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Top Ten Tuesday – (Five) Things I’d Have at My Bookish Party

Created by and with thanks to That Artsy Reader! This Tuesday’s prompt has got me thinking of the perfect Harry Potter party…

1. Decorations
What party is complete without decorations–and how could I pass up the opportunity to a. use the mass of Potter paraphernalia I’ve collected over the decades and b. buy/make more? I’m talking House flags; sheets hanging over doorways, painted to look like Platform 9 3/4; candles dangling from the ceiling that we’re going to pretend are floating; MINISTRY OF MAGIC THIS WAY stickers on the toilet cistern; Aguamenti signs taped to the taps; and of course, Pop Funko and Potter books (real and fictional) stacked on every available surface…

2. Costumes
If I’m putting in this much effort with decorations, we’d all better decorate ourselves too, right? I’ve been Moaning Myrtle, Hermione Granger, and a generic Gryffindor student over various Halloweens, and I’ll take any excuse to carry a wand around and/or wear my Gryffindor robes and scarf. But it’d also be pretty bitchin to dress up as the one and only Professor McGonagall, or exceed all expectations and be a 4’10” woman dressed up as Hagrid the half-giant…

3. Games
Because it’s not just about the aesthetic; a good party needs a few icebreakers, things people can get involved in. I’ve got Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit, but honestly, that might get too heated (I get annoyed getting an answer wrong because they’re talking about the films, not the books–and I don’t even play with anyone else, just read the cards to myself). But there’s still Pin the Stinger on the Blast-Ended Skrewt, and beating down an Umbridge pinata–and if all else fails, I’m sure I can talk people into running around with brooms between their legs, ‘playing’ Quidditch…

4. Drinks
Because we’re gonna need some liquid luck (get it??) before ‘playing Quidditch’, no? Also because I worked as a bartender for seven years, and I still love making cocktails. We could drink Golden Snitches with champagne, orange juice, orange liqueur, and sugar rims; pour Blue Curacao into a goblet, mix it with vodka and lemonade, set the thing on fire, and have our own Goblets of Fire; do gin and tonics under a UV light, and surround them with dry ice to look like non-corporeal Patronuses; attempt to make Limoncello with Bitter Lemon for Dumbledore’s Lemon Drops, realise they’re too bitter, and rename them Snivellus Snapes…

5. Food
Well, we’ll need something to soak up all the themed alcohol. I’m no Hogwarts house elf, but I could stick paper wings onto Ferrero Rochers and call them Golden Snitches; and there was a Halloween where I made little witches hats from melted chocolate, strawberry laces, and Hershey’s kisses… And if all else fails, I can just put out a bunch of chocolate and Lemon Drops and call it at that, right?

Now that I’m good and mad that I won’t get to throw a Potter party anytime soon… What would your dream bookish party look like?

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