Who’s having a party this Halloween? Hopefully you! If you’re feeling a little wacky, maybe a lot nostalgic, why not go full on fantasy and throw a Willy Wonka party? Everyone loves candy at Halloween! Pretty sure the calories don’t count that day, or maybe it’s that I can only count so high. I mean, who wants to attempt triple-digit addition while trying to chew their Laffy Taffy and read the joke on the wrapper? Well anyway… Halloween and Willy Wonka are a match made in party-planning heaven! It combines chocolate & candy with candy & chocolate. What’s not to love?!! #sweetestpartyever!
Get your sugar fix with a Willy Wonka party!
To decorate for this shin dig, you get to toss all your usual go-tos — pretty flowers, grownup color palette, elegant centerpieces — and do whatever strikes your fancy. Forget understated, more is more! The whimsier the better! (Yes, I just made up my own Wonka word, but that’s what you’re supposed to do for a Willy Wonka party!) Giant chocolate bars and enormous lollipops? Why not?! Colorful toadstools, gumdrops and gobstoppers? Heck yeah! Don’t forget lickable wallpaper and edible paper. And all this is before you even get to the bar! Your drink du jour could be Wonka’s Fizzy Lifting Drink (see Thursday’s photo). Remember that one? They all started floating after they drank it. Do with that what you will — you’ve got endless possibilities for a bar menu full of funny Wonka references.
So what about your playlist? Probably best if I don’t get started! However, I’ll give a few suggestions, and will stop before I drive us all crazy. So there’s the entire Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical soundtrack, where you’ll get to hear Sammy Davis, Jr. singing “The Candy Man.” And then you can move into prime ’80s listening with songs like “I Want Candy,” “Sweet Dreams,” “Sweet Emotion,” “Sweetest Thing,” … I could go on. So many tunes, so many different decades, so little time!
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Favorite Event Photos and Inspiration – Monday:
Indulge your sweet tooth fantasies with a whimsical Willy Wonka party! Lollipops, licorice, Laffy Taffy… anything else that begins with L. You can incorporate all your childhood favorites into the menu, the goody bags, even the party décor. Lickable wallpaper, anyone? What a way to get a sugar high!
Favorite Event Photos and Inspiration – Tuesday:
Having a Willy Wonka party? Check out these adorable Golden Ticket skewers. Marshmallows with a chocolate square tucked inside… they’re kinda like a s’mores, without the graham crackers. Perfect for everyone who’s gluten-free this week. If you live in L.A., they’ll be a huge hit!
Favorite Event Photos and Inspiration – Wednesday:
I’m having a Wonkavision! What is that? I have no idea! But it seems like good inspiration for a wacky Willy Wonka centerpiece display. Think Candyland on steroids meets chocolate lovers gone wild! Now there’s a vision!
Favorite Event Photos and Inspiration – Thursday:
“Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker.” Hey, I didn’t say that! I’m just quoting Mr. Wonka himself! Help your guests find the libation station pronto with a fun sign like this one. You can concoct your own Fizzy Lifting Drink: a shot of sweet, a shot of fizzy, and a shot (or 2) of vodka. Then… watch the mischief ensue! #TBT
Favorite Event Photos and Inspiration – Friday:
Got chocolate? Of course you do, if you’re having a Willy Wonka party! Go crazy with the candy and chocolate décor. I always say you can never have too much chocolate! This might be the perfect occasion to try out your chocolatini recipe. Or is it choco-tini? Either way, they’re scrumdiddlyumptious! #TGIF
Favorite Event Photos and Inspiration – Saturday:
It wouldn’t be a Halloween party without at least one decent tombstone. And when it’s a Willy Wonka party, who better to give a nod to than the man who made Wonka famous? RIP Gene.
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P.S. Don’t plan your Halloween party until you see these ideas: Fun Halloween Party Ideas, Halloween In A Box and A New Twist On The Typical Halloween Party!. You can find more interesting blogs and images on our website, or just contact us to book your next event! And if you like this blog, would you be so kind as to share it with a friend?
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