How to stage a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory party

Charlie and the chocolate factory party

Obviously you’re going to need chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate.
And for it to be ever so slightly weird and wonderful and quirky.
So that’s exactly what we did for my husband’s birthday!

With a great deal of help from Sky Movies who charged us with staging said Charlie and the Chocolate Factory shin dig, we invited friends around and opened the trunk of goodies Sky sent us to get our party started.
And BOY what goodies they sent. A chocolate fountain, popcorn machines, gobstoppers, Willy Wonka glasses, decorations, a candy floss machine, a sweet maker, chocolate moulds – basically everything ย needed to push the boat out.

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Recreate Wonkaville

Just go mad. Throw colour and sweets at the problem. It was actually a glorious day when we sent the invites out, so we decided to have our party al fresco. Streamers, bunting, paper lanterns, blow up lollipops and liberal amounts of sweets and bubbles dotted around the place.
It actually elicited a gasp from our guests as they walked through the back door, so we did good!

Charlie and the chocolate factory party Collage

Invite everyone to be Willy

The best parties are always the ones where you invite people to be silly.
We were sent these funky Willy Wonka goggle glasses and everyone didn’t need much encouragement to put them on. The acting daft but was all down to them! Funnily enough, none of the adults wanted their photo taken with them on . . .

Chocolate party Collage

Chocolate with everything

We set up our chocolate fountain with popcorn, marshmallows, strawberries, gobstoppers, carrot sticks, grapes to dip in. Come on, you’ve got to be a bit silly.
We also had chocolate melting pots, moulds, sprinkles, popping candy and coloured sugar for guests to try their hands at making actual chocolates. And they weren’t half bad. If you closed your eyes while you ate them *ahem*.

charle and the chocolate factory fun and games

Get the kids involved

In fact, get them to stage the whole thing! Mia made signs to put on the tables, just incase the sight of it collapsing under the weight of sweet things didn’t yell ‘goodies’ to them (see photo above). And this sign? Translation: You WILL have fun and play games in this area.
They also took charge of the candy floss machine and chocolate fountain. It was like the end of a 1970s seaside pier!

Watch the film when everyone has gone

Here’s the thing. We love movies. Love them. It’s out thing. So we don’t really want other people chatting and giggling and talking over any of it.
So, you give them a great time at the party, wave them off, then snuggle down as a family on the sofa and watch Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in blissful peace!

Thanks so much to Sky Movies for supplying everything to make your Charlie and the Chocolate Factory party a blast. Now I just need to go and have a lie down, I feel sick as a pig ๐Ÿ™‚

Charlie and the chocolate factory party hamper


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6 Responses to How to stage a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory party

  1. jenny paulin says:

    this looks like a lot of fun Tara – I mean, who does not like chocolate let alone the film! We had an Ice Age one and i loved making themed food and games around the film. I love those glasses! Hope your hubby enjoyed his birthday and party x
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  2. Lovely! My kids are huge Roald Dahl fans. The stage show is great, if you haven’t been (but you probably have).
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  3. Love the theme, might get inspired for Isabelle’s next birthday party as she absolutely loves the movie!
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