Friday, March 1, 2019

Hello Spring - Free Printable Banner From HollysHome

If your like me, I love decorating for Spring.  The nice thing about decorating for Spring is that you can keep up the decorations after easter.  That means less work for you.  

Spring is such a fun time of year.  Because I love it so much I have an entire page devoted to Spring ideas. 

 Take a moment and check out some of the fun ideas that I have on my Easter and Springtime page.

Not only do I love Spring, I think Summer is even better.  The beach is my happy place.
Here are some of my awesome summer ideas.

Now back to that free "Hello Spring" banner.

I have gotten so many compliments on this banner.  Everyone loves it, and I love it too.

How to Print:
Print the banner on white cardstock.  Punch holes in the top corners and thread a string through the holes.  

Super Easy!

Here's a link to the printout
Free Hello Spring Printout

Here's a higher definition printout:
To print it out you can right click your mouse and save it into your pictures, or you can copy and paste it into your printing program.  Let me know how yours turns out.  I hope that you love it as much as I love mine.

Tip:  Depending on your printer, sometimes the ink will rub off.  If you ever find this to be a problem spray a fine layer of clear spray paint over the print to set the ink.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Harry Potter Party Decorations and Dinner Ideas

Every Harry Potter Party needs the proper decorations.  

Here are some of the ones that I have made for my 
Harry Potter Party.

Honeydukes Dessert Table
I have this cute little buffet that I inherited from a grandma and I just love to use it for any party.  I added a large Aragog Spider with small spiders crawling around the table.  

The cute Honeydukes bags I bought at the store and added the Honeydukes label with double sided sticky tape.  I found the label on google images.

The bags were for my guest to fill with whatever candy that they would like to take with them.

The House Scoreboard containers I bought at the dollar store, along with the candy that is in them.  I printed out the house symbols off of Google Images. 

The TriWizard Cup came from Target.  I used it to pull names out of for our Harry Potter Minute to Win It Games.  

I bought a bunch of different sized cauldrons from the dollar store and Party City.  I put Halloween candy in them and wrote on the outside with chalk pen.  A lot of the candy was Gryffindor colors, and some came in Slytherin colors, so I labeled them accordingly.

Honeydukes Fringe Printout

Here's a matching treat bag to use for your table:

Treat bag printable:

See how to fold your treat bag by clicking here.

Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans boxes
The traditional Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans Container is adorable, but it is hard to make, large and expensive.  I got the traditional print out off of Google. It's a little too big to make for everyone at the party, so I created the little boxes to use at the party.  

Bertie Botts small box template:
Print it out on white cardstock.

Butterbeer Puffcorn:
Get the Butterbeer Puffcorn Recipe here.  It's super easy to make and really delicious.

Weasley's Magic & Mayhem Minis.  
Easy Treats to make for your Honeydukes table.
I had some m&m minis that I bought on clearance after Halloween.  Since they were orange, and Weasley's Wizard Wheezes in orange, I saw a great opportunity to create something that good old Fred and George might of come up with.  That's how Magic and Mayhem minis were born.
For the printout click here.

Drinks (Potions)
My guests got a selection of sodas properly disguised as a potion.

And to make it more fun we added extra ingredients (soda flavors) so that they could make their potion truly unique.

     Potions Sign and Great Hall Sign: 


Butterbeer is a must at any Harry Potter event.  

Diagon Alley and Hogwarts Signs
I put up fun signs all over the house.

Hogwarts House Flags
These house flags are the easiest ever.  All you do is print them out on colored cardstock.   Match the color to the house.  For Hogwarts I used gray instead of black for obvious reasons.  Cut out the V shape at the bottom then punch holes in the upper corners and put a string through and hang.

My awesome Sister-in-law made everyone in the family a wand.  

 The Dining Table

Unfortunately I didn't get any pictures at the party because I was too busy hosting, but here are a few things that I did that will give you some ideas.
I hung owls on the light over the dining table.
I used large deer for the center of the table.
I made Harry Potter Crackers for everyone at the party.  To see how click here.  My grandchildren LOVED these!  They crack when you pull them apart and have a cute little fortune in them.  My granddaughter read everyone's fortune outloud for everyone to hear.  

Some of them even wore the cute little crowns all day!
 I etched a mug for everyone at the party.  On one side I put their name and on the other side I put their patronus.  They were a hit!  

For dinner I made Bangers and Mash which is mashed potatoes and sausage.  I wanted it to be easy so that we could enjoy our party.  I know that it's not a meal from the Harry Potter books, but it is a traditional English dinner that my family loves.  I browned bratwurst ahead of time and then put them in a crockpot with some chicken broth.  I made traditional homemade potatoes and gravy to go with it.  I served it with green bean casserole and a salad.  Super easy and my family loved it!

Dementor's Trifle
This was super easy to make, but was amazing!  I was quite surprised at how yummy it was.  
To make Dementor's Trifle you will need: 
large box of chocolate pudding 
container of Cool Whip  
I used store bought Costo brownies and mashed them at the bottom.  Then I put a layer of chocolate pudding, and a layer of cool whip.  I used cool whip because it keeps its shape better than whipping cream.  I repeated all the layers, so that there were two layers of each ingredient.  

Then on the top layer off cool whip I grated a chocolate bar.  I stored it in the fridge with plastic over the top so that the flavors would blend.  I served it chilled after dinner.  

Decorating The Living Room

Hogwarts Express Diorama
In my entryway I had this diorama of the Hogwarts Express.  To see how I made it click here.

Harry Christmas (or Birthday) Banner
On my fireplace I put "Harry Christmas" banner.  To get this print out, or a "Harry Birthday" print out click here.

Harry Potter Christmas Tree
My Harry Potter Christmas Tree was amazing!  I made a lot of the items, or purchased them at the dollar store. 
 It was so much fun to put together.  

I made two different versions of the 
My original intent was to make a just a small card to hang on the Christmas Tree.  They were so cute that  I decided to print them out large on a brown cardstock (to save on ink) and hang them up all over the house.   
To make them I just googled the sign and copied it.  Then I took pictures of my family and photoshopped the Azkaban prison sign in front of them.  I moved the Azkaban sign a little bit in each picture.  Just that small thing made them seem more authentic.  I cropped the picture and I placed it over the Sirius Black picture. I laminated the cards so that they look like trading cards.  I made an extra set cards for each person to have one to take home.

The Bathroom
 In the bathroom I put Moaning Myrtle on the mirror.
I got the Myrtle's picture off of Google.  Here's the saying if you want to use it.

And of course, the toilet HAD to be the Ministry of Magic.  
I got this sign off of Google also.  
What would we do without Google images?

Dobby was also at our Harry Potter Party. 
He was hiding in our Christmas Tree.  

After dinner we played 
Minute to Win It Harry Potter Wizarding Games.  


My son, who told me not to do it, came up to me afterwards to let me know how awesome the games were. 

 If you want to see how we played them just click here.

I hope that I was able to give you a few ideas for your Harry Potter Party.  Please leave a message if you liked the ideas and let me know about your party.