‘Who can take a sunrise, sprinkle it in dew, cover it in chocolate and a miracle or two? The candyman can, cause he mixes it with love and makes the world taste good’.
I absolutely love the original Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory movie and I couldn’t wait to show it to my kids. My eldest liked it so much that I told her about a party idea I had and she asked if I would do it for her birthday. To make the party work I would have to find or make Wonka Bars with golden tickets for the invitations! I came across @chocablockchocolates who not only made them but with Lindt chocolate! My childhood dream of a Willy Wonka party was going to happen. I ordered an extra invitation so I could have the thrill of opening one and use the golden ticket as part of the cake decoration. I photocopied the wrapper and made extra weightless Wonka bars for decorations. But how would I decorate?
Decorating for a movie theme is very tricky as you don’t have the movie budget and you also want it to look good. I always loved the look of the candy shop where Charlie buys his Wonka bar. I didn’t have anything that would resemble the shop fittings so I bought a few old fashioned glass jars from a variety store. I bought gobstoppers, lollipops, freckles and assorted treats. I emptied one of my bedside table drawers, stood it on its side and took assorted photos of the jars inside the drawer. I also took some pictures of the front of the drawer.
When these were all stuck up on a wall it was so exciting to see the candy shop coming together!!!
For the party bags, I looked for things that were coloured purple or brown and had a chocolate or candy feel, so we had chocolate scented pencils, chocolate eggs, a lollipop and erasers. In keeping with the old fashioned feel I used brown paper gift bags with the Wonka logo.
As a few novelties to decorate the space I made a ‘good egg, bad egg’ scale and an oompaloompa painting for the kids to have a photo, but the adults were the ones who really got into it!!!
The ideas from my kids for the food were endless but they had to be ideas that I could actually produce. They really wanted to get involved so they decorated mini choc bars with sprinkles and used them to decorate the cup cakes
Our local baking shop can make pictures into edible icing sheets so I made some Wonka bar cookies
We used freckles and mini lollipop sticks to create a lollipop cupcake topper, my kids really enjoyed making these!!
I wanted a feature that would excite the kids so I hung cookies from the ceiling above the table.
My kids love chocolate covered Oreo’s, so I coloured the chocolate purple and used edible white paint to paint a W.
I made some swirly cookie lollipops and some chocolate sprinkle lollipops.
Finally the cake!! This was one of those cake ideas that turns into a disaster but you get it back on track. I had planned on a purple hat cake, I had baked and covered the cake in ganache ready for the fondant. It was late on a Saturday night and when I opened the fondant I could see that something was wrong. The fondant was all crumbly and no matter what I tried I couldn’t get it to roll out without it breaking into pieces. So a dark brown chocolate ganache hat it was instead! That’s the beauty of doing your own ideas, is that they are easily changeable in disasters!!
I decorated the top with lollipops, a golden ticket and some chocolate. The bottom of the cake had a number 7, a purple band and some chocolate mushrooms.
I think this has been and will be my favourite party. It was my childhood dream and I felt like a kid in a candy shop again!!!