Earlier this year, I uploaded a Summer Bucket-List of 10 activities I wanted to achieve this summer, with Hosting A Dinner Party being one of the activities on the list. When I wrote the list, I already knew that I wanted to host a Dinner Party for Anna’s 21st Birthday but it was only nearer the time that we decided we wanted to make it Harry Potter themed.
The day before the Dinner Party, Grace and I went shopping together to buy the presents and to buy the food and drink for the Dinner Party. Present-wise, we had decided to create a Sunshine Box to give to Anna. A Sunshine Box is a decorated shoe-box filled with a variety of different items with one central theme: the colour yellow. I had previously gone onto Pinterest in order to get inspiration so we had an idea of what we were looking for when we went shopping but ultimately we decided to include: a jumper, a face-mask, a candle, socks, hand cream, body wash, m&ms, lemon sherberts, starburst and post-it notes.
On the day of the Dinner Party, I arrive at Grace’s house a few hours earlier than we had arranged for Anna to arrive, to help her finish decorating and to cook the food. Grace had already decorated the dining room inspired by Harry Potter, with photographs of the main cast on the walls as well as various Harry Potter memorandum. I think some of my personal favourite decorations were: the jelly beans made to look like Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans, Freddo chocolate bars made to look like Chocolate Frogs and a Niffler with gold chocolate coins, as seen in Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.
For the Dinner Party itself, we decided to do a three course meal, inspired by the Start of Term Feast. For the first course, we served breadsticks pushed into blocks of cheese to look like broomsticks, followed by a second course of chicken legs (Linda McCartney cocktail sausages for myself), roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings and steamed vegetables. For dessert, we decided on cupcakes with coloured icing inspired by the four Houses: red, yellow, blue and green.
Drinks-wise, we decided to create our own Polyjuice potion using Sprite, orange juice and blue and/or green food colouring. We also made our own Butterbeer using a recipe we found online, which tasted a lot better than anticipated but was also very sweet! The recipe asked for 2 tablespoons of sugar and butter mixed together over a low heat, 200ml of milk, 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence and a dash of cinnamon. Altogether, it tasted like a cinnamon latte without the coffee.
Following Dinner, after which we were comfortably full, we all curled up on the sofa to re-watch Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find them, ready for the new film being released later this year. During the film, we feasted on the chocolate frogs, the jelly beans and the chocolate frogs, thankfully none of which came to life or tasted anything other than sweet!
I had a really nice evening celebrating Anna’s 21st Birthday. Although 21 is considered the age of an adult, I think we all enjoyed celebrating our love of Harry Potter.
What theme would your dinner party have?