I think my absolutely favorite part of my daughter's Harry Potter Birthday party was the sorting of the kids. I made a paper sorting hat for each child filled with either red, blue, green or yellow M&Ms. The kids picked a hat randomly and opened it up to see what house they were. After they were sorted we put a paper tie around their neck that matched their house. They kids LOVED it, it was easily the best part of the party.
The hats are really easy to make and only need a few supplies!
You will need:
- brown construction paper
- red, yellow, blue and green candies
- hot glue
- the printable ties
- a hole punch
- baker's twine
Cut strips of construction paper about 3 and 1/2 inches tall and wide enough to make a loop. The easiest way to make these is to use a paper towel roll as a form. Wrap the paper around the roll and hot glut the edge. It should be loose enough to slide off the roll.
Cut brown circles out of construction paper, I used a CD as a guide but a bowl or other round object would work well too. Hot glue the tube to the circle to form the hat.
Fill the hats with colored candies. Blue for Ravenclaw, red for Gryffindor, yellow for Hufflepuff and green for Slytherin. I filled equal numbers of each hat with each color for the party.
Twist the top of the tube together and bend it to the side to make it look like the Sorting Hat.
For the ties, I printed out the printable (found after the tie pictures), punched holes in either side of the top part of the tie and strung baker's twine through the holes so we could hang around their necks. It was really fun to have something for them to wear that showed their house.
You can see in the pictures from the party, the girl in front is being sorted with blue M&Ms spilling from her hat and the girl in back is getting her tie.
This is going down in history as my favorite party I have every thrown! Download the printable ties below and find other ideas from this party at the bottom of this post!
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