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I may have mentioned once or twice that I’m a massive Harry Potter fan – when I got married in 2016 I decided to bring a touch of magic to our big day with a Harry Potter Sweet Table
Creating my very own Harry Potter Sweet table was probably one of the most fun things I did for my wedding and something that brought me a lot of enjoyment during what was actually a really stressful time. I loved getting super creative and I think the end result turned out really well. Plus, with a bit of know how I think it’s something that can easily be achieved by anyone, whether it’s for a wedding, a Harry Potter party or even just for fun!
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Finding Sweets on a budget
Obviously the biggest cost for our Harry Potter sweet table was the sweets. Buying them in bulk saves a lot of money and there are several options for doing this, depending on your circumstances and what offers are available. I’ve used Amazon links in this section to show exactly which sweets I’m talking about but some maybe cheaper elsewhere and of course prices do change. I’ve included a list at the end of the post with some of the best buys for sweets available at the time of posting (1/2/18)
The only official Sweets we bought for our Harry Potter Sweet Table were the Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans which were around £3 for tiny little packet. However since our wedding B&M stores have started doing their own version which are much cheaper. They are actually more a dupe of the Bean Boozled game but are perfect to use and I honestly don’t think anyone would notice the difference.
We used Cadbury’s Freddo Bars instead of chocolate frogs (which are crazy expensive to buy – £4.50 for one!) and then handmade chocolate frog boxes using a template – which you can find here. These were the most expensive item we bought at around £12 for a box of 60 in 2016. You could also use this box of unbranded chocolate frogs on Amazon for just under £10 as a good alternative.
The Bulk of our sweets came from an offer on Groupon which was around £20 for 6 large random tubs of Haribo Sweets. We had no idea what we were getting so we had to be creative – we used a list of Harry Potter Sweets and some artistic License to come up with names. You can find a comprehensive list of Harry Potter Sweets here.
- These Super Sour Lollies could become ‘Acid Pops’
- Flying Saucers could become ‘Fizzing Whizbees’
- White Chcocolate Skulls become ‘Edible Dark Marks’
- Giant Jelly Snakes could be becoming ‘Jumping snake’s OR ‘Edible Basalisks’ (not a real a Harry Potter thing but still in keeping with the theme
- These Haribo Sticxx become ‘Edible wands’
- We used retro Pineapple Cubes instead of Crystallized pineapple (Slughorn eats it) and put out Sherbet lemons (Dumbledore’s Favourites)
- We also put out sweets that seem vaguely in keeping with the wizarding theme such as white chocolate mice, Fruity Frogs (I think we called them Trevor toads!) and some other random sweets we labelled as ‘Puking Pastilles’
- U-No-Poo (a Weasley brothers creation) look like Green smarties so if you can find these (or green only M&S) for a good price this might be an option too.
- We also bought a huge bag of normal Jelly Beans and Labeled them as ‘Muggle Jelly Beans’ as it was a great cheap way to bulk things out.
If you or your partner are a member of a Cash and Carry such as Costco or Bookers they are by far the cheapest place to get sweets with most large tubs being around £2.99 and obviously you get to choose exactly what you want. (This post has a great offer if you’re planning to sign up to Costco). Sweets like Sherbet Lemons may actually be cheaper to buy from the supermarket.
I managed to get boxes of Ferrero Rocher reduced to £1 in my local Co-op before our wedding and I have seen people get them very cheap post Christmas too. I then simply cut wings from folded pieces of white paper and glued them on top. A bit fiddly but I love how they turned out! We called them Golden Snitch Truffles.
Jars and Scoops
I was actually fortune enough to be lent all of the scoops and jars we used by my lovely Florist. However, I really think there is no need to rush and buy any, we used all sorts of things – cake stands, vases, candle holders, wooden boxes, jewellery boxes. Ask your friends and family if they have anything they could lend you that might be suitable. Worst case scenario you could use the tubs the sweets came in lined with different coloured tissue papers.
- Paperbags can be found on Amazon here.
- Plastic Scoops can be found here.
- Metal Tongs can be found here.
Customizing your Harry Potter Sweet Table
We made the tags for our sweets ourselves by printing out the background colour first and then printing out the names of the sweets in a Harry Potter replica font which can be found here.
Hand printing your own tags would also be nice idea, although somewhat time consuming! This is something we actually did for our name tags at our wedding and I love how they turned out.
Other Harry Potter Party Ideas
Whether you’re making a Harry Potter Sweet Table for a kids party or a completely themed wedding or event, here are a few bits and bobs that might really make things extra magical.
Cheapest Places to get Sweets
As I mention above, the cheapest place to get sweet can vary massively depending on the time of year and what offers are available. The amount of sweets you will need to buy will also depend on the size of your party – if it’s a children’s party with 20 or attendees it may not be worth bothering with bulk buying and simply getting everything you need from the supermarket. If it’s for a wedding party of 200 then bulk buying from eBay or Groupon is probably going to be the best way to go!