Paperless Post®, an online card and invitation company, specializing in Christmas cards, reached out to me with an interesting question. How would I celebrate Christmas in July? Well, it’s summer. I’m thinking about fresh lemonade, cold watermelon, popsicles, and swimming with my kids. And many of us are thinking about the beach.
Ahh, of course! I’ll team up with my favorite beach buddy characters. Dive in with me into the creative realm, and let’s plan a splashing Christmas party.
For starters, my friend Crab will take care of the decorations.
Mrs. Octopus will bake her most festive treats.
Puffer fish will plan the party crafts and games.
Mr. Whale will round up some festive holiday music.
Can you guess his favorite song? Frosty the ......
Starfish will bake his famous gingerbread star cookies.
Turtle will bring dreidels and chocolate gelt,
and share some Chanukah love too.
And you can trust that I will handle the invitations.
Thanks for joining me with this fun post. Will I see you at the party?
My girls, though years apart, are big Harry Potter fans.
We had a lot fun recreating Hogswarts and Diagon Alley in our home.
Enjoy the party photos, and hopefully you'll find some inspiration for your Harry Potter party!
Mandrakes! How fun are these? To make them, you'll need Goetz Caramel Creams. Work on the Mandrakes one at a time. Roll and blend two pieces of candies together. Heat the blended caramel in the microwave for about 5-8 seconds. Shape the warm caramel to form the Mandrakes. I used a skewer to create the eyes and mouth. Top the Mandrakes with faux plastic leaves.
For the base, bake chocolate cupcakes in Wilton Pot Shaped Silicone Baking Cups. Once they are cool, frost them with chocolate frosting, and add the Mandrakes. Garnish the frosting with crushed Oreo Cookies for the dirt.
The kids loved being sorted into houses! The house ties are made from felt and yarn.
What's a Harry Potter party without wands and Hedwig? I purchased the wands and stone backdrop (below) from Oriental Trading.
The witches and wizards enjoyed stopping by Gringotts bank for coins, which they used to purchase robes, wands, and candy from Honeydukes. The signs you see in this post are printables from Printyca.
The Honeydukes' candy station was a big hit. I found the candy printatables from Printed Instinct on Etsy.
The cockroach clusters are made with crushed pretzels and melted semi-sweet chocolates.
The house banners set the tone for the dinner table, with a flying snitch. The Hogwart crestis by Geijvon Taen. The house banners are printables from TheDesignDarling.
The Potion Class was hands down the highlight of the party.
The experiment used dry ice. I was very careful to prevent kids from direct contact with the ice. There are many tutorials online for this experiment.
Hooray! I've accomplished one of my New Year's resolutions - a much needed website make-over. Please swing by and check it out. This year, I'm looking forward to developing new book ideas, fun novelty formats, and spending more time enjoying arts, crafts, and baking with my family. Happy 2016 to all!