If you’re looking for a party theme that will delight children of all ages, a Willy Wonka-themed party is the golden ticket – pun intended. With colorful décor, fantastical treats, and a touch of magic, you can create an unforgettable experience that will transport your little guests to the chocolate factory of their dreams. And who doesn’t love chocolate? Plus, I’ll show you how you can have your cake and eat it too, with healthy versions of chocolate treats to avoid sugar overload. Here’s How to Throw a Willy Wonka Themed Kids Party.
Okay, so when you think Willy Wonka, you don’t think FOOD, per se, but treats. So, we know that we see things like candy canes, hard candy, gummies and, of course, chocolate. You can pick any sweets you want really. If you want to opt for healthier versions – if you kids aren’t opposed to less sweet tastes – consider using chocolate with a 70% cacao content (or higher. I love 85%) to maximize the health benefits of cacao. Here are some ideas:
- Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries:
- Nuff said. You can also use any fruit of your liking, or nuts.
- Chocolate Avocado Mousse:
- Blend ripe avocados with cocoa powder, a touch of honey or maple syrup, and a splash of almond milk for a creamy and rich chocolate mousse.
- Chocolate Protein Balls:
- Mix rolled oats, protein powder, almond butter, and cocoa powder. Roll the mixture into bite-sized balls and refrigerate. For an alternative, use dates instead of oats to make delicious date balls. You can sub the protein powder for chopped nuts instead.
- Chocolate Smoothie:
- Create a chocolate-flavored smoothie by blending frozen banana, cocoa powder, Greek yogurt, and a drizzle of honey. You can also add spinach or kale for added nutrition – you won’t even taste it.
- Chocolate Chia Pudding:
- Combine chia seeds, unsweetened cocoa powder, almond milk, and a bit of honey or maple syrup. Let it sit in the refrigerator overnight, and you’ll have a delicious, chocolatey pudding, full of omegas for healthy little brains!
- Chocolate Banana Ice Cream:
- Freeze ripe bananas, then blend them with a bit of cocoa powder and a splash of almond milk. This creates a creamy, ice cream-like treat without the added sugar.
- Chocolate Greek Yogurt Parfait:
- Layer Greek yogurt with cocoa powder, sliced bananas or berries, and a sprinkle of granola for a protein-packed dessert.
Willy Wonka Invitations
Set the tone for the party with enchanting invitations that resemble Wonka’s iconic golden tickets. You can purchase golden ticket-style invitations or create your own by printing golden ticket designs and adding all the party details in whimsical fonts. Or let Yombu design them for you, request a custom party invite here.
Transform your party space into a scene straight out of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Here are some decoration ideas:
- Balloon Forest: Create a colorful balloon forest with an assortment of vibrant balloons. Hang oversized lollipops and candy canes among the balloons to add to the sweet atmosphere. Check out Balloons by Tommy for a professional touch.
- Chocolate River: We wish. But you can opt for a chocolate fountain instead!
- Candy Trees: Craft your own candy trees using styrofoam cones, hot glue, and an assortment of candy (gummy bears, gumdrops, etc.) as “leaves” – if you can bear to part with the candy.
- Wonka Backdrops: Hang backdrops to welcome guests and take photos in front of.
Activities and Games
- Golden Ticket Hunt: Organize a treasure hunt with golden ticket clues hidden around the party area. The treasure could be a special treat or a small prize.
- Lollipop Garden Crafting: Set up a crafting station where kids can create their own lollipop gardens using colorful paper and real lollipops as the “flowers.”
- Chocolate Tasting: Host a mini chocolate tasting session with a variety of chocolate bars and treats. Discuss the different flavors and textures just like Mr. Wonka himself. If you feel like splurging, check out this chocolate tasting for some inspiration.
- Oompa Loompa Dance: Teach the kids the iconic Oompa Loompa dance from the movies and have a dance-off.
The candy-fest will continue long after the party has ended with candy filled party favors. Of course, you need to include a Wonka bar! Along with that, any variety of candy (probably more of what was on the table) will go down well – jars of colorful candies, chocolates, and gummies. Get the gold theme going by painting everlasting gobstoppers with edible metallic paints. Personalize Wonka Bar wrappers and fill them with chocolate coins or bars.
With these ideas and a sprinkle of imagination, you can throw a Willy Wonka-themed kids’ party that will be nothing short of magical. So, gather your golden tickets, step into the world of pure imagination, and watch as your young guests revel in the sweetness of it all. It’s a party they’ll remember for a lifetime!
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