I had originally planned to hold my Historical Hogwarts Tea on September 15, but that was right when Hurricane Florence was supposed to hit our area, so I ended up postponing to October 27. This was actually fine, as it gave me more time to prepare! I had grand plans for food, decorations, and games for the party. Most all of them I was actually able to accomplish. :) It helped that I didn't have to make myself anything to wear, so I could focus on the party details. And my friend Britney brought even more decorations on the day of!
The living room had House scarves, a Gryffindor banner, set of wizard chess:
|Banner from Britney|
I hung various saris and yardages of fabrics in house colors in the inner doorways of my house:
|Hogwarts sign from Britney|
I made these awesome hourglasses for the House Championship! Seriously so proud of them:
And I made so many bottles of potion ingredients! I displayed them in the sunroom:
|Britney also brought some potion bottles|
|The bottles with the fancy labels are the ones Britney brought|
|She also brought a set of Quidditch balls!|
More potion ingredients:
In the library, we had "The Slytherin couch," and an assortment of Hogwarts letters - in the fireplace, naturally:
|Letters courtesy of Britney|
Brian the Engineer was kind enough to take some photos of me before the festivities began:
|And Brian's Hogwarts chess set|
I wore my Hufflebustle, of course - in fact, I had planned this whole event specifically to give myself another reason to wear it! And so many people had expressed interest in doing their own historical Hogwarts-themed garments that I thought it would be great fun to get to wear them all together. I made the theme open to any historical era, Hogwarts House colors or just straight-up cosplay. Everyone really embraced the theme!
|Back row: Glynnis, Janine, Conley, Amy, Taylor, me, Britney|
Front row: Jessica, Megan, Maggie
Not everyone knew each other before the party, so the first thing we did after everyone had arrived and changed was introductions. This gathering was a melding of two main groups of my costuming friends - the RSV (Regency Society of Virginia) and the Fabulosity Club.
After we all became acquainted, I passed out the party favors:
Each favor was House-themed and contained a winged key charm, a magnetic House brooch, and a list for the scavenger hunt:
I set everyone off on the scavenger hunt while I finished setting out the food and preparing the tea.
They searched high and low!
The sharp-eyed among you may have already noticed one or two of the items, hidden in plain sight. For the curious, here are all of the items I hid:
|The Golden Snitch|
|The Dragon Egg|
|The Erumpet Horn|
|The (possibly) Cursed Necklace|
|The Marauders' Map|
|The Pygmy Puff|
After Janine was declared the winner of the scavenger hunt, we all had tea!
Everyone else seemed to think so, too:
After we all stuffed our faces, we of course took many House group photos.
Some were a bit more extra than others. :p
Megan was torn between Gryffindor and Ravenclaw, so she posed with both Houses.
|Maggie, being the only Gryffindor, got picked on a bit.|
More House photos!
|Amy and me, being elegant|
|Slytherins, being extra|
|Megan and Maggie, being casual|
|Connect Four in House colors|
|Harry Potter Guess Who? (Maggie's Photo)|
|They were little bottles of Felix Felicies!|
More random photos!
All my winged keys, before they went into the favor bags:
Proof that the hourglasses are functional:
I'm definitely going to do a separate blog post showing how I made them. It was quite an engineering feat (Brian the Engineer gave plenty of input, as well!)
My potion ingredients, before they were all labeled:
If people are interested, I might do a separate post on the potion ingredients, as well.
Last but not least, the littlest Ravenclaw in her Halloween costume:
These photos are not from the party, as she mostly napped through it. Also, I only got her little skirt done approximately ten minutes before it was time to pass out candy on Halloween! She did make an appearance towards the end of the tea, and I put her in her robes for that.
I might do a separate post about her outfit, later. It was pretty fun to make.