My first friend, S, – literally, my first friend, our mothers were pregnant together and she’s eight days older than me – has a son about 11 months younger than Zee. When she told me she was pregnant, I immediately offered to host her baby shower. We were still living in Virginia when she got married and I was so sad when I missed all the festivities that time around.
S and her husband, C, are both HUGE Potterheads. Their wedding invitation was a Marauder’s Map and their wedding reception was Hogwarts themed. Clearly, a Harry Potter themed baby shower was a no-brainer. The new grandma and great-aunt heartily agreed.
First things first, the invitations. Clearly it needed to be a Marauder’s Map. I chose this invitation from Etsy and had it printed at Quartet Digital Printing in Evanston, who I highly recommend. Super efficient and cost effective. Unfortunately, the invitation is no longer available from the shop (https://www.etsy.com/shop/SillyLoveSongCustoms), but I’m sure if you contacted the seller she’d be happy to help you out. Or you can search for a Marauder’s Map themed invitation on Etsy like I did: https://www.etsy.com/search?q=marauder%27s%20map%20invitation . Isn’t living in the future grand? At least for throwing themed parties.
The finishing touch for the invitations was sealing wax. I am well aware that this is a super “extra” step, but I was furloughed and I will admit I am extra. I’ve loved sealing wax since I was a child. I ordered a Wax Seal Stamp, Silver Brass Head with Wooden Handle, Regal Letter S and Hestya 230 Pieces Octagon Sealing Wax Beads Sticks with 2 Pieces Tea Candles and 1 Piece Wax Melting Spoon for Wax Stamp Sealing (Bronze). I was impressed by the quality of the stamp – it’s nice and heavy with clear engraving. The wax was easy to use, even if I felt super awkward melting a substance in a spoon over a candle at my dining room table for a couple hours. I recommend using one piece of wax for each stamp to minimize your postage costs.
The next step was decor. No baby shower is complete without diaper cakes. They make great centerpieces and they are so useful for starting a diaper stash. We received two at our baby shower, which was amazing. We didn’t have to worry about diapers for nearly two months.
I didn’t want to do the usual rolled diaper cake. Not only is that too much work for the Lazy Knitter, it’s annoying as a new parent to have to unroll each and every diaper. And then what do you do with the hundreds of little rubber bands? I found this tutorial: http://thebeansproutnotes.blogspot.com/2012/02/no-roll-diaper-cake-tutorial.html. I bought different brands of diapers in sizes 1-4 (hint: Pampers diapers look best in diaper cakes), used whatever round pans we had available for shaping, and secured the diapers with Extra Large Rubber Bands – Set of 15. I cut out rounds of cardboard to support the cakes and then displayed them on cake stands and a gold charger. I used two-inch thick ribbons in Gryffindor and Ravenclaw colors (Double Face Satin Ribbon 20 Yards for Party Wedding Home Decoration Handmade Craft (2″ Wide, 690 Old Gold), Double Face Satin Ribbon 20 Yards for Party Wedding Home Decoration Handmade Craft (2″ Wide, 275 Wine Red), Double Face Satin Ribbon 20 Yards for Party Wedding Home Decoration Handmade Craft (2″ Wide, 370 Navy)) and scotch tape to further decorate and secure the diaper cakes.
I bought Harry Potter Birthday Dinner Plates, Dessert Plate, Cups, & Napkins to continue with the theme. The castle backdrop was a loan from my wonderful aunt (she of Zee’s dragon birthday party fame).
The new grandma came up with a “bring socks for Dobby” secondary theme and obtained a guest book, sorting hat, name tags, Dobby figurine, and Harry Potter themed giveaways for game winners.
The food wasn’t entirely thematic, other than dipped pretzel wands and Butterbeer punch. I do not recommend the Butterbeer recipe Mr. Lazy Knitter used because I found it way too sweet. I really liked the frozen Butterbeer we had at Universal Studios a few years ago, which I think will overshadow any and all homemade Butterbeer recipes.
Unfortunately, I forgot to take photos of the goodie bags. I packed Jelly Belly Harry Potter Chocolate Frogs and Jelly Belly Harry Potter Bertie Bott’s, 1.2-Ounce (Pack of 8) into gold mesh gift bags. I was very happy when I searched for “Harry Potter” and “kosher” and found these goodies! Both are OU certified kosher.
Finally, I knitted the new parents several Harry Potter themed gifts. I already mentioned the Ravenclaw blanket (https://thelazyknitter.com/2019/03/20/easy-yet-impressive-baby-blankets/) and Ravenclaw and Gryffindor hats (https://thelazyknitter.com/2019/01/24/baby-hats-part-i-the-obsession) in previous posts. I also made them a baby poncho in Gryffindor colors.
I started off intending to give them just the blanket, but then the furlough happened. So I knitted a hat. And then another hat. And then decided to try making a poncho as another layer over car seat straps, since the baby was due in January.