with all my guests during the summer, so I had well over 4 months to prepare.
So how does one go about executing a 8 movie, 20 hour party? Well, the party format included watching movies 1-4 on Saturday, and 5-8 on Sunday. We started at 11 on Sat. and kids were allowed on this day. It was exhausting having them there all day, but I think they really appreciated their “trip to Hogwarts”! Everyone had so much fun exploring all the decorations and displays on day 1 that we didn’t actually begin watching movies until around noon on Saturday. The movies played back to back all day, finishing the 4th movie around 9:30/10pm ish. Day 2 was adults only. We started the 5th movie around 12:30, and played 5-8 straight through finishing up around 10pm. As you can see…this is a major time commitment both for a host and for the guests. Make sure everyone is up for that if you’re going to try to host a movie marathon party yourself! (See below where I thank my husband…part of the party’s success is due to the fact that we were able to stream the movies in multiple locations in my house so people could move about and not miss a minute of HP!)
I love all things party, decoration, crafty, yummy, and entertaining related. I knew this party would be no small feat, and the phrase go big or go home comes to mind. I’m a bit of a perfectionist so I figured if I was going to do this, I was going to make it the biggest, best most extravagant party I could. I immediately began scouring pinterest for party ideas and decorations. To date my HP party pinboard has over 400 pins. All of the ideas really begin to blend together after a while. I’m sorry but I couldn’t possibly begin to site all the idea sources I used on this blog site because after 4 months of HP crafting & party prep, I honestly don’t remember all the original sources for all my ideas. In many cases I consulted multiple sources, and added my own special touches and techniques as I made all my decorations. All the photos on my website are my original work documenting the party itself. If you see something that looks like an idea you previously posted on the internet THANK YOU for inspiring me & contributing to my party. I truly hope my party will help inspire others in HP related crafts, parties and food!
A special thanks to my best friend Amanda for 1) forcing me to read the first Harry Potter book and getting me addicted to HP in the first place…and 2) being as crazy as I am and helping me carry out this ultimate HP movie marathon party!!
Another special thanks to my husband Tim for 1) supporting this HP craziness in which my house became a major disaster area during all the crafting…and was then was totally taken over by HP related decorations for over 2 weeks while everything was set up. Sorry for all the low hanging decorations (Tim’s tall)…are you sure you’re not starting to miss the Whomping Willow and flying keys? and 2) CONTRIBUTING to all the HP craziness…he would periodically come home with decorations to add to the party…first 3 giant gourds he found at Menards, declaring them “Hagrid’s pumpkins!”, then the dementor, and let’s not forget Aragog! He also helped set up the wireless streaming of the movies. Sitting in our basement for 20 hours was a bit far fetched for even the most dedicated HP fan. Tim had the movies playing downstairs in all their HD surround sound glory…but you didn’t have to miss any parts of the movie to go upstairs and grab snacks and whatnot because the movie wirelessly streamed to the TV in the kitchen as well.
After looking through my blog about this party, you’re probably going to wonder…how much did I spend on this party??!! I honestly don’t know…and I don’t think I want to know. In my mind I had all these ideas and I knew what the finished product should look like. I spent money where needed to make sure I could get the overall effect I was looking for. I didn’t want to disappoint myself. The reason I crafted SO many things myself though was first to save money, but I also kinda feel that the hand made touch makes things even more special. I honestly tried to use everyday items I found around my house and turn them into special HP decorations. I bought supplies where necessary, but really tried to take found/everyday objects apply special crafting effects, and inexpensively achieve great/authentic looking HP decorations. See my section on How to – Harry Potter crafting for more information about my crafting processes.
Have more questions about the party? Feel free to contact me!