Amanda’s “Always” Bridal Shower

My sister-in-law has been a huge fan of Harry Potter for as long as I have known her.  She kind of grew up with him, reading the first book when she was the same age as Harry himself.  In fact, her fiancé knows she loves it so much that he took her on a surprise trip to Harry Potter world at Universal immediately after he proposed to her back in January 2015.

So anyway, it seemed only fitting that her bridal shower should be Harry Potter themed.  I still wanted it to be elegant though.  Our friend Suzanne is an awesome baker and cake decorator extraordinaire, and she offered to make the cake.  After sending me a few designs, we went with a cake design centered around Snape’s “Always” quote about his love for Lily Potter.  And it took off from there – the rest of the shower would be themed that way as well.

 

I chose white, gray, and gold as the colors.  And I ordered some M&Ms in those colors to make cute little potion jar looking favors.

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Got some clear balloons with gold stars to decorate.  I wrapped some books in gold wrapping paper and wrote the names of various magic classes from the books on them.  Combined, these items made the table centerpieces.

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We put up a silver string of flag pendants with which we spelled out “Amanda & Nick” and “Always”.  I didn’t get a photo of that.

And I decorated a large teacup with the “Always” doe in “tea leaves”, kinda like the Grim from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.  Amanda got to take this with her.

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We held the party outside under a tent on the driveway.  It was originally supposed to rain, but we avoided that.  However it was extremely windy and we had to occasionally grab tent posts to hold it down and prevent it from blowing away.  :/

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Food wise, we made three different hot sliders: (1) turkey, cheese, bacon, & ranch, (2), roast beef, cheese, mustard-based sauce, and (3) pepperoni pizza sandwiches.  I took this picture at the end of the party, when much of the food had been eaten, heh.

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We also made pomegranate brie crostini, and some “chocolate wands” (chocolate covered pretzel sticks), complete with lightning bolt Harry Potter sprinkles 🙂

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And in addition to some traditional non-alcoholic choices, we prepared a few adult “potions” – Felix Felicis (#7 in that list) and Amortentia (#8 in the list).  Both were good, and quite different.  Maybe it was the particular ginger beer we bought, but the felix had a bit of a spicy bite to it.  Here is a shot of the Amortentia.  I had to substitute Grand Marnier for the Aperol in the recipe, as multiple liquor stores did not carry it.

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And last but not least, the cake!  Suzanne did an amazing job, and it tasted just as good as it looked!  Inside it was lemon cake with blueberry filling, and she made a fancier, lighter version of buttercream icing to use under the fondant.

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All in all, I think the shower was a success, despite the windy weather trying to cast “Wingardium leviosa” on our tent!  Here are a few shots of the lovely bride-to-be!

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Here she is with her mom and I.

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For those who don’t know, Amanda is getting married in mid-July on an Alaskan cruise.  We are so excited – counting down the days!  In the meanwhile, off to plan the on-board Bachelorette Party!

 

6 comments for “Amanda’s “Always” Bridal Shower

  1. June 7, 2016 at 9:34 am

    LOVE the HP theme! Everything turned out so great!!

     
    • June 7, 2016 at 11:14 am

      Thanks 🙂 It was fun to host for sure!

       
      • Aunt Patty
        June 8, 2016 at 11:12 pm

        You did a great job Jennifer! Your sister in law is a lucky girl! Are you all going on Alaskan cruise? That sounds like fun! Best wishes to bride and groom!

         
        • June 9, 2016 at 8:51 am

          Yes, we are going – Mom & Dad are gonna stay with Lincoln 🙂

           
          • Aunt Patty
            June 9, 2016 at 7:45 pm

            Lucky lucky you and Jesse! Let us know how it goes and send pics! Enjoy and best wishes and congrats to everyone!
            With love
            Aunt Patty

             
          • June 13, 2016 at 8:46 am

            Thanks, we will! And yes – we are super lucky to have such awesome family 🙂

             

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