It did take me a few days to finally put this up on the blog. Honestly, I was dead tired. :)
Without further ado, the pics from the party.
I knew that I wanted to have the illusion of candles floating since I had seen it in one of the movie scenes in the dining hall at Hogwarts. I had done a few Google searches and came across a picture in the Image search that showed "floating candles" but couldn't access the link and didn't have an explanation. Looking at the tiny picture, I thought that I could come up with a way to have a similar effect. Not sure if it was the same or not as what I had seen, but this was my take on it.
I then took sheets of printer paper, cut them in half width-wise and then rolled each side up into a tube and taped it with clear tape in three spots down the seam. I then used the Silhouette cutter to do a print and cut (I know, I know, I do this all the time) to make the candle flames.
For the flames, I drew a semi-rounded long triangle. Then, I selected the triangle, flipped it vertically and had the tips of the flames touching. Right clicked the mouse and selected "weld" to have it all be one piece. Next, I drew another smaller long, rounded triangle in the base and made the fill color dark orange. Removed the "cut" line from the smaller triangle (didn't want to cut that), copied it, flipped it vertically and put it on the top. Finally to finish the whole thing off, select your entire double sided flame and use the replicate tool to make multiples. Print it with registration marks and send to Silhouette to be cut.
Once cut, the flames look like this...
Put a glue dot on the base of one side of the flame and secure to the paper tube candle. Another glue dot will go in the center where the thin points meet, which will rest on the fishing line and keep the candle from sliding. Finally, secure the other side of the flame with another glue dot on the base of the other side... gluing it inside the candle tube.
Repeat again... and again, and again. You'll eventually have a row of floating candles (or two rows if you did it like me).
Hedwig was in position over the dining room table on his chandelier perch.
|Photo taken before candle strings were added.|
And the table was set. We originally had a skull on there, but it scared Scarlett so bad that she wouldn't go into the kitchen and took it from "Harry Potter" to uber-creepy seance. I put it away.
My living room had a few decorations put up as well. The "Wanted" posters (see previous post) were put up both in the living room and the kitchen, a Hogwarts banner and Gryffindor banner were hung from the ceiling, the Nimbus 2000's were in the corner (ready for the "Find the Snitch" game later), and black balloons were thrown on the floor for fun. The first Harry Potter was on t.v. for extra "Potter-ness".
Then there was the potion station with refreshment goblets.
|Eureka! It works!|
When all of the guests arrived and had a chance to settle in and munch on some snacks, it was time to pick teams for "Find the Snitch". Two teams were put into the sorting hat and each child had to reach in and pick a team.
We then booted up the fog machine and I explained the rules while the fog was forming. The rules to the game being:
1.) You must stay on your Nimbus 2000.
2.) Watch out for the little kids.
3.) The team who finds the most Snitches is the winner.
The Snitches they had to find? (You guys will probably recognize these from my previous post.)
So everyone downed some "Liquid Luck" to help improve their chances of Snitch success.
And the hunt began! (This was the only picture I could use because the first game was too fogged out.)
After the raffle, it was time for "Magic School". The party guests lined up with their wands and brooms and were taught a few spells and tricks out of the Harry Potter book I made.
Then there was cake:
|"Yay!" for Walmart cake! I was too busy to add another project to the mix so I let this one slide.|
Presents followed the cake and then it was time for everyone to go home. Party guests got to take their wands, Nimbus 2000's, Harry Potter book, and Snitch.
Cameron was super happy with his party and it was a lot of fun to do.