I shared tons of pictures of all the fun things we did and ate at our Harry Potter party last weekend over at my ther blog All for the Boys. We like to have a fun celebration with our family and close family friends as well. As they’ve gotten older the boys cherish their family SO much, but they are just kids and when their school friends are around, they want to play with their school friends. This gives family a chance to see the birthday boy and him a chance to see them.

We went swimming and ate together and then of course the obligatory birthday cake! I just HAD to share the amazing job my Mother in Law did on this Harry Potter cake

Amazing right?! Here are a few more Lego, Paul Frank, Army, Scientist. She’s done a dirtbike and rabbit coming out of a hat as well but I don’t see those anywhere right now. I’ll have to find them and share them!


I have a Harry Potter party coming up VERY soon so all my crafting time is going towards that. Here’s a peek at what I was working on tonight (late as usual)

Also trying out the Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Brownie mix. I’m really not a fan of mixes, but I like to try some here and there for when we need a quick dessert. This at least has Ghiradelli cocoa in it (my fav) so we’ll see how it turns out.


The Birthday Boy was fully involved with his party and he was thinking / planning the games first.  He LOVES birthday games so his games were pretty important to him ;)

For the first game we prepared a head of time by finding 10 different Lego pieces that we knew had at least 10 of the same kind.  I snapped a photo of each piece, printed and cut out each one so each boy had 10 pictures of 10 different Lego pieces.  Basically whoever found all 10 correct pieces first won the game.

The next game was the tower build and whoever had the tallest tower in 5 minutes won.  It was a little hard because they would try to build fast and then their tower would fall over so they would have to start over again.

And the last game was the speed build.  I bought them each a small Lego set and whoever built the set correctly first won the game but they all won because they got a Lego set! (and I won because it was silent in the house for like 8 minutes while they were all concentrating on building their sets)

We also had the Clutch Powers Lego movie playing in the background that they’d watch here and there during cake and opening presents.  Then we went outside to get rid of some energy by playing football and with dart guns.  It was such a fun party for all of us!


Part 1 the invitation

Part 2 the decorations and cake


Decorations were SUPER simple and quick.  I don’t think 8 year old boys look much at the decorations but I wanted to put something up.  I was really watching my budget so didn’t want to spend a lot.  I made some paper Legos to hang from a light fixture, and a couple banners.  Actually the birthday boy made most of the banners which is why the string goes both in front and behind the triangles but no one noticed ;)

My mother in law made the super cute cake!  (My house is a dungeon and it’s always so hard for me to get colors correct with all the yucky artificial light)

Part 3 the games coming tomorrow!

Part 1 the invitation

Part 3 the games


I was inspired by an invitation I saw here , but I really wanted to create something myself.  Here’s what I came up with!  The images used are mine :)  The tri-folds were purchased at Michaels.


Click here to download the file to use for your own party!  Personal use only please.


Part 2 the decorations and cake

Part 3 the games

For more boys inspiration visit my other blog All for the Boys


PLEASE READ: If you do not have Photoshop you will not be able to edit the text in the .psd file, you will have to type in the info in another program (using the .jpg files) or print the blank invite and write it in by hand. There is a free program called gimp (do a google search) that will allow you to edit .psd files. Also remember that this is a zipped file so you will need to unzip it to use the files inside. How to unzip on a pc how to unzip on a mac