Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Halloween Invitations {2013} - A Wizard's Workbox

Hi everyone! I hope that you had a wonderful weekend. Ours sure was busy and was filled with a fantastic wedding, football and lots of work-work for me. Good times! I also finally finished putting together our Halloween party invitations! Every month, a small group of our friends tries to get together for a dinner club. They are a ton of fun. It's a potluck, so everyone brings a dish, and they usually have some sort of theme. I was absolutely thrilled when I drew October out of the hat, because that meant that I finally get to put into action my plan for a super fun Halloween invitation that has been dancing around in my head for about a year now...ever since I discovered Mrs. Limestone's AMAZING Halloween invitations over at Brooklyn Limestone. Y'all, she is so creative and comes up with absolutely fantastic invitations and parties for Halloween year after year. I have spent many an hour drooling over her fabulous fêtes! Stephanie's Creature Survival Kit was my initial springboard of inspiration for this years invites. However, instead of a Creature Survival Kit, I drew additional inspiration from my all time favorite books Harry Potter and made a Wizard's Workbox for my guests.
Each guest received a box filled with all sorts of goodies to get them ready for All Hallow's Eve. Tomorrow I'll show you how I made the Wizard's Workboxes, so for today, let's just check out what fun they contained. After opening the Wizard Workbox, our guests were first greeted with the invitation:
It's the time of the year
For scares and frights,
Where witches swarm the skies
And vampires haunt the night.
To protect you from these dangers
There is an ode that you must give,
In honor of All Hallow's Eve
While the ghosts and goblin do live.
The eighteenth of October
Is when our celebration begins,
Please share in the libations
With your most fiendish friends.
The demons are unforgiving
And their mercy can't be bought,
So to forget about this party
Let's just hope that you dare not!

Once the invitation was removed, our inspiring wizards found three cards to guide them through the content of their workboxes:

And here is what each received:

First, in honor of Snape, each Wizard received their own bottle of Disappearing Potion and instructional card:

That provided:
As you start your journey,
Here's some potion you can take.
To hide you from the monsters,
Since your safety you can't forsake!
Each bottle of Disappearing Potion also provided a special warning:
"To Hide You From Your Enemies, And Possibly Your Friends. Because When Evil Comes A Lurking, Who You Can Trust Will Just Depend"
My next bit of inspiration came from Mad Eye Moody, and particularly the scene from the Deathly Hallows where Dolores Umbridge kept Mad Eye's "All Seeing Eye" on the peep hole of her office to keep a close eye (literally) on the workers:

The card provided:
Remember to look behind you
And also watch the skies,
Since evil can appear from anywhere
Try wearing this "All Seeing Eye".
My next Harry Potter inspiration came from the Maurader's Map.  Unfortunately, as hard as I tried, I simply could not make the map disappear no matter how many times I whispered "Mischief Managed!"

So instead, I made sure to provide our guests the following guidance:
And finally a map to guide you
As you make your way.
But the terrors will be following,
So make haste and don't delay!
Once the map was opened, guests found that it had been soaked in blood, EEK!!!! 

And provided its own special warning:
Some blood has been left over
From the previous owner of this map,
So move quickly towards the "X"
Before your juices too are tapped!
And last but not least, to ensure that our young wizards did not forget this ever important event, I gave a nod to the Queen of Halloween, Mrs. Martha Stewart and made my version of the "Don't Forget" box:

So there you have it boys and ghouls! I hope that you enjoyed the invitations, because I had a blast putting them together!

 Don't forget to swing by tomorrow when I give you the low down on how I put my Wizard's Workboxes together.  In the meantime, Happy Haunting Y'all!!!


  1. Your guests are going to love these! Glad to see I'm not the only person who really gets into the Halloween spirit!

  2. Oh WOW, thank so much for stopping by!!! Girl, you are the inspiration for these invites. I love Halloween and am just so glad that we are finally back in the house to get celebrate it properly! Thanks for shareing all of you awesome ideas :-)

  3. Oh what a fabulous idea and so thoughtful. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  4. Great job on those invites! Such a fun idea and executed like a professional. If I got one I'd be bouncing with anticipation!



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