Harry Potter Inspired Wedding

I recently attended a friend’s wedding that had different Harry Potter inspired elements. I thought it would be fun to share them with you guys.

So for one, their colors were red and blue, which I believe is because they are a Gryffindor and a Ravenclaw. So you saw that a lot throughout the venue.

A bridesmaid’s boquet
Where the bride and groom sat during dinner

It’s not something I could have taken a picture of, but my friend walked down the aisle to Hedwig’s Theme.

Their cake topper was a cute piece that said “Mischeif Managed”.


And their wedding favors were Ferrero Rochers with paper wings, to look like a snitch. The wings included the wedding date.


Overall, I think the Harry Potter touches were very tastefully done, and were very reflective of the couple. I wish them all the best! ❤

What book would you theme a wedding around?

❤ Annette

hp wedding


If Hogwarts Houses Were Represented by Pokemon

So, I’ve been bitten by the Pokemon Go bug! I haven’t been posting here as much because I’ve been out and about catching various Pokemon. 🙂 So every month the Silph League holds a themed tournament and this month’s tournament is inspired by Game of Thrones. I don’t plan on participating, but it got me thinking – what if Hogwarts houses were represented in Pokemon?

The only Pokemon knowledge I have is through Pokemon Go, so I’m really only using the first four generations of Pokemon. Hopefully the information I have is accurate. 🙂 Also, this is just for fun!



Type: Fire
I’m not sure why, but I associate fire with courage and bravery. Maybe it’s firefighters, or walking across a hot coals, or just the fact that lions looks like they have a mane of fire. Also, according to Wikipedia, Gryffindor more closely matches the element of fire. (I definitely didn’t see this fact until after I’d chosen fire, but it makes so much sense!)

Mascot: Arcanine
This is a fire-type Pokemon that seems to be a cross between a lion and a dog. The lion is a nod to Gryffindor’s actual mascot. But I also think this Pokemon is a good fit because it’s pretty kick-butt.



Type: Normal
Although “normal” seems like a pretty plain type, I think they represent a lot of what Hufflepuff stands for – hard work, patience, and loyalty.

Mascot: Linoone
I picked this one mostly because it looks closest to Hufflepuff’s original mascot. Also, Hufflepuff somewhat represents the element of Earth, which fits pretty well with this Pokemon



Type: Dragon
In most lores, dragons are known for being highly intelligent creatures. This fits very well with Ravenclaw’s value on intelligence, learning, and wit. (Unfortunately dragons aren’t super-intelligent in the Harry Potter series, so it isn’t a perfect fit.) Also, Ravenclaw fits the element of air, and Dragons spend a lot of time in the air. Flying type would be a second contender for their type.

Mascot: Latios
According to pokemongo.gishan.net, “It understands human speech and is highly intelligent.” It’s also a dragon type, and it’s blue!



Type: Poison
Poison/venom is often associated with snakes. (And yes, I know the difference between poison and venom, but Pokemon only has a poison typing and not a venom typing.) Additionally, the use of poison seems to be associated with ambition, cunning, and resourcefulness.

Mascot: Seviper
A pretty sweet snake. Fits with the different personality types associated with Slytherin.


Anyways, I had a lot of fun putting this together. What typings/Pokemon would you chose for each Hogwarts house?

❤ Annette


Quiz: Sort Your Dog into a Hogwarts House

My friend came up with this idea and I thought it sounded like a lot of fun! Here’s a short quiz to sort your dog into a Hogwarts House. Keep track of how many As, Bs, Cs, and Ds they get. I’ve included photos of my dog, because I think she’s adorable. ❤

  1. You take your dog to the a brand new dog park. They:
    1. Bravely bounce into the park, introducing themselves to all the dogs.
    2. Stick right by your side, annoyed if another dog tries to approach you.
    3. Are mostly interested in the agility toys (hoops, jumps) set up.
    4. Quickly introduce themselves to the other humans present, figuring out how to get pets/scratches from each.

      Daisy at the dog park
  2. You place a treat under one of three upside-down cups. They:
    1. Wait for you to reveal where the treat is.
    2. Sniff until they’ve found the right cup, and push it over to receive the treat.
    3. Immediately go to the correct cup and treat, no sniffing required.
    4. Knock over all three cups to find the treat.
  3. A visitor comes over for the first time. Your dog:
    1. Runs happily up to the person, wagging their tail.
    2. Sticks by your side until you indicate that the visitor is okay.
    3. Does something new and unexpected each time you have a new visitor.
    4. Doesn’t let the person in until they have been thoroughly sniffed and approved of.
  4. It’s time for a treat! Your dog prefers:
    1. Pretty much anything you give them. They’re always up for something new!
    2. A simple puzzle toy, like a Kong filled with peanut butter
    3. A complex puzzle toy, where they have to solve a puzzle to get a treat dispensed (like a shuffle board or flip board)
    4. A chew, such as a bull stick or beef knuckle
  5. Does your dog have any nervous habits?
    1. Nope, they’re always confident.
    2. They yawn.
    3. They hide.
    4. They stick out their tongue or lick their nose.

      Guess what my dog’s nervous habit is?
  6. Does your dog bark a lot?
    1. Only if approached by an unfamiliar dog or person.
    2. All the time.
    3. Only if you ask them to “speak”.
    4. Yes, but only at a low volume.
  7. You take your dog to an obedience class. They:
    1. Grow bored after a while and start exploring the area.
    2. Keep trying until they get every command perfectly.
    3. Pick the commands up quicker than all the other dogs in the class.
    4. Figure out how to get to the treats without following a command.

      A perfect “sit”
  8. Would your dog make a good service dog?
    1. Maybe. They’re generally kind to everyone, but also love adventures.
    2. Absolutely! My dog would do anything for me.
    3. Sure – they’re a quick learner.
    4. Nope, there’s no way they wouldn’t get into trouble.
  9. You take your dog hiking. They:
    1. Run ahead to scout out the trail.
    2. Never get tired and stick by your side the whole time.
    3. Want to sniff everything.
    4. Stay close, but as the leader of your “pack”.

  10. You give your dog a new toy. They:
    1. Destroy it.
    2. Are obsessed with it and play with it for hours.
    3. Quickly grow bored with it.
    4. Would rather play with the packaging.


Mostly As: Gryffindor – your dog is courageous, brave, and chivalrous.
Mostly Bs: Hufflepuff – your dog is a hard worker, is patient, just, and loyal.
Mostly Cs: Ravenclaw – your dog is intelligent, creative, a quick learner, and witty.
Mostly Ds: Slytherin – your dog is ambitious, cunning, resourceful, and a good leader.

(House descriptions from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hogwarts.)

Daisy the Gryffindor (and her summer haircut)

In case you’re wondering, that means my dog is a Gryffindor. (Although Ravenclaw was a close second.)

What house was your dog sorted into?

❤ Annette