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
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.
Next, I picked a few of our favorite candies from the story:
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)
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.
Tilly made these amazing Willy Wonka inspired sugar cookies! For more great ideas, you can follow me on Pinterest.
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.
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?