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Magical 10 – Harry Potter Birthday!

What better time to fly, floo or aparate to the Platform 9 ¾ than the 10th birthday party of a wizard-loving boy! A birthday in our home of an HP lover emphasized the “need” for this theme. Up for your viewing pleasure– especially HP fan is a Halloween birthday – the Harry Potter style. We had this party last year around Halloween but I never got a chance to grab a moment in the spooky season to do the post – so here it is!

{I love staining paper with tea and this was one party where a lot of staining was done along with my tea time}. From invites, labels, potion labels, recipes, spells, book covers to Daily Prophet clippings – all the big little paper details were stained in tea to give the old calming feel that is so prevalent and known in Harry Potter.

When it comes to styling up, I follow a certain keynote, so something in common but absolutely do not like to run everything under one die cast. For a party like this which already encompassed more than one motif, a birthday, Harry Potter and Halloween, I wanted a smooth overlap between all those, rather than clash among them. The elements of these ideas were strewn over different parts of the home to have a background feel but not to overwhelm the guests. Props and décor were placed in different areas as stations. Although with the exception of muted gold here and there, I kept the colors dark, browns, and antiques, there was a happy fun Halloween vibe, not a dark creepy one (which I love as well btw!!). The theme was spread over all the Hogwarts’s years so the details carried something from every book.

Fireplace was a den of witches’ with boxes of hexes, and books on witchcraft.fireplace1spellsbookThe side board was a game station along with the potions storage. Each child was given a wand by the “Ollivandar” and a broomstick pen to play games like word search and BINGO. The winner got handful of chocolate money from Gringot’s safe!!blog7potionwandsgaemsgamecollagegames1games2gamesforcollageChocolate bar was one hit station at the party. The beautiful sign “Chocolate Bar” and the labels for the toppings were provided by my dear friend Sadaf from Scarlet Scroll. This bar is one special station of the party and thus needed a post of its own!. Here are the details of this bar.bar1

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Two photo booths were setup. One with Daily Prophet headlines and the other with a brick wall which replicated more than one place like Hogwarts walls and Platform 9 3/4.blog6clippingThe cake of the occasion was a baked masterpiece- a treat to eyes and taste buds. This was an amazing creation of the chef Aamina Masood from Brilliant Cakes. She hand-painted the Marauder’s map with unmistakable details!! The rest of the dessert table comprised of chocolate frogs, golden snitches, cupcakes and fun candy – all adorned in tarnished ware on the bare wooden table. The “MAGICAL 10” , a Wormtail placed on the Marauder’s map completed the look!bannerhayaats-10th10bankbloghpcakeblognewcakecakecollagefrogs-copyblog4It’s so much fun to create with people who love what you love! Here is the list of stores and vendors I used for this party! Seemed like each one of us was on the same page and it did not take much to get my point across!

Thanks & credits: Styling, serveware and linen: Tea Crockery Hot choclate bar sign and topping labels: Scarlett Scroll Cake: Brilliant Cakes Harry Potter scarf: Parties and Fun // Harry Potter tie: TMK Shop // Chocolate Frogs: The Dreamerie // Little spoons for dessert/ cupcakes: CreativeJuiceCafe // Harry Potter glasses: Allures and Illusions // Silver keys: Aokbean // Harry Potter costume: Rubie’s

Hobby Lobby for cardboard alphabets & miscellaneous and Pinterest for ideas!

Looking for some awesome Halloween party ideas – not necessarily a Harry Potter – here are some “spooky essentials” you can add to your list of decor:

60 Pack Scary Bats and 7 Pack Dragons Wall Decal Wall Sticker, for Halloween Eve Decor Home Window Decoration

Party Pack Disposable Black Plastic Utensil Sets, Each Set Contains a Fork, Spoon & Knife (32 Place Settings)

Square Black Paper Plates, 14ct

Concept Party Products CPBL125BK 125 Count Plastic Bowls, 12 oz, Black

Settings 9oz Clear Plastic Disposable Cups 80 Count

Creepy Halloween Boneyard Skull Disposable Beverage Paper Napkins, 5″x 5″ Pack of 125

Skeleton Hand Food Picks 72 Pack

Halloween Haunters 18 Piece Bag of Skeleton Bones with Screaming Laughing Skull Prop Decoration – Flashing Bloodshot Eyes, Graveyard Human Body Part Set

Creepy Halloween Party Black Cheesecloth Table Cover Decoration, Fabric, 60″ x 84″

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Hi and welcome to my blog!

My name is Riffat and I am the writer behind this blog. Through this blog I share many things I am enthusiastic about – my curated items from old era, passion for tea and tea parties, design and décor, DIY projects. I specifically like to create themed and seasonal parties incorporating vintage treasures. I am married to an awesome guy who has {a good case of} wanderlust and is a grand but healthy foodie. Occasionally I will be journaling and sharing his experiences in travel, recipes and restaurant reviews. On my blog you will also get to meet our 3 amazing boys – the oldest is neuro-diverse and his being on the spectrum has given a different and incredible meaning to our family! I would be a very different person without him. Besides enjoying my family and this blog, I am a full-time speech and language pathologist.

We recently moved to Dallas from Arizona. Back there, I ran a vintage china rental and sales business. I had the pleasure of working with some amazing vendors in the event industry and got featured on many international and national blogs. I started blogging specific to my collection but recently switched to life style blogging to touch more aspects of life.

Originally from Pakistan, I am a multicultural and multilingual person and enjoy diversity to its fullest. I welcome new things and ways and learn from them but believe in restoring and preserving as well. I love people who inspire each other, are successful holistically, spread positive vibes and make a difference in this world for themselves and individuals around them. Overall, I strive to be a very well-balanced person and this blog plays some part in achieving that!

I absolutely love to team up with creative minds! Feel free to contact me for style consultation, photo shoots, vintage & antique articles, tea parties and hand-made items. I also do product reviews and feature items on my blog. I have a small shop on etsy featuring my collection and hand-made items.

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