Tuesday, 17 December 2013

A Very Harry Potter Christmas

a harry potter christmas

Today's post is something a little different and perhaps the beginning of a new series here at e-elise etc. For a while now I've been thinking about creating a series where I share ideas for literary or movie themed evenings, with suggestions ranging from outfits to food plus lots of other crafts. This post is a little snippet of how those might look - please do let me know in the comments if you'd like to see some similar posts again in the future!

I know that at this festive time of year there is one particular well-loved series that a lot of people like to marathon (either the books or films) and that's the amazing Harry Potter. As you know I'm a big fan of the series myself, so much so that I have crafted many jewellery pieces inspired by this magical world. The following may sound like the contents of a post sponsored by HP, but really its just written out of love for the series - I promise!

Here's what you'll need for a cosy Harry Potter-themed night in this Christmas...

1. Decorate Your Space...
First up are the decorations, you can be as creative as you like here but I've found two really great ideas to share. This Golden Snitch Ornament from Tiny Apartment Crafts is a great idea and looks reasonably easy to make however you could always try making a simpler version using just a plain gold bauble, glitter and some card for the wings. My second decoration idea is to make some winged keys, like those found in The Philosopher's Stone. Just cut out your old-fashioned key shape from cardboard, paint and add wings created as shown in the Snitch tutorial!

I also recently came across an Etsy store called Frostbeard which sells handmade soy candles including this Harry Potter themed double pack with scents named Dumbledore's Office & Butterbeer - both perfect for burning whilst you work on your DIY decorations!

2. Make Some Snacks...
After all that crafting you'll need a magic-themed snack like these Chocolate Covered Pretzel Wands from The Hunger Extinguisher. There are tons of Harry Potter inspired recipes out there but these would be the perfect accompaniment for the drink coming up next...

3. & A Hot Drink!
No Harry Potter themed evening would be complete without a delicious mug of Butterbeer. There are lots of DIY recipes out there for both hot and cold versions including this one from Delightful Delicacies and this one from Chica & Jo. Even if you're not a big fan of the versions available at the theme park/studio tour if you look around online you're sure to find a DIY recipe to suit your taste!

4. Get Cosy...
Now you've got your mug of Butterbeer and pretzel wands ready you'll want to snuggle up on the sofa ready for your book or film marathon. Why not pick yourself up a Harry Potter-themed blanket? - my favourite design has to be the Marauder's Map! Alternatively show some house pride with a themed sweatshirt or scarf.

5. Let The Marathon Commence!
Now you should be wrapped up warm in a blanket/scarf/sweatshirt, surrounded by handmade decorations and have tasty refreshments ready so it's time to grab your favourite Harry Potter book or DVD and enjoy your evening!
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