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Playtime just got a lot more magical with these new HARRY POTTER™ dolls dressed for the YULE BALL. To the delight of my wizard-wannabes, we conjured up Golden Egg bath bombs in honor of the TRIWIZARD TOURNAMENT™.
In 1999, I packed my suitcase with the first three books headed to London for a semester abroad. Knowing HARRY POTTER™ was from London, it seemed like a fitting choice. Little did I know I would become so utterly captivated by the stories. Fast forward a couple of decades, and my new favorite thing about Harry Potter is sharing the magical world with my daughters who are now equally obsessed.
They’ve read the books, seen the movies, visited the parks, had a Harry Potter birthday party, worn the robes, and performed in a school play. The only thing left to do was to bring Harry Potter to playtime with dolls. So, of course, we had to have the Harry Potter Yule Ball dolls.
HARRY POTTER YULE BALL Dolls
Dressed in their finest attire, Harry Potter, RON WEASLEY™, HERMIONE GRANGER™, and CHO CHANG™ are ready for the Yule Ball. My girls couldn’t stop gushing about how much the dolls look like the characters, and they are right. From Hermione’s freckles to Ron’s signature smirk, they really look the part.
Everyone wanted to play with the new dolls — in fact, it didn’t take long for my daughter to invite her friend (also a Harry Potter fan) over to play. They even watched one of the movies with their dolls.
Harry Potter™ Golden Egg Bath Bombs
To make playtime even more magical, I set up a “mini potions” class for my daughters and their Harry Potter Yule Ball dolls.
I taught the girls how to make their very own golden egg bath bombs. Later we learned the secret of our golden eggs when we placed them underwater. Of course, ours didn’t reveal a mermaid song like the movie, but fizzy bubbles and golden water. After seeing the golden water in the bowl, the girls can’t wait to take a bath with the bath bombs!
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup citric acid
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon fractionated coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon melted shea butter
- 1 tablespoon Polysorbate 80*
- 20 drops of your favorite essential oil**
- 2 teaspoons gold mica powder
- 1 teaspoon water
- Yellow, red and blue food coloring
- Rubbing alcohol (optional)
- Plastic Easter eggs
Makes approximately four large egg-shaped bath bombs.
* I don’t use Polysorbate 80 in all of my bath bombs, but with the gold mica powder, it is a must. It helps the mica and oils mix so everything rinses clean from your tub. No staining, no mess to clean up. Trust me, it’s good stuff.
** We used lemongrass as our essential oil this time, but you could use peppermint, lavender, or any other scent you feel like.
The first step is to color your baking soda. To get a golden yellow mix 12 drops of yellow food coloring, 2 drops of red and 1 drop of blue with a teaspoon of water. (I mixed mine in a shot glass.) Pour baking soda and colored liquid in a mixing bowl and mix until color is even.
Add cornstarch, citric acid, and 1 teaspoon of gold mica to the colored baking soda and mix until even.
In a separate bowl, combine the other wet ingredients.
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and combine until mixture looks like damp sand. When it clumps together in your hand, it is ready. If it is too dry, you can add a little rubbing alcohol.
Pack mixture into plastic Easter egg halves well and set aside. (I found it was best to slightly overfill the eggs and let some of the mixture fall out when I put the halves together.)
Allow eggs to sit for a few minutes, and then carefully remove bath bombs from the eggs. This is the trickiest step. I found that the eggs generally split in half when I removed them. If this happens, gently press the two halves together and your fingers to press leftover mixture into the seam. (Once fully dry, they will stay together.) Set aside to dry for an hour or so.
For even more sparkle, use a paintbrush or your fingertips to brush gold mica powder on all over the eggs.
Allow bath bombs to fully dry for 24 hours before use.
While waiting for the bath bombs to cure, magical playtime with Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, and Cho Chang was in full force. I overheard spell casting, giggles and a lot of imaginative play. The dolls have eleven “joints” in the neck, shoulders, hips, knees, elbows, and wrists, making them great for spellbinding poses!
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