I am very excited today to begin to share with you my son’s tenth birthday party projects. He has just completed all the Harry Potter books and decided he wanted a Hagwarts party. So… we started with the invites. I got this balloon owl post idea from Pinterest … the original blog post is HERE.
Each invite was sealed with a “H” stamp and red wax. The Hogwarts logo printed on the back and addressed to them on the front “in the cupboard under the stairs” The owl post stamp image came from this blog post HERE.
Dear Mr. Lauer,
We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Due to the late notice of your attendance this year we will provide the necessary items you usually would be required to obtain prior to your arrival. Please prepare your wardrobe with a white shirt and either gray or black pants or skirt if you have them on hand.
Term begins May 5th. The sorting ceremony will begin at 1:00 sharp. Classes and Quidditch will finish at 4:30. We await your owl (rsvp) by no later than April 3o. Your ticket for the Hogwarts Express is included in this envelope. The Hogwarts Train will depart from (insert address here) Enjoy your journey.
Find the secret message in this letter to decode the reason
You are being summoned…
The next step was to order up some balloons from the local party store, Party Land!I found that with the 40 invites we were handing out it was only $3 more expensive to have someone else professionally blow up these balloons instead of getting my own mini tank and taking up my time to to this task. So we ordered them in three colors with orange ribbons (to resemble their feet). Once we got them home I took sharpies and drew the owl faces and bodies on them. My hubby helped by coloring in the eyes and adding color to the beaks.
We decided to have two deliveries. Half the kids receiving invites were close friends to Tristan and we knew where they lived. So we tied the long strings (so the owls can easily be seen from the peep hole or when they open the door) from the owl balloons to the envelops… it was just enough to weight them down but we had to be careful because it was a bit breezy that day and the envelopes were not heavy enough to hold them down very well.
Here is my son “ding dong ditching” the owls to the front doors… They were so much fun to deliver this way. Sitting in the car with the windows down I was able to see and hear a lot of the reactions to our Owl Post deliveries.
The next day the rest of the balloons were ready to be delivered to his class. I tied these ones much shorter to avoid as much tangling as possible of the strings. The balloons held up beautifully (probably because I had them professionally done). This is a photo of the shorter strings and the three colors we created them in.
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PS – For more posts about this party please see the links below:
Party Decor and More:
Invitations and Printables:
Owl Post – Hogwarts Acceptance Letter Invitations mailed Owl Post
Publications – DAILY PROPHET and the QUIBBER props