PLEASE DON’T TELL MY HUSBAND
I have a serious confession to make. I had an agreement with my husband (who helps me plan the ideas to write in this blog) that I will be writing and posting today about some other suppliers that we’d like to put a spotlight on.
I just came out last week from what I could say is one of the best parties Party Magic has EVER styled. I’m talking about the theme:
HARRY POTTER: THE BOY WHO LIVED
Party Magic by Michelle Lao’s interpretation of a Harry Potter Party. (Best event by Party Magic EVER?)
Just talking about it gives me them shivers. Imagine the possibilities!
What came out of the Party Magic team’s hard work was even more astounding (at least to myself). I am so smitten, I feel like the first time I tasted cotton candy again: on a cloudy sugar high.
And I think the best way to showcase our work is thru the creation of another supplier that I highly recommend, the video connoisseurs Lemon Three.
Click the image below to play video:
WHO IS NOT A HARRY POTTER FAN? JK ROWLING INVENTS TELEPORTATION
I think this is the right way to phrase that question. There are so many Harry Potter fans that it’s easier to find out who is not a fan rather than who is.
Unfortunately, I can’t count myself as a fan (until recently when I was prepping for this party).
Fortunately, my husband happens to be the Captain of the Gryffindor Quidditch team (or so he thinks in an alternate universe)! He became my “tour guide” into everything Harry Potter.
Once I did my research and read the books, I instantly understood why Harry Potter was so beloved. JK Rowling writes so darn well (pardon the language) that reading her books felt like you were inside Harry’s world, a fellow Gryffindor, sharing Harry’s struggles and rejoicing with his triumphs.
There is no need for scientists to invent teleportation, or time travel, because JK Rowling already did it.
THE CONCEPT: THE GREAT HALL OF HOGWARTS SCHOOL OF WITCHCRAFT AND WIZARDRY
My client, Christine, is totally bonkers over Harry Potter. I was just executing her vision actually, which was to recreate the Great Hall scene in Hogwarts.
Our work came out this way:
The characters were “cartoonized” to provide a lighter, more “kiddie”-like feel. Basti is Harry in this scene, who is still a baby wizard with a wisp of hair! See the lightning in his eyeglasses!
The idea was to recreate the front area of the great hall, where the sorting hat was and where the “presidential table” (with Dumbledore sitting) was. I thought it would be a good idea to also include this vintage shelf with all the various implements of a Witch or a Wizard:
Basti’s cake was a beauty. Per usual, Lovely Jiao of Sugarplum Pastries did it again:
The famous Hogwarts Sorting Hat. Which house do you belong to?
(while my husband is a Gryffindor, I’m a true blue nerdy Ravenclaw!)
HARRY POTTER THE VISUAL FANTASY: IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS
In no other party did I feel the need to beef up on the littlest of details more strongly than this one. You see while doing my research, I saw that I wasn’t the first to do a Harry Potter party. However, while the others relied on nifty, expensive special effects (LED wall), or large looming props, I thought that it would be a great to go back to the roots of styling: laser-focus attention to details.
Let me show you what I mean.
Platform 9 and 3/4 (entrance set-up)
When the guests arrive, they are greeted by this massive brick wall that says Platform 9 3/4 – the magically hidden train station bound for Hogwarts.
How do you recreate the magical way people pass through the brick wall? We made a sort of “curtain” from the brick wall where people can pass through. Voila!