This party was so much fun to plan for a few reasons. One, this year I went with something Ro is really interested in. I didn’t ask him what he wanted for is birthday, but I knew this would be a hit since he was asking to watch the movie at least once a day. Two, it’s my husband’s favorite movie and he was actually really excited whenever I would show him things for the party. And three, I’m now the proud owner of a Cricut! So with my fancy new machine, the movie constantly playing in the background, and a little “pure imagination”, I got to work planning a Wonka-tastic birthday party.
I knew that this was going to be a candy heavy party. I mean, it HAD to be! This also meant that I would need some snacks to break up the sweetness and have something for the not so sugar crazy grown ups. That started to make my budget a little large and I hadn’t even addressed if there would be pizza/hotdogs/lunch of some kind. That all sounded like a ton of food so I decided to do a later/after lunch time party so that snacks and cake (and a truck load of candy) would be enough for party guests.
Side Note: You may be wondering why I decided to hang a poster on my light fixture. We have low ceilings and, therefore, a low hanging fixture over our kitchen table. It’s usually not a problem but we moved the table. Since not everyone is under 5’2″ like yours truly, we thought it would make for something of a “watch your head!” warning.
I think one of my favorite parts of the decor was the balloon arch. I’ve been wanting to do one ever since I learned that they were way easier to make than they look. (Check out all the pins on Pinterest HERE!) I thought it would go great with the “fizzy lifting drinks”…
Speaking of “fizzy lifting drinks”, instead of themed food, I went with some subtle references to iconic elements of the movie. A golden egg in the goodie bags, Wonka’s red carpet on the cake, quotes on the yard lollipops, and a party streamer “chocolate waterfall” to name a few.
I chose not to go with any games because I learned from Gav’s construction party that this age group isn’t really into organized activities. I think the kiddos had a great time playing with bubbles and Play-Doh whenever they wanted. I also made come simple lollipops for the kids to decorate. All they are are circles cut with the Cricut with a large popcicle stick. Bonus points: The lollipops doubled as fans because it’s hot here in Georgia!
I loved creating all of the decorations and especially the cake! Stay tuned for a fun tutorial on how to make a themed cake out of a store bought cake. Oh and yes, the framed decor on the table is ours. I told you, it’s my husband’s favorite movie!
Drink + Candy Wrappers: Party Starking
Paper Straws: Bakers Party Shop