Tuesday, March 1, 2011

...Tatum's Birthday...

On the 27th my sweet boy turned 4!!
We celebrated the big day with a Harry Potter themed party.

{the invites}

Each invite had an official letter from Hogwarts and a ticket for the Hogwarts Express.
Then they were enclosed with a wax seal.

{the party}

The morning of the party, Tatum got a delivery at the door.
Every year my Mom sends Tatum balloons and chocolate.
This year the balloons were the colors of Griffindor, all except for the one pink one.
They misunderstood and thought it was for a girl!

{the sorting hat}

After all of the kids arrived we started with the house sorting.
This was so cool.
We put Trey's baby monitor inside of the sorting hat with Eric upstairs talking into it. Each kid got their turn wearing the sorting hat and then each got a badge to match the appropriate house.

Our TV hooks up to the internet, so before we started the sorting we pulled up a clip of it from the movie.
They all sat so patiently and watched in awe!

{ollivanders wand shop}

After everyone was sorted, we headed downstairs to Ollivanders where each kid got to make their own wand.

We had paint, glitter, feathers and pipe cleaners that they all could use to personalize their wands.

{the lessons}

Once the wands were made it was time to head to their lessons were they learned the spells to become a Wizard. Eric has a Harry Potter spell app on his phone and he hooked it up to the surround sound for the lessons. Dustin and Eric would teach them a spell and then through the speakers it would say "excellent" or "outstanding". They made a feather float, a snake appear, opened doors, turned on the lights, and changed the color of water. They ALL thought they had just done real magic!

In between lessons we had them all search for the golden snitch.
We hid a bunch of these around the house and they each had to find one before we could proceed.

Once they all became Wizards it was time to put their hard work to the test: they would have to use their spells to change the color of their potion. While the kids were searching for the snitchs, we put a few drops of food coloring at the bottom of their cups and covered it with ice. We then put Sprite in a cauldron with dry ice to act as their "potion".

When they did the right spell Eric poured the potion into the cup and it would magically change colors.
They loved it!

After the potions we finished up with cake and presents and the kids went home with a bag full of candy from Honeydukes Sweet Shop.

I think the party was a success :)


Melissa said...

OMG Elyse!! You are such an amazing mom! Brandon had so much fun at the party and told us all about it. Your pictures are so adorable!

Kelly said...

Oh my gosh! That is the most amazing party I've ever seen!!! I love everything about it.