Willy Wonka Party {Roald Dahl}

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Post contains some affiliate links.How to throw a fun Willy Wonka Party to celebrate the birthday of author, Roald Dahl

Did you know that September 13th is the birthday of author Roald Dahl? I’m sure you won’t be surprised to hear that we threw a little party in his honor. If you’re not familiar with the name, I’m willing to bet you are familiar with some of his books: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr. Fox, just to name a few! I have been a long time fan of Dahl’s work, and my kids have grown up with his books. Penguin Books sent us our three favorite books and is giving a copy of each away to one of you as well!

How to Throw a Willy Wonka Party

First of all, read the books: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. I happen to be a fan of both the old movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and the newer version with Johnny Depp (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). Pick your favorite to watch during your party. 

I couldn’t resist the idea of making my own Lickable Wallpaper. 


To make Lickable Wallpaper you need:

* super glue

styrene board

fruit Roll-Ups

I simply dotted super glue in a few spots on the back to the Fruit Roll-Ups and placed them on the styrene. They held fast and my kids loved this! A bit germ-y and gross? Maybe, but tailor-made for little kids.  

* I wasn’t worried about the toxins in the superglue…the kids were just licking the fruit roll, not the super glue. You could likely use Elmer’s Glue or even just water.willy-wonka-party-4

Next, I picked a few of our favorite candies from the story:

Cavities-on-a-Stick (lollipops)

Cavity-Filling Caramel (no more dentists!)

Square Candies that Look Round (it’s a play on words: square candies with googly eyes)

Invisible Chocolates (for eating during math class)

willy wonka inspired candies for a willy wonka party

Ideas for throwing a Willy Wonka Party

Fun games can include: 

A word Search (make your own using this site. I did it and it took less than 5 minutes!)

Host a scavenger hunt where kids solve clues to find a Golden Ticket.

Make bookmarks out of the NERD Duck Tape

Willy Wonka Cookies for Willy Wonka Party

Tilly made these amazing Willy Wonka inspired sugar cookies! For more great ideas, you can follow me on Pinterest.willy-wonka-party-5 

And don’t limit yourself to Willy Wonka! Roald Dahl’s book are all funny, easy-to-read and party-inspiring. 

The Twits: serve spaghetti with (gummy) worms, make Mr. Twit beards, play Pin the Food in Twit’s Beard, have a contest to build an upside down house (Kalina did this with LEGO), serve (root) beer with fake eyeballs. 

Fantastic Mr. Fox: Read the book, watch the movie, serve apple cider, beans and chicken. Make fox masks (more ideas on Pinterest). 


You can win three of our favorite Roald Dahl books! Just leave comment telling me which is your favorite book, or if you’ve never read one, which book are you most excited about?

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  1. I can’t remember exactly which ones I’ve read (or more likely, which ones my mom read to us), but I’m excited to read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with my kids someday!

  2. Love your party ideas! They are all my favorites, but especially Danny the Champion of the World, and Fantastic Mr. Fox.

  3. I loved Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. My favorite part was actually the scenes with the grandparents all tucked in bed. I longed for a big family as a kid and having all those people that invested in you seemed wonderfully romantic.

  4. I simply adore his

  5. I remember really liking The Witches when I read it as a kid. I don’t exactly remember why but I think they were pretty sneaky and I liked that. Lol Last night we watched Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with Johnny Depp, it’s hilarious.

  6. Susannah walker

    The BFG was my all time favorite! Also the Witches and Matilda 🙂

  7. I’m not even sure that I’ve read one of the books!! I have seen all of the movies though. I need to start reading the books. All of the books. Hopefully I can win some to get started!

  8. My favourite is Matilda! I’m going to see the musical tomorrow night

  9. I remember my mom reading us James and the giant peach and the chocolate factory. such fun books

  10. I love Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Charlie and the Glass Elevator.

  11. You’re amazing! Fantastic stuff. We had a Harry Potter party with some Bertie Botts’ every-flavor beans . . . but I didn’t make them–we ordered them. We adapted that old Hallowe’en game, sometimes called “Lord Nelson” (I have no idea why) and called it Voldemort’s Bones–blindfolded children get their hands plunged into a bowl of cold spaghetti (Voldemort’s veins), a bowl of peeled grapes or peeled cherry tomatoes floating in water (Voldemort’s eyes), some pretzel sticks (his bones), etc. Gruesome, right? They loved it.

  12. James & the Giant Peach has always been a favorite. 🙂

  13. Once upon a time, I read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to my (then) 6 year old and made an awesome lapbook to go with it. We sampled different kinds of chocolate and learned about cacoa beans and watched both movies and discussed which movie was more true to the book. Homeschooling at it’s finest. I haven’t made a lapbook or read Roald Dahl out loud since. But that kid of mine, who is now 13, has read all Roald Dahl’s books, some until the books have fallen apart, and can you believe it? I don’t even own the Charlie books. P.S.-Roald Dahl’s autobiography is pretty interesting 😉

  14. I would say our faves are James and The Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. This party sounds and looks amazing. How fun!!!

  15. Very inspiring!! I saw Tillys cookies on your facebook page and immediatly wanted to read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to my three girls…and bake a few cookies. Youre family rocks!

  16. What a fun party! I love Roald Dahl books. “Danny, the Champion of the World” is probably my favorite. I actually just now looked up his books and discovered there are more than I have read. Yay!

  17. have never read any thing other than james and the giant peach.. when I was a little kid.. I want to reach Charlie and the chocolate factory. I heard that it was a bit darker than then movies were.. I am like you.. I am torn between both movies..they are both wonderful..

  18. I don’t think I’ve ever read The Incredible Mr. Fox but I remember reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator when I was young. Kia loved James and the Giant Peach. I think The Great Glass Elevator was my favorite. Now I want to collect these books and start reading them to the baby!

  19. Michelle Jolley

    I have read James and the Giant Peach and really liked it. Matilda is another favorite of mine, I’ve never heard of The Incredible Mr. Fox. Is it any good? Love your idea of having themed parties…helps make the info stick that much more.

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