Ever since Sebastian was in the first grade we would have a Harry Potter day every summer. Usually on July 31, Harry's (and J.K. Rowling's) birthday. It started as a little impromptu party I threw together after he came home from school on the day of Harry's birthday. I put his Harry books and toys around the table and we watched the movie (Sorcerer's Stone) while we had snacks and cupcakes.
Each year it grew and grew and by the time he reached the 4th grade he would plan this huge event and start making all sorts of props and goodies for this one day. It's become our yearly tradition. As he got older I wondered if he would still be interested in doing this (it's always just the 2 of us). I figured he would out grow Harry and wouldn't want to spend a whole day hanging out with his mom. But it's something he still looks forward to. He loves to create stuff and for one whole day I let him take over most of the house which he turns into the wizarding world of Harry Potter.
This year he wanted to do a Burrow theme in honor of the Weasley's crazy and cozy home. It's easy to do in our house which isn't too far off from the Burrow with all out creative gear all over the place. When I got up one morning last week Sebastian had already taken over the mantle. Over the years he's made all sorts of fun props like these window panes and the stacks of books. And just like me he loves fonts and he likes creating all sorts of little notes and wizardy looking pages.
This year we also decided to start our Harry Potter day with a proper English breakfast so we went to a local English pub (same one we went to for the meet and greet with Amy Bruni from Ghost Hunters). It's in an old brick building with lots of frosted and stained glass windows. This area reminded me of the greenhouse from the Chamber of Secrets.
And what else would you have for breakfast at an English pub but bangers and mash of course. Yes the bangers were huge!! It was all very good and we pretended we were at the Leaky Cauldron preparing to pick up school supplies at Diagon Alley. Afterwards we stopped by our favorite used bookstore where I found a couple of vintage childrens books and a perfect book with lots of vintage photos from Paris.
It wasn't quite Flourish and Blotts but we did run into Mr. Potter himself!
In the afternoon we had tea back at home. Having a tea party with a boy is much sillier and a lot less frilly as you can imagine. We threw lots of silly things on the table and it did feel very much like the Burrow.
We had lemon meringue pie, raspberry sorbet and fresh plums with our tea.
What would back to school be without a new set of spellbooks? Sebastian made these fun pages which are actually a crossword puzzle inside. He made quills by tying a pencil to a black feather. Years ago I made a silly tea cozy that's suppose to look like the one from the the Burrow. It has lots of different patches in all sorts of patterns and colors.
When all the tea was gone it was time to make the tea cozy into a silly hat!