Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will soon hit theaters, at least Part One will, meaning once again your kids will be clamoring for Harry Potter goodies for birthdays, Halloween parties, classroom events and holidays. Add some wizarding magic to any Harry Potter party with do-it-yourself Harry Potter party favors.
First, every young wizard needs a wand. You can either make these ahead of time, or let your guests make their own wand during the party. Provide narrow wooden dowels, about ¼ inch in diameter and 12 inches long, paint, glitter and other craft materials. If you make the wands before the party, include a label on each one stating its materials. For example, “Yew Wood with Unicorn Hair Center” or “Beech Wood with Phoenix Feather Center.”
Give each child a realistic, plastic rat prop or a stuffed bean-bag rat with a collar and nametag reading “Scabbers” to mimic Ron’s pet medium. Some guests might prefer orange bean-bag cats for Hermione’s pet Crookshanks or snow owls for Harry Potter’s beloved Hedwig.
Create miniature wizard broom pens for each party guest. Look for capped-pens in neutral colors like yellow, brown and tan. Attach raffia tassels to the pen’s handle and a label explaining which model each broom is.
You can make each guest a Harry Potter Lexicon to supplement their Harry Potter collection. Use the Internet to research and print information about Harry Potter’s magical world, rumors and myths about the books and movies, and games. Include different sections like a “Spell Dictionary” with lists and explanations of all the spells used in the stories, a Potter Encyclopedia with terms and details from all the characters, places and events, and a Honeyduke’s Recipe Book with do-it-yourself recipes for chocolate frogs and Ice Mice. You can make a Potions Class textbook with home science experiments and fun do-it-yourself potions, or a Transformation textbook with wizarding crafts and templates. Stack all the sections together and make a party book for each guest to take home.
Give each guest her own bottle of Invisible Ink. Pour lemon juice into small craft vials with brushes in the lids. Show children how to write their secret messages, then iron the paper to reveal the words.
Make a powdered potion mix in a decorative plastic bag for guests to make at home. Color white vinegar with food coloring and pour it in re-sealable craft bottles. Combine these with small baggies of baking soda and instructions for mixing this bubbling potion. Or include a vial of red cabbage juice which turns black and bubbles when mixed with baking soda.