An Accolade to Gene Wilder: Willy Wonka Themed Dinner Party


“Come with me, and you’ll be in a world of pure imagination.” – Gene Wilder in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, 1971

In memory of the late Gene Wilder we listed our tips for a Willy Wonka themed dinner party, they are created from our pure imagination and will transport you to a world of one too!  If you want to read more about other themed dinner parties take a look at our Absolutely Fabulous Themed Dinner Party here.  Read our tips below:


golden ticket

Donuts + Detours

Print Willy Wonka party invitations for your guests so that they look like a Golden Ticket, you could include them inside a chocolate bar if you’re feeling like going to extra mile!  Learn how to create your own here.

Room Settings

Dinner party table

Willy Wonka was extravagant so use bold colours, especially purple, orange, pink and green.  Use balloons and flowers in this colour theme.  Giant lollipops are a great idea too if you have some indoor plants stick the lollipops inside these, also put them in a vase as the centre piece at the table.

Buy some cut outs of Umpa Lumpas or Willy Wonka himself, they’re relatively inexpensive online and great fun!


Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory

Just Jared

Have the film playing the background, if you put it in your CD player then only the sound will be heard, or you can put it on your TV and turn the brightness right down so just the sound is heard and not the visual, otherwise you’ll end up with your guests watching the film rather than enjoying your dinner party!


Cotton Candy Champagne Cocktail

Lauren Conrad

Make Cotton Candy Champagne cocktails with this recipe here, and a bubblegum inspired cocktail for Violet Beauregarde.

With Drink Nibbles


Set up a table full of sweets, with everlasting gobstoppers, bubblegum, and lollipops to eat with the drinks before dinner.


cabbage soup

Inspiration Kitchen

Begin with Charlie Bucket’s humble beginning and create a cabbage soup, follow this recipe.

Main Course

Roast Beef

Serve roast beef with a baked potato, inspired by Violet eating the 3 course bubblegum that turns her into a blueberry.


whipple scrumptious fudge mallow delight

Tribe & Trade

Serve a whipple scrumptious fudge mallow delight (recipe here) served with a chocolate fondue, inspired by the chocolate river in Willy Wonka’s factory.


But with all this to think about why bother doing the cooking, instead Hire a Chef for the Night to take the hassle out of it for you.  Search our Private Chefs here, who will prepare, cook, wash up and if you want them to also decorate the room and curate cocktails for you.