Friday, October 1, 2010

Harry Potter Halloween Party

Hello, hello? Is anyone there? I'm sure you all thought I'd dried up and blown away, but no, I'm still here slogging through life one day at a time. It's been a wild and busy year with one crisis after another; health issues and surgeries for family members, business woes and the stress they bring, money going out and out and out, and just today $600 for a new motor for the washing machine! Don't get me wrong, there have been some good times too, but I for one will be glad to wave Bye bye to 2010. 2011 has GOT to be better, right?

This time of year I always start thinking of Halloween and planning a party. We are doing a Harry Potter theme this year. I've printed the invitations to look like Harry's acceptance letter and I've started setting up the rooms. The living room will be Professor Trelawny's classroom; Divination.

To create a smaller door, I built stone walls between two of the openings from the entry hall. Well, they aren't really stone walls....

they are brown paper that I colored to look like stone walls and taped into position. Then I hung tablecloths in the opening and pulled them back with some old tassels and made some glittery letters to say D I V I N A T I O N.

Then I moved the sofa out and substituted three small tables with red tablecloths and arranged comfy chairs around them.

At each table is a crystal ball. Ok, it's not really a crystal ball, but a glass globe from some old light fixture. I found them at thrift stores. I spent less than $2.00 for all three of them. I set them in some gadgets I found at the thrift store and around the house. I think maybe I'll spritz a little white paint in them to cloud them up a bit, but they look pretty good, don't they?

I think Professor Trelawny made them read Tarot cards too, so I scattered some of them around on this table too. I wonder what the King of Swords means?

At this table the students are studying tea leaves. Remember when Trelawny sees the Grim in Harry's cup? That's not the Grim in there now, is it? Gosh, I hope no one gets the Grim at our party.

Now I'm off to watch Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I've been watching a lot of Harry Potter movies lately for inspiration and we can HARDLY WAIT until November when the next movie comes out. Are you a Harry Potter fan? Which character would you be if you came to our party?


Dena said...

Oh my gosh that is so cute! What a creative idea :)


Neabear said...

Very cute! You have such great ideas! Glad to see a post from you. I haven't blogged much either, but perhaps a little more than you have lately. :-)

Are you surviving this crazy hot weather? Finally getting a little cooler over here.


Andi's English Attic said...

Absolutely a fan of HP. (Can I come to the party?) Trelawney is my second favourite character (Snape first, of course). I love her, and love the way Emma Thompson portrays her in the films.
The stone wall is BRILLIANT! I'm SO impressed. A tutorial please!
I can see a black cat in your tealeaves and an old lady wearing those winged glasses (you know the bingo ladies in the Gary Larson cartoons?), so I believe luck is on the way, and no sign of a grim, my dears. xx

Pippajo said...

Oh. My. Goodness! You are not! If my family and friends would tolerate it I would have a HP Halloween party every year!

Redheaded Snippet's 7th birthday was a Harry Potter party. We went all out turning our living room into the Great Hall and the basement (which is naturally creepy) into the Dungeon. We sorted everybody into houses, gave everyone wands, quills and HP glasses, painted lightning bolts on their foreheads, had our feast, played Quidditch, and went to Potions Class. Unfortunately, I did not get very many photos.

I cannot wait to see the rest of your preparations as they progress! I admit, I was growing concerned about your absence as October just isn't the same without getting to see how you're decking the Halloween halls!

By the way, I would be Hermione or Trelawney!

LacyHolly said...

This is a great idea! It looks wonderful!

p said...

great ideas.
the place looks awesome.