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#1 Majeix

Posted 07 May 2012 - 11:59 AM

This weekend we are having a witch and wizard party for my 8 year old daughter.

The party will be 1.30-3.30 and I was thinking of serving normal sort of party food that doesn't take much effort. So some fruit platters, sausage rolls, pies, chips etc. and then a few special things such as eyeballs or broomsticks or something in theme. However, I am assuming most people will have lunch before htey come (although school lunch starts at 1.30 so maybe I shouldn't) considering that should I be thinking of afternoon teas food's instead?

Decorating a hall. The hall we are using is quite big, I've seen photos and hope to go and have a look but that might not be possible. We do have a little money to spend on decorations but with a huge hall I am wondering if it's best just to stick up some streamers and balloons and move on. I will have a few spiders around a couple of floaty ghost things you put a balloon in but I think trying to decorate the whole place other then a few streamers and balloons would be difficult and very expensive.
I figureed I would do up another table with some decorations as well as the party tables. We have some helium in a tank and would do some helium balloon centerpieces for the table but we don't know how much is left. I don't really wan't to spend a fortune on decorations but I don't want it too look too bare at all. Anyone with any experience at decorating a hall? Miss 8 and I could also make a few handmade decorations (nothing specail) and we have a few toys like some dragons and a three headed dog we could put around as well. I just can't see it being enough for a hall... Oh I have a bunch of cardboard stars we could blue tack up, aparently their is not problem putting things up on the walls.

Games. I'll get some spooky music for the games and miss 8 and I were thinking of Pass the parcel
Muscial Chairs, maybe a Treasure hunt? Any suggestions for treasure?
Any other game suggestions?

I was thinking of making my own pin the glasses on the potter game or something but I can't seem to get my hands on a cheap harry potter poster in time (plus any spare time should really be spent on uni work). There is a pin the tail on the cat game at our local party store that isn't too badly priced I could get that.

I was playing around with the idea of letting the kids do potion making (mixing a few differnt liquid drinks and some gummy worms of something together) but I think I may have moved on as cool as that would be.

Hmm any other advice? Things I am not thinking of?

#2 Riotproof

Posted 07 May 2012 - 12:06 PM

I think your time frame does suggest lunch, so make sure you've got a few substantial nibbles to offer.
Sausage rolls and the like should be fine, I think.

Otherwise, I think it sounds good, though, what kind of cake are you having?

#3 Autumnal

Posted 07 May 2012 - 12:08 PM

Jelly with "worms" (snakes)

#4 paddyboo

Posted 07 May 2012 - 12:14 PM

one of the Donna Hay Kids issues has a witch/wizard party in it, had some great recipes. I can have a loook for you tonight if you'd like (pm me). I would think lunch at that time. I would suggest setting up a food table in a corner of the room and decorate the corner, then have some tables/chairs set up to eat at. That way you don;t spend a fortune on decorations but you get the effect in a small space.

#5 Majeix

Posted 07 May 2012 - 12:31 PM

QUOTE (Riotproof @ 07/05/2012, 12:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think your time frame does suggest lunch, so make sure you've got a few substantial nibbles to offer.
Sausage rolls and the like should be fine, I think.

Otherwise, I think it sounds good, though, what kind of cake are you having?

In terms of lunch though I figured you normally didn't eat for awhile at a party so I probably wouldn't be feeding them till the second hour? I'm happy to do it the other way round though if necessay.  original.gif

I think we will do cupcakes either spiders or owls or a combination of both. Neither are two hard and we always make some kind of novelty cake/cupcakes for the birthday's so I am confident in those. Don't get me wrong it's always a disaster but a fun one and they turn out looking okay. My favourite was the year we did Daleks I loved those.  wink.gif
Spiders one of the first two images.


Owl cupcakes probably soemthing like this we have done owls before and they were so simple


#6 Majeix

Posted 07 May 2012 - 12:32 PM

QUOTE (Autumnal @ 07/05/2012, 12:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Jelly with "worms" (snakes)

Oh of course I always do rainbow jelly's for picnics etc they were on my list orginally they must have got lost though. Thank you.

#7 Majeix

Posted 07 May 2012 - 12:34 PM

QUOTE (♥~patricksmum~♥ @ 07/05/2012, 12:14 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
one of the Donna Hay Kids issues has a witch/wizard party in it, had some great recipes. I can have a loook for you tonight if you'd like (pm me). I would think lunch at that time. I would suggest setting up a food table in a corner of the room and decorate the corner, then have some tables/chairs set up to eat at. That way you don;t spend a fortune on decorations but you get the effect in a small space.

I have a few extra decorations for the wall taht I will focus most of them there. There are lots of tressel tables we can use so I was going to do up an extra one wit hte some black starry material and put some candles (unlit) and maybe some goblets I have some plastic ones I''m going to see if we can decorate them if not I'll dig out something else. Maybe an owl or two on the table. Thanks for that. The recipes would be great I will pm you.

#8 Majeix

Posted 07 May 2012 - 12:38 PM

Okay so people are thinking lunch at that time that was waht I was originally thinking and then I thought well most likely we wouldnt'eat till the second hour after games. Should I just reverse that do you think and have party food in the first hour and then games? lol sorry for all the silly questions we normally just go somewhere like the science museum for partys or have a picnic and my brain is too full of essay to work properly.  wink.gif

#9 Majeix

Posted 09 May 2012 - 10:15 AM

QUOTE (♥~patricksmum~♥ @ 07/05/2012, 12:14 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
one of the Donna Hay Kids issues has a witch/wizard party in it, had some great recipes. I can have a loook for you tonight if you'd like (pm me). I would think lunch at that time. I would suggest setting up a food table in a corner of the room and decorate the corner, then have some tables/chairs set up to eat at. That way you don;t spend a fortune on decorations but you get the effect in a small space.

Bumping this. Patrick's Mum I don't seem able to pm you have tried a few times now.

#10 HRH Countrymel

Posted 09 May 2012 - 10:24 AM

I had a Halloween Party when I was a little girl - a few of the things I remember as being terribly good fun were: Broomstick races, Apple bobbing and 'the cauldron'!

Mum had a glorious old iron pot that looked just like a witches cauldron should - we mixed up a spell in it (Mum had written up a 'spell book') with various lollies that had been put into jars and boxes labelled "eye of newt", "tongue of frog" etc and all took turns stirring and chanting our way around the cauldron.

The guests took a 'spell box' (a milk carton gift basket decorated with bats and spiderweb cutouts) full of the cauldron contents home after the party.

#11 Chelli

Posted 09 May 2012 - 10:26 AM

In term of decorating ideas, try a $2 shop or Spotlight fake cobwebs and spiders and Halloween type decorations.

For party food, perhaps you could set up an area that is a "spooky" lolly shop with jars of things such as gummy worms, jelly babies, snakes, cauldrons of squished toads (green cordial), bat's blood (red cordial), etc.

I love doing parties! Have a great time original.gif

#12 BeYOUtiful

Posted 09 May 2012 - 11:03 AM

I would use your helium and fill as many black balloons as you have/can afford and let them float to the ceiling for affect.  Hang black lanterns with paper cut outs of spooky creatures on them.

I like Chellis idea of cobwebs/spiders - placed on the tables so you don't need as much.  Halloween decs should be cheap at the moment.
I would cover the tables with black material, cheap at spotlight, then place the white cobwebs/black spiders on the centre of tables - or on food tables only to minimise cost.

A photo booth is popular too.  You could make one with a string type clothesline and black material or cardboard.  Have rubber snakes and spiders, black witch hat for props and a family member to take pics.

Your food ideas sound good.  I would serve it within 1/2 hr of party starting.

Some ideas http://pinterest.com/search/?q=witch+party

Edited by ~Jane05~, 09 May 2012 - 11:16 AM.

#13 peking homunculus

Posted 09 May 2012 - 11:12 AM

Good food ideas here:


The witches fingers look fun


#14 Majeix

Posted 09 May 2012 - 12:06 PM

Great links love it thank you. So many cool ideas. I love the fingers but I worry about the nuts (although i don't know of any specific allergies) been trying to think of something else to use for the finger nails.

There isn’t much in the local shops halloween wise yet unfortunately so we planned to head down to Melbourne to have a look but we were all sick last weekend and ít's not really doable during the week. So it looks like we will need to make do with what we can find. I have a had a bit of a look online and am still debating about a few things.(could pay express post)

Colour Scheme is Black/blue/silver as they are daughter’s favourite colours.

I will be taking some extra costume stuff/witches hats as I wrote costumes optional…
Dh, myself, and a friend of mine will be dressing up too and DD is going to wear a harry potter cloak (probably over a more sparkly wizard robe but oh well lol and her beautiful witches costume is being ignored lol. My aunt makes costumes for kids plays at her school and we inherit a few bits and pieces which is great) The two year old is going as a dragon.

I was desperate for a cauldron but mostly I could only find little ones for trick or treating and even they were all online. The biggest I could find was this and given I was thinking of a punch bowl I figured it was too small. Could still get it though.

Have a heap of streamers in black/grey.
Blue. Silver and black balloons
A few spiders things
A black cat
Some black silver spider web material
Some giant web things that go on the wall (looks a little like shoelaces lol)
I think I am going to make some ghosts tonight.
Lots and lots of stars I was reading harry potter and thinking of the stars in the Hogwarts ceiling. We can’t do the ceiling but we could do the walls and stuff.

We also own some dragons, a giant snake and a 3 headed dog lol so I’m going to take them and see if we can put them out without them looking silly.

For games so far we are thinking of :

Either traditional Pass the parcel to creepy music/or possibly pass the eyeball (you cook and shell and egg and then the kids pass it round until only one left.

Wrap the mummy (teams of 3 toilet paper round and round one of the members)

Apple bobbing

Looking at making some kind of pin the wart on the witch/pun the tail on the cat/pin the bone on the skeleton game.

Musical chairs?

Love the idea of the photo booth-will think about that.

There are also suggestions for a monster dance freeze game, a touch the creepy/gooey objects game and various other things that I have found.

We are considering a treasure hunt, even got some very dodgy rhyming clues lol that I put together earlier instead of doing my uni work,  but I am struggling with the logistics of 20+ kids in a hall (no outdoor space). Would we give them clues and make it a scavenger hunt and they have to bring back the answers? Would they collect the next clue? Do it groups and if so of how many?

This afternoon if the little one ever wakes I plan to head off to get some things for creepy jars and stuff.

Edited by Majeix, 09 May 2012 - 12:07 PM.

#15 Majeix

Posted 09 May 2012 - 12:19 PM

2 hour party. How long do games normaly last obviously I can have a few extras and if we run short of time we don't play them but how many would you plan for?

#16 Majeix

Posted 09 May 2012 - 12:22 PM

My favourite are these.  biggrin.gif


#17 Majeix

Posted 09 May 2012 - 12:24 PM

I was going to make jelly in plastic cup with a sour worm on top but now I am debating about doing these.


#18 Julie3Girls

Posted 10 May 2012 - 12:09 PM

1:30 - 3:30 ... I personally would have fed my girls already. They are used to early lunch (our school is lunch at 11, afternoon recess at 1:30).  So if I was doing the party, I'd do food in the second hour.

2hr party - you probably won't need a lot of games.  Have some music on when the kids start arriving. have some loose balloons on the floor, and the extra hats/costumes etc, in a cleared area, so they can dance around and play with the dressups while people are still arriving.
Once everyone arrives, pass the parcel is nice easier one to get them into the party. Then the mummy wrapping one (8yr DD2 did this at party last weekend and LOVED it). Maybe a 3rd games depending on time.
Then food.

After a bit of eating, and cake, I would seriously just wait and see. If the kids are happy just playing and running amok, let them. But have a couple of game as back up just in case they are seeming restless or getting too rowdy.

Oh, good alternative to musical chairs is musical cushions. Easier to get hold of than chairs, and not as many injuries when a couple of kids try to get onto the same chair/cushion.

#19 currymama

Posted 29 May 2012 - 11:20 AM

I saw a witch at my niece's birthday party recently. She was fantastic! She arrived with a second entertainer dressed as Harry Potter. All the kids actually believed it was Harry Potter! They did all sorts of games and related everything to Hogwarts, and Ron's smelly socks etc. I think it was quite reasonable too. $300 for both entertainers. And she said it was only $200 if she had just had one. The company is called Stardust Kids. I'm going to use them for my kids!

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