If you saw the revised movie of this classic tale, your kid may very well want to celebrate her birthday at the Factory as well. If so, here are some ideas to re-enact with your kid and the “Golden Ticket” winners!
For the invitation, hand-deliver chocolate bars with a “golden ticket” inside the wrapping. On the ticket, put all of the party details! Request that they bring along their ticket to gain access to their chocolaty fate!
For decorations, wrap your front door in brown paper with a bright, big ribbon either painted on the paper or use an actual ribbon to the front entrance. Also, make sure to put a sign on the door welcoming the kids to “Chocolate Factory.”
Just as in the movie, have the kids gather at the front door wondering when the door will open. You could have a party helper taking pictures and interviewing the lucky kids who found the “Golden Tickets” as they arrive. Exactly at the appointed start time of the party, open the doors in a dramatic fashion.
Inside, decorate the party area with all sorts of candy boxes, strung lights, balloons in an array of candy colors and streamers as well. You can take large, Styrofoam balls and wrap them in bright colors of cellophane and have them all over the room. Also, draw large spotted mushrooms on cardboard and cut out and paste all over the party room.
Use a Candy Cane Tablecloth for the party table. Any primary colored table ware would be perfect for the party colors. Make sure to have jars of all sorts of candies on the table. Some candies could include: Laffy Taffy, Licorice Whips, Pixie Sticks, Large, Suckers, Tart Candies, Gobstoppers, and Gum Balls. Have the kids guess how many Gobstoppers and Gum Balls are in the jars as an additional game.
Recruit two small kids to be the Oompa Loompas and have the kids each sign a “contract” as they enter the factory ~ just like in the movie.
Use different areas of your home for the different candy-making areas. Place a sign on each door to the room. As an example, stick candy dots all over a wall in one room and have the party guests’ names on the different strips and have the kids bite them off the edible wallpaper. In the bathroom place chocolate scented soap and lotion for the kids to use. You could also place drinks in a chest in a bathtub and when the kids enter have a bubble blowing machine on that the kids walk through to use the soap and lotion and grab a fizzy drink.
Make the kitchen a chocolate-making room…have the kids place fruit pieces on a skewer and then dip into melted chocolate. Make chocolate mice using chocolate covered cherries, a Hershey’s Kiss for the head and almonds for ears. Make a batch of Rice Krispie treats and place a Popsicle stick in each one and have the kids dip these into chocolate.
Host a few Silly Wonka Games. Give the kids sour gum and have a bubble blowing contest. Don’t tell that the gum is sour!
Have a Golden Egg Throwing Contest, fill a yellow balloon with water and have the kids pair off and throw the Golden Egg back and forth, taking one step back after each toss. See who can toss the Egg the furthest without it breaking.
Throw Lifesavers through a cardboard mouth!
Enjoy an Everlasting Gobstopper Relay Race. Have the kids run with a Gobstopper on a spoon from one end and back again and hand off to the next team member. If the Gobstopper is dropped, the team must begin again!
Have an Oompa Loompa Dress-Up Relay Race. Put a couple of funny costumes together that look like the characters from the movie. Have the kids dress up, race to the other end, and return, take off the costume, and the next kid must do the same.
During cake and ice cream, and as the kids depart, play the movie.
Making Ice Cream Cone Cakes would be perfect for this party. Have on the party table lots of little candies that the kids can use to decorate their little cakes, i.e. gummies, chocolates, etc.
For Goody Bags, give a bag out with all of the Willy Wonka candies…easy enough. Or, you could give away those very large lollipops that will take kids hours to eat. They look pretty and fun! You could also send home a little toothbrush and tube of toothpaste as a little reminder to brush after the sweets!