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.
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!
You can find the glass globes multiple places online as well as the battery tea lights. And a must are the class banners (found here).The 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.A mini version of Honeydukes.Ferrero 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.Here is the mold for the chocolate frogs.My kids helped me make the chocolate wands, just chocolate covered pretzels dipping in sprinkles.This dementor below actually moved, it was originally a ghost Halloween decoration but we made it work with some black cloth. The 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 .These mimic the floating jack-o-lanterns in the Great Hall. The dementor was a skeleton, again, I just covered it with black cloth.Little spiders leading to…Aragog.Wanted signs you can search and print online.Since 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.Candles were everywhere. For those in reach of kids/or near cobwebs I used the battery operated ones.
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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
For the soda:
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.
For the marshmallow cream topping:
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.
Recipe source: adapted from Design Dazzle