Harry Potter food ideas including snacks, main dishes, and drinks to throw a magical Harry Potter themed party!
I wanted to throw a birthday party for Trevor and was trying to think of themes. I decided on Harry Potter since he loves the series.
I love coordinating parties around themes because it really helps set the tone and creates a cohesive experience.
Here are a few snacks, main dishes, and drinks we served.
Professor Sprout's Vegetable Garden
I made a vegetable tray with cucumbers, tomatoes, sweet bell peppers, broccoli, and served it with ranch dressing.
You can do all kinds of assorted vegetables and serve it with your favorite dip.
I thought these were super fun. Just take mini peanut butter cups and stick a skinny pretzel stick on top to make it look like a broomstick. This is such an easy and fun idea!
I used puffy Cheetos for this but you can also use Pirate's Booty or popcorn.
To mimic claws, I used bugles. Remember putting them on your finger tips as a child? No? Just me?
Some green grapes for Gryffindor or any grape of your choice for this fun play on words!
Chocolate gold coins to represent Gringotts gold. I couldn't find any in grocery stores, so I ended up getting them at Party City.
For "snakes" I used sour gummy worms.. so good! It makes my mouth pucker just thinking about it. You can also use regular gummy worms.
For the main dishes, I was trying to think of English dishes and ended up making sausage rolls, cottage pie, pasties, and Yorkshire pudding.
These sausage rolls wrapped in puff pastry are so delicious and will be hard to just eat one. I was constantly popping these into my mouth.
I used Chef John's sausage rolls as inspiration and didn't really follow a recipe.
I divided sage sausage into two logs and wrapped each of them with spicy brown mustard and puff pastry.
Then, I cut them into bite sized pieces, brushed with egg wash, and topped with sesame seeds.
Baked until golden brown and served with mustard and ketchup.
These can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator until you're ready to bake.
I love how comforting and hearty cottage pie is and make it occasionally for dinner. The layers of ground beef with gravy and mashed potatoes is amazingly delicious.
Chicken Pot Pie Pasties
In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry orders pumpkin pasties from the snack trolley on the the Hogwarts Express. I'm not a huge fan of pumpkin so I decided to make chicken pot pasties instead.
I worked off of my turkey pot pie recipe and cut out circles in the pie crust to form the pasties.
I used a knife to cut out lighting bolts for a magical touch and to allow steam to escape from the pasties.
Yorkshire pudding is pretty simple to make! It's made of eggs, flour, and milk. Then, it's baked in a hot muffin tin with oil, butter, lard, or beef drippings. This allows the pudding to puff up with crispy sides and a fluffy interior.
I tried this cheese and chive yorkshire pudding but for some reason it didn't puff up as expected.
Red Velvet Cake
In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Hagrid makes Harry a chocolate cake with pink frosting and "Hapee Birthdae Harry" written in green icing.
Instead of a chocolate cake, I made a red velvet cake and made it look just like Hagrid's creation.
Gillywater is made of Gillyweed and water. When you drink it, you develop webbing between fingers and toes and attain the ability to breathe underwater.
To mimic Gillywater, I infused water with mint and julienned English cucumbers.
Of course no Harry Potter party is complete without Butterbeer. Our friend brought over Butterbeer with caramel whiskey on the side to spike it.
Butterbeer tastes like butterscotch with a thick whipped topping. It's often made with cream soda, butter, butterscotch syrup, and heavy cream.