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Party Recap: Harry Potter Party

The last two years have been filled with all varieties of birthday celebrations as many of my friends, my husband, and I all turned 30. 30 is the first birthday after 21 that really calls for a celebration; the end of a decade and beginning of a new one. Some parties were low-key, others were giant parties. When my very good friend Lisa’s birthday approached last October, her husband Tim very slyly asked if he could host a surprise party for Lisa at my home. Lisa typically claims to hate surprises, but this seemed a good time to give her one; in addition to turning 30, she was pregnant with baby #2 and something special was in order.


Using Lisa’s birthday as a chance to host the first big party in my new home, I ran with the idea and planned a rather elaborate party. Lisa is a huge Harry Potter fan (I am too, let’s me accurate) and if the time was ever right to throw an adult Harry Potter party, Lisa’s birthday was it. I allowed myself to be drawn into numerous and elaborate ideas on Pinterest and slowly turned my home into part Hogwarts, part Burrow, part Diagon Alley.


The party invite was through Facebook, but I put together a themed digital invitation to let people know there was a theme.

HP-30th-InviteTo simplify food, Tim had the party catered so I didn’t have to worry about dinner, just snacks, beverages, and dessert. The desserts were themed and I created a candy bar to emulate Honeydukes. Dishes included Cauldron Cupcakes, Drooble’s Best Blowing Gum, Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans, Ton Tongue Toffees (which were actually caramels), Pumpkin Juice, and Gillywater (bottles of water).


HP-FoodSome of my favorite decorations included the owlery, made of balloons with owls drawn on them, the Chamber of Secrets bathroom, the Ministry of Magic bathroom, and the restricted section of the library.


DecorationsTim came through with this amazing banner from Etsy.


IMG_2390And I loved the little accents that added to the HP magic. There was a golden snitch, a sorting hat, and these little potion vials.


IMG_2382I also added some interactive elements, like house points, represented by red, blue, yellow, and green M&M’s, and a wanted poster photo prop like the Sirius Black poster in the films.



IMG_2388I have been saving my two favorite elements for last. My personal pièce de resistance were the handmade wands from Ollivanders. I found several wonderful DIYs for wand-making (my secret ambition should I ever learn that I am a witch and not a muggle). I will post DIY instructions in the future, but for now, know that every wand was unique and came with an individualized tag noting the wood, core, and length of the wand. Each guest was chosen by a wand and they served as party favors. It was such a fun activity and while it was time consuming, I loved making the wands!


IMG_2375Tim and Lisa also have a friend who makes beautiful custom cakes. She designed the most beautiful cake, complete with Gryffindor scarf, Potter glasses, and Lisa’s own (edible) Hogwarts acceptance letter. It was such a conversation piece, but also totally delicious!


IMG_2391I think it’s fair to say this party went over really well with the guests and with Lisa. People got very into the theme and I deemed the evening a success. I wish I had taken slightly better quality photos (rather than with my iPhone), but I’m glad to have pictures of so many details!




New Site


Well, just a little over a month since we created MPC Parties, we have a brand new website to celebrate. You guys, I am no web designer and I am the first to admit it. But I do feel pleased with my work, which admittedly was difficult for me. Little things (like getting a unique header on the MPC Parties page) nearly got the better of me, but I won in the end. So I’ll just give myself the tiniest of pats on my back. I now feel like we have a website that really reflects MPC as a brand and I am ready to market MPC Parties. If you live in the Philly/south Jersey region and you need help with a party, drop me a line! I am so excited to get planning! And I have so many great party ideas rolling around in my head, just itching to come to life! Next on the agenda — new business cards. Oh they will be pretty, just you wait!


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MPC Parties


Hello new readers! I say new because this is Mon Petit Chou’s first official blog post. We debated a blog for a long time, never fully committed to it. But here we are, taking up the gauntlet in preparation for our brand new venture.


If you know MPC already, then you know we love cards, invitations, and all things old school paper. An out-dated art, you may be thinking. But that’s part of the appeal for us. We see stationery and other paper craft as art and we know there are those of you out there who agree. We plan to keep designing cards and doing custom invitations (new custom work coming to the portfolio soon!), but we (mostly Erin) have been jonesing for something more. Something I can throw myself into creatively, but that is in keeping with the MPC brand.


So I decided to go for it. Heather was nothing but supportive.


Mon Petit Chou is launching an party planning division. Birthdays, showers, holidays, just because. You name it and I want to help! Now if you’re thinking “Sweet! Maybe this Erin person can help me plan my wedding!”, yeah maybe I could. But that’s not quite what I’m looking to do. Wedding planning is its own complicated industry and there are so many incredible event planners out there who do a spectacular job at weddings. Don’t get me wrong, I dig weddings and have done some mean wedding planning in my life, but I’m interested in slightly less formal events.


You know all those parties you see on Pinterest and think “That looks amazing, but who would ever take the time to do that?!” I want to help you throw those parties. I can be involved with everything from invites to selecting a theme to sourcing and ordering supplies to food to set-up. Sounds like a lot, I know. But planning parties can be stressful and sometimes you just need another person to help pull them off. I want to do that for you so you can actually enjoy yourself!


In the coming days weeks, you will start seeing changes to the MPC site. For example, adding a page all about MPC Parties. In the meantime, I will be here blogging, sharing parties I’ve planned, offering DIY ideas, and sharing our progress. For now I am just looking for parties in the south Jersey, Philadelphia, Delware region. I’m willing to travel, but I need to get off the ground first. If you’re throwing a party and want some help or know someone who does, send me an email.


If I’ve caught your interest and you’re ready to hear more, stay tuned!


By the way, today was Bastille Day. What a sweet Bastille Day party I could throw — blaring La Marseillaise, everyone wearing red caps, delightful cheese platters. Sounds divine, doesn’t it?



1. Veuve Clicquot Champagne 2. Red, White, & Blue Cotton Bunting 3. French Flag Berry Tart 4. Cockade Rosette Pin 5. Brie 6. Red Ticking Napkins