This is my great-niece Kelsey. Kelsey is ate up with Harry Potter at the moment. She was turning seven and wanted me to do her tablescape in the Harry Potter theme. I have never seen a Harry Potter film or read a Harry Potter book. Spells and wizards are not my idea of fun. I don't like to mess with that kind of thing, knowing the power of good and evil. I prefer to call on the power of God and I know that wizards aren't of God. Needless to say, my heart was not into designing this table. But I did find it a bit of a challenge so I searched the Internet to see what kind of ideas I could get from other people's Harry Potter parties. Without the Internet, I would be lost. I found some very helpful websites and will try to list the ones I can remember. I was surprised at how well it turned out, though pictures never seem to capture what it looks like in person. Kelsey's glasses I found at the Dollar Store. They happen to come with a red nose but I didn't tell Kelsey that. The wands I made out of some bamboo I had at home. I just took hot glue and made a handle and designs on them with the glue and then spray painted them. . The above picture click's bigger.
I had this old birdcage at home and also already had a stained glass owl light for some reason. I just painted it's head white and when you tuned it on his eyes light up red. I bought the stuffed owl puppet before I realized I actually already had an owl at home. The star quilt belonged to Angie when she was in college. I hung it over the big window in Kelsey's kitchen to make it darker and more of a wizard wonderland. The sheet I hung on the ceiling along with some webs and spiders I found at Good-Will. I found this snake at a local party store who had their Halloween decor half-off. Costumes weren't half-off so I never got a witch or wizard hat bought. I had planned on making a sorting hat but ended up with having Kelsey visit the night before her birthday so there were a few things I didn't get made that were supposed to go on the table. Such as the hat, some scrolls and a feather ink pen and ink well. This tie I found at The Salvation Army store along with some black robes that I covered the chairs with. I then took twine and hung brooms on the back of the kid's chairs that I had picked up at The Dollar Store. The above picture click's bigger.
To find these love potion labels copy and paste this link if it doesn't work http://rottenyouth.deviantart.com/art/Veritaserum-potion-label-157495029 I found other labels here & just mod-podged them onto old bottles and jars. The two brown bottles are actually Dad's Root-Beer from The Dollar Store. http://ivillage.com/ Of course I can't find them now but if you Google search Harry Potter Parties or labels you'll find some. I found some here too. www.mommyblessings.com I found some great labels here on this website too. http://madebymarcie.blogspot.com/2008/10/spooky-labels-from-love-manor.html The swamp fog was really water mixed with a tad bit of milk.
The Golden Snitch Bat Skeletons are really Ramen Noodles. This is a great website for ideas and labels. I'm not sure where I copied these book covers from but I probably found them through this website. http://parenting.ivillage.com/slideshow/parenting/12_easy_ideas_for_a_wizardworthy_harry_potter_birthday_party/official_hogwarts_invitations.html This is Kelsey's sister Emma. Emma is a girl of few words. When she talks, you listen. Emma paid me my highest compliment when she walked in from school, looked at the table, looked at me and said "That's impressive." Isaac walked in behind her and said "Whoa, That is impressive." Sigh, my mission was complete. Kel-Belle just kept smiling and saying "Cool"
I don't know where this recipe originated from so I hope I'm not infringing on anybody's copyrights or breaking some kind of blogger's law but I could live off of this stuff. Of course I'd gain three pounds a day like I did yesterday after eating it at a shower we threw for Angie's friend Amber. My friend Debbie always makes this and I always have to ask her for the recipe when I want to take it somewhere. I thought if I wrote it on my blog I wouldn't have to bother her again for it. Plus it should be shared because it is so easy and so yummy. Here it is.......
Pepperoni Dip 2 /8oz blocks of cream cheese 1 cup sour cream 1 can Rotel tomatoes w/chilis (drained) 1 pkg of pepperoni (I use the turkey pepperoni) Chop the cream cheese into pieces along with the pepperoni slices, throw it into a small crock pot or slow cooker and heat until creamy. Serve with Pita Bites or chips, Better Chedders, Hawaiian Bread, pretzels, veggies or whatever floats your boat. If you are responsible for this recipe Thank You! and please let me know so I can give you the credit.
So evidently I have a reader who looks forward to my posts. It's when I am not posting, you can bet I have a lot to say but am busy and am trying to filter my thoughts which probably makes them less fun to read but makes me less vulnerable and less likely to tick anyone off.. Anyway without saying much I will show you these luggage tags I thought were adorable. These are for you Kate. :) Present Day Lifestyle & Gifts
Hi there! My name is Sandy and I live in Indianapolis. Thanks for visiting my little blog. I started this when my oldest daughter (I have two) got engaged because she was planning her wedding and it was driving me crazy that I didn't get to be the one deciding on the decor. At my own wedding 28 years ago I don't remember really caring anything about the decor. My mom planned most of it. Anyway this became an outlet for me and my creative juices. I have decorated a few weddings and 50TH anniversary parties, birthdays (most of which I never even got any copies of the pictures for because I didn't have a camera or a computer or a blog or even know what a blog was for that matter) and I have always decorated for the birthdays of the kids I take care of. I still don't have a working camera so it's been very frustrating having to rely on others to take pictures and actually send them to me. They rarely deliver. I would love to actually get to do a party where the budget was BIG. Seems I am always doing everything for free for friends and family so the party business so far is costing me money. If you'd like to pay someone to do yours, most likely I am available and would love to help. If you are an event designer and need help, look no further. I've collected a lot of vases and decor over time and would be happy to sell or rent any of it. If you see it on my blog and want to use it or need help with your party just leave me a comment and I will be happy to get back with you.
Angie & Erik
Angie's blog http://thehappenstancehousewife.blogspot.com/ Erik's blog http://9north.com/
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Mila as a Bumble Bee
The Gift of Salvation
Ephesians 2:8-9 (New International Version)
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9not by works, so that no one can boast.