Monday, April 15, 2019

Harry Potter Yule Ball

As you know, we have been crazy busy this
last month with Harry Potter activities for our
Young Single Adult Ward.  My husband is the
Bishop of the Ward and I have fun throwing
fabulous parties for them.

To end the month of house competitions, I
decided it shouldn't be just an awards ceremony,
but a Yule Ball.  Now asking these kids who
are age 18-30 to come to a ball, could be kind
of risky, but we knew that if we made it magical,
showed them how pretty it was going to be, fed them, 
and then turned the lights down they might dance!!!

I invested a little money in netting, sparkling
silver tablecloths and runners, and fairy lights,
but other than that, I used what I had.  

Our Ward cultural hall is smaller than most and
carpeted rather than a gym floor.  It also has the
advantage of having accordian walls that can make
the space smaller, so we closed off a third of the 
cultural hall.  Then we strung a wire across the back
accordian wall to hang the fabric and fairy lights from.

The tables were set with my white pinch pleat
tablecloths that I purchased for my daughter's
wedding six years ago.  The vases and votives were
ones that I glittered for a friend's wedding reception.

I purchased new silver glittered table runners.
Then I filled the vases with water beads, submersible
lights and white and silver naturals.

We had electric candles in vases leading up to the
front door of the church and hung netting curtains
at the front to make the entrance inviting.

A chalkboard sign directed them to the right
entrance door.  We had the ball music playing 
in the foyer as they entered.

As they entered the cultural hall, they saw the
final results for the competition in the bottles.  They
also were to put their names in the cup for a special
drawing at the end.

The star of the dessert table was the five tiered
chocolate fountain.  My daughter used to have a
chocolate fountain business where she supplied 
them for wedding receptions and events, but
that changed when everyone got small ones
that they purchased themselves.  I still get a 
thrill seeing a huge chocolate fountain.  

I also filled tall vases with the water beads
and placed two submersible lights in those.

Some of my metallic trees anchored the table ends.

I ordered a three-tiered cake from Sam's Club
(only $65 - such a steal) and then added a
Hogwart's seal that I printed on my edible
printer, surrounded by edible pearls.

I also created a Yule Ball Chocolate Board for 
the dessert table.

The dessert table was anchored on the other 
end with a candy selection and in the center
The Triwizard Cup (which I purchased recently
at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter).

My niece had given me a set of Harry Potter
Cookie Cutters from Williams Sonoma, and I
made shortbread cookies and dipped the bottoms 
in chocolate.  

Our final item on the dessert table was Golden Snitches
made by a member of the Relief Society Presidency.

On a side table we served sparkling apple cider
in plastic goblets from Dollar Tree.  I have used
and reused these a dozen times - I just throw them
in the dishwasher.

I came as Hermione with the side pony tail and pink 
ruffled skirt, and hubby came in his dress robes.

The invitation said, 
"Dress to impress!"  This was a ball, after all.

It wasn't required, but we had quite a few who 
dressed up.

Ravenclaw was the winning house with over 
15,000 points!  The closest competitor had 7,000 points.

It was a huge success and with the help of some of 
the Young Adults, we had the whole room transformed 
in about a total of two hours.

I will be posting this with

Water Beads (I used 1 lb)
Table Runners (I used 10)
(I used 3 but more would have been nice)
(I have had mine for years, but this is similar)


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. This is over the top incredible Jacqueline! A night none will ever forget! It is not only stunning and gorgeous, all the details and Harry Potter treats! All I can say is WOW and I admire you and your husband doing so much for these young adults~

  2. That cake! The chocolate board! The decorations! This was my type of gathering.


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