In the wizard of world of Harry Potter, today happens to be Harry’s birthday!
I remember my friend Sarah loving Harry Potter in 6th grade. I didn’t read it until a year later but she always boasted about having the UK version which is Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (American is Sorcerer’s Stone). It didn’t take long to fall in love with it! When the first movie was made and in theaters, my mom let me and a friend ditch school to see it!
Same summer in 2007, when I was a camp counselor we even made our game night as HP night!
Now that I have children I vow that they’ll read the books and then see the movie. And now that there’s the illustrated versions that has been great too. So far we’ve read up to book 3 and when we finish the book, we do a Harry Potter night and make it special! Pizza is a must as well as make butter beer, even a few decorations. I’ve hung tea lights from the ceiling with paper wrapped around it to look like a hanging candle like the great hall.
There’s so much on Pinterest of great ideas to do to make a Harry Potter party! Sadly we didn’t do anything today because yesterday was my son’s birthday (his original due date was 7/31!) but after spending all day making his tie fighter cake, I didn’t want to be in the kitchen all day again. But maybe tomorrow 😉
Can you believe I have a whole Pinterest board JUST for Harry Potter? Here’s the link https://pin.it/7bzJdc2
But the butter beer recipe we love and use all the time came from my friend Cami. I’m not sure where she got it from to give full credit to, it has a lot of little parts that need to be made before you mix it in and it’s more like a float. Very sweet! It’s like you can feel the cavities making holes in your teeth 😂😂
Butterbeer Recipe 1
1 cup light or dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons water
6 tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar
3/4 cup heavy cream divided
1/2 teaspoon rum extract
4 bottles (12 oz. bottles) cream soda
In a small saucepan over medium, combine the brown sugar and water.
Bring to a gentle boil and cook, stirring often, until the mixture reads 240 F on a candy thermometer.
Stir in the butter, salt, vinegar and 1/4 heavy cream. Set aside to cool to room temperature. Once the mixture has cooled, stir in the rum extract.
In a medium bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar mixture and the remaining 1/2 cup of heavy cream. Use an electric mixer to beat until just thickened, but not completely whipped, about 2 to 3 minutes.
To serve, divide the brown sugar mixture between 4 tall glasses (about 1/4 cup for each glass). Add 1/4 cup of cream soda to each glass, then stir to combine. Fill each glass nearly to the top with additional cream soda, then spoon the whipped topping over each.
Let me know if you make the butter beer or what you like to do to celebrate! 🤓