Sunday, February 22, 2015

Hogwart's Birthday 2nd Year - Degnoming the Garden Game

One of our first and probably most popular games at this year's 2nd year Hogwart's party back in November was the Gnome Toss loosely based off the mini game in the Chamber of Secrets video game for Playstation 2.  I posted about the creation of these creatures awhile back, but here is the details of the game:



After dinner in the Great Hall, we told the students they would have to immediately serve a detention degnoming the gardens for being late to the start of term.  They would serve their detention with Mrs. Sprout near the Quidditch Pitch (still under construction).  Basically, it was a bean bag hunt and toss game that scored house points.  Students had to find gnomes hiding throughout the grounds (our backyard).  Then, they had to tag them and toss them over the fence off grounds.



Each student had to find one of 8 gnome hidden throughout the back yard.  Since we had about two students in each house, everyone could find a gnome to toss.  One gnome was slightly larger than the rest, and another somehow ended up smaller.  Those that found the Largest and Smallest gnomes received 25 house points.



Once they had a gnome in hand, they had to tag its leg with a house color scrunchy for identificaation. To toss it, they had to hold the gnome with either a leg or arm in each hand.  (Since it was wet and muddy out, we made a last minute decision to bag them to keep them clean while tossing.)



While holding their gnome properly, students had to spin around 3 times and toss it over the fence barrier into a clearing with three different sized colored hoops just outside the Hogwart's grounds. We gave bonus house points for making it in a hoop as follows:

Orange (small, farthest away) = 150 pts
Green (medium, middle) = 100 pts
Pink (Largest, closest) = 50 pts

And the person who threw their gnome the farthest without landing in a hoop also received 10 pts.

The hoops were various sized neon hula-hoops from the dollar store.  To make the game a little easier, the larger green and pink hoops were enlarged to two hoops joined together into one larger hoop.  I simply removed the staples and label that hold them together and poured out the beads inside to avoid a mess.  (Conveniently they tear down for easier storage.)



We had wanted to do the game tournament style, where houses would compete in multiple rounds throwing three gnomes each, but we feared it would be too cold/wet to stay outside that long.  So, we opted for a quicker game where each student only threw one gnome.  If we had time or weather had permitted, we also had a notice board challenge planned to attend Fred and Georges Gnome Tossing Tournament.  Here students would compete individually on various skills.  It will definitely be on the list for next years games.



All in all, it was a lot of fun.  Slytherin and Hufflepuff earned the most house points during the event.



Next, I plan to share a creepy game held just after the De-gnoming.  Stay tuned!...if you want to.  :)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Hogwart's Birthday 2nd Year - Chamber of Secrets Reopened

We hosted our 2nd year Hogwart's Birthday Party weekend for my daughter this past November.  Since the theme this year was "Chamber of Secrets", which is the daughter's favorite book/movie, most of the new projects were inspired by events that happened in the story.  (But, luckily much of our decorations could be reused from last year, too.)



When our guest arrived around 3pm on Fri, a flying car was stuck in a tree just in view from the driveway.  (Guess some of the students are at it again.)  Once inside, we took their bags and ushered them into the Great Hall to start the festivities.

Over the next few months I hope to share some of our new projects related to the decorations, games and food. You can read the posts on our first year party starting with Part 1 of 4.  I'll start this years party in order of how it went.  Projects will include:
  • De-Gnoming the Garden Gnome Hunt & Toss Game
  • Aragog's Cobweb Maze
  • DADA Lockhart's Pop Quiz & Pixie Challenge
  • Repotting Mandrakes
  • Aunt Petunia's Pudding Cake
It was a LOT of fun...and work!  So, look for more Harry Potter posts to come.

Monday, January 5, 2015

The Etsy Store is Open Once More

I still haven't been able to resolve the issue with Etsy, so unfortunately no more Direct Checkout, or basically no Credit Cards though their site until they change things.  Don't fret, though.  There is still Paypal, which seems to be the better route all around this year.  There is also another issue with international "digital download" purchases from the EU.  Etsy hasn't given us details how it will address new laws.  But my store will remain there until I find a better solution.

Here's to a tentative and confusing start to 2015!  Hope your New Year has been better than mine.