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« on: July 13, 2009 09:09:54 PM »

So, because I like to make life interesting for myself and closest friends and family I decided to throw a Harry Potter themed graduation party for my high school graduation. As corney as it sounds, Harry has stuck with me in both book and film since I was in second grade, so I figured that HP was an appropriate theme. I alreasy posted my invites (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=308964.msg3543694#msg3543694) and now here's all the other stuff I made for my party:



1. Each guest was invited to wear a house pin and be 'sorted' as they entered. That way, people who ignored the "costumes highly recomended" on my invites still were dressed in HP gear. Each pin is about 1.5 inches and is just foam with a printed out crest and pin back on it.

I set up this sorting hat and cauldron filled with pins and the poem is a bit from book one's sorting poem with "To find out which house you're in, reach in the cauldron and take a pin"

2. I made these 2x3ft house banners out of felt (with some help from my friend) and hung them in my screen porch. I also made two mini-hogwarts banners but forgot to hang them up.

Hufflepuff Gryffendor Ravenclaw Slytherin

close ups

3. Each table under the tent was a house table (plus one staff table) which meant they each had plastic table clothes and mylar star balloons in house colors along with these dollar store candles. Each candle lid was painted black and I added extra crests from the pins and wrote traits around the bottom.

Each table also had a centerpiece chosen accordingly....
Staff Table: books and skull

Gryffendor: Quiddich ball chest (styrofoam and wooden chest)

Ravenclaw: books and ink (wooden book boxes, Standard Book of Spells Grade 12" and "Magical Me")

Hufflepuff: Goblet of Fire for Cedric (large hurricane glass spray painted silver with the champions' names flying out on wire)

Slytherin: Potions setup (cauldron and glass bottles)
Potions ingredients:
"Ingrown Dragon's Toenails" (curved glass)
"Pickled Bicon Intestine" (curly yarn)
not pictured:
"Cornish Pixie Hair" (paintbrush bristles)
"Thestral Blood" (red paint)
"Pixie Dust" (glitter)


all together

4. Also in the "Great Hall" tent, I put paper starts all over the ceiling and floating candles hanging around the edges.

Stars

drawing of the candles. Just a tube of paper with a fake tea light and fishing line.

5. My friend had this signpost left over from one of her parties so together we repainted in to be more HP appropriate. The owl on top is a stuffed one I borrowed from my library. Oh, and did I mention this thing was 6+ feet tall?

not pictured signs: King's Cross and Forbidden Forest.

6. Platform 9 3/4 was done by drawing bricks on a red plastic table cloth then cutting it up the middle and hanging it over my front door. Outside there were platform 9 and 10 signs and a sign that said King's Cross Station.


This hung inside the door.

7. Food! The dinner was normal muggle food, but for dessert I set up a little Honeydukes...



The cake was made by my mom, a quiddich field with pipe cleaner rings. The candy was as follows:
Fizzing Whizzbees (pop rocks)
Chocolate Frogs (handmade)
Licorice Wands (Twizzlers)
Lemon Drops (lemon heads)
Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans (Jelly Belly Jelly Beans)

Hope you enjoyed everything, most of this stuff I'm using again for my HP6 release party tomorrow. I really had a great time and got a ton of comments on everything. People really seemed to like that it was something different for a grad party, and I think it accuratly reflects my personality. Questions and comments are encouraged. Anyone who wants more info on any of the projects, don't hesitate to ask!!
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« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2009 09:29:04 PM »

Wow! thats amazing, you really went all out..it was worth it! good job and congrats on graduating!!

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« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2009 09:53:42 PM »

Well now:

First:  Congratulations on your graduation!

Next: Your project was incredibly geeky and incredibly well done!

Finally: From your photo we see that you are incredibly cute!

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« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2009 12:14:45 AM »

Ah!  I think I may be in love with you.

Excellent party!  And I love that you went so deep into detail. 
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« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2009 01:42:36 AM »

AMAZING!
You worked so hard!
Hope you had a fantastic graduation!
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« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2009 06:15:37 AM »

 Grin Great ideas!  Also great crafting.  Congratulations!  I hit the "It Rocks" button because I want a Hogwarts party.
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« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2009 06:21:18 AM »

WOW - great work!
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« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2009 04:10:39 PM »

congrats on graduating!...my grad party wasn't nearly as awesome... oh well... i hope you had fun!
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« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2009 12:48:11 PM »

WOW! That is all sorts of amazing! How long did it take you to prepare all that?
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« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2009 01:00:37 AM »

This is so awesome you did a fantastic job with everything. Congratulations on graduating.
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« Reply #10 on: July 18, 2009 08:22:40 AM »

WOW! That is all sorts of amazing! How long did it take you to prepare all that?

Not too long, or at least it didn't see that way. Probably 7-10 hours of work for crafts, but spaced out over several weeks. The invitations I did took way longer!
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« Reply #11 on: July 22, 2009 08:51:58 AM »

what an absolutely amazing party! wonderful job
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« Reply #12 on: August 01, 2009 01:08:03 AM »

That is great! I have done a craft project to celebrate the book and movie releases for the past 5 years. I made Honeydukes inspired candies for HP6 movie release but your ideas were really amazing! (the Potter theme grad party is not corny- I wish I had a reason to throw one but at 31 I think I would be pushing my luck ) 
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« Reply #13 on: August 06, 2009 04:16:17 PM »

Nice. I did something like this once but I didn't do nearly this much for it. Amazing
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« Reply #14 on: August 18, 2009 09:24:39 AM »

This is just about the coolest party idea ever!!!!!!  Seriously, I'm sure everyone can relate to those boring parties and family reunions.  But this is so freaking awesome!  I love how you had everyone get sorted by the sorting hat and then separate 'house' tables!  I would of had so much fun being able to dress up for this! 
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« Reply #15 on: November 08, 2009 09:28:22 AM »

I'm sorry I didn't read why this was done. Congrats on graduating. And I feel like doing the same thing for my graduation party.........now all I need to do is talk my parents into it which shouldn't be too hard. (we're all potter nerds)
And it doesn't sound cheesy. Every potter fan knows how it feels to be right there with Harry through his adventure Cheesy Awesome job

EDIT: Okay before I forget to ask again I was wondering how you did the pins and the books?
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« Reply #16 on: November 08, 2009 01:08:05 PM »

EDIT: Okay before I forget to ask again I was wondering how you did the pins and the books?

I'm so glad you're thinking of doing a potter party as well, post pictures if you do and let me know!! The pins are computer print-outs and then glued onto black craft foam, cut out and hot glued to pinbacks (you can get them in the jewelery section of most craft stores). The books are fake wooden book boxes that I found in the unfinished wood section of AC Moore. Let me know if you have any more questions!
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« Reply #17 on: November 21, 2009 09:08:52 AM »

^ Heh you'll be waiting another year and a half (junior right now)
Could you send me the pics you used? I can't seem to find any good ones.
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« Reply #19 on: November 27, 2009 09:27:40 PM »

Thank you so much ^_^ (I'll really be needing these because my boy friend is refusing to dress up)
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« Reply #20 on: January 05, 2010 07:37:52 PM »

awesome!!! i love harry potter too. i just graduated too, college though, and i would have loved to have a party like this but my family left right after my graduation. boo. i did wear a gryffindor scarf over my robe though. dorky  i know  Grin
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This rocks so hard!  You should seriously consider party planning as a career option!
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« Reply #22 on: June 24, 2010 09:40:39 PM »

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This is like the best HP party I've ever seen. 
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