Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A Day at Hogsmead Tablescape - Harry Potter - The Deathly Hallows Part 1 Opens in Theaters

By Thursday of next week, people all over the world will have
been to the opening of the latest Harry Potter movies
Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 1

You are invited to come with me as we join Harry Potter,
Ron and Hermione at Hogwarts a School for

Enter through the imposing gates on a wonderful
journey of imagination.

Today is that wonderful day when all students get to leave the
school and travel into town for a little fun and food.

Enter the quaint little village of Hogsmeade.
It is quite a wonder to behold.

The sun is just rising above the roof tops.  It is a beautiful sunny
day for a trip to Hogsmeade, but the roofs are still snow covered.

How wonderful to be able to take a break from the worries
of school for one day,

and explore the town and its wondrous shops.

Like any youngster, we head straight to Honeydukes
to see the wonders of candy of every variety.

Can the eye even take everything in?

This is every child's dream.

We are happy we headed here first before all the
other students line up outside.

It gets crazy later in the day.

You end up waiting in line to get in the store if you don't
head to Honeydukes first.  All of the older students know this.

Oh, pumpkin juice.  Maybe later.

Ahh, this looks like a good way to start the day, a chocolate

That's our pick.  A chocolate cauldron, a chocolaty cake
dipped in chocolate, topped with three kinds of chocolate
and a chocolate handle.  Maybe we will have to go back
and get another one later.  We snack on it as we wander
to other shops.

Next we are off to Ollivander's Wand Shop.

One of our wand's got broken and we need to purchase a new one.

You do not choose the wand,

with the help of funny old Ollivander, the wand chooses you.

Enough work for one day, we are headed off

to The Three Broomsticks.

(You will notice The Three Broomsticks - hence the name!)

The only place in town to get a really good meal.

WOW, this place is fantastic!  The scale and architecture are
only rivaled by Hogwart's Castle.

Maybe we will just hang out in front of the fireplace and
chat with our chums.

What's on the menu?
Rotisserie Smoked Chicken
Char-grilled Ribs
Turkey Legs
Fish and Chips
Shepherd's Pie
Cornish Pasties

Most meals served with a side of salad, corn on the cob,
and potatoes.

( No trip to Hogsmead should be without a
Butterbeer or Pumpkin Juice.)

Frozen Butterbeer (slushy type drink)
Pumpkin Juice

Take your robes off and rest your brooms.

Let the servers at the Three Broomsticks take care of
your hunger.

and your thirst.

We tried both kinds of Butterbeer (which of course is
non-alcoholic but with a big foam) and Pumpkin Juice.
I have to vote for the frozen Butterbeer.

I think I will have the Shepherd's Pie with a mug of
Frozen Butterbeer.

Today's photos provided by Colin Creevey.

Watch for Rosmerta's Secret Recipes for
Pumpkin Juice
which will be posted on Foodie Friday.

She may even throw in some instructions on
making your own Chocolate Frogs.

This will be posted with Susan on

Come have fun with Harry, Hermione and Ron
at Universal Studios Orlando.  It really is quite
amazing and the food at The Three Broomsticks
was a delight.

In keeping with Red Couch Recipes Thankfulness Challenge,
today I want to mention my gratitude for books.  When
my youngest was in 1st grade he came home and said,
"Kevin so and so thinks he is all that!  He says he has
read Harry Potter and I know he hasn't."  Well, that
started that son wanting to be a reader, so we sat down
and I would read a paragraph and he would read a
paragraph and because of Kevin so and so, he learned
to love to read.  I love the adventure that books are
and I am grateful for those who write good, clean
books that can be enjoyed by all.


Chocolat - French for Chocolate. I adored chocolate from a young age when I had to sneak in the cupboard to find where my mother had hidden the Nestle's Chocolate Chips. Having read about the famous chocolat shoppes in Paris, when I finally got there I was determined to try a chocolate from every Paris shoppe. I invite you to share my adventures in creating, in travel, and in life.


  1. oh isn't this fun! i am ready to book a trip, you made it look FANTASTIC! thanks for the smiles, i forgot there was one more movie to come~

  2. Is this the recreation? I saw it on TV? How fun..I read to my daughters all the time too:)

  3. Wow, what a wonderful re-creation of Hogsmead! It looks like such a fun place to visit! Love all the photos. My favorite was Honeydukes -- loved the spiral staircase with candy going all the way up -- my kind of place! Joni

  4. So jealous! That looks like so much fun- thanks for sharing your pics!

  5. I cannot wait to go there! I am a huge HP fan. For now, I will happily live vicariously through your pics!

  6. Oh I can't wait to see the movie. It comes out on my birthday, so that's probably where I'll be. I also can't wait to visit Disney and tour Harry Potterville as I call it! Thanks for sharing. I'm gonna be dreaming about that chocolate cauldron all night!!!!

  7. I am very excited for the movie! What a great place to visit and all your pics are perfect...although I had to stare at the chocolate cauldron for a while! YUM!! :) You blog is so delicious and thanks for stopping by mine!! Following you! :)

  8. What a fun post! Your photos are great, and I want one of those chocolate cauldrons! laurie

  9. I think you made a very wise choice by picking the chocolate cauldron!
    That candy store looks adorable!

  10. I am looking forward to our trip to Hogwarts...once the tourist traffic subsides. February is a nice time...
    Your photos are wonderful...and enticing. All that candy...and those chocolate cauldrons...mmmmmmm.....

    I guess I'll have to pull out my Harry Potter Party menu. I taught a class with this theme a few years ago. It was so much fun!!!
    Jane (artfully graced)

  11. These are awesome..you have lot of fun there..hmmm...i am really inspired..waoooo;-)

  12. Loving books too and your tour of a delightful place. Calderon cupcakes, whoo-whoot...Thanks for all the fun!

  13. What a great post. Did you know the inside of Hogwarts' Hall was filmed quite near where I live near Oxford, England, or so I've heard!

    I absollutely devoured these books!


  14. Thanks so much for sharing! I'm getting more and more excited about the trip my friends and I plan to take to the theme park next year to celebrate our 30th birthdays. I'll bookmark this so I can be sure to remember your helpful tips when we go.

  15. Loved this post today! I'm so jealous, I really want to go to Harry Potter world too. I can not wait for DH Pt. 1 to come out next week! My oldest dd learned to read because of Harry Potter. She was diagnosed with severe dyslexia in 3rd grade and we never thought she would learn how to read, much less read for pleasure. Well, I'm proud to say, she picked up Harry Potter and had never looked back. Now she reads everything she can get her hands on. I wish she were here so we could see DH together but she is off at college! Have a wonderful day, Nan

  16. What a fun place that must be! Loved this post and I love Harry Potter too. I know I won't be able to coax my husband to see the new movie with me so I'll have to find a girlfriend or perhaps one of my daughters.

  17. We have a trip to Disney & Universal planned for December. Even though I'm not a Harry Potter fan, I'm very excited about the Harry Potter stuff at Universal!

  18. Oh, that was fun! That park is still that busy huh. My youngest would like to go there but, it will only be worse in the summer. Looks like it is wonderful though. We got my boys started reading by me reading HP too. They never knew reading could be so good! :) Thanks for stopping by.

  19. What an appetizer for the upcoming HP. This is a fabulous peek into the theme park. Thanks so much for sharing.

  20. My Harry Potter loving sister is visiting and sharing the tablescape viewing with me tonight. It was fun to show her this blog post. How cool is this??

    Love it.

    And I really like the look of that shepherd's pie, too.

  21. oh, my what lovely pics...the chimney one reminds me of Mary Poppins...Thanks for showing places I've never been...Yeah, the Uglies really made you think...Lezlee

  22. LOVE Harry Potter! I'm so ready for the movie...thanks for the magic & fun! Colin Creevey is an amazing photographer :-)

  23. How fun! The photos just made me remember so much of the books. I agree how wonderful it is that HP brought reading to so many.

  24. Jacqueline--these photos are wonderful! Now I'm excited to go to Universal. We've been to Disney many, many times but never manage to get out of the park to see Universal! This will tempt my family. We have read all the books out loud as our "family book", a tradition which we continue still! Reading to kids matters!!!! And I can't wait for the recipe for butterbeer! Linda

  25. Fantastic! Totally gets me in the mood for the movie premiere!

  26. Oh man, I SO want to go there! Love Harry Potter!! Can't wait for the new movie. I want to try some of that butterbeer!

  27. What a wonderful place!

    - The Tablescaper


  29. Hi Jacqueline,

    Wow....you've actually been there? It looks awesome. My husband and I honeymooned in York, England, which looks like the perfect Harry Potter type town, too. I took all these neat pictures of local shops and of the Minster (church) and we actually convinced our youngest daughter (6 at the time) that we went to Diagon Alley, and the little candy shop.......it was awesome.

    Hey, stop by my blog when you get a chance.....I've totally changed the look.


  30. I love the journey that Harry Potter started for your son and his love of reading. And as a former English teacher, I adore that you walked the road with him. Thank you for the trip through the village...truly amazing. Thanks for stopping by my post. Please, come any time! Cherry Kay

  31. Jacqueline! What a fun, fun post!
    I am in love with that sweets shop. The fun colors put a great big smile on my face, not to mention eyeing that luscious chocolate!


    Sheila :-)

  32. P.S. I can't think of Shepherd's Pie without thinking of going to England with my mother and my husband and eating in the Shakespeare Pub in London. We had it there. YUM!

  33. The photographic trip you took us on was a hoot. Beautiful pictures. Lots of good times. Can't wait for the frozen beer recipe.

    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. I am new to blogging and appreciate your visit.

  34. What an awesome post and place.
    My very favorite...the PINK stairs.:))
    I'm looking forward to the recipe..frozen beer!

  35. What a fun day!!!

    At first I drool with all the goodies and all the beautiful jars, while browsing, I drools. Am on diet so, this is absolutely NO NO for me.

    TY for giving me my eye goodies.

    Happy TS…

    Greeting from a freezing Stockholm.

  36. I set here in me pj's, traveling the world and tasting the delights of Hogsmead! Thanks so much for a lovely tour. My GRANDson Jackson has read all of the Harry Potter books, how he would love a trip to Universal Studios! GREAT post and I look forward to tomorrows recipes..

  37. Hi lovely lady, I feel like I am traveling the world and tasting the delights foods~~~`You are so sweet for taking me with you.

  38. Wow, what an experience! My daughter's family is going in a couple of weeks -- my grandchildren will LOVE it! Thanks for visiting my table this week!

  39. I don't know much about the whole Harry Potter series, but this is really cool!!! That flatware on the table was really neat, and I would love to live in that castle! This is very inspiring!

  40. I am so ready to go there and think I will be far more excited than the kids! How were the crowds? Movie opens here at the Museum of Natural Science in 3D...I can't wait.
    It's always good to hear from you.

  41. jacqueline!

    Yet another wonderful and REALLY FUN post!

    Thank you so much!!!

    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

  42. That looks like a great family vacation waiting to happen. I read all the HP books along with my kids as well as seeing each new movie release. Good family reading and fun vacation time is the greatest!

  43. My gosh, that chocolate cauldron alone looks worth the plane ticket there!!!!.. and I LOVE shepherd's pie!.. I've been to Florida three times in my life so far, but have not yet made it down to see the Harry Potter attraction at Universal yet.. I sure hope to, eventually! ~tina

  44. Wow! These pictures are fantastic! Thanks for sharing with us.
    with love,

  45. WOW! I want one of those chocolate cauldrons...chocolate is a weakness with me.

  46. I can't believe you went there without me! I am so jealous! I am very excited for the first part of the seventh movie to come out! Last year my cousins, and my brothers and I went to the midnight preview. We were going to go to the midnight preview again this year, but my cousin can't come home because she's at college, so we are going to go a couple days later.
    I loved all your pictures and it sounds like you had a fun time!

    Kristin C.

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