Turning a decade-old, we wanted our son's birthday party to be the best we've ever planned. Since our son turned 1, Super Hubby and I have always had the birthday parties at our home, all themed-out and over-the-top. It was almost considered a badge of honor to have not succumbed to the easier route of Chuck E. Cheese, bowling, or American Bouncers. After all, considering the time and effort we've put into these parties over the past decade, I don't poo-poo the off site concept
We've built a castle with working drawbridge for our son's Knight Party. We've had Darth Vader emerge from the opening garage, white fog smoke and all, ready to battle each Jedi at our Star Wars party. We take this party thing very seriously and Harry Potter was the theme our son chose to celebrate a decade. Oh, the possibilities made me tingle!!!!!
This party took several months to plan and the amount of pictures we have of the whole process and party are overwhelming. Therefore, I'll be breaking down the W.I.M. Wednesday posts over the next several weeks to make it more manageable and to help keep me sane.
Week 1: The Invitations
|All in the details: green ink is key!|
As you are aware, there are 4 houses at Hogwarts: Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, and Ravenclaw. Therefore, the number of guests you invite have to be a multiple of 4 or the houses won't be even in number. This, of course, posed a problem for us as the number of people we wanted to invite didn't follow the multiple of 4 rule, and we are limited in space. If we invited 10 (the rule has always been my son can invite as many people as he is old), it would have pushed the limits of our space, but it could be done. However, if we invited 12, a multiple of 4, there was no way it was going to happen without the constant violation of personal space. So, with bitten-lip, we went with 8 total guests (7 invites).
|Eight attendees each received a personalized acceptance letter to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.|
|The letter included a "First Years' List of Requirements", several of which were included in the letter. The only thing the young wizard need really provide is a broom.|
|Hagrid the giant sent coins to buy supplies when they arrive at the party. I made the envelope for the coins out of vellum and closed it using a mini paper fastener.|
|Super Hubby designed this train ticket and I mounted it to shiny gold scrapbook paper.|
|Of course, each envelope was sealed with melted red crayon wax. I had a rubber-stamp alphabet set and used the "H" to press into the wax when it was slightly cooled.|
|Total Deliveries: 7 in one night!|
This is just the beginning! See you next week!