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Fantastic Wizard of Oz Party + Movie-Inspired Activities

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Lions, and tigers, and bears… oh my CUTENESS!  This fantastic Wizard of Oz Party is overflowing with creative details and activities inspired by the classic film… there’s even a “tornado” hanging over the kids table! I also love that the two birthday girls helped mom – Jennifer of Double the Fun Parties – dream up all these clever ideas for their birthday party. Sounds like party planning just might run in the genes. ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • “Lollipop Guild Candy Shoppe” with yellow brick road backdrop & tissue daisy rainbow
  • Tin Man crafts, rainbow bead necklace making, & a visit with “Professor Marvel”
  • “Ruby Red” cake pops and adorable fondant movie characters
  • Table centerpiece: Dorothy’s house + the infamous Wicked Witch of the East’s legs
  • Photo booth with “character hats” for the kids (Glinda crown, Scarecrow hat, Lion’s mane & more!)

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PARTY DETAILS, as told by Jennifer

My girls have loved The Wizard of Oz for years now, which sounds silly to say when they are only seven, but it’s the truth. So when I tossed out some birthday party ideas to them, a Wizard of Oz theme was the clear winner. The only problem was narrowing down our ideas to just one party! The girls and I watched the movie with legal tablets and pencils to jot down the most iconic moments. Meg wanted to paint someone green… I rejected that idea. We decided on a dessert table in the dining room and activities and a candy bar in the playroom.

Downstairs, we made tin men and rainbow bead necklaces. (I saved a lot of soup cans!) The girls wrote what they would ask the Wizard for in picture frames that I decorated with gingham paper and felt poppies from Little Boo Creations.

They also got to visit Professor Marvel – the girls’ Uncle Ray, who was an incredibly good sport to wear a turban with a broach!

They visited a photo booth with the most wonderful character “hats” from Peas & Thank Yous. Jill created a Witch hat, Glinda crown, Dorothy’s pigtails, Scarecrow hat, Tin Man hat, and Lion’s mane. I can’t even tell you how beautiful these are in person!

The girls visited the Lollipop Guild Candy Shoppe and got to choose from rainbow colored candies. The backdrop of the candy bar was a yellow brick pattern. In front of the bricks, I created a rainbow out of paper fans, and added two bluebirds. I used a few Melissa & Doug yellow bricks to elevate some of the apothecary jars.

Go to upstairs for cake, the girls had to capture the witch’s broom. They “melted” me with a bucket of tinsel garland, captured my broom and won their trip to the dessert table!

Our guests drank Wicked Witch Punch and ate Yellow Brick Road Bars (lemon bars), Ruby Red Cake Pops, and Technicolor Treats (frosted brownies). USPS let us down and didn’t deliver our very pretty sugar cookie Witch Hats and Glinda Crowns from Sweet Dough. But, our wonderful cake pop lady, Cake Pops by Jen, surprised us with candied pretzels! We filled in with those and chocolate chip cookies.

Our cake was the now classic rainbow cake originated by Whisk Kid via Martha Stewart. My favorite thing was that Brittany of Edible Details created fondant cake toppers of Dorothy and friends, the yellow brick road, and the Wicked Witch of the East’s legs.

The dessert table featured food labels from Loralee Lewis, with a design based on the 1939 UK movie poster. I also included details from the movie: Miss Gulch’s bicycle, the Witch’s hourglass, Dorothy’s suitcase, and bluebirds. Our backdrop was more blue gingham and from that we hung a stunning print of Somewhere Over the Rainbow from Sugar Fresh. The frame was created just for this print and party by my friend Juliet of Quite a Pair Keepsakes.

On the table, I layered blue gingham placemats with white chargers and red glass dessert plates. Our red napkins were wrapped in blue gingham paper. A yellow table runner was topped with Dorothy’s house, a smashed witch, and a tornado. I used tin cans to hold poppies that were secured with heart-shaped marbles and tied with yellow ribbon.

Amy of Custom Creations sewed the sweet gingham and ruby slipper chair covers. They just tie on with red grosgrain ribbon. I had the birthday girls’ chair covers embroidered with their names to mark their places of honor.

Our final activity was a rainbow piñata. I stuffed it with rainbow bracelets, glitter balls, and erasers – but no candy; we’d had our fill of sweets!

The girls took home their Tin Man crafts, Wizard frames and yellow buckets of candy and piñata loot. Our goody bag was a gingham tin lunch box. Inside, each box had rainbow bubbles, heart necklace, rainbow hair elastics, poppy barrette from Little Boo Creations, and a Glinda wand.

The exclusive Double the Fun Parties Wizard of Oz Party Plan is available in our shop here for just $19!

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By |2018-07-26T14:24:12+00:00June 21st, 2012|Kids Birthday, Parties for Girls, Theme Parties, Twins Birthday|

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 (8) and Rylie (6). 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. Jennifer @ Double the Fun Parties June 21, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Thank you so much for featuring my party! So excited to see the post!

  2. Sandra June 21, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Congrats Jen your party is adorable and looks like you had some pretty amazing helpers. Kudos!!

  3. Lydia- The Party Wagon June 21, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Fantastic!! I love all of the details- especially the fabulous backdrop!! Great party, Jennifer!!

  4. Kathy - Tickled Peach Studio June 21, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Love this party! Congratulations on the feature Jennifer!

  5. Party Patisserie (Debbie) June 21, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    I love the Wizard of Oz. You did such a great job Jennifer!

  6. Michelle June 21, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Love all of the fun details and a modern take on a classic movie! Great party!!

  7. Cari November 2, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    The party looks Like so much fun! I was wondering what you did for the tin man craft? Did you just use cans the Styrofoam balls and then the little hearts and hats? Thank you!

  8. Ledingham December 11, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Wow, this looks like an amazing party. My little girl loves wizard of oz and she would adore this!

  9. randi miller January 7, 2013 at 7:05 am

    How did you make the witches legs/feet that sat under th house on the table??

  10. Mary Catherine ward February 12, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Cute party! Where did you get the gingham tin lunchbox?

  11. charlotte henderson May 28, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Hello, I’m a Brownie Leader and my theme for camp is ‘Wizard of Oz’ where did you get the photo props from? I would love to do this with my girls but have no idea where to get them from? Any ideas?!

  12. Jennifer @ Double the Fun Parties June 21, 2014 at 7:17 am

    HI – Thanks for your questions about where I found things for my party or how I made them. My party plan e-guide has all those answers, and it plans the party for you:


    Thanks again,

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