It’s easy to get carried away when you’re planning a children’s party. Costs can escalate alarmingly as you just keep just adding that *one extra thing* and from my experience party bags are the main culprit. I think most mums have a fear that children will judge the success of your party based purely on the contents of the party bag. Long gone are the days of just giving out a slice of birthday cake wrapped in a serviette, lots of mums seem to buy in party bags now which filled to the brim with sweets, toys and other rubbish which nobody really needs. It costs a fortune, but I guess it saves time and effort…
I’m trying to keep costs down for my Harry Potter party though, and what I love about this theme is that you can hand-make so many of the decorations and party treats! For the kids party bags I decided I’d make each child a copy of The Standard Book of Spells, and give a packet of Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans. The cost of this? A few sheets of regular A4 paper, a couple of tea bags and some jelly beans!
The Bertie Botts Every Flavour beans are just repackaged jelly beans, but I figured the repackaging combined with the anticipation that they *could* taste like bogies or ear wax will be enough to keep the kids more than happy! You can download the labels here. To find instructions how to age your labels see below.
How to make The Standard Book of Spells:
I found a great printable pdf at Dirt&Sunshine of The Standard Book of Spells, which prints on A4 and is nice and easy, but I wanted to make my spell books half that size (A5) so that they were more child-friendly. I also wanted to print on both sides and make it into a proper little book.
To do that I needed to re-arrange the pages in the pdf and print 2 sheets to a page, so I re-created the pdf to make an A5 book and you can download it here if you’d like to. The first page is blank, as it needs to be to print correctly, so don’t think the file is empty when you download it!
Please note that the original work is not my own and comes from here. Please check out their blog, not only out of politeness, but because they also have lots of other amazing Harry Potter printables for your party too!
How to print and assemble:
- Print pages 1 and 2 on the same sheet of paper. Leave the other side blank. This will be your cover.
- Print pages 3 and 4 (letters O and A) on one side of a sheet of paper, and print pages 5 and 6 (letters B and L) on the other side.
- Print pages 7 and 8 (letters I and C) on one side of a sheet of paper, and print pages 9 and 10 (letters E and F) on the other side.
- Once your pages are printed you can age them by dipping them in cold tea for a few seconds and drying them out in a medium oven for a few minutes (about 160 degrees C).
- Then simply put into order, fold in half and staple into a book.
- The pages tend to be a bit crinkled after the whole tea process so you might want to put some heavy books on top of them for a few hours to flatten them out.
My Other Harry Potter Party posts:
- I’m so hungry I could eat a Hippogriff: Harry Potter Party thoughts and ideas
- Harry Potter party invitations: Making a Marauders Map
- Harry Potter food: chocolate wands, exploding chocolate frogs and cheesy shooting stars