You can't have a Harry Potter themed party without Harry Potter themed foods! The internet is full of ideas inspired by the foods mentioned in the books.
What I did
This was our menu for snacks at the party, our "feast" in the "Great Hall"
huffle puffs aka purchased cream puffs
pretzel wands aka pretzel rods
dragoned eggs aka deviled eggs
herbology tray aka veggie tray
We did some research several weeks earlier, testing out different butterbeer recipes. One recipe we made had sweetened condensed milk in it. It was very tasty, but it got gross after sitting out a few minutes. We wanted something that would hold up and this recipe was it.
2 liters cream soda
add butterscotch sauce (icecream topping) to taste
My dear mother in law made the pumpkin pasties. She made pie crusts and made mini semi circle pies with pumpkin pie filling.
The cauldron cakes were our birthday cake. I made mini cupcakes and stuck them inside the plastic cauldrons. Two mini cupcakes fill them well. I made some vanilla buttercream frosting and used a pampered chef frosting tool to put a little frosting between the cupcakes and on the top.
No Harry Potter party would be complete without the snack trolley and it's magical sweets! I bought small white paper bags to use as goody bags and created a Honeydukes label for them. I found this font online, googling for "retro fonts."
Our snack trolley had
Bertie Botts every flavor beans aka Jelly bellies
licorice wands aka twizzlers
exploding candies aka Pop Rocks
jellied bugs aka gummy bugs
My mother in law and sister in law made the chocolate frogs the night before the party. They decided to give them a marshmallow fluff (dyed green) filling and they were delicious!
What I'd do differently
I would probably buy some frosting to save time. The homemade frosting got a bit hard as well. I really wanted to have the snack trolley set up all cute like, but it was a little too tempting for some of the kids who got into the treats we wanted them to take home. I did end up packing the goody bags instead of letting the kids do it themselves. I'd also get a different flavor of twizzlers, most kids don't like the black licorice.
plastic cauldrons, pop rocks, gummy bugs- Oriental Trading Company
frog mold- Amazon
chocolate melts- Michael's
Hogwarts activities post