How to throw a Willy Wonka themed party

Updated February 21, 2017

Take party guests through the chocolate factory with a Willy Wonka birthday party. Willie Wonka is a purveyor of all things sweet and runs his factory with the help of tiny men called Oompa Loompas. The series of books by Roald Dahl has spawned two movies and millions of fans of all ages. Create a magical party experience for kids by using Willy Wonka's vision to bring the candyland of Charlie Bucket's dreams to life.

Create your very own Golden Ticket invitations. Purchase gold card stock from a stationary or print store. Word the invitation just like the real Golden Tickets with phrases such as, "Greetings to you, finder of this Golden Ticket!" Continue with the party details and at the bottom the words "Present this ticket to be admitted to the chocolate factory on the above date and time." Slip each invitation into a chocolatechocolate bar wrapper and hand deliver them to guests. When kids open the candy, their Golden Ticket will fall out.

Decorate the chocolate factory. Try to utilise a large space for the party if you can. If not, make the most of a smaller space with candy-themed decorations. Check your Christmas bin for any candy-themed decorations such as gumdrop garlands or peppermint sticks. Create large lollipops out of foam or posterboard and hang those on the walls. Colourful streamers and balloons are a must. Tape fun-sized candy bars to streamers and hang posters from the movie and make signs that say things such as "Oompa Loompas Only" and "Candy Room." Place a brightly coloured tablecloth on the table and scatter jelly beans and other colourful candies all over the table. For an added treat, have Dad or the birthday child dress up as Willy Wonka himself.

Play candy-themed games. Host a bubblegum blowing contest to see who can blow the biggest or smallest bubbles with pink bubblegum. Fill a glass jar with gumdrops or jelly beans and have kids guess how many are in the jar. Whoever gets the closest will get to keep the jar of treats. Have a treasure hunt for the kids by hiding large wrapped jawbreaker candies and telling them that Mr. Slugworth has stolen Willy Wonka's secret new candy. Give a special sweet prize for whoever finds the most.

Treat everyone to delicious food and sweet drinks. Set up an ice cream sundae bar with several different flavours of ice cream, toppings such as fudge, caramel and strawberry syrup, and lots of candy toppings such as M & M's, rainbow sprinkles and gummy bears. Offer miniature cupcakes and a chocolate cake to remind kids of the chocolate river from the movie. Drinks can consist of fizzy flavoured sodas you can call "Fizzy Lifting Drinks" made of rainbow sherbet and ginger ale.

Hand out treat bags after the party is over. Fill the bags with Wonka brand candy bars, liquorice ropes, candy notepads and pencils and scented erasers.Throw in a pair of Willy Wonka glasses. Sticker and, temporary tattoos are also good options. If you want to go with less candy, stick to small toys instead.

Things You'll Need

  • Gold card stock
  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Balloons
  • Streamers
  • Foam
  • Scissors
  • Wooden dowels
  • Gumdrop garland
  • Miniature candy bars
  • Tape
  • Candy decorations
  • Movie posters
  • Posterboard
  • Markers
  • Tablecloth
  • Candy
  • Ice cream
  • Toppings for sundaes
  • Mini cupcakes
  • Rainbow sherbet
  • Ginger ale
  • Cups and plates
  • Bubblegum
  • Jawbreakers
  • Loot bags full of treats
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Christi Aldridge has been writing professionally since 2009. She graduated from Texas Christian University, where she was a featured contributor for several campus publications and won an award for best columnist.