It was the birthday party theme Jenn had been gearing up for, Lincoln's 9th and... Harry Potter!!! And, oh boy, did she go all out. From the decorations to the cake painting to sorting to Quidditch (thanks, Grandpa Doug!) to Honeydukes to owl post to potions (thanks Auntie Haley & Eli!), it was like a mini Hogwarts at our place. Most rewarding was the reaction the kids gave to their parents at the end of the party. They loved it!
Jenn arranged to sort the kids into the four houses by making their drinks turn the color of their house. Then we set up Potions Class in the dungeon, er, garage with all sorts of "experiments" that bubbled, exploded, and did other odd things. The kids made their own wands with modeling clay and unique sticks. And while it rained most of the morning and into the beginning of the party, it let up soon enough to get a game of Quidditch in!