I went big. Then I crashed and burned, lol. I’ve been such a bad friend/facebooker/blog runner for the past few days! Ben’s birthday party was such a huge success (at least I thought so!), but when it was over, I just wanted to nap! This is the first time in too long that I am even logging into WordPress, that I just found about seven comments in my spam folder that were NOT spam (woohoo!). So if you left a comment over the last week, and it never showed up on the post, I am so sorry! I just took care of that.
If you didn’t know, I decided that it would be totally sane to have a birthday party at my house. I liked the idea of being in control of the food. Most places have restrictions as to what you can bring, if you can even bring anything at all! And since you would figure a party for a Willy Wonka obsessed little boy would heavily involve food, I didn’t see any other choice (parks and playgrounds in March in New Jersey are risky venues for parties!)
I made the cake in a simple 9×13 and frosted it in vanilla bean frosting using this recipe from Simply Sweets by Honeybee. I topped it with a golden egg and an educated egg-dicator. Along side, were buckets of jelly beans and mini lollipops. Chocolate bars and large lollipops filled metal baskets on either side of the cake. I also wrapped Cadbury Cream Eggs in gold foil, and served a plate of “lickable wall paper” strips (or candy dots)!
I made some bright and colorful cookies.
The Everlasting Gobstoppers were packed up as party favors.
My favorite part of the dessert table was definitely the cupcakes! Morgan from Mighty Delighty made these Oompa Loompa cupcake toppers. They made decorating the cupcakes so easy!
Using chocolate frosting and some of the vanilla bean from the cake, I tried to copy the clothes the Oompa Loompas wear in the movie.
I was a little nervous about entertaining a bunch of three year olds, but it turns out they pretty much entertained themselves! As they arrived, I brought them strait to the kitchen to decorate their own chocolate dipped pretzel. I laid the pretzel on wax paper and wrote each child’s name by their pretzel. They were hardened and ready to wrap by the time everyone started leaving so I was able to wrap them in cellophane and ribbon and include them in the goody bags!
We played “Pin the Hat on Willy Wonka” (I made a crayon drawing of Willy Wonka on poster board and cut out pictures of hats. The kids stuck them to Wonka with double sided tape- since I didn’t blindfold them, I just told them to close their eyes, they all won!) We also rolled giant rubber balls across the room and pretended we were Oompa Loompas rolling Violet Beaureguard after she blows up like a blueberry. The kids danced to music, bounced balloons, and played in my basement. They had a blast!
It’s now four days after the party, and Ben is still wearing his Wonka costume around the house.
If you like these Oompa Loompa cupcake toppers, or you want to talk to her about designing custom printables for your party, you can contact Morgan at Mighty Delighty on her facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MightyDelighty. Or through her shop: Mightydelighty.blogspot.com. I had a wonderful experience working with her! She listened to what I had in mind and gave me exactly what I wanted!
I hope, if you have a mini Wonka fan of your own, you were able to find some ideas here for your party!