a birthday party … willy wonka style!

Well … my Piper turned 9 last week and to start off her last year as a single digit … we did it up real good with a Willy Wonka themed party!

To set the tone and start some excitement over our shindig, I enlisted the help of uber-designer and friend-extraordinaire Nellie!  To say I was blown away by the invite she designed would be an understatement!

Next up … party details!  Because I was supposed to be traveling to Africa, returning just a week before the party … we started setting up and planning the party at the beginning of February.  You can imagine the excitement of three little girls watching everything come together!

Soooo … without further adieu … I present you with some delicious eye-candy!

Fun, no?

And … no party is complete without games!  Messy candy games that is!

  • get the whipped cream off the candy
  • bubble gum blowing contest
  • augustus gloop relay
  • taffy pull
  • musical chairs
  • gobstopper throw {not pictured}

invite & thank you notes
party printables
backdrop & cutouts
game ideas
favor boxes
toothbrush favor
paper plates & large balloons
nerds & various candies
piper soda

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  1. Brigitte Short
    Posted March 28, 2011 at 6:21 am | Permalink

    UNBELIEVABLE!!! A child’s dream come true. Candy, candy and more candy. The decoration, party favors, props…wow!! Again…truly amazing Tracie (and Nellie). Another brilliant birthday party :)

  2. Lisa Mahnke
    Posted March 28, 2011 at 6:25 am | Permalink

    Please please puleeeeeez, invite me to your next “kid” party, puleeeeeeeeez!

  3. beth
    Posted March 28, 2011 at 6:55 am | Permalink

    I see Piper and I share a birthday! I want to go next year! Would she mind a redo on the candy theme? Man what a dream come true:)

  4. Posted March 28, 2011 at 7:45 am | Permalink

    O.K….that has to be THE BEST PARTY EVER!!! LOVE all the colors and details!!! You are one AMAZING party planner!!! xoxo

  5. Posted March 28, 2011 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    ohmyword! I love it ALL! :) Best. birthday. ever!!!

  6. Amy
    Posted March 28, 2011 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    That is amazing!

  7. Esther
    Posted March 28, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    Tracie, my first thought was WOW. Growing up with the original WW movie, this really puts a huge smile on my face. I wish I could have just a pinch of yours and Nellie’s talent. Truly awesome party! I am sure Piper and her friends will remember this party for a lifetime.

  8. Posted March 28, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    WOW. All I can say is that my sweet-toothed 9 year old would have been in birthday party heaven at that shin-dig! :) Love it!

  9. Debbi
    Posted March 28, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    Wanna adopt me? :))

  10. Christine J
    Posted March 28, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    What a perfect party for your sweet-tooth girl! I love the look on her face in the second to last picture.

  11. Posted March 28, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    i am thinking you are the best mom ever. what FUN! and toothbrushes? haha!! it helps me to kow that you threw this party with big JOY :) love you!

    p.s. happy birthday piper!!!!
    p.p.s. and the girl screaming on the chair is PRICELESS!!!

  12. Posted March 28, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    i had to go back and look at the pictures again… i LOVE piper’s face right before she went in for the whipped cream!

  13. Posted March 28, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    Absolutely love this party! It’s beautiful…there is ton of yummy stuff…and clearly the birthday girl felt super special! Love all the cute Piper faces in your pics!!! :-)

    (I love the boxes…such a cute touch. And the games looks like a fabulous time too!)

  14. Heather
    Posted March 28, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    how AWESOME!!! the only thing I didn’t see was the oompa loompas! Such fun memories!

  15. Posted March 28, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    stop it stop it! I’ve BEEN COUNTING THE DAYS to see these. YOU are AMAZING! out of the this world EXTRAORDINARY!!! She will never forget all the loving, creative care you put into this once in a lifetime event. xoxoxoxoxo

  16. Posted March 28, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Permalink

    Oh my goodness!! Where to begin? Everything looks AMAZING!

  17. terrie
    Posted March 29, 2011 at 2:35 am | Permalink

    Love this theme you guys pulled together! Chocolate fountain, way cool…… Happy birthday piper

  18. Posted March 30, 2011 at 4:20 am | Permalink

    oh my goodness, you’re the most amazing party-throwing mom EVER!!!!!! lucky piper. :)

  19. Steph
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    0.0 (<<that's a smily face with big eyes if you were wondering.)

    That's such a cool theme! How perfect for a birthday party!! You should like..help movies design stuff! its so amaing all the time! Happy Birthday to Piper =]

  20. Posted March 31, 2011 at 12:37 am | Permalink

    AMAZING!!!!!!! You did an awesome job!!! I am so impressed not that I ever doubted your work or abilities! I’d LOVE to work with you on a project!!! Keep me in mind!

  21. Posted March 31, 2011 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    your parties are always so brilliant.

  22. Posted March 31, 2011 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    Soooo coming to the next partay!!!

  23. Posted April 1, 2011 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    This is truly amazing! What a creative flair you and your true friend Nellie have and how lucky Piper is to have such a caring fun mom! TSJ, your spirit is strong and vibrant and I know you will sustain in him and do just fine with any path, for look what you can do and dream up even when you are down. Amazing!

  24. Posted April 1, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    p.s. this party post of yours has got my brain thinking, and twisting, and the rusty wheels a-going…. i may borrow it for daisy’s sweet 16 in a couple years. if that’s ok of course. :) doesn’t it make perfect sense though? SWEET 16? ;)

  25. Posted April 4, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    You (& Nellie) really outdid yourselves with this one! Holy cow — it’s AMAZING!!!! I bet Piper was over the moon with it.

  26. Posted April 4, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

    Omgosh Tracie! You once again have outdone yourself. Your girls are so incredibly lucky to have such a creative + loving mom. And their friends? They must think you guys are the best buds ever! I think as a child I would have thought I’d died and gone to heaven to be invited to a party like that. Scratch that, I STILL would feel that way. haha

  27. Susan
    Posted April 21, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    This is the most amazing party I’ve ever seen! Every detail covered, WOW! How did you do the cardboard boxes?

  28. Dannie
    Posted September 17, 2011 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    Can I ask what size boxes you got for the invitations? And I assume you got real Wonka bars for the invites! They are took cute!!!

  29. M'Chae
    Posted December 6, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    How much just for the Invites. appx. 75

  30. Julie
    Posted December 29, 2011 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    Where did you get the chargers?

  31. Posted January 4, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    I am doing a Wonka theme party for my munchkin Laci on March 31, 2011. I was wondering if you had already sold the decorations that you had used or if you were interested in selling them if you still had them. Let me know as I would be more than happy to take them off of your hands for the right price.

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  35. Rose
    Posted October 25, 2012 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    Hi! I was also wondering (hopefully I am not too late) if you still had the lollipop standees? Please get back to me at your earliest convenience. Thank you!

  36. Posted March 16, 2013 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    Wow, you really put together an amazing party! I really like the cardboard candy backdrops and standees. The colors totally pop! :)

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