How to Throw a Willie Wonka Themed Party

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How to Throw a Willie Wonka Themed Party
Use plenty of assorted chocolates in a "Willy Wonka" themed party. (chocolates image by cherie from

Willy Wonka is the famous fictional chocolatier created by Roald Dahl in "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," first published in 1964. The eccentric character owns a chocolate factory that makes the most delicious and exotic types of chocolates famed all over the world. A "Willy Wonka" themed party is sure to please children and adults alike. Whether throwing a party for your child, your spouse or yourself, incorporate the theme in all elements ranging from decorations to party favours and everything in between for added fun and pleasant memories.

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Things you need

  • Chocolate bars
  • Gold-coloured craft paper sheets
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Markers
  • Balloons
  • Streamers
  • Ribbons
  • Assorted candy and chocolates
  • Glass jars
  • Tables
  • Willy Wonka tablecloth

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    Wrap a chocolate bar in gold-coloured craft paper with a handwritten birthday message such as, "Congratulations! You are the lucky winner of the golden ticket. (Host's name) invites you to his/her Chocolate Factory." Include information such as the time and date, address and an RSVP number. Make several of these, one for each guest, and send them immediately to prevent the chocolate from melting. Try to deliver the "Golden Ticket" invitations two to three weeks before the party.

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    Cut out signs that read "Welcome to Charlie's Chocolate Factory" using Willy Wonka's colours of brown and purple to paste at the gate or entrance. Hang balloons and paste streamers in theme colours on walls, along the entryway and over the front door.

  3. 3

    Hang fishing line or purple or brown ribbon from a tree, door, window frame or ceiling that trails downward. Wrap the other end firmly around a bar of chocolate or assorted candy. Suspend several chocolates this way to incorporate the theme into the decorations.

  4. 4

    Tape Willy Wonka posters or murals on focal points both indoors and outside. Place a table near each with a glass jar filled with assorted candies.

  5. 5

    Divide the venue into different stations, demarcated with posters or signboards. For example, designate an adult to teach kids how to make gingerbread houses at the "Gingerbread" station, and place bowls of sugar-free candy at the station labelled "Candy Eating Contest". Hang a piñata filled with candy and chocolates and ask children to bash it up at the "Piñata" station.

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    Spread a Willy Wonka tablecloth on the buffet table along with mismatched cutlery and crockery. Tie purple or brown balloons to the back of each chair and use chocolate wrappers as placement cards. Place a chocolate fountain in the centre for an appropriate centrepiece.

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    Paste Willy Wonka stickers on plain brown or purple paper bags and fill the bags with assorted candy, theme-related stationery, sticker sheets, gum balls, "Oompa Loompa" whistles etc. Hand a bag to each child at the end of the party.

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