My oldest child is turning 12 in a few weeks. It feels like only yesterday, he was born and now he is almost as tall as I am. Although I hate the idea of him getting older, I am loving the fact that we are starting to bond over the same things. Our newest shared experience is the Harry Potter series. He began by watching the first movie and was immediately hooked. After a bit of convincing, I challenged him to read the entire Harry Potter series (prior to watching the rest of the movies). Page one turned into chapter one and before I knew it he was done the first book. There were nights that I would find him in his bed, huddled with a book and flash light trying find out where Harry’s adventure took him next.
Now that he has officially read every Harry Potter book (and plays) and any spin off books written, he has decided that Harry Potter has be the theme of his next birthday party! Normally, I hate throwing birthday parties. I hate the planning and the creative process, but this one I’m really getting into. He wants his guests to arrive at the 9 3/4 platform, be sorted into their houses by the sorting hat, drink butter beer at dinner and experience a true Hogwarts grand feast! I thought it would be fun to share our creative process to help all the other Harry Potter fanatics celebrate their birthday in the same way!
The first step to any good birthday party is the invitations. My son was adamant that the best way to invite his friends to Hogwarts was through a formal school acceptance letter. Thanks to Pinterest and OneCreativeMommy I found the best wording for a Hogwarts (Birthday) admission letter! I added the Hogwarts crest and presto! I had a beautiful, well scripted invitation. When I printed it out on crisp white computer paper, my son was less than thrilled. They are suppose to travel by owl and look like an old scroll! Wanting to make his dreams come true, we took to old fashion tea staining to create an authentic looking letter.
How to Make an Antiqued Invitation
- Computer and printer
- Computer paper
- 4 tea bags
Step 1: Create your invitation. There are many printables available on the web (such as the one I adapted from OneCreativeMommy). Select your favourite one, update it with your details and your personality and print on computer paper.
Step 2: While creating your invitation, set a pot of water to boil. Once it bowls, pour into a shallow dish and add tea bags. Set aside to cool.
Step 3: Take your newly printed invitation and scrunch it into a ball. The more creases the better.
Step 4: Once the tea is cooled, remove the bags and discard. Gently lie your first invitation in to the shallow dish and set the timer for 5 minutes.
Step 5: Preheat the oven to 200 F.
Step 6: Carefully, remove the paper from the tea and place on a cookie sheet. Using your finger, gently rub the edges of the paper to create tiny rips and imperfections. Place in the oven for 5-7 minutes. When the corners of your paper start rolling up, your invitation is done.
Step 6: Set aside and allow to completely dry. Roll up the invitations and tie with a ribbon.
Since these invitations were being delivered to school, we were sad that we couldn’t use OneCreativeMommy‘s idea of attaching it to a white balloon decorated as a Post Owl.