Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is now at the Box and On Demand — what more reason do you need to throw a party? And what’s better than a party revolving around magic and wizards?

Turning your movie night into a themed Fantastic Beasts bash is easy. But unless you actually do know some spells that can set everything up for you, here’s what you’ll need:

Decorations

  • If you have kids, chances are you have approximately five million stuffed animals laying around your house (don’t tell me I’m the only one). Now is the time to put them to work. They can double as your “fantastic beasts”! You can let your kids put them on display and, if they want to take it one step further, they can write out placards with magical names for each little guy. Your son’s favorite teddy bear is now a “Fourfurry Pawicus.” You get the idea.
  • Find every clear glass or plastic container you own and strategically position them around with labels for various magical potions. If you want to let the kids fill them with some weird stuff, all the better. Customize the potion names to revolve around inside jokes your family and friends share, or at least have a few surprising bottles hidden amongst more “traditional” ingredients like “owl pellets,” “tongue of frog” and “eye of newt” (the lizard… not Newt Scamander!). If cork tops can be used for any of the containers, that’ll make the effect that much more realistic.
  • Dig out anything and everything you have that looks even remotely magical. Do you still own a lava lamp from back in the day? Perfect! Twinkly Christmas lights? Yaaasssss. A random colored lightbulb that you don’t remember buying? It has finally found its purpose. Big furry accent pillows that you bought on sale five years ago and then realized they don’t really fit with anything in your house? Now is their special time to shine. Go through your closets and haul out items that are a little odd or weird, or that light up in any way, and put them on display.
  • If you have any family portraits or pictures of people hanging on your walls or sitting in frames, tape a clear piece of plastic paper over them and then stick googly eyes on everyone’s faces for a little spoof on the animated portraits in Hogwarts.
  • Got briefcases? Newt Scamandar is never without his, so if you have one or more, display them in a prominent position in your viewing area, or open one up and put some of your fantastic-beast stuffed animals in it as a centerpiece.
  • And, of course, if you own any Harry Potter books, or the companion series on which Fantastic Beasts is based, those need to be out in full view during your party as well.

Carnival Corner

  • Part of The Crimes of Grindelwald is set at a carnival, so if you can designate a section of your viewing area to double as a mini big top (oxymoron alert), it’ll really enhance your party’s atmosphere. You could hang red and white streamers to cordon off a little nook, and inside could be the popcorn station and … lots of fake snakes, in honor of a certain character. (I don’t want to spoil it!)
  • Under the big top you could also serve chocolate-dipped pretzel rods that double as yummy wands. And make sure to have some gold-coin chocolates as a nod to the Niffler from the first movie.

Look the Part

  • The Fantastic Beasts series is set in the 1920s, so encourage your family and guests to dress in that oh-so-fashionable Roaring Twenties style: low-waisted long dresses, Flapper dresses, vests, scarves, fitted suits, fabulous hats, and trench coats — gotta have trench coats in the mix for as many people as possible. I laughed as I wrote this post because I looked at the film’s poster again and from what I could tell, seven out of the eleven characters featured all wore trench coats! You could ask people to bring briefcases as well in honor of Newt.

Now there’s nothing left to do but yell “Accio, remote!” and enjoy the show!

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