Having a Harry Potter party? Your guests will FLIP when they see this Harry Potter party favor trolley. It’s packed full of Harry Potter party favors and has everything from Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans to golden egg bath bombs. Invite your wizards to choose some treats to take with them on the Hogwarts Express!
My daughter Kayla and I started reading the Harry Potter series over Christmas break. It started as a way to bond and for me to push my motherly agenda of giving her a love of reading. Fast forward a few months and it’s a full blown obsession! Here is what went into my Harry Potter party favor trolley:
- Sacks of gold galleons from Gringott’s bank
- Bertie Bott’s every flavor beans (minus the vomit flavor, thank you.)
- Chocolate golden snitches
- DIY wand kits
- Harry’s glasses – I created a file to make cutout versions!
- Felix Felicis (liquid luck) potion
- Polyjuice potion
- Golden egg bath bombs (they even have gillyweed hidden inside!)
- Choose your own owl
If you’re thinking wow, that’s a lot then you’d be correct. Some of these things are quite easy, others are a labor of love. Choose the ones that speak to you and make a DIY Harry Potter party favor trolley your own.
I created DIY wand kits using dowels, wood findings and paint. I used dowels and had them cut to 12″ lengths at my local home improvement store. Just ask anyone in the lumber department! I gave them a quick sanding with some sand paper and purchased these wood finials to fit on the ends.
I added a custom label to the paint so it read as “wand finish” and offered up a few different colors. You can use this project as a party activity if you’re looking for those or let them take it to go. I love that these are inexpensive, handmade and feel more special than the cheap plastic ones you can buy in bulk.
Next I got to work on Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans. This was the first time I purchased a printable file from someone (here on Etsy) and even though I did that, let the record show that these boxes are a pain in the butt to put together. HOWEVER, they look amazing when they are done and kids go NUTS when they see them. It really helps to have a scoring board and a good craft knife when you’re doing a project like this.
For the sacks of gold galleons, I purchased small drawstring bags and used my cutting machine to cut out iron on vinyl with the Gringott’s logo. I simply filled the sacks with gold foil covered chocolate coins and that was that. If you’re out of the holiday season, finding chocolate coins in stores can be a little tough but these chocolate coins worked perfectly.
One of my favorite things on the Harry Potter party favor trolley are these golden egg bath bombs. If you’ve never been granted access to the prefects’ bathroom, here’s your chance! They’re a metallic gold egg with a fizzy bath bomb inside that releases a bit of gillyweed into the bath at the end. Just in case you need to dive into a lake and save your BFF. Here’s the full tutorial on how to make my Harry Potter golden egg bath bombs.
On the bottom of the trolley (okay, it’s a bar cart, but we’re talking Harry Potter here!) I ordered these vintage wax bottle candies to serve as polyjuice potion and Felix Felicis or good luck potion. You need a decent size bag to pick out the yellow and green ones from. The two pound bag was perfect for this. If you have a lot of space to fill with your party spread you can certainly come up with other potions to align with the remaining colors in your bag.
One of Kayla’s favorite features on this cart was the mini owlery. I mean, I’d love to have an owlery minus the poop factor. Here you’ve just got a bunch of cuddly cute plush owls for your party guests to choose from. I found affordable baby Hedwigs, a nice larger size Hedwig, a small horned owl and another horned owl. You can reserve the larger Hedwig for the birthday child if you’re celebrating a birthday.
Next I made my own cut file to create Harry Potter glasses from black cardstock. If you have a cutting machine you can make these in just a few minutes. If you don’t you can also use my file as a template for a stencil and cut your own out with scissors. You can grab my cut file and see the full tutorial for my Harry Potter glasses here. Or you can always just order these cute plastic glasses frames if that makes more sense for you.
Last but definitely not least were these chocolate Golden Snitches. There is a fantastic printable available here which I used for the wings. However, not wanting mine to be Fererro Rocher brand sitckered, I simply tossed the brand stickers and used a little glue spot to attach the wings. I love glue spots and constantly use them for projects so it’s nice to have them on hand. Using a glue spot also means that the wings can bend and flex a bit more and stay stuck right where you want them.