Monday, April 8, 2019

Harry Potter Cup Competition for Young Single Adults

This is our second Harry Potter competition for
the Young Single Adult Ward my husband is
the Bishop over.  We did another one a couple
of years ago, and you might remember it.

I transformed the cultural hall into the Great Hall
with each house having a table in their own color.
Electric candles and banners were hung over the
house tables.

We dragged all of our Harry Potter paraphernalia 
over to create the Great Hall.  Hubby is Dumbledore,
and I am Professor McGonagal.
I blew up a picture I had taken of
the podium at the Harry Potter Studios in
London to make the owl for the podium.

I borrowed some very cleverly made
spell books from a friend for some decor.
I have to make some for myself.

Everyone came in through a maze of hanging letters
in the entry of the building

to find Ollivander and to choose
their wands. 

 I had made 80 wands from two sizes of chopsticks
and hot glue and beads.  They were then spray painted
and placed in a foam block to dry.

Of course, if you are a Harry Potter fan, you know 
that you don't choose the wand, the wand chooses you, 
so I had them pick a number between 1-4, and then
a number between 1-15.  The first number determined
the drawer they would open in my little old desk,
and the second number was counted from right to left,
thus choosing the wand.

After being sorted by the Sorting Hat and
Professor McGonagal, they were led down
the hall by one of the professors or staff.
If they wore a costume from their house, they
were automatically sorted into that house.

This is our Bishopric, Ward Clerk and High Councilor
and their wives.  You might notice Ollivander, Professor Umbridge
(boo), Professor Trelawny, Hagrid and Snape.  They took turns
escorting the kids down the hall into the Great Hall.

The lights were turned low so that the candles
all glowed.

This year we were lucky enough to borrow
someone's slushy machines to have Frozen Butterbeer.

I have also made it using my ice cream freezer,
but this machine can produce a lot.  I really
would love one of these machines.

I had printed off stickers and placed them on
plastic mugs for the Butterbeer.

You could choose to top it with the cream or not.

The meal served was a breakfast of pancakes
and sausage (or bangers) and baked beans (very
authentic and served at the Three Broomsticks
with breakfast.)

The month proceeded as shown above while
we tried to make everything Harry Potter related
throughout the month.  

We had the ward over for egg rolls one night
after ward prayer.

Even the kitchen was decorated for that,

and house totals were shown in the jars. 
The jars kept reappearing with the levels
changing as the house points changed.

We made over 100 egg rolls.  The kids really loved this.

Once a month I serve a brunch to the Ward Council,
and I chose to try Toad in the Hole.

It is Yorkshire pudding or popover batter with
sausages baked in.  You could have it with
syrup or onion gravy.  I really loved the onion gravy.

Throughout the month the
Young Single Adults could log onto to a web site
set up by one of the kids with specifications
on how many points they could earn and for
what, and house totals.  This really encouraged
them to do a lot of service and activities.

Points were given for all kinds of activities,
focusing on service and getting to know one another.

The kids could log onto the site to get ideas and
then post their points and even pictures of 
some of the things they had done.

The most points were awarded for the Scavanger hunt,
because it was the most intensive, but each person could
earn 250 points for participating.

So you can see I and my alter ego, Professor
McGonagal have been very, very, very busy
this past month.  

Our closing ceremony was the Yule Ball,
which turned out so great, but I will
save that for another post.

Hope you or your group can use some of
these fun ideas.  This was so much fun for
the kids in the Young Single Adults Ward.


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. Amazing!! What an impact you and your husband will have on these young people!! You put so much into every little detail for your parties and I am so impressed! Love the costumes you and your husband are wearing, too!!

  2. I bet the kids loved this because they all grew-up with Harry Potter. You did an amazing job with all the details. Seriously, do you ever sleep? You will be blessed for all you do for your family and community. You are an inspiration!

  3. Hey everyone!
    Today I come to you with so much excitement!
    I have been married & barren for 5years i had no child. i have never been pregnant i was a subject of laughter from my Friends & neighbors, i almost lost my marriage because of this issue . i was so confused that i did not know what to do until i came across this great Dr Ahmed online and i contacted him at once i was scared weather it was going to work because i never believed things like this before, so i decided to give it a try and i did all what Dr Ahmed asked of me and today to my greatest surprise i took in the first time and i gave birth to a bouncing baby boy and now my marriage that was about crashing before is now restored. my husband now love and want me better, Am so happy for everything that have been happening my life since i met this Dr Ahmed.
    I want to tell all the women out there who have a similar situation like that the world is not over YET they should dry up their tears and contact this great man and their problem will be gone or are you also having other problems you can also contact Dr Ahmed, here is how you can contact him or Contact him via his whats-app number +2348160153829.

  4. So many great ideas here in this post. Loved it!


Your comments are the highlight of my day! Leave a comment and then I can come and visit your blog. Have a wonderful day! Unfortunately I have had to block anonymous comments, hope you understand.

Follow me on Instagram