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Magical Willy Wonka Inspired Birthday Party

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It really does seem like Hugo won the golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory for his birthday! Sarah of Crackers Art & Design created just about everything in this magical, colorful and amazing party. What’s your favorite part? Mine is a tie between the incredible backdrop and the hilarious photo booth props!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Fantastic movie-inspired printables starring Willy & the Oompa Loompas
  • (Good) Golden Eggs and adorable Marshmallow “Toadstools”
  • Playful wigs, paper hats, & lots of silliness in the Willy Wonka Photo Booth
  • Lots of golden chocolate bars (of course!), fizzy drinks, & more!

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PARTY DETAILS, as told by Sarah

I’d recently finished reading Charlie And The Chocolate Factory with my son Hugo, and his head was full of golden tickets, chocolate waterfalls, and strange little singing oompa loompas. Of course, I knew I had to share the original 1971 movie with him, and when Mr Wonka invited his guests into the edible garden at the heart of the factory, the look on Hugo’s face was exactly how I felt when I watched it as a child – you just really, REALLY want to be one of those kids gorging themselves on edible toadstools and lollipop flowers! I knew I had to try and recreate the magic of the chocolate factory for Hugo somehow for his 7th birthday party.

I love the original 1971 Wonka movie, with its awesome retro aesthetic and the brilliance of Gene Wilder. There is so much to love about the book, and even more to love about how it was adapted the screen. There was no question for me that I wanted to emulate the look and feel of the characters and props from that movie. I designed the invitations and cake based on the classic Wonka chocolate bar packaging, and I really wanted to feature Willy Wonka and oompa loompas everywhere I possibly could. They are such brilliant characters and you can’t help but smile when you look at them.

The party guests enjoyed everything from marshmallow toadstools, to toffee apples, to golden eggs, and washed it all down with fizzy lifting drinks. The party favours were wrapped lollipops and Wonka chocolate bars, and in between games and a sit-down lunch, everyone had a turn in the Wonka photo booth. I designed and created all of the printables and props based on so many of the fun ideas from the book and movie, and cut and assembled them all by hand to create tables with lots of depth and interest.

Most of all, I just wanted to create a party full of energy and colour that would make the kids’ eyes bug out as soon as they walked in. And it worked!

Vendor Credit
By |2017-04-18T10:23:47-07:00May 4th, 2012|Kids Birthday, Parties for Boys, Parties for Girls, Sweets, Theme Parties|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (9) and Rylie (7). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. ThisBakerGirlBlogs May 4, 2012 at 5:42 am

    Oh WOW! It looks like so much fun! Love everything about it :)

  2. Amber Maddux May 4, 2012 at 6:02 am

    this is one of the best birthdays I have seen on your site – I would love this as an adult birthday!!!!

  3. Kimberly O May 4, 2012 at 7:48 am

    This is so amazing! It might just be my favorite party on here so far! Now I just need to find someone to throw a party like this for ME! Haha!

  4. Windy City Novelties May 4, 2012 at 9:23 am

    This entire party is fun and looks just like the items from the movie! Great Job!

  5. Stacy May 4, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Amazing timing! We are giving our son a Willy Wonka party in July and this gave me some great ideas. You did a great job with making everything vibrant colored and eye catching!

  6. mahaliamaranan-gagajena May 4, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Wow! I’m wondering if this will be available to purchase on the site?

    • Crackers Art May 4, 2012 at 6:06 pm

      Hi there. :o) I will have the party printable range for this theme available in my Etsy shop over this weekend. You’ll find the link to the shop on my blog. Thanks so much for your interest. :o)

  7. Crackers Art May 4, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Thankyou SO MUCH for the lovely comments everyone. As you can tell, I had the most fantastic time putting this party together and I really appreciate HWTM featuring it…HUGE thanks. Everybody at the party had so much fun and the adults appreciated everything as much as the kids! As you can tell, I have a lot of affection for the book and the 1971 movie. :o)

  8. Bec Marr May 5, 2012 at 2:10 am

    Super Dooper – love it! Great Work Crackers!

  9. Hollie May 5, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Love this… filled with charming details!

  10. Amy May 14, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Where can I find the yellow polka dot fabric used in the pictures? I am hoping to recreate what you did for our 5th grade banquet school pictures.

  11. Rachel Strange October 3, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    This is amazing! The first time my daugter saw the original film she sat back in wonder and said "I want to go there!". What kinds of games did you plan?

    • Crackers Art October 31, 2012 at 11:37 pm

      Hi Rachel. We kept it pretty simple with games, like tossing sandbags into a net, knocking over cans (sideshow style), a photo booth, and a relay race where each player had to unwrap lollies wearing woolen gloves and a silly hat. The rest of the time they were happy to jump on the trampoline! :)
      Cheers, Sarah

  12. Guest October 5, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    HOLY COW!!! This is beyond adorable!!!

    • Crackers Art October 31, 2012 at 11:39 pm

      Thank you so much! We had heaps of fun. :)

  13. Christina Williams January 26, 2013 at 5:20 am

    willing to sell any of what you made? My son is turning 12 and wants a Willy Wonka party..

  14. maria August 1, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Hello! Crackers art is on vacation and I need Wonkas clipart, can anyone help me?

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