My husband and I were fortunate enough to honeymoon on the island of Kauai in Hawaii this past March, and as we were exploring the little artist town of Hanapepe (the proud home of Lilo and Stitch) we found a little bookstore called Talk Story. Strolling through it, we came across the usual variety often found in a used bookstore, but when I came to the children’s section (as I often do – I read children’s books, what of it?) I discovered one of the greatest things since the discovery of Puffy Bunting in Cambodia.
A black padded book entitled “The Book of Wizard Parties: In Which the Wizard Shares the Secrets of Creating Enchanted Gatherings”.
If anyone knows me personally, they know I am weirdly a fan of the classic wizard image of blue silk, silver star covered robes, large pointy hats and old school Dumbledore style white beards. Even I don’t know why this image appeals to me, but it does.
My husband, after the fuss I made over Puffy Bunting, knew there was no way to stand between me and this book.
Written by Janice Eaton Kilby and Terry Taylor (known throughout the book as the wizards) this book is an amazing collaboration of art and craft ideas, decorations, recipes and inspirational topics to host a variety of different themed wizard parties. It has an underlying holiday party theme to it (springtime fairy parties, winter wizard Christmas parties and Halloween balls) that could definitely be used without the introduction of wizard hats and robes, but really, where would all the fun be in that?
So while I am on the hunt for new inspirational topics, and while I am crafting my Party Connection master plan, I thought I would share some of the inspirational ideas that can be found in The Book of Wizard Parties. I should probably give my husband more of a reason for buying it then just having it. So without further ado: an Alchemist’s Gathering.
Alchemy is a philosophical tradition that practitioners claim to have profound powers. Some of these ideas get mixed up with the idea of creating potions in cauldrons and laboratories, and while it may not be the true idea behind being an Alchemist, it will definitely give party-goers the feeling of having the control of being one.
Venue and Location:
Set up your Alchemist Lab in the kitchen, where even the most simple of cooking utensils give off the feeling of being sterilized laboratory equipment. Collect glass jars, measuring cups and funnels to add to the look and make sure to get yourself a cauldron! You can paint a cheap bowl black and make it bubble using dry ice, or buy a cauldron from your local Halloween or party store. I bought three for a Halloween party and use them constantly!
Once you’ve set your lab up with all your ingredients for your recipes, help your little wizards make a series of fun potions and brew! Some of these ingredients are a bit scary, so you will definitely have to be on hand.
Dragon’s Blood Potion:
This potion is a fun way to demonstrate the strong powers of Dragons Blood, which has the ability to change colours.
Red Cabbage Head
Bleach (both this and Ammonia is available from your bathroom cleaning aisle)
Stainless Steel Saucepan
Knife, Measuring Spoon and Strainer
Clear Glass Bottles
Three Small Plastic Containers or Beakers
- Cut the red cabbage into tiny pieces. Put it in a saucepan and cover it with water. Heat the cabbage until it’s boiling and then put the juice into a bottle that can then go into the fridge to cool.
- Mark three of the beakers with numbers 1 – 3 to showcase the potion to the guests. Measure ½ teaspoon of vinegar into the first glass, ½ teaspoon of ammonia into the second glass and ½ teaspoon of bleach into the third glass. Rinse the teaspoon between uses.
- Use a hair dryer to dry the liquid in each of the glasses so that they become invisible. Pull the bottle of “Dragons Blood” out of the refrigerator and pour a little bit into each of the glasses. Come up with a cute rhyme for each glass, such as: Glass One: “Dragon’s Pink is the missing link, Glass Two: “Dragon’s green are always mean”, Glass Three: “A Dragon yellow is a fine fellow”
Wizards often have pet lizards, and these lizards sometimes make some very galactic green slime! To make your own green slime to take home, follow this recipe:
1 Cup Cornstarch
Green Food Colouring
Storage Container (film canisters are good, or jars)
- In a bowl, combine 1 cup of water with 1 cup of cornstarch. Mix together with your fingers until it reaches a slimy, smooth consistency.
- Add in a few drops of food colouring and mix again.
- Put the slime in a storage container for the guests to take home as gifts.
Smoking Alchemist Brew:
This is a great recipe to put in your bubbling cauldron and is fully edible!
Bottled Lemonade or Fruit Drinks (Strawberry juice and lemonade work really well together for this!)
Medium sized Cauldron (or soup pot)
Long handled wooden spoon
Dry Ice – both a flat disc to put under the cauldron to give it the effects of bubbling, as well as some cubes of edible dry ice to put in the cauldron.
Newt eyes and Toad Marrow (ie. Grapes and little bits of peeled apples)
Spores (Powdered Cinnamon)
- Put the Cauldron on the dry ice disk and pour all of the lemonade and drinks into the cauldron. Get your little wizards to recite the magic brew words: “Magic cauldron, in you we pour. Fruits and fizz and spores and more. Help us make our charms galore!”
- Add in the newts eyes, toad marrow and spores to the cauldron, as well as the edible dry ice chips. Continue with your chants. “Eye of newt and Marrow of Toad, Take us down the haunted road, Release our charms from their load”
- And serve your bubbling brew!
And there you have it, some fun activities and recipes for some young alchemist wizards to brew together at an Alchemist’s Gathering. Let me know if you try these receipes at home, and how they worked for you!
You can use these ideas as magical elements to other themed parties and ideas, or if you tune back in soon there will be some wonderful wizarding parties on the way, and you can put them all together. Stay tuned for the next exciting party – a Chinese Dragon Fair!
xx Courtney xx