Welcome to Part II. We took so many pictures that night, I thought I'd share them in another post.
Here's a shot of the room. I don't have a great picture of the dessert buffet that had so many fun and clever candies because you wouldn't believe it if I told you----that about 10 minutes before Guests arrived I grabbed my camera to walk around and snag photos of the place---and NO MEMORY CARD! omg, seriously are you kidding me? We remember every detail but that. So, thankfully Sheri (friend & guest) walked around and snapped some pictures. With the low lights and all the candles, it was tricky to get the candy buffet.
The table centerpiece included Harry Potter books, candles, bottles, a wand and a cool Golden Snitch thingy that Morgan spotted at Barnes & Noble. I bough the lace fabric on clearance at Walmart and trimmed it for a quick table runner.
It just so happens that my family room's accent wall is painted mustard yellow----a perfect fit for the maroon and yellow Gyrffindor colors, right? I took down my normal frames, and we decorated the shelves with that awesome 3-D Harry Potter movie poster (another lucky catch-Morgan's brother used to work at Blockbuster and saved some posters!). On the lower shelf were tons of battery candles (Michaels), and photos and facts from the Harry Potter Series that I printed and framed. I learned plenty during that process let me tell you! Things like,
A Muggle is a person that has no wizardry in their blood. lol.
We kept all the lights off in the house and set the Harry Potter mood with candles.
We stretched the movie poster with Twine to cover the television and I made that garland out of Harry Potter book pages! (Lucky for me all Harry Potter books were on Half-Price Books Special the day I went in to buy them!) There was a flash used for this picture---but you can see the battery candles on top of the mantle, and the glass owl too......
Morgan was in charge of the Drinks Station in the kitchen. She did an awesome job. We simply used a hanging chalkboard to let know guests that they could help themselves to the fridge filled with coke, diet coke, beer and water. But the silver tray was full of Butterbeer (white wine), Liquid Luck (Goldshlager shots), Pumpkin Juice (can't remember...Morgie dropped food coloring in those glasses though), and Polyjuice Potion (Baileys Irish Cream).
The Bride, myself, Beth (mother of the Bride) and Morgie took the liberty to throw back the shots of Liquid Luck. ;)
Even Mio dressed for the occasion. Everyone loved him! As guests headed out, we had them stop at this table in the foyer to self-address an envelope for Alyssa. That way thank-you cards are a breeze when she's ready to write!
Guest went home with custom-made Harry Potter sugar cookies of the Howarts School Shield, and brown bags from the Sweet Shoppe (dessert table). The game winners scored Harry Potter movies, Owl salt & pepper shakers, Barnes & Noble gift cards and movie theater popcorn!
And after everyone left the Bride and mother-of-the-bride stuck around for movie night, Harry Potter showing at which time we may or may not have gotten a bit silly with all the props around the house (look at those sweet little glasses we discovered at Second Street Antiques)!
Thanks for a great time girls! It was memorable! Love you Alyssa!