Planning a Harry Potter party on a budget



When it comes to throwing a Harry Potter party, you need to make sure you bring some magic to your living room. Not always easy when you’re on a budget. But here are a few cheap and simple things you can make at home…

This post was sponsored by North Point Shopping Centre.


We have well and truly been in party season recently. Christmas trees have been going up and coming down, people have been frantically ordering glitzy dresses in hopes they find the perfect one, Buck’s Fizz was flying off the shelves at an alarming rate (99.9% of which is probably my doing), New Year fireworks were going off and everybody’s diaries have been full of parties to attend.

So, naturally, I decided to throw my hat in the ring and plan a party of my very own.

A Harry Potter party, no less.

Though, as always after Christmas, the purse is a little lighter than normal and I can practically hear my debit card groaning at me every time I use it. So I’m getting crafty – in both senses of the word – and doing it on a budget.

Luckily for me, North Point Shopping Centre holds every shop I could need to get my supplies. From baking ingredients to an outfit for the night, from craft supplies to beer pong sets (would have been rude not to, right?), North Point Shopping Centre really do have it all under one roof.

After a pleasant stroll around a festive looking North Point and an afternoon of filling my baskets – with a couple of cheeky stops for a Gregg’s sausage roll and a Cooplands Christmas cake – I soon had everything I needed to get to work.

And here’s what I’m making (and how you can make it too!)…

Selfie corner

A selfie corner is a must at any party nowadays, and all you need for some homemade props is a bit of cardboard, a pair of scissors, an assortment of paint and some form of stick.

A trip to The Works sorted me right out (and some skewers from Poundland!), and all I need to do is cut out a few wizardly shapes, give them a lick of paint, and sellotape a stick to them for party-goers to hold on to.

And just like that, your guests can become a bearded wizard, pop the sorting hat on their head, or even become the main man himself.

Cardboard – Free! Just ask the shops for boxes they no longer need.
Multipack of paints – £4, The Works
Paintbrush set – £2, The Works
Wooden skewers – £1, Poundland

Liquid luck shots

When I stumbled across some adorable vials in The Works (for the bargain price of a quid, might I add), I knew just the thing to do with them – Felix Felicis shots.

Because what sort of host doesn’t provide their lovely guests with shots?

All I had to do was pop into Home Bargains for some mango shots, and voila! Magical shots for all.

Mini bottles – £1 for a pack of 6, The Works
Mango shots – £1.99 for a pack of 8, Home Bargains
Paintbrush set – £2, The Works

Pin the scar on Harry

A more magical take on the classic pin the tail on the donkey game that will frustrate your guests to no end and have them playing for hours.

Get your paints back out, find your creative streak, paint Harry Potter on to a large piece of cardboard, and have a separate scar cut out with blue tack on the back.

Make sure to blindfold whoever is playing whilst they try and place the scar in the correct place on Harry’s head, and sit back and watch your friends make tits of themselves!

Cardboard – Free! Just ask the shops for boxes they no longer need.
Multipack of paints – £4, The Works
Paintbrush set – £2, The Works
Blindfold – Grab something from around the house. A scarf or a sleeping mask will do the trick!

Balloon owls

Another incredibly simple one you can do in a matter of minutes. Blow up some white balloons (I grabbed myself a multipack from Card Factory for just 99p!), grab a Sharpie, draw some eyes, a beak and feathers, and you’ve got yourself a cute little owl.

If you want to get extra creative, fill the balloons with helium and tie them to something weighted – a stone will do – and you’ll have floating owls throughout your house. Cute.

Keep one balloon spare though, it will come in handy…

Balloons – 99p for 6, Card Factory
Sharpie – £1, Poundland
String – £1 for a pack of 4, Poundland
Helium (if you want it!) – £19.99, Card Factory

Quidditch Pong

I’m a big lover of beer pong, but at a Harry Potter party, you simply can’t have just a standard beer pong table.

Instead you need to make some Quidditch goal posts out of wire coat hangers and foil, and get a mini beer pong set from The Works. Set them up, let guests know they have to bounce their balls through the hoops, and then watch them all fail miserably because it’s actually pretty difficult. Especially if already intoxicated.

Wire – £1, The Works (though I used my mum’s old wire coat hangers!)
Foil – £1.25, Iceland
Beer pong set – £1 for 6 cups and a ball, The Works

Voldemort Pinata

Have you always wanted to beat up Voldemort? Smash his face in? Great! This is where that last balloon comes in handy.

Grabbed a newspaper from the newsagents, buy a big bottle of PVA glue from Poundland, and get making a paper mache pinata filled with sweets from Home Bargains. Paint Voldemort’s face on to it, tie it up, and give your guests a hefty stick to whack him with.

Balloons – 99p for 6, Card Factory
PVA glue – £1, Poundland
Newspaper – 70p, Supernews
Multipack of paints – £4, The Works
Paintbrush set – £2, The Works
An assortment of sweets – Starting from 59p, Home Bargains

If you reeeally want to add some madical finishing touches to the party, there are a few final things you can do; get printing some Daily Prophet pages and Azkaban wanted posters for the walls, make some magical envelopes to hang from the ceiling to give the illusion they’re flying out of the fireplace, and paint some bricks onto a bedsheet for people to enter through. Sorted.

Finish off the party with some bargain treats and snacks from Iceland, Herons and Home Bargains and you’ve created the perfect Harry Potter party on a budget.

Just don’t think about how much you’ll have to tidy up the morning after…

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