Themed weddings are all the rage these days. If you’re a Harry Potter mega fan, you might want to add some sweet, spooky and magical elements to your reception. Sometimes themes can come off super-tacky, but these sweet concoctions, potions and elements of wizardry will have your guests feeling that extra bit of magic in the poshest way possible!

From Butterbeer to Liquid Luck, I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve that will help you make your wedding reception feel like one magical moment after another!

Butter Beer

This recipe is done in two parts. The base and the cream top. Mix both separately, then layer them into glasses:

Butter Beer Base
  • 25ml (one standard U.S. shot) of Sailor Jerry Rum for every serving
  • *substitute 3 tsp. imitation rum for non-alcoholic drinks
  • 2 liters Cream Soda
  • 3 tsp. Imitation Butter Flavor

*Lightly stir together to blend flavors

Cream Butter Beer Top
  • 2 cups Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 tsp. Imitation Butter Flavor
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla extract
  • 5 tsp. Sugar

Fold butter flavor, vanilla extract, and sugar into the whipping cream. Layer on top of each drink by slowly pouring the mix over a metal spoon and into the glass.

Pumpkin Juice Cocktails

  • 1/2 Cup Pumpkin Puree
  • ½ Cup Apple Juice
  • ½ Cup Carrot Juice
  • 1 Tbsp. All Spice
  • ¼ Cup Honey
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract

Mix in a pitcher until pumpkin is blended into the drink. Serve in a martini glass or elegant shot glasses.

Liquid Luck

One of the coolest things I’ve seen is edible glitters and foils for a bit of glitz and gold flakes into your potions. You can get foils at most craft stores that sell candy and cake supplies, or grab them online and just have them shipped straight to your door. Simply chop a few up and add to water, shots–anything clear or lightly colored for a bit of Felix Felicis in your wedding life.

You could also consider just offering shots of Goldschlager – if a gold-flaked and delicious cinnamon flavored liquor isn’t a substitute for Liquid Luck for muggles, I’m not sure what is!

Wizard Hat Canapes

These sweet and savory canapes are so super easy to do! All you need is some phyllo or crescent roll dough.

Before Baking Baste Ideas

Baste with butter–sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar serve with Nutella or dessert cream cheese. I like to mix ½ cup plain pumpkin puree with 1 tsp cinnamon, ground clove, and nutmeg; with 2 Tbsp. Splenda and a block of cream cheese for the best darn pumpkin dip out there.

Baste with olive oil–sprinkle with Italian seasoning and parmesan cheese.

Baste with butter–sprinkle chili powder, cumin powder, salt and garlic powder serve with salsa, tomatillo salsa or chili cheese dip.

Baste with butter–sprinkle with white cheese powder.

by Brittany McComas

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