Idea No.

14658

Willy Wonka -8yr- Wonka Ring Toss

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Date

December 2006

From

Joan in Langhorne, PA USA

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WIlly Wonka Party

My daughter picked a Willy Wonka theme for her eighth birthday, so we incorporated aspects of  both movies into her party. 

I sent out golden ticket invitations, made from laser printed gold paper  I purchased at Michael's. 

The party was held at a local legion hall I rented for the afternoon.  Music  from both movies played constantly all afternoon.  Since there is not much available with the Willy  Wonka theme, almost all of the decorations were homemade.  I made eight large lollipops (about 3  feet tall) using cake board circles hot glued to dowels.  After they were colored (each was a 5-color  swirl lollipop), I wrapped the tops in cellophane and tied them with ribbon.  Two of these were  placed outside at the front door and the rest were used to decorate inside.  I found large candy  canes at the dollar store and placed two of them outside by the front door too.  I also made many  different types of candy out of colored poster board and construction paper (the birthday girl was  thrilled to help - she painted paper gumdrops with iridescent glitter glue to make them look sugary  and sparkly).  These were used to decorate the walls.  I wrapped 4 inch Styrofoam balls in colored  cellophane and these looked great placed on a ledge that ran the length of the walls.  My dad  helped me make large silver "kisses" by cutting and bending paper plates into a pyramid shape and  then taping them and covering them with foil.  The extra golden tickets not used as invitations also  served as decorations. 

The main color theme of the party was purple and gold.  Tablecloths, plates,  napkins, forks, spoons etc. were all in these colors.  There were 7 tables for the adults and 3 tables  (set up in a "u" shape) for the kids.  Table covers alternated between purple and gold for each table.   I made a centerpiece for each consisting of a 4 inch clay flowerpot (painted either purple or yellow).   I purchased large multicolored swirled lollipops and stuck them into foam in the pot.  Then either  yellow or purple paper shred covered the top of the pot.  The purple pots went on the yellow table  cloths, and the yellow pots went on the purple tablecloths.  Assorted candies were then scattered  around the pots.  Someone at each table won the centerpiece at the end of the party (they had a  sticker on their chair).  I purchased a dozen paper lanterns that looked like round mints from  Oriental Trading, and they hung from the ceiling.  Also, I made a large poster that said "Willy asks:   Did you know" under which was listed many interesting trivia facts about candy.  I got these facts  at candyusa.com.  I created and printed my own Willy Wonka word searches for the kids to work on  when they arrived, and I also printed some coloring pages I found online. 

Each child had a goodie  bag at their place that included a large flat stick of taffy, a yo-yo that looked like a mint, a colorful  bouncing rubber "knot" ball that we called gobstoppers, a twisted lollipop, a toothbrush, a Wonka  bar and assorted other Wonka candy.  I was fortunate enough to find Wonka bars at a local  supermarket 6 for $1. 

The kids had 5 activities.  One was "gumball guess" where everyone (adults  included) could guess how many gumballs were in the jar.  The winner got the gumballs.  There  were 750 (yes I really counted them!!). 

Another game was "pass the hat".  I found a hat that used to  belong to my grandfather that looked just like a Hershey kiss.  The kids stood in a circle and when  we played movie music, the kids took turns putting the hat on their heads.  When the music  stopped, whoever had the hat was out. 

We also played "pin the Wonka bar on Charlie".  I printed  out pictures of Wonka bars, and also a picture of Freddie Highmore's head (he was Charlie in the  newer movie).  I glued his head on a large piece of poster board and drew the rest of his body with  his hand up.  The kids took turns trying to "pin" the wonka bars on his hand. 

Another game was  "Good egg/bad egg".  I announced the good news that our goose had laid golden eggs and the kids  each got to take a golden egg (cut from gold poster board) out of a basket.  All but two of them had  red x's on the back.  Two had green check marks.  I announced that the red x's were bad eggs but  the ones who had green checks were good eggs and could come to the prize box.  Every time a  child won a game they could pick a prize (dollar store prizes) out of the box.  I made sure every  child had a prize by the end of the party. 

The fifth game was ring toss.  I made the ring toss game  starting with a slab of Styrofoam (about three feet long, two feet wide).  I covered the ends in foil  and wrapped brown fabric around the middle.  I wrote "chocolate" with a silver pen on the fabric so  it ended up looking like a big chocolate bar.  I found a large metal candy cane ornament at a craft  store, and stuck that in at one end.  At the other end, I painted a stack of 6 Styrofoam balls to look  like multicolored gumballs.  I ran some strong wire through them for stability, and stuck them in at  the other end.  In the middle, toward the back I stuck a lollipop made of a painted Styrofoam ball  pushed onto a dowel and wrapped in cellophane.  I hot glued everything for extra strength.  Each of  these three things had a different point value and each child got three throws.  Whoever had the  most points at the end was the winner. 

We had normal party food: hot dogs, mac & cheese, pbj's,  veggie sticks with dip, etc.  By far the highlights of our food table were the two fountains: we had a  fountain of dark chocolate into which we dipped strawberries, marshmallows, bananas and peanut  butter cookies.  The other was a beverage fountain into which we poured chocolate milk.  It was our  "chocolate waterfall" and the kids (and adults too) had fun holding their cups under the "waterfall".  

Finally, the cake.  None of my local bakeries had Wonka themed cakes, so I got brave and made it  myself.  I made a two layer vanilla cake out of four 9x13 cakes.  To decorate, I used green icing for  "grass" and diagonally down the middle was dark chocolate icing for the river.  I melted the icing  and poured it on so it looked like it flowed rather than being spread on.  Then I pushed clusters of  dum dum lollipops in and placed mini candy canes all along the banks of the river.  Finally I found  sprigs of colored beads on brown stems at the craft store and I cut and bent them to look like  candy trees.  It turned out very well and I was proud of my first attempt at a large cake. 

None of us  wore costumes, but many of us (guests included) wore chocolate brown colored clothes.  It was a  great party and the birthday girl and her friends had a great time.

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