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Posted on Apr 16, 2012 in Dear Diary | 24 comments

Harry Potter and the Epic Party (Part 1)

Ahoy-hoy, friends! I hope you all had a MAGICAL weekend, because I know I sure did! My 24th birthday party took place on Saturday and as you are all more than aware, it was Harry Potter-themed! Since I’d been touting my excitement for this party for far too long, there was always a chance that the build-up would outdo the actual party itself. Luckily, I’m glad to report that I had a smashing time! And hopefully my party guests — Muggles and Wizards and House Elves alike — did as well.

An amazing shot that Ben got of Dobby/Taylor and Harry/me before the party.

My wonderful brother graciously played the role of photographer for most of the night, so you’ll have to wait just a little longer for photos from the party itself (the costumes that some people came up with were amazing!). Before things got kicking, however, I did make sure to capture detail shots of the decorations, food, drinks, and whatnot. Prepare yourselves for a photo schmorgasbord of Potteriffic proportions! (Consider this your official nerd alert!)

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The foyer, all done up.

IMG_6477 Dumbledax!

Order of Merlin: First Class & Chief Wizard of the Wizengamot

Harry the Gryffindor Lion!

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Stanley the Pygmy Puff kept watch over the Common Room.

The basement became the Dungeons, naturally!

Astronomy Tower
While Hedwig guarded the entrance to the Astronomy Tower upstairs.

Chamber of Secrets Basilisk
Guests who dared enter the Chamber of Secrets had to avoid the stare of our baby basilisk…

Potions Lab
… if they hoped to make it to the Potions Lab, where the real fun began!

Potions Lab
Cauldrons Brewing
There was a Butterbeer station as well as a batch of Polyjuice Potion (Vodka Lemonade + Blue Curacao) all brewed up!

Felix Felicis
The Felix Felicis (Goldschlager) and Veritaserum (Pinnacle Whipped) shots ended up being quite popular!

Liquid Luck

Butterbeer Bites Butterbeer Jelly Shot
As were these DELICIOUS Butterbeer Jelly Shots (thanks for the tip, Dani!!)

The Lost Diadem
Can you spot the Lost Diadem of Ravenclaw?

Georgetown Cupcakes! Bernie Bott's Every Flavour Beans
And of course, we can’t forget about the food…!

Chocolate Frogs
Chocolate Frogs I made using this mold, some stuffed with Maple Almond Butter, some with cookie dough!

Golden Snitches
Golden Snitch cakepops

Snitch Cake Pops

Muggle Munchies
Mandrake Roots
Muggle Munchies, Mandrake Roots, and the piece de resistance…

Hogwarts Cupcakes
Georgetown, I mean, Hogwarts Cupcakes!!

Ravenclaw - Coconut Gryffindor - Red Velvet
Hufflepuff - Vanilla and Chocolate Slytherin - Key Lime
Ravenclaw: Coconut; Gryffindor: Red Velvet; Slytherin: Key Lime; Hufflepuff: Vanilla with Chocolate Frosting

So yes, maybe to some this seems like a dork gone overboard. But to me, it was the makings of an awesome party atmosphere! And judging by the way I felt Sunday morning, it was a rockin’ party, too. Stay tuned for Part 2!

Happy Monday!


  1. I really enjoyed seeing these photos! You definitely paid close attention to detail which I am a HUGE fan of :). My brother’s eyes POPPED when I showed this to him!

    Happy (belated) Birthday again! Can’t wait to see Part 2!

  2. I am so jealous!

  3. That looks amazing! I wish I were invited.
    Where did you get those cool little vials for the shots?

  4. I want to steal your birthday! This is so awesome!

  5. That’s the most amazing party ever. I love it!!!

  6. How awesome! Seriously Gretchen- I think you have a calling for another career- I’m not sure what, but something awesome and creative!
    I know nothing about Harry Potter, so I don’t know what half of these things are, but everything looks really cool!!

    PS- Sorry me and the husband are old farts and couldn’t make it.

  7. I haven’t read OR seen ANY Harry Potter, and I still think this is the most adorable and awesome thing ever!!

  8. That looks like so much fun! You and your friends are so creative!

  9. this looks AMAZZINNGG! you are so creative, and I would love one of those golden snitches- YUM~

  10. SHUT the FRONT DOOR! What amazing effort went into this! I love it, Gretchen! I hope you had soooo much fun!

  11. YAY we had so much fun- judging by how Dan felt Sunday morning as well, haha. Can’t wait to see more pics for part 2! Hopefully you captured some of the epic Quidditch pong that occurred!

  12. Sorry I couldn’t make it Gretchen I was beat after my half! But it looks like an amazing time! Can’t wait to read part two!

    • You’re lucky I love you so much. 😉

  13. So awesome looking!! I’m jealous!! Can’t wait to see part 2!

  14. Uh… I can’t believe I MISSED OUT ON THIS!!! Curse the inexistent human teleportation device or an actual floo network. Despite the atrocity of my life by not being there, I’m glad you had such an amazing birthday party. I look forward to the rest with anticipation.

    • I almost forgot: MAPLE ALMOND BUTTER CHOCOLATE FROGS! Just put one in my mouth and Avada Kedavra me then ’cause life wouldn’t get any better.

  15. CUTE!!!!!

  16. That looks like a great party! Job well done!! How did you make the butterbeer bites? Just add gelatin?

  17. Just a belated comment to say wow! you were really creative with the Harry Potter themed food and drinks…I’m impressed! 🙂 Glad you had a great party!


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