Every birthday I swear I'll simplify, but then I do something goofy like make a fondant Rapunzel (that makes me want to cry because her head won't stay on)
|Boo's seventh birthday|
or paint a large, sightless monster for a fun-filled game of Pin the Eye on the Monster.
|Ji's first birthday|
Boo had been talking for months about having a Monster High birthday party. She and her friends at school play Monster High and pretend to be characters like Skelita Calaveras (daughter of Los Eskeletos), Jinifire Long (daughter of the Chinese Dragon), Draculaura (daughter of Dracula), Frankie Stein (you guessed it, daughter of the Frankenstein monster).
But then a spark of magic fell into Boo's hands.
Last month Boo was looking for something new to read, so I handed her Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Within two days, she was ready for The Chamber of Secrets. She slowed down a bit with Prisoner of Azkaban and is now about one third of the way through my favorite of the series, The Goblet of Fire.
The Monster High party was forgotten. Harry Potter had cast his spell over Boo.
Again, I thought I'd make it simple. We'd have different tables in the backyard with a few Harry Potter-themed activities. We'd make a Hogwarts table for sorting, a Honeydukes table with candy, and an Ollivanders table where each child could decorate a wand. Boo and I spent the week making signs and posters. Boo's primary president even came over and donated a Hogwarts banner, a collection of potion bottles, a Monster Book of Monsters, and a little owl.
After looking up about fifteen recipes for cauldron cakes, Boo spotted a photo online of Hagrid's cake from the first movie. She wanted that cake, the ugly cake that gets sat on while Hagrid is chasing down Harry and the Dursleys. I could do that.
Everything was under control until six o'clock that night when we started setting up. We'd had more than a week of blistering hot days. An evening party seemed like a good plan for July.
We started with Ollivanders since our new students would need to get their supplies from Diagon Alley before heading to Hogwarts.
|We had fizzing whizbees, Burtie Botts Every Flavour Beans, acid pops, jelly slugs, licorice wands, Drooble's Best Blowing Gum, disappearing leprechaun gold, Dumbledore's favourite lemon drops, and chocolate frogs.|
|Special thanks to Grandpa Zorro for sending the chocolate frog mold.|
After the sorting came another quick change of plans. The grass was too wet and slippery for Wizard Tag or Spellbound Red Rover where children would be sliding into muddy pools of water. So Jame--Hagrid created a simple balloon game he called Quidditch. The object: Hagrid throws the balloon in the air, kids touch it (hot potato style) and get a point. When Hagrid would call "Golden Snitch!" the kids would rush to try to catch the balloon. Only children nine and under could be seekers.
After a raucous tournament, it came down to Slytherin versus Gryffindor.
Interesting how life reflects art. Isn't it?
|McGonagall presents the Quidditch Cup.|
|The winners select their prizes, another round of thanks to Grandpa Zorro.|
|The undefeated Slytherin team (plus their Head of House, Professor Zonts)|
|Hufflepuff House! Winners of the House Cup!|
|Ravenclaw Rules! Brightest witches and wizards around.|
|Brave Gryffindor! Never afraid of danger!|
|That acid pop burned a hole in Boo's teeth!|
|Goblets of Butterbeer|
So despite the sudden changes in plans and the crowding. . .