This is the third year we hosted Harry Potter Book Night, and every year it’s the same – for at least a month or two before February, it’s hard to think of anything else. Only a small percentage of that is due to excitement/anticipation – the rest was just lots and lots and lots of planning and work.
Since our events usually have a mix of children and adult participants, it isn’t as fun to just use the activity packs we get – some of the activities would be boring for the adults, while others might be too difficult for the younger kids. So we would improvise, or create our own games. And we would be making props, doing research, writing e-mails (which is the work-related thing I like to do least, and unfortunately the most important bit of any event planning) all while trying to do my regular work.
Every year, as we get nearer to the event, I would think “I can’t wait to get this over with.” Every year, the moment we wrap up, and I’m cleaning up, I would think, “I have so many ideas for the next one.” And it starts again…
This year we managed to wrap things up on time, by making one of our staple games more elaborate with side quests, and adding only one extra game after. We also hosted a small gaming session a couple of hours before the event, playing the Wizarding Duel card game that one of our staff created for last year’s HPBN, and a kid-friendly, wizarding-world-only version of Cards Against Humanity (with the addition of “power cards” which caused much drama and back-stabbing!)
The card games were so fun, I may include them in the main event next year.