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How to Host an Epic Harry Potter Brunch Party

If you follow my Instagram you’ve probably known for a while that I’m a huge Harry Potter fan, since I often accidentally showcase my Deathly Hallows wrist tattoo in my more “fashioncentric” posts. So of course when I began planning a get together for some close pals (11 people including T and I!) to celebrate the end of the holidays, I had to tie in my favorite boy who lived. 
With the buzzkill of being broke early twenty somethings, and my flourish for seriously over doing it at get togethers. I set a pretty strict budget for this shindig, 175$. Yep, you read that right, we fed, liquored and decorated this whole event for less than your average four person dinner at a mid range restaurant (Here’s looking at you Chili’s and your not so reasonably priced margaritas).
First, let’s look at the overview. What did we create for this magical celebration of friendship?

The entry was transformed into a wizard’s catchall, featuring a bowl of sorting hat goodie bags and magical oddities.

A short (very short) walk brought you straight to Honeydukes, where an assortment of bewitching treats awaited guests.

And onward still to the owlery which was just plain decorative. Featuring Hedwig and some tried and true literary favorites.

Once guests arrived we urged them to grab a goodie bag and prepare to get comfy for the impending movie day. It was really fun to watch people pull their little paper slip from the hat and exclaim either in horror or delight at the house they had been sorted into before they dove into the treats inside. 

DIY Sorting Hat Treat Bags


“Hmm, difficult… VERY difficult. Plenty of courage, I see. Not a bad mind, either. There’s talent, oh yes… And a thirst to prove yourself. But where to put you?”
 — The Sorting Hat, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone


  • Paper bags
  • Stapler + staples
  • Candies in colours corresponding to the four houses (Red, green, blue and yellow)
  • Paper strips
  • Pen (optional)

Additional Equipment

  • Printer
  • Scissors

Total Cost of Project

  • Paper Bags 1$, Treats 7$ = 8$!

Additional Notes and Tips

  • Need suggestions for what types of candies to use? Skittles, M&Ms, Mike & Ikes, Sour Patch Kids, Sweet Tarts and Gummy Bears usually come in all the colours you need. 
  • Werther’s Original’s are a great break from lemon for your Hufflepuff pals! 
  • Nerds might seem like a great choice because of color options available, but they are small and will make a mess everywhere, Trust me and skip them. 


  1. Tape opening of paper bag closed, as well as the bottom flap of the bag to the main body, this will help stop the bag form getting stuck in your printer. 
  2. Download sorting hat template, I used this one! And print onto the paper bags.
  3. Cut around the printed hat, giving yourself roughly a quarter of an inch of extra space. This will separate the bag into two pieces. Remove excess paper from between the two sides of the template.
  4. Separate your candies by house color and set aside.
  5. Prepare strips of paper with the house names on them. I also included the cute little “Better be…” on the part that stuck out of the bag as a fun little throw to the movies. 
  6. Staple the bottom of the hat together, and about half way up the sides.
  7. Fill with treats!
  8. Staple up to the top, leaving enough space to slide your strip of paper inside.
  9. Add your paper slip, careful the house corresponds with the color!  
  10. Enjoy! 

Next, guests were treated to some of Honeydukes’ finest confections. I simply printed off the labels from this awesome blog post, cut them out and stapled them to some plastic baggies. Again, I grabbed the supplies for this from the dollar store- plus I raided a Beanboozled game that T and I had leftover form the holidays (These make THE BEST the most realistic Bertie Botts of all time, but be warned some of them are seriously gross!).  All in all, I only bought the seal-able bags and snacks, so again this project came in at about 15$! 

I’m sure y’all saw the instagram of the golden snitch garland, and I promise , we are getting there! But first I want to bring attention to the little owlery that we set up in the corner between the couch and TV. Taking a little inspo from the epic party planners of Pinterest, I drew some of the goofiest looking owl faces on balloons— look I’m not perfect. I cannot draw. I mean like at all. But I did my best. Aside from the goofy looking owls I also pulled together some of T and I’s favorite Harry Potter memorabilia. This included a set of our books; plus some bonus tomes, a beanie baby owl that was a gift from one of my most treasured friends (Thanks Jake!) and a wand. I’m sure you also noticed my time turner, Marauders map and T’s Hufflepuff scarf in the entry!  Since I had pretty much everything on hand for this vignette it only cost me 1$ to put together (I didn’t have any balloons at home, insert eye roll emoji)! 

We fed our guests a spread fit for the great hall, with a tray of veggies and fruits that I elected to make myself to save a couple of bucks. I bought celery, broccoli, baby carrots and grape tomatoes for the vegetable tray. Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Grapes and Oranges for the fruit. We also picked up some chips, mini quiches and puff pastry style appetizers. All in all for groceries I probably spent about 50$ (Plus I had bought pancake mix, which we ended up not even needing!). We left it open for everyone to bring treats if they wanted too, so we had some caramel corn and fudge added to the mix by the end of the day. Yum!
There was also the fully stocked mimosa bar, which was decked out in glassware from, you guessed it, the dollar store. The three smaller jugs we had the fruit juices in were actually small vases from my local Dollar Tree . The pitcher and three bowl serving set were wedding gifts and the galvanized bucket we housed the booze in was typically a bin for our cat’s toys. All in all, with the cost of the juices (approx. 20$), sparkling wine (45$), vases (3.75$) and garnishes (since I only had to buy the lime, .77$) we only had to dish out about 69.52$ to Madam Rosmerta at the end of the night! We also (semi last minute) picked up some ginger ale for anyone who had to drive or doesn’t drink, so make that total 71.52$
Okay, now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for..

DIY  Golden Snitch Garland 

“I don’t care if you fall off your broom as long as you catch the Snitch first.”
—- Oliver Wood, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone 
  • Styrofoam balls (small)
  • White craft feathers
  • Iridescent gold paint
  • Fishing line
 Additional Equipment
  • Paint brushes
  • Clear tape
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Scissors


Total Cost of Project

  • balls 2.5$, paint 1.25$, fishing wire 1.00$, paint brushes 1.25$, feathers 3.75 = 9.75$!
  • Paint Styrofoam balls gold, this will take some drying time between coast and you’ll want to paint them at least twice for the best coverage.
  • Snip the ends off the feathers and trim to desired size and shape.
  • Attach feathers using hot glue on either side of the snitch, my balls had a seam which made even placement easy, if you don’t have this luxury you may want to mark the spots beforehand. Allow to dry.
  • Measure out your length of fishing line and using the clear tape, attach snitches equidistantly from each other.
  • Hang where desired!  
 There you have it, how I hosted a day long event for 11 people for under 175$, that’s right if you were following along with me on cost we threw this whole shindig for 154.27$! Now grab some blankets, invite your pals, and watch some movies. 
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  • Reply Bex

    How fun! Great post and ideas!

    January 12, 2017 at 9:39 pm
  • Reply Alissa

    This is amazing! I’m a huge Harry Potter fan and you nailed it all!

    January 13, 2017 at 5:10 am
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