Somewhere along the way we were talking about the story, and he mentioned that he wished you really COULD get a Hogwarts letter when you turn eleven. I tucked that away in the back of my mind, and it became the seed for this whole project. I think I just really wanted to prove to him that it really CAN happen!
I wanted to make sure Jonathan could get his Hogwarts letter for his birthday, but I thought it might be a let-down if it was just a piece of paper. It would have to be an invitation to the only place where you can go to Hogwarts--The Wizarding World! The more Justin and I thought about it, we knew that our kids are really at the perfect age to go to Disney World, too, so that became the plan. By the first of the year, we had decided that Jonathan would receive his Hogwarts acceptance letter for his birthday inviting him and his brother to Hogwarts and to visit Disney and the rest of Universal while they are there.
In the end, we decided December would be the best time for us to take a trip of this magnitude, so I was afraid that the letter would still be a bit of a let-down. That's when the party idea was born, and it evolved from there. We don't typically do big friend birthday parties, choosing instead to focus on quality family time. We've actually only had one "party" for them, and it was five years ago. That's when we decided that the five-year birthday party plan would work to our advantage.
I'll be taking several posts to explain how our idea took shape, where I got some of the ideas, and a few things I created especially for the party. I decided to focus my efforts on decorating to make different parts of the house feel like the wizarding world. The party itself will be low-key, so we're not planning a lot of organized activities. These are the things I'll be sharing with you all: