A Very Harry Potter First Birthday Party
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Picking a Theme
Let’s be real for a minute. First birthday parties are not for the baby. They have no idea what’s going on and they will not remember it.
It is all about celebrating the parents keeping their human alive for a whole year!
As our little bug was stacking on the months of life, my husband and I discussed what we wanted the theme of our “anniversary of bringing a human into this world” party to be.
We have to pick the themes WE like before she starts having an opinion!
We narrowed it down between Elf and Harry Potter and decided to go full Hogwarts! After all, my husband introduced me to the Harry Potter movies and we are both sorted (as well as the entire family) into Hufflepuff.
Not Spending a Fortune
I am not all about spending money on a first birthday party, but I did want to make this a miniature epic… we HAD kept a human alive for a whole year!
Off I dove into Pinterest to find all of the free downloads and printables I could and BOY was I greeted with the mother load!
I could have really gone off the deep end and printed everything I found and had my house decked out… but let’s be real, I have a full time job, a mischievous almost one year old, a blog, a husband, chores, errands, and we are in between Thanksgiving and Christmas…
The most epic party on the planet was not going to happen…but my gosh I was going to try!
I’m so happy with how it turned out, we had an incredible time, made a ton of memories and, of course, took tons of pictures.
Here is a little home tour and links to where I found everything so you don’t even have to get off of your couch in order to throw a party like this!
The only work I put into this party other than ordering and printing, was cutting out the printables and making the food… I’ll call that a win.
We went cheap and did a Facebook invite to a few of our friends.
I designed this Facebook cover photo on Canva and wrote the following message in the description:
“Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
invites you to join us in celebrating Audrey’s first birthday.
On the 3rd day of December at 2:00 pm.
Go to Platform 9 3/4
Take the Hogwarts Express
Arrive at the Hufflepuff Common Room
Enjoy snacks and frivolity
Please send RSVP by owl or Facebook to Headmaster Lillestol”
Signs & Banners
Upon reaching our front door, you are greeted with this Platform 9 3/4 printable on our glass screen door I got from Curious Specks.
I found these printable masterpieces at The Cottage Market.
Used The Quiet Grove’s printable alphabet to make the Happy Birthday Banner.
Smash Cake Set Up
Snagged this Hufflepuff Banner on Amazon. For $11, I was expecting this to be the size of a piece of paper…it is 30″ by 50″! It’s practically my size!
You can put all of those baby socks who have lost their mate on display!
I grabbed the Ministry of Magic sign from Curious Specks.
I grabbed these from Little Falling Star and hung them on our dining room chandelier.
There are thousands of fun food and drink label printables out there, but in order for it to match what we were making, all the labels would have been different, so I went ahead and used the Harry P font from dafont.com to make all of our food labels.
I printed on parchment cardstock and used a bit of paint to dry brush the edges.
These plates are from Oriental Trading, so they’re obviously a bargain! They also have napkins, cups, tablecloths and more, but I wanted to stick to a more simple party and a tighter budget.
We had gluten free chocolate and regular old funfetti topped with chocolate, cream cheese, and yellow buttercream frosting (Hufflepuff represent!).
The cupcake toppers are from The Quiet Grove.
I grabbed some Pepperidge Farm Fudge Pirouettes for wands.
Spiked Apple Cider for our adult party animals.
Mini Muggle Munchies
I set up some fresh cut fruit, puffs, lil’ crunchies and some squeezable snack packs for the little party guests.
Golden chocolate coins were a great addition!
Inside, was a personalized wand (chopsticks, hot glue, acrylic paint & modpodge), snacks that were at the party, and bubbles if the party guest had a kid.
Fun & Games
We had this pop up ball pit, tunnel & tent (and balls) set up which, conveniently, has the primary house colors!
The kiddos at the party had a blast in there!
This perfect little onesie is from Dynamic Design on Etsy. (It’s perfect because my husband and I met while working at Disneyland!)
I grabbed the Hufflepuff fabric at fabric.com and used a pattern to create her little pantaloons and bow.
I hope you have enjoyed your glimpse into our daughter’s epic very Harry Potter first birthday party!