12.26.2013

Harry Potter Murder Mystery Party: The Setting

I know these Harry Potter Murder Mystery posts are long over due. I promise one day I'll be finished with them. :) In case you are interested and missed the two before you are welcome to catch up on the cast of characters and the food on my previous ole' bliggity blog posts. 

The setting was one of my favorite parts of the party. Did I already say that about the food? Okay, let's be honest, I just love all aspects of putting on a party! But setting up was particularly fun.
Alot, of that fun came from Colleen's blog just Sweet and Simple. I am forever thankful for all her hard work and the amazing fact that she decided to share all of it on her blog! 
All her signs, labels and ideas made everything come together!
The living room table still being set up. I purchased 4 black candelabras online for around $1.50 each. I love them! And they can be painted in the future for use in other parties. They made such a difference with the whole party feel and worked out perfectly for lighting. 
Our table only seats 6 so we had to get creative for our 12 person dinner party. We put 4 desks at the end of our table, which worked out perfectly for space. But, this insured that we had to be creative with a table cloth, too. Who wants a fancy dinner without a table cloth? And seriously how bad would a wood table with 4 white foldable desks on the end look? (Lets just ignore the white foldable chairs, okay? :) ) Soooo, walah! We found our gold & terrible looking former bedroom curtains in our linen drawer, which turned out to be the perfect size and somewhat beautiful as Harry Potter party table cloths. I'm not sure if our landlord will appreciate the spaghetti sauce stains, but hey, in the name of the party, they had to be used. ;)
I bought these awesome lanterns online for $6.00. Seriously, your next party check amazon for some cheap and awesome deco. Oh wait, most of you probably live in America where there Goodwills and thrift stores a plenty. In that case, check your local Goodwill or thrift store. But to save time, just go ahead and check out Amazon, too. Does Amazon pay for promotion plugs? (Amazon. Please take note of how I am encouraging use of you. Feel free to send a lofty check/gift card. ;) ) Floo powder sign can be found here.
In China there are tons of small shops that sell little cutesy items, like; tiny clothespins with bears on them, cute little notebooks, cutesy bookmarks, or little vials/jars, like the above, with rolled up paper scrolls in them for love notes. These little jars were perfect for the potions corner. We took the love notes out and decorated each jar with a PolyJuice Potion label. I'm not sure if anyone noticed but I loved the small detail.
The "Mix your Potion" area. Ideally this area would have held tons of mixers for some of these Harry Potter cocktails but we had to go with the cheaper option. :)
We made sure to make everyone a Harry Potter wand. They were so fun to make and complete. The finished product was amazing, in my opinion and it couldn't have been easier. Buy cheap chopsticks, put hot glue around the top in whatever pattern you prefer, roll in rice, pebbles, sand, whatever you fancy, let dry, and paint. Easy peasy.
Everyone loved their wands.
We played a fire on the TV all night, which was also a nice touch and added to lighting in the room.
The table filled with appetizers. 
The dining room.
Place settings. 
I LOVED the table. It looked awesome. A few days before the party we started gathering items around the house that could be used for decorations. Anything that was unique, wooden or dark colored made the cut. We covered some books with wrapping paper and wrote Hogwarts book titles on them. 
Pumpkins added a great touch. Also, the Christmas lights plugged in at the far end and draped across the table looked fantastic.
The Care of Magical Creatures book--loved it. It now sits on our shelf all year round. :) And I have yet to, and don't think I ever will, uncover all of those books. Catherine just did such a great job with the penmanship. Love. Love.
On the mirror behind the table I taped the "owls" and their deliveries. Each owl held an important pack of information pertaining to the mystery.
How many pictures can I post of the table? I know. Right. I just loved it and was estatic with how it all turned out. And I want to remember!
Even the wine bottles placed through out the table added to the feel! Can you tell this was our first proper dinner party? I guess the Harry Potter part takes away from the proper part, but you get what I mean.
Picture 545 of the table. Bored of seeing it yet? Okay. Moving on to.... the bathroom!
The Ministry of Magic! Such a great idea! Again, that was all. Printable found here.
I also wanted to have a picture of Moaning Myrtle in the bathroom. I know at other parties people have mentioned making a recording of Moaning Myrtle to play in the bathroom, too. There's just an endless amount of details and ideas you could add to a Harry Potter Party! 
Signs found here
 Thanks for letting me share with you this little love project of mine. I had more fun prepping for this party and putting it together than I've had in a while. If only our budget allowed us to have fun parties like this every month. :) 

To view ALL the links for labels, invites, script, etc. Go here! :) Enjoy and party on. :) Lame. I know.
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2 comments :

William Mundy said...

Sharing to Great Harry Potter Murder Mystery Party this party is to amazing decorator so good and help this party to future in decorator of our party so Thanks this party. Work Christmas Party Ideas

The Rachael Way said...

Girl, this party looks AMAZING!!!
Ok, don't laugh at this question, but how do you order things from Amazon to China? Do you just click Ship to China and it works okay?
Thanks for your help.. you're seriously the best lol.

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