Willy Wonka Prom Themes

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Willy Wonka Prom Themes
Line tables with candy-filled jars. (Creatas Images/Creatas/Getty Images)

Willy Wonka is a character created by author Roald Dahl in the book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," which was released in the United States in 1964. The magical world in which Willy Wonka lives spurred the production of movies in 1971 and again in 2005. Let the world of Willy Wonka infuse your prom and take you and your classmates on an adventurous journey through the night.

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Focus your prom theme on Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, incorporating an innocent joy without building a childish room. Invite prom-goers to attend by giving them chocolate bars wrapped in golden prom tickets. Transform the prom room into a sophisticated chocolate factory complete with bright red pipes hanging from the ceiling. Build a chocolate river by laying a sparkling chocolate-coloured carpet from the entrance of the building where the prom is being held to the prom room, culminating in a large chocolate river dancing floor. Add colour to the room with a wall decorated to look like a giant waterfall. Place white and milk chocolate fountains on tables for attendees to dip fresh fruit.


Wonka candy can be found in most grocery and department stores as well as in pharmacies across the United States. Instead of creating a Candyland-type of prom room, use the bright colours associated with the candy to decorate the room. Fill a wall with bright coloured circles to mimic candy buttons, arrange colourful tables in a rainbow-like arc and hang paper lanterns from the ceiling. Balance the colours in the room with white. Centrepieces can be made out of jelly bean-filled glass containers holding votive candles.


Willy Wonka experimented with a fizzy lifting drink in a room filled with bubbles. Pass out bottles of bubbles wrapped with each attendee's prom ticket. Use bubble machines to fill the room. Fill iridescent balloons with helium, and decorate the room with silver to honour of the silver fan that tried to suck up Charlie and his grandfather. Decorate tables with clear soda bottles containing flowers.

Oompa Sorting Station

Willy Wonka wouldn't have a factory without his oompa workers. The oompas are little orange people with green poofy hair. The oompas have a room where they sort good and bad eggs. Recreate the oompa room by making giant weigh stations labelled "Good/Bad." Prom-goers can take their pictures next to the scales or life-size oompa cutouts. Fill bowls with chocolate eggs wrapped in gold foil. Balance the oompa fantasy by using minimal colours and interspersing the scales and cutouts throughout the room.

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