Instead of a house-wide scavenger hunt for this year's party, John and I upgraded to a Potter-themed Escape Room - and we're never going back. MWUAHAHAAAAA!
Yep, this thing was a blast to build and a huge hit with our guests. I'm already excited to start on next year's!
We used John's Game Room to set up, and limited ourselves to about half a dozen puzzles to keep the time limit manageable. We had nearly 20 teams to get through the room, so we aimed for a challenge that only lasted about 15 minutes.
Looking back, my only regret is limiting the team sizes, since it seemed like the larger teams of 3-4 had the most fun. (We suggested going in pairs.) These are definitely best done with a group, where you can shout and laugh together!
We put together a video to show you all the cool stuff, ready to see?
Now let me walk you through all the details! I'll also show you how we built everything, and link to some of the key products we used, in case you want to make your own. (Which you totally should.)
Room overview. This space is only 10X10, so it's quite tiny!
(I know the theming is a little...meh... but we were more focused on the puzzle aspects. Next year I'll do better!)
The other side of the room.
John built a slide-in shelf to cover our large screen TV in the middle of the wall unit:
This meant no video games for the final month while we finished prepping the room. :(
We really sacrificed for this party, you guys.
I had a lot of fun decorating the shelves. Everything here we already had around the house; I just gathered up everything shiny, old, or "wizardy."
Some of these decorations were already here, so that helped:
(This was a happy coincidence: all the artists of these pieces were at the party! House owls by Dennis Hansbury - who just made House-themed BATS, ermergerh. Papercut owl in the back by Charles Thurston, Sirius Black by Bonnie Wong, and the tiny badger figurine by Christie Cox.)
The rest of the stuff I packed up and replaced with more magical themed goodies:
I really like how this lower desk turned out:
That gold box was completely handmade by John, and is my favorite element in the room.
Here's a peek at the inner guts of its construction, see if you can figure out how it works: