Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Happy Birthday Harry Potter Style...

Ever since we got back from our amazing Make-A-Wish trip and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Cami has been asking to have a Harry Potter birthday party.  We tried to talk her out of it, because most of the kids her age don't really know Harry Potter, but Cami didn't care.  Its what she loves and last year we had to have a pretty lame Pajama party because little Cam was right in the middle of her harsh chemo.  She was feeling pretty sick (and lets face it, after all those steroids...PJ's were all she fit into at that point).  Anyway, we decided this year we'd throw her a party she'd never forget...
 Harry Potter style!

We had fun writing the invitations and Cami delivered them all with her owl.

To get to our Hogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardry the students had to come through 
platform 9 3/4 (which was just a curtain painted like brick, it had a slit cut down the middle so the kids could run through it)...

Once at Hogwarts, the Sorting Hat was first on the agenda:

(Incase you're wondering... Cami was adamant she be put into Gryffindor) -this girl knows her stuff!

Next the 'students' were given their robes and we had a wand choosing ceremony.
(Each wand was different and Pat played music... the voice of Voldemort if it was the wrong choice, and Harry Potter theme music if it was the right choice). 

Next was our potions class.  We made a fizzy elixir (baking soda and vinegar) 
and an enemies spell seal (cornstarch and colored water).  
The kids were so into this and thought the entire thing was real as can be!

Next was Herbology.  Even though Professor Trelawney usually teaches Divination, for Cami's birthday she gave a fabulous lesson in Herbology (thanks grandma Di-Di...what a good sport!).

Next Cami was spoiled with lots of gifts and a magic spell from each of her wizard and witch friends.
Cami has the cutest little friends...we love them all!

They all cast a spell on her for a magical, wonderful birthday.

Then we were lucky enough to get a show from Dr. Bruno, Professor of magic tricks 
(who is our wisest wizardly neighbor).
-Thanks Dennis!

Then the kids got to visit Honeydukes to buy some treats...

Then they sang to the birthday girl.  

She blew out SIX candles!  
and we couldn't be more grateful for each of those precious years.  

We washed it all down with some Butter Beer (recipe here).
It is almost EXACTLY like the one at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  
So worth making (especially if you freeze it and blend it up, then put the whipped topping on.  Just the way they do in the theme park) --Yum!

Cami requested many "spooky details" so I pulled out the Halloween decor a little early.  

We had one happy little birthday witch.  

little brother had fun too.

...and mommy is just happy it is over.  

the end.


  1. ... i am obsessed with this. you did such a good job!! soooo cute. i love it.

  2. That looks like so much fun!! You are so creative! It looks so cute! You should help give me ideas for Brutis's birthday he wants an avatar birthday. Yeah I have no idea what I am going to do!

  3. WOW! How can that ever be topped? You're going to have a hard time with future birthday parties :)

    I love Professor Di-Di.

  4. Awesome! It looks like Cami had a wonderful birthday.

  5. All I can says is AMAZING! We love birthdays and this may make an appearance next year. You are so creative. I bet cami had a blast.

  6. I had to laugh at this post after our chat at the cancer moms dinner...you were saying how you get an idea and have a tendency to obsess and then over-do it(I mean that in a good way)... I can tell this ABSOLUTELY AMAZING party was a LOT of work, but way to go!! It looks awesome and Im sure every one of those kids went home wanting a Harry Potter birthday party...McKalls birthday is the 23rd...can I hire you?? :) Youre amazing!

  7. You are the cutest Mom ever! What a fun Birthday party you put on for Cami. Looks like it was a huge hit and a ton of work for you which I totally understand why you were excited to have it over with. Way to go with all your hard work. Cami is sure lucky to have such a cute Mom!


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