The main theme of my Harry Potter party was “Dinner with the Professors” where each guest got to enjoy a Hogwarts style dinner and be assigned a Hogwarts professor role. Like I said in my first post, I decided to make everyone a professor instead of assigning them as the students to make the party a little more adult and not have to wrestle who would be Harry, Ron, and Hermione.
Hogwarts is known for their hearty and mouth-watering food, and I wanted every one of my guests leaving with full and satisfied stomachs.
For appetizers, I set out some veggies and pita chips with Greek yogurt dip (Martha Stewart’s recipe).
I also made a warm and cheesy marinara dip to go with some crostini (Mozzarella Fonduta recipe here).
Dinner consisted of:
1) Short Ribs – This recipe from Giada de Laurentiis was originally meant to be eaten with pasta, but I decided to just cook the meat and serve it with potatoes instead. It IS time consuming and rather pricey, but the result is super luscious meat that becomes more tender, the longer it simmers over the stove.
2) Drumsticks – My mom made this special for my party, but unfortunately, I do not have a recipe at the moment. My mom goes off by her own tastes and not strict measurements, which is a true sign of a great chef. I wish I had that ability. Like the short ribs, the chicken was also very tender, and the meat slid right off the bone. These are drumsticks that Ron Weasley would definitely scarf down.
3) Fried Smashed Potatoes with Lemon – Another Giada recipe that is definitely a keeper. This recipe is a wonderful twist on your standard potatoes, and offers a zesty and vibrant flavor due to the lemon dressing. The key to smashing potatoes is to very gently press on them and not push them down all the way. It took a few potatoes to get the smashing right, so I say boil a few extra for trial and error.
We ate by candlelight and underneath the Bewitched Ceiling.
To create the Bewitched Ceiling, I just used stencils of different size stars and spray painted them gold once they were all cut out. I then just used regular Scotch tape to stick onto the dining room ceiling.
Dinner is served!
For dessert, my guests caught their very own edible Snitches (Ferrero Rocher chocolates – peel off the sticker label and brown paper to leave a gold shaped sphere that looks like a Snitch), and me and the other birthday girl were surprised by our very own birthday cake.
Banana chocolate meringue pie: very special indeed!
I also served apple cider floats that posed as butterbeer. The apple cider was heated over the stove with some cinnamon sticks and served in mugs with caramel flavored ice cream.
When the ice cream melted in the apple cider, it created a white froth on the top and looked a lot like what I envisioned butterbeer to look like. The cinnamon stick was a delightful garnish in the mug. The sweet and sticky caramel from the ice cream complemented extremely well with the warm apple cider, and I felt like I was experiencing what Harry Potter and his friends must have drank at Hogsmeade.
I used the measurements given in the recipe here, but if I was to make them again, I would use smaller mugs/cups or make more cider and ice cream to fill the mug.
Once everyone filled their tummies with seconds and thirds, I allowed the guests to open their parchments to find out which professor they were. For most of them, I matched one quality of each guest to their professor (for example, one of my friends is a nurse, which is why I assigned her Professor Sprout, who nursed people back to health with her Mandrake potion). I made myself Dumbledore, since I was the host of the party, and he’s the headmaster at Hogwarts.
The description of each role definitely gave my guests a good ribbing, but I made sure to add some positive comments to soften the blow =P
To make the scroll holder, I used a toilet paper roll and printed out a name tag and pasted it on there. I embellished it with a little black ribbon on the edges.
Here are all the professor descriptions I wrote for each person:
1) You are Professor Minerva McGonagall, Transfiguration teacher and head of Gryffindor house. You like to be in control and keep things in order. You are a strict disciplinarian but are admired by many for your intelligence and drive. Even though you intimidate most students, you have proven just as much that you have a big heart and go to extremes for others. You are a strong warrior and remain to be Dumbledore’s right hand (wo)man.
2) You are Professor Remus Lupin, the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher during Harry Potter’s third year at Hogwarts. You used to be best friends with Harry Potter’s late father. Serving as teacher and mentor, you taught Harry to face his fears and defeat evil. Not many are aware that you are secretly a werewolf. Despite the mischief in your youth and the occasional wild streak every full moon, you turned out to be a very wise and gentle soul.
3) You are Professor Gilderoy Lockhart, the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher during Harry Potter’s second year at Hogwarts. You are extremely vain, but also, extremely charming. You have published many best-selling books and won Witch Weekly’s Most Charming Smile award five times. Unfortunately, you are not a very adept wizard and turned out to be a fraud. Despite being somewhat dimwitted, you are extremely gifted at wiping other people’s memories with Memory Charms.
4) You are Professor Sybil Trelawny, Divination teacher at Hogwarts. You are odd and eccentric and not understood by many. You strongly believe in horoscopes and fortune telling and are very passionate about your craft. Not everyone believes in the powers of Divination, but other people’s opinions never seem to bother you. Your predictions are hardly every correct, but you have made several substantial prophecies that came true, especially those concerning Harry Potter.
5) You are Professor Pomona Sprout, head of Hufflepuff house and the Herbology department. You are not a very tidy person, but a little dirt never bothered you. You prefer to stay indoors and tend to your plants. You have proven to be extremely knowledgeable and patient in your field. Those at Hogwarts rely on you to nurse them back to health with your various herbs and spells. You are very approachable, and no one ever has a bad thing to say about you.
6) You are Professor Severus Snape, Potions master and head of Slytherin house. You are very serious and mysterious and like to keep to yourself. You don’t like many people and not many people care for you either. Underneath the dark facade though is a very noble and courageous wizard. You were picked on a lot in the past, but love and honor always drove you forward. Many question where your loyalties lie, but you have proven to be Dumbledore’s dark knight.
If you’re not sick of Harry Potter just yet, I still have a few more posts about my party that I will write in the next week or so. Please also check out the links below to more posts based on my Harry Potter party.
- Harry Potter Overview – a look into my magical celebration.
- Owl Post Invitations
- The Art of Transfiguration: Transforming My House into Hogwarts
- DIY Aragog/Giant Spider Decoration