Potter parties are the stuff of legend and with the film of the summer having kicked ass in the box office (Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2, if you’ve been stuck in a vanishing cabinet for the last year or so), there must be loads of you out there planning your own homage to the literary series of the decade.
If so, then you’re probably on the lookout for some great invitations to send out to your fellow witches and wizards. But wait! What’s this? I have the perfect how-to, to help you do just that. So step away from the internet and put down your credit card – make these little babies and you’ll be the toast of the wizarding world for years and years to come. Can I get a woot, woot?!
How to: Make Harry Potter party invitations
Card – red, green, yellow, royal blue
Paper – gold, silver, black, bronze, cream
– Make a template 25cm long and 12.5cm wide, with a flap 1cm x 1cm in the middle at one end. This will be the actual card.
– Draw round the template on your card – yellow for Hufflepuff, red for Gryffindor, blue for Ravenclaw and green for Slytherin. Measure 7cm in on the side with the flap and draw a line to score down, then do the same 6cm in on the other side so you have a bit of an overlap when you close the card.
– Then make a slit on the side without the flap so you can slot the two parts together.
The next step:
– Draw pictures of the Harry Potter house crests on tracing paper.
– For Gryffindor, trace the crest on a piece of gold paper and then cut around the lion and the lettering. Do the same for Ravenclaw on bronze paper, Slytherin on silver and Hufflepuff on black.
– Trace around the outside of the crest on your card stock this time, using red for Gryffindor, blue for Ravenclaw, green for Slytherin and yellow for Hufflepuff. Cut out and stick the corresponding card and paper together – you may need to do a bit of tidying up.
– Stick foam squares down the left half of your finished crest and then stick the crest onto the side of the card with the flap.
God is in the detail:
The inside of the card is just as important as the outside, so don’t neglect the little details.
– Draw a scroll big enough to fit your party message on it on some tracing paper and trace as many as you need on your cream paper.
– Draw round them in black ink and cut out.
– Stick in the middle of the card and then write your invitation.
Here’s what I wrote in my invitations:
“Tom, your presence is requested at Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for an accelerated compendium of fun, frolic and general mayhem. Classes commence promptly on [DATE] at [TIME] in the [VENUE] hall.”
– I gave all my guests parts to dress as and made sure they received relevant invitations, depending on what house they were in.
– Use sealing wax on your invitations for that Harry Potter touch. I found a great stamp with a feather and ink pot on it, which looked wunderbar. Red wax looks the best, according to me, but you can also get silver and gold.
– If you want to add a bit more pizzazz to proceedings, throw some glitter into your envelopes so that when your friends pull out their invitations, there’s a little puff of magic in the air.
For the Lazy Lauras and Slacking Sams out there:
Here are a few invitations you can buy, if you don’t have the time (or the inclination) to arts-and-crafts your way to greatness.
- Customised invites from Uprint on eBay that look like Hogwarts Express tickets. All aboard for a birthday bonanza!
- Stylish ones from Hallmark that are sure to have your friends reaching for their magic wands with glee.
- Deathly Hallows invites – perfect if you’re having a movie marathon