11 Harry Potter Party Supplies You Need To Celebrate Any Magical Event In Style
If you're the kind of Harry Potter fan who looks forward to commemorating special days from the series every year — the start of term at Hogwarts every Sept. 1 or Harry's final battle with Voldemort on May 2 — then marking Harry Potter's birthday on July 31 has probably become almost as important as celebrating your own birthday. Potterheads take the opportunity to wax poetic about all the many ways the series has positively affected their lives, start a re-read of the books, or yes, even literally throw a party in Harry's honor. If you're looking to do the latter, you're going to need supplies, and the list below is chock full of everything you need to throw a magical get-together.
And if you didn't quite have time to get it all together for Harry's birthday, never fear! These supplies will be perfect for throwing your IRL friends and family the best Harry Potter party they've ever seen, anytime of the year. And what with the long list of celebrations being planned to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the U.S. publication of Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone from Sept. through to the end of the year, there will be plenty of opportunites to party wizard-style.
A Paper Invitation Because Every Loves To Receive Owl Post
Snail mail is becoming rarer than ever, but why email or text an invitation to your magical shindig when you can send them some pretty post? These sweet Hogwarts Express tickets are kept super affordable because you can print them right from home or work. Hand-deliver or mail them to your party hopping pals to give the event an extra-special touch.
Hogwarts House Pennants Because It Ain't A Party Unless Everyone's Invited
A Set Of Harry-Inspired Drink Cups Because You've Got To Put All That Butterbeer Somewhere
A Celebratory Pin For Each Of Your Guests, Just Because
No matter what age, there's something fun about donning a party prop. Eschew the old-school hats and hand out these sweet Harry Potter Birthday Cake buttons instead. They'll slip onto t-shirts with minimal fuss (and won't muss anyone's perfectly coiffed hair-do) and guests can take them home to slip onto a tote bag or backpack for years to come.
HP Cupcake Toppers Because You're No Mary Berry In The Kitchen
Look, I love to bake as much as the next person, and I can churn out a pretty decent cupcake. But when it comes to decorating? I like to leave that to the professionals. But you don't have to drop mega bucks to get gorgeous HP-themed treats. Just make your own cupcakes and then grab a set of these fondant cupcake toppers. I'll let you decide whether to take all the credit, Lockhart-style.
A Photo Prop Kit, Because Sometimes You Have To Do It For The 'Gram
A Harry Potter Trivia Game Because What's A Fandom Get-Together Without Fighting Over Obscure Facts
I don't think I've ever been anywhere with a group of HP fans without discussions coming to HP trivia, fighting over factoids, and rehashing favorite plot-lines. Basically, if you're going to have an HP party, you need to provide a game and Trivial Pursuit is the one. Separate into House teams and fight for the cup...or maybe some Muggle money?
Harry Potter Table Confetti, Because It's Decorating Made Easy
Decorating a party can be hard, I know. Especially in a small space or one you don't want to take too long to clean up once all the revelry is over with. A tiny bit of themed confetti placed over a tablecloth is the way to go. It looks cute no matter how haphazardly you place it, and you can toss it away in one sweep when you're done.
White Owl Balloons Because It's A Party, But You Like To Keep It Classic
A Case Of Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans, Because It's A Magical Must
No, you might not want to eat vomit flavored jelly beans, but I'm sorry, I don't make the rules. When you're getting a group of Potterheads together in a big group, it's almost sacrilege if you don't play "Guess The Jelly Bean" and laugh hysterically as your besties try to figure out whether they're eating a marshmallow or a booger.
An HP Wine Bag Because You'll Want To Come Bearing Gifts
And if you're going to be a guest to this soiree, you're going to want to come with a little gift for the host. And no one has ever said no to a good bottle of wine. Go the extra mile by popping it into this cute wine bag and your reputation as a generous gift-giver will accio all future invitations to all the best parties.