My daughter shares a birthday with the fictional hero Harry Potter and the living author J.K. Rowling. This is one of first years I’ve thrown her an actual birthday party with cake + candles, guests, gifts, and games. My god, now I know why I generally don’t do it. It required what felt like a year’s worth of cleaning and organizing. I was pretty into the theme though. When your kid shares a birthday with Harry, I had to go into full Leo mode for this end of July baby. This was a test party for her eleventh birthday which we will celebrate her entrance to Hogwarts of course.
In an uncharacteristic move, it took days before the party to prepare this display. Although it may not look like it, it took several trips to several stores to gather all the items. Joann’s Fabrics, Party City, Goodwill, Target, Michael’s, and probably a few other places I’m forgetting. I borrowed those antique-looking candelabras from my dad for that medieval touch. The little labels were printed with a Harry Potter font on cardstock, dyed with Folgers coffee, then burned the edges for that antique feel. I had way more fun that I should have putting this all together (and I can’t wait to do it again even better).