Harry Potter is definitely having a moment here on the East Coast, with a huge new store of products opening in the Flatiron District of NYC this summer. I've always loved the books and movies, and can remember staying up all night when I was at University back in England (not studying or partying!) because I had to finish The Goblet of Fire before I went to sleep! My 8 year old has just started reading the first instalment and is really getting into it, so it felt like the perfect time to launch this magical slumber party theme.
The party I've created has a monochrome twist, with tents and sheets emblazoned with the house sorting hat and Harry's famous lightning scar and glasses. Golden snitches hang from the front of the tents, with lots of glowing candles, fluffy owls, birdcages and spell books scattered around as the general decor. The overall feel is of snuggling down in Hogwart's Great Hall for a house slumber party!
As well as putting on their favourite HP movie instalment and providing the butterbeer, there are so many easy activities and little extra touches you can put together to make this a sleepover they'll never forget:
1. Send out a Hogwarts Acceptance Letter
Kid love to get mail! Send out a Hogwarts acceptance letter as the party invitation. There are many templates online and it sets the scene perfectly for what is to come.
2. Creating a Wand Making Station
Set up a craft station with paint, glitter, gems...anything the kids can use to make their own magical wand. You can buy wand making kits online, but disposable chopsticks work just as well! For older kids, a hot glue gun can make a cool string effect, like I created here with my own wands.
3. Have you Seen This Wizard? Photo Creation Station
Each of my slumber party packages comes with an Instax Mini Camera and sheets of film. Purchase some Harry Potter photo props online and have some fun by taking photos of the kids for them to print out and clip to their tents! They can also take them home in their favor bags as a fun memory of the night.
4. Snacks, snacks and more snacks
Barnes & Noble in Westport stock a great selection of Harry Potter goodies. Set out some chocolate frogs and Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans. I've tried my own kids with these and it's so funny watching them taste all the different crazy flavors! For a really special touch, Confections by Crystal in Southport can create the cutest Harry Potter themed cake pops in chocolate or vanilla sponge. They look great and are seriously delicious too.
This was such a fun slumber party to put together, and I can't wait to create one for your little wizards and witches soon!
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You could say there's been a lot of change in my life recently. Looking back, I still can't quite believe that we've moved house, welcomed another bouncing baby boy and completely changed the direction of this little party box business of mine, all within the space of 12 months!
This time last year I had just decided that I was going to add a couple of themed slumber party packages to Rosebud Boxes. I half thought I was crazy deciding to introduce a whole new range of parties at 5 months pregnant, but I just couldn't get the concept out of my head and I knew I had to go for it. And since then my feet have barely touched the ground!
I quickly fell head over heels for these slumber parties, and it seems you all did too. And so at the end of one of the busiest (and best) summers of my life, I knew that it was time to close my party box chapter and focus fully on the sleepovers. And with that, Rosebud Slumber Parties was born.
The website has relaunched today with a whole new look and vibe, which I hope you love as much as I do! The Beverly Hills Experience is already one of my favourite themes; it just makes me feel like I've been transported to sunny LA, even as I sit here typing and freezing in the middle of a wet and windy Connecticut fall day! This theme includes lots of little tropical touches, with the option of adding pink silk robes and slippers to your package for an ultra-luxe spa feel.
I'll be introducing several new themes over the next few months, including a very special one at the end of November that I think will be perfect for the upcoming season :). And I'm ALWAYS open to suggestions for themes, so if you have one that you'd love to see then please get in touch and let me know!
Thanks for following along, and I can't wait to put together a slumber party for you in the near future!
Have a great week,
Since launching my new sleepover party packages late last year I’ve had so much fun putting together some dreamy birthday celebrations. One of the best parts is seeing the reactions of the children when they walk in to see their bedroom or playroom transformed for the night – I wish I could bottle it up!
I don't know about you, but every April I look forward to seeing my Instagram feed fill up with hazy shots of people in the desert at Coachella, hanging out with their friends, listening to amazing bands and just soaking in the atmosphere. It is pure escapism, and who doesn't love all the outfits, the sunshine, the music and, of course, the flower crowns?!
Afternoon Tea: What comes first – the cream or the jam?
Afternoon tea is a very serious business in my home country of England. Often referred to as a ‘Cream Tea’, it’s a much-loved tradition amongst both young and old to sit down to a pot of hot tea and a scone served with jam and clotted cream. With the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle now just a few days away, homes and gardens across the UK are getting ready for the tea party of the year! I myself will be hosting a little celebration with friends here in Connecticut, and I’m so looking forward to styling my deck up with décor from my High Tea Party Box and serving everyone this traditional afternoon treat.