Butterbeer Recipe and a Harry Potter Party

10.28.2015

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!

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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

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Butterbeer

4.5 from 2 votes

Yield: About 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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

75 comments

  • Rebecca: What sweets did you use? Were doing a baby shower i dont know anything about harry potter xx November 9, 2018 at 2:50pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: The desserts or candy? The desserts were just pumpkin treats – pumpkin cheesecake and pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. November 9, 2018 at 3:01pm Reply

  • Paula Callaway Rozansky: What a BEAUTIFUL party, and I’m not really a Harry Potter fan!! You really gave this a lot of thought and preparation. Something to be VERY proud of. Hopefully you all will make it a tradition. Congratulations! November 6, 2018 at 5:03pm Reply

  • Josey: Ok I knew you were talented but this takes the cake what an awesome display you never cease to truly amaze me! October 30, 2018 at 5:45pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much for the compliments :)! November 9, 2018 at 2:52pm Reply

  • Alexis: Jaclyn, I love your party it is so beautiful, elegant, and classy!! I am totally inspired for my boyfriend’s surprise birthday party. What size classes did you use for the butterbeer bottles? I can only find 1 ounce bottles. Please let me know.

    Thank you October 9, 2018 at 6:21pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Do you mean the mugs? They are about 9 oz and I got them at dollar tree. October 9, 2018 at 8:40pm Reply

  • Analia Rawlings: What size are your glass domes? July 23, 2018 at 11:05pm Reply

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