I thought long and hard about this year's theme but, ultimately, decided that there would be nothing so appropriate as one of the great obsessions that defined my 20s: I'm talking, of course, about Harry Potter.
But this wouldn't just be a Harry Potter party, oh no. This would be the Tridecade Tournament, featuring an elaborate game with rules of my own making (I told you it was complicated).
Now, the thing is, about half of my friends are really into Harry Potter and the other half (pour souls) have never read the books. My goal was to ensure that everyone had a magical time, whether wizard, squib or muggle.
So...first there was:
|Appropriate Literary Imbibements|
Which, of course, gets us to the Sorting:
This is what it looks like when a Dementor gets sorted.
Everyone was sorted into one of the four houses, naturally. I, as the host, remained unsorted and therefore impartial.
You try brewing Polyjuice Potion in your second year and then you talk to me!
And then the games began!
Task One: Physical Challenge
I readily admit that I stole all of the ideas for these games from Minute to Win It.
|Here they are attempting to stack 6 dice onto a popsicle stick.|
Task Two: Trivia
With categories like Name that Ging and Vocabulary Transfiguration everyone could put their noggin to the test! It should come as no surprise that Ravenclaw did pretty well on this round.
|Name that Ging. And, no, I have no idea what face that is I am making. It might be after-effects of the Polyjuice.|
Task Three: The Biggest Ham Round
We started off with a British accent challenge which I realized halfway through I could not actually judge because everyone was so good and/or hilarious.
And, finally, the costume contest which was voted on by all party attendants. The winners were:
|Wizard Chess Piece|
|A witch trying to pass for a Muggle|
|Professor McGonagall's Patronus|
...you're not going to believe this but it was Hufflepuff!!
That's right. The underdogs swept in there at the end by nabbing spots 1 and 2 of the costume contest. (Ravenclaw was leading for most of the game. Slytherin came in last because, as we all know, evil never prospers.)
I think, of all my theme parties, this ended up being my favorite. I really have my friends to thank for being awesomely good sports about all of my mad ideas. It made turning 30 a whole lot easier.
Now...on to figure out what crazy shenanigans I'll have going on next year. I sincerely hope no one thought turning 30 would stop me!
*Special thanks to my friend Julie who pulled a Colin Creevey and took most of the photos you see here (all the good ones are hers!)