28 Willy Wonka Party Ideas

Posted on June 04, 2014 by Tijon Employee
Willy Wonka is one of the most beloved children’s films, and it’s easy to see why. What kid wouldn’t want to spend the day in a larger-than-life chocolate factory? You can recreate the magic and wonder of the film with these Willy Wonka party ideas.

Willy Wonka is the ideal theme for an indoor party. No matter whether you rent a venue or host the party in your home, you can transform your space into a living, breathing candy factory with the right decorations, food and party activities. For an over-the-top party, choose a location that gives you plenty of space to set up props or stage scenes from the film.

By nature, Willy Wonka was eccentric and extravagant. Bold colors, like purple, orange, pink and green are perfect for this theme. Before you start picking out decorations for the event, choose the colors for your theme.
Once you have chosen your colors, you can start purchasing decorations. Here are some ideas to help you get started:

Wonka Bar – Set up a Wonka bar with snacks, candies, food and drinks. Decorate the bar with a “Happy Birthday” streamer, balloons, ribbons and other colorful accessories. 
Candy Displays – To add to the chocolate factory illusion, create large cardboard candy displays. You can also create life-size lollipops by curling flexible pool noodles and attaching them to PVC pipes. Create a large candy button display using white poster paper and foam balls. Use vibrant colors to paint the foam, and cut each ball in half to recreate the look of candy buttons.
Hanging Lollipops – Hang lollipops on the ends of streamers, balloons and other decorations.
Candy-Colored Balloons – Balloons are a simple and inexpensive decorations. Choose bright candy colors that complement the Willy Wonka theme. 
Candy Flowers – Create candy flower displays using lollipops, marshmallows, gum drops and gummy candies. Attach the candies to lollipop sticks and place them inside flower pots. Fill the pots with small candies, like M&Ms, to fill in the extra space between each “flower”.
Golden Ticket Invitations – Get creative with your invites and send each party guest a Golden Ticket. This Golden Ticket can be used to gain entrance into the party.
Willy Wonka Hat Centerpiece – Purchase a purple velvet fedora and attach a green Wonka “W” to the right and left sides. Use the hat as a centerpiece at your party table.

With a Willy Wonka-themed party, the food possibilities are endless. While candy should be the main focus of the menu, you can also include other fun food and drink items, such as:

Chocolate fondue fountain
Cake pops
Jello-filled ice cream cones
Edible tea cups made from ice cream cones
Candy coated apples
Cotton candy
Hot cocoa
Chocolate fountain milk

Lastly, you need to make sure that you have the perfect Willy Wonka cake for your party. A three tier cake topped with a purple Wonka hat and lollipops is a nice choice. Cakes shaped like a Wonka bar and the chocolate fountain are also popular. If you prefer something smaller, you can serve cupcakes instead.

Party Activities
Although the Willy Wonka theme is fun, you will still need to plan some activities to keep the party guests entertained. Below are some great ideas for theme-appropriate activities.

Oompa Loompa sack races – Hold a sack race. The winner receives a fun prize.
Violet’s Blueberry squeeze – Fill a bucket with water balloons. Have the kids pop the balloon inside of another bucket to “squeeze” out Violet’s juice.
Cupcake decorating – Have the kids decorate their own cupcakes with candies and other goodies. 
Golden egg hunt – Have the kids search for golden eggs in the yard. Fill each egg with treats.
Watch the Willy Wonka film – If the kids are old enough to sit still through a movie, you could show the Willy Wonka film.
Paint – Willy Wonka encouraged kids to use their imaginations. Have the kids paint their own candy-themed painting. Encourage them to let their imaginations run wild.
The Juicing Room – Attach purple balloons to a large sheet of wood in the shape of the film’s character Violet. Have the kids take turns popping balloons to “juice” Violet.
Willy Wonka hat craft – Have the kids make their very own Willy Wonka hats out of construction paper. 
Gingerbread House – Have the kids build their own gingerbread house using frosting, candies and sheets of gingerbread cookies. Special kits can also be purchased in stores around the holidays. 
Candy making – Have the kids make their very own candies using chocolate and candy molds.
Magician – Playing on the magic of the Willy Wonka factory, you can hire a magician to make the party even more memorable. Performers are a great way to keep kids entertained, and a magician fits into the Willy Wonka theme perfectly.

As a nice added touch, you can ask a friend or family member to volunteer to dress up as Willy Wonka himself.
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