In case you hadn’t already guessed by this obviously Potter inspired blog that you are currently reading…
I’m a huge Harry Potter fan! I love all things Harry Potter and so do the majority of my friends. So I thought, seeing as the weather had been absolutely amazing, why not have a Potter inspired event. My friend Isobel and I had been contemplating this for years and a couple of weeks ago, we put our plan into action.
First of all, we sent out these invitations via ‘Virtual Owl Post’:
We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted to the Hogwarts Picnic Extravaganza.
The Extravaganza will be held on Saturday 11th June 2016 (in 3 days time) beginning at 1pm.
You will have the opportunity to take part in a grand feast of Hogwarts finest house elf made food and enjoy an afternoon of fun with friends.
If you accept this invitation then you are to report to Platform 9 3/4 at 1pm
(Muggle Address: [My Address] )
Jodie [Surname] and Isobel [Surname]
Chief Assistants to Minerva McGonagall
We then realised that inviting people meant that there was an actual commitment to the cause… so we had to start planning the picnic itself.
Let me tell you, finding Harry Potter themed food is not easy!
However, somehow we managed it! (Yes I am as proud as I sound).
Our Menu consisted of; Pumpkin Pasties, Hagrid’s Rock Cakes, various crisps, sweets (including Sherbet lemons and Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans), cupcakes (courtesy of our friend Ella), (brownies courtesy of our friend Jade), and of course Butterbeer!
As well as all the copious amounts of food, I also decorated my house with various different handwritten signs, Potter merchandise and of course fairy lights because nothing is complete without fairy lights.
Here are some photos of the decorations and food, in case you’re curious.
After deciding all of these things I realised… I am not the most entertaining of people. So I had to think of something for us all to do.
I decided, what better way to entertain my Potter-obsessed friends than to allow them to show off the extensive, and admittedly rather excessive, knowledge of the Wizarding World. I made sure that, before arriving, everyone had taken the Pottermore test. This was because we decided to have an inter-house trivia challenge.
So, with, 3 Gryffindors, 2 Hufflepuffs, 2 Slytherins and 1 Ravenclaw, we proceeded. It was an intense and brutal battle, I’ll be honest friendships were tested throughout this gruelling contest. But after literally 2 hours of quiz questions, the result was as follows:
1st Place: Hufflepuff
2nd Place: Ravenclaw
3rd Place: Gryffindor
4th Place: Slytherin
As you can see, our Hufflepuffs were extremely proud of the result.
So after an afternoon of stuffing our faces and nearly ruining friendships over quiz questions, I can honestly say it was one of the most brilliant times I have ever had. I had been so so nervous about hosting this get-together but I am extremely glad that I did. Although, there is absolutely no way I would have done it without all the help from my friends, particularly Isobel’s contribution of food and Butterbeer making skills which were extremely helpful. Also, Ella brought her Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit, without which we would not have been able to engage in an epic battle of knowledge.
Thank you for reading, comment below what house you’re in and whether you would consider doing something like this. Even if it wouldn’t necessarily be Harry Potter themed, I’d still love to here it!
Being a teen on a budget I find that having a good time with my friends that doesn’t leave us with empty pockets is incredibly difficult!
So we have found that one of the best ways to have fun without paying a single penny is to have a mock photo shoot ourselves.
This is brilliant in the summer because it means that you get to go outside and enjoy the weather as well as capture great memories. So if you’re stuck for things to do this summer then get outside with a group of friends and take pictures!
You don’t even need a proper camera, a phone will do and there are hundreds of app to help you edit and take photos.
Here are some of my favourite pictures of me and my friends. Although they are mostly of me because I didn’t want to put them on here without the permission of my friends.
Thanks for reading!!!
Comment any ideas you have for having fun on a budget, I’m sure everyone would love to hear about them.