Butterbeer Recipe and a Harry Potter Party


Yes, this is a really random post here on Cooking Classy. I never share party ideas but this party was so fun I just wanted to share. I could say this was a party for my kids and nieces and nephews but let’s be honest, it was a party for my siblings and I :). I grew up reading all the Harry Potter books and of course I absolutely loved all the movies and it’s been so long that I’ve wanted to throw a party with all things Harry Potter and I finally got around to it. And what better time than the week of Halloween!? It worked great throwing the party this time of year because of lot of the halloween decorations can tie into this theme. Plus, for once I appreciated the fact that they start selling Christmas decorations before Halloween now – that white Christmas deer worked as a great Patronus.

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Of course the talk of the party was the hanging globes with tea lights (to mimic the floating candles in the movies) and the Butterbeer. I’m yet to meet someone who doesn’t love Butterbeer. I’ve tried two Butterbeer recipes and I prefer this one by a long shot. The other one consisted of butter, cream, sugar, cream soda, rum flavor and it was just too much even for me. I love that this one isn’t overwhelmingly sweet and rich. I’ve never had the real deal Butterbeer from the theme park but this is just what I’d imagine it to be like. So, in other words I can’t say it’s a total copycat recipe but no matter, it’s amazing!! And the best part – it’s so easy to make! All you have to do is flavor the soda and whip together the toppings.

For this party we also had something like a Thanksgiving feast, sans turkey because I couldn’t find one this time year. So instead I went with ham, mashed potatoes and mom’s ham gravy, pumpkin cornbread with cinnamon honey butter, butternut squash and pomegranate spinach salad, corn, pumpkin cheesecake with salted caramel sauce, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and apple pie (also, here is the recipe of the caramel apples or you can use the microwave caramel recipe which is also delicious). They always had those big feasts in the Great Hall so of course a big dinner is a must at the party!


I still have a few more ideas to share so over time I may keep adding to this list. Plus, we all loved the party so it’s likely going to become a yearly tradition for my family. Hopefully if you are throwing a Harry Potter themed party this may give you a few ideas, if not at least try the Butterbeer, it’s one of my favorite drinks! Happy Halloween (week) everyone!

Butterbeer Recipe and a Harry Potter Party | Cooking ClassyYou can find the glass globes multiple places online as well as the battery tea lights. And a must are the class banners (found here).Butterbeer Recipe and a Harry Potter Party | Cooking ClassyThe lanterns pictured reminded me of the lanterns they’d carry into the Forbidden Forest in the movies. Then of course I found a Hedwig for the centerpiece.Butterbeer Recipe and a Harry Potter Party | Cooking Classy.Butterbeer Recipe and a Harry Potter Party | Cooking ClassyA mini version of Honeydukes.Butterbeer Recipe and a Harry Potter Party | Cooking ClassyButterbeer Recipe and a Harry Potter Party | Cooking ClassyButterbeer Recipe and a Harry Potter Party | Cooking ClassyFerrero Rocher chocolates make the perfect snitch truffles. For the wings I cut one template then used that for tracing so all the wings were the same and glued them on with hot glue.Butterbeer Recipe and a Harry Potter Party | Cooking ClassyHere is the mold for the chocolate frogs.Butterbeer Recipe and a Harry Potter Party | Cooking ClassyMy kids helped me make the chocolate wands, just chocolate covered pretzels dipping in sprinkles.Butterbeer Recipe and a Harry Potter Party | Cooking ClassyThis dementor below actually moved, it was originally a ghost Halloween decoration but we made it work with some black cloth. Butterbeer Recipe and a Harry Potter Party | Cooking ClassyThe glitter potions are a mixture of corn syrup and glitter. Then gold potion is sprinkles, then there’s cocoa powder, leaves with water and herbs .Butterbeer Recipe and a Harry Potter Party | Cooking Classyharry_potter_party19.These mimic the floating jack-o-lanterns in the Great Hall. The dementor was a skeleton, again, I just covered it with black cloth.harry_potter_party12.Little spiders leading to…harry_potter_party11.Aragog.Butterbeer Recipe and a Harry Potter Party | Cooking ClassyWanted signs you can search and print online.Butterbeer Recipe and a Harry Potter Party | Cooking ClassySince there were so many kids instead of buying 10 ties I just made felt ones for the kids and bought some cheap Harry Potter glasses. We also played games with the kids like find the horcuxes (similar to a treasure hunt), a wand/class choosing with a sorting hat and pin the scar on Harry.Butterbeer Recipe and a Harry Potter Party | Cooking ClassyButterbeer Recipe and a Harry Potter Party | Cooking ClassyButterbeer Recipe and a Harry Potter Party | Cooking ClassyCandles were everywhere. For those in reach of kids/or near cobwebs I used the battery operated ones. Butterbeer Recipe and a Harry Potter Party | Cooking ClassyButterbeer Recipe and a Harry Potter Party | Cooking ClassyButterbeer Recipe and a Harry Potter Party | Cooking Classy



Yield: About 8 servings


  • 1 (2 liter) bottle cream soda, chilled
  • 2 Tbsp butter flavor
  • 3 tsp rum extract , divided
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 (7 oz.) jar marshmallow cream


  1. For the soda:
  2. Pour butter flavor and 2 tsp rum extract into bottle of cream soda, return lid to soda then holding soda horizontally twist and rotate bottle gently to evenly distribute flavorings. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. For the marshmallow cream topping:
  4. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitter with the whisk attachment, whip cream on high speed until it begins to thicken slightly and begins to form slight peaks. Add marshmallow cream and remaining 1 tsp rum extract and continue to whip until well blended and smooth. To serve pour soda into mugs and spoon marshmallow cream topping over top.
  5. Recipe source: adapted from Design Dazzle


  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: You went ALL OUT!! Even the font on the typed name cards for the food is right in theme! I wish I could have been there because you put on quite a party!! And your house is gorgeous :) October 29, 2015 at 12:02am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Averie! I wish you could have been here too! October 29, 2015 at 12:32am Reply

  • Michelle: Wow, your HP party looks amazing! Thanks for sharing all the great decor ideas. I only just got into the franchise this year and really want to have a themed get together soon! Can’t wait to try the butter beer recipe :)

    xo – Michelle October 29, 2015 at 7:01am Reply

  • katie w: this is the most awesome party ever! October 29, 2015 at 7:16am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Katie :)! October 29, 2015 at 12:34pm Reply

  • Katrina: This is so unreal!! You threw one heck of a party girl!! So impressed. October 29, 2015 at 7:50am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Katrina! October 29, 2015 at 12:34pm Reply

  • Rosanne: This is just fabulous and looks like so much fun! LOVE it!!! October 29, 2015 at 8:40am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Rosanne! It was a lot of fun! October 29, 2015 at 12:35pm Reply

  • Joanna: Oh my goodness, that is amazing. We love Harry Potter and this totally captures everything. Great job! October 29, 2015 at 9:37am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Joanna! There is so much more I’d like to share – maybe come next years party. October 29, 2015 at 12:36pm Reply

  • Patty: THIS IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!! Thank you for sharing you wonderful, creative ideas!! I’m looking for a good Butterbeer recipe, and since I love your other stuff so much, I’ll try this one out. October 29, 2015 at 11:19am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Patty! I hope you love the Butterbeer recipe as much as we do! October 29, 2015 at 12:33pm Reply

  • CakePants: Wow, it looks like you pulled out all the stops! I love how detailed you were with everything, and the lit-up deer under the dementor is absolutely brilliant. Thanks so much for sharing all of these photos! October 29, 2015 at 11:38am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Glad you enjoyed the post! Thanks for your comment! October 29, 2015 at 12:32pm Reply

  • Becca: This looks like the best Harry Potter themed party EVER! So cute and every piece was so carefully thought out. I’m sure the party was a blast! October 29, 2015 at 2:39pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much Becca! October 29, 2015 at 5:18pm Reply

  • Lois Szydlowski: wow…looks great…so much work but what a wonderful fun and creative party October 29, 2015 at 2:43pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: It was a lot of work but worth it :). Thanks for your comment Lois! October 29, 2015 at 5:13pm Reply

  • Beth @ bethcakes: Ahhh this is the cutest thing! It all looks so amazing! I can’t believe all these decorations. I agree with what you said about most butterbeers, I will definitely have to try your recipe! October 29, 2015 at 2:44pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Beth! October 29, 2015 at 5:12pm Reply

  • Sandy S: Extremely well done! A little confused on the Butter Beer recipe. Is it Club soda or Cream soda? October 29, 2015 at 3:15pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Wow! Thanks for pointing that so soon out that could have been a disaster! That’s what happens when you edit a recipe at 1:00a.m. October 29, 2015 at 5:17pm Reply

      • Sandy S: Your welcome….you need to get more sleep :) It gets worse later on in life :) October 30, 2015 at 9:19am Reply

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci): This is the best looking Harry Potter party I’ve ever seen! Love all those small touches you added to make it special :). October 29, 2015 at 3:25pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much Laura! October 29, 2015 at 5:11pm Reply

  • Katerina @ Diethood: WOW WOW WOW! You really know how to throw a party, girl! All the details are so spot on and just awesome! October 30, 2015 at 6:34am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Katerina :)! October 30, 2015 at 2:51pm Reply

  • Ashley: I have LOVED your blog for some time now and every recipe I have tried has been spot on so thank you!!! But this party and post is AMAZING!!! I am now jealous that I haven’t had a Harry Potter party yet and I’ll be making butter beer Saturday :) thank you thank you thank you!! October 30, 2015 at 6:57am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the compliments Ashley! I’m so happy to hear you’ve enjoyed my blog and recipes, thanks for letting me know! I hope you love the Butterbeer! October 30, 2015 at 2:51pm Reply

  • Laura: I love EVERYTHING about this! From the floating candles to the golden snitch candies to that glorious butterbeer!! This looks like so much fun, Jaclyn!! October 30, 2015 at 9:48am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Laura :)! October 30, 2015 at 2:48pm Reply

  • Arushi: Oh My Goshhh!!!
    This….this is….
    it’s simply….
    Gallopin’ Gargoyles!!!!
    That is freakingggg AWEEESOMEEE!!!
    I loooovveeee every single bit of it!!!
    Specially those levitating candlessss!!!
    I’m blown away!!!
    If I every get time, I’m going to organise a Harry Potter party, on these lines I believe (with some of my own ideas ;) )
    I love you for allll of thisss….
    SO, without a further ado, I guess it’s time for-
    “Nitwit Blubber Oddment Tweak!” :P October 30, 2015 at 10:57pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I love this comment! Can I come to your party? lol November 4, 2015 at 12:58pm Reply

  • Kelly: Oh my goodness, this looks and sounds amazing!

    xx Kelly November 1, 2015 at 6:45pm Reply

  • Shari Kelley: Your party was amazing, Jaclyn! I love the floating candles especially. You must have been working on it for months. Every detail is just so perfect. The butter beer sounds delicious, too! November 2, 2015 at 7:45pm Reply

  • Fox Kitchen: This is like the best thing ever! The chocolate frogs! The snitch sweets! The patronus! Amazing :) November 3, 2015 at 10:07am Reply

  • Jennifer: This is the most incredible set up I’ve ever seen…totally copying your ideas next year! November 4, 2015 at 2:00pm Reply

  • Marilyn @ Supper Thyme Stories: Umm this is possibly the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen! Dying to re-create… GENIUS! I love Harry Potter (and parties). November 5, 2015 at 10:35am Reply

  • Stacee: I can’t believe how perfect this is! I’d like to see more of your parties, if they’re all this intricate! November 30, 2015 at 10:48am Reply

  • shiniboi: OMG this is so awesome!!! December 1, 2015 at 7:22pm Reply

  • Agatha: Your party looked beautiful. It is really amazing. I am trying to do one for my daughters birthday. I would like to know what do you use to make the ceiling black? Thanks January 24, 2016 at 3:54pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I just used a large piece of fabric, next time I’ll use a larger piece I didn’t really measure this time around :). I hope your daughter has such a fun time! January 24, 2016 at 11:50pm Reply

  • Katie: I’m getting some inspiration for my son’s Harry Potter themed birthday party from you! We are mega Potterheads still anxiously awaiting our Hogwarts acceptance letters! For the butterbeer what exactly is the butter flavor? Can you just use butter? I’ve seen some recipes that say butter extract but I haven’t been successful in locating it in any of the stores in my area. Thanks for all the fantastic ideas! February 6, 2016 at 9:09am Reply

  • Jen: This is amazing! Do you have printables we could download (or purchase and download) for all of the signs and labels you made? August 20, 2016 at 5:21pm Reply

  • Shannon: Oh my amazing!! Do you mind if I ask how you did the floating lights? Where did you find your supplise?? They look glass but how did you get them secured so they didn’t fall and break? September 9, 2016 at 12:10pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Hi Shannon – yes they are glass and I attached them with clear fishing line and a tac. :) September 14, 2016 at 2:30pm Reply

  • Bethany Rust: Could you tell me where you found your Hedwig? He is beautiful! Thanks. September 16, 2016 at 2:35pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I found it at Michaels craft store but it was last year so you may want to check online like e-bay or something because I think they got new stuff this year. September 16, 2016 at 9:38pm Reply

  • Nancyjo: How did you get your paper to look burnt? Thanks!! Amazing attention to detail by the way! October 9, 2016 at 4:03pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I got the edges close to a blow torch and I did it outside of course :). October 9, 2016 at 11:13pm Reply

  • Hifzah khan: From where did you get the harry potter glasses and ties? Thankyou so much for the great ideas… Loved them!!! October 12, 2016 at 11:11am Reply

  • Ashley: This is awesome! How did you make the dessert labels? I am hosting an HP baby shower and those would be perfect! October 25, 2016 at 2:52pm Reply

  • shana murrell: Is the butterbeer ok for kids? Is it alcoholic? November 12, 2016 at 10:18am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes kids love it! Non-alcoholic :) November 16, 2016 at 4:04pm Reply

  • Sarah: Could you tell me where did you buy the glass lanterns for the levitating candles from? They look amazing! November 13, 2016 at 12:02am Reply

  • Jess: This was such an amazing read and my eyes were loving all the visuals. Great job at being crafty and I love the Harry Potter theme. This could be a nice way to go especially with the new movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. November 17, 2016 at 11:50am Reply

  • Kristen: Hi, I am wondering where you got your wings template for the golden snitch ferrero rochers? I looked all over pinterest and google, but there were none that I liked as much as yours :) . These will be wedding favors for my HP themed wedding :) Thank you for sharing! December 20, 2016 at 12:50pm Reply

  • Sarah: Hi again! Thanks for replying to my last comment on the levitating candles! I also wanted to ask what you put into the cauldron to create the smoky effect?
    Thanks :) December 28, 2016 at 4:10am Reply

  • Malia: I’m hosting a Harry Potter themed New Year’s party and I’ve gotten so many ideas from this post. Thanks! What font did you use for the for all of the cards? December 30, 2016 at 4:31am Reply

  • Rachel: Where did you find the amazing owl? Looks wonderful!! May 4, 2017 at 6:30pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks! I found it at Michaels! May 9, 2017 at 1:27pm Reply

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