Welcome back to the monthly Family Dinner Book Club where we will be headed to the chocolate factory! I am thrilled to be participating in this book club where every month Growing Book by Book, Daisy at Home, and I will be bringing a storybook to life right at your dinner table. This month’s storybook selection will bring the arts and crafts supplies to life right before your child’s eyes for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by the author Roald Dahl. So let’s head to the factory for a lively family dinner!
DIY Willy Wonka Pudding Cup Top Hat
As soon as I knew we were going to be using Willy Wonka, the first two things that popped into my head were golden ticket and Willy Wonka’s hat. Since Willy Wonka is the tour guide and master of ceremonies, it is only fitting that this iconic character be at the party table in some fashion. I thought long and hard and came up with this fun way to bring him along.
- Pudding Cup
- Purple Glitter
- Flat Container
To make your very own Willy Wonka Pudding Cup Top Hat, start by gluing yarn around the lip of your pudding cup to make the hat brim. Then, liberally apply glue to the entire surface of the pudding cup and yarn. Place the pudding cup in the flat container and apply the glitter. It may take a lot of glitter. Allow to dry overnight and carefully shake off the excess glitter and your top hat should be complete.
I hope that your family can bring this icon image to life for your dinner table fun with this art project!
DIY Acorn Hat Play Chocolate Kisses
All throughout the story the characters experience, witness, and want to touch or eat all of the various ingredients for Willy Wonka’s various candies. A favorite candy in our household is chocolate kisses, so to help decorate the dinner table I wanted to come up with a fun and decorative craft for chocolate kisses.
To create your DIY Acorn Hat Play Chocolate Kisses you will need the following materials:
- Acorn Tops
- Tin Foil
This is a very easy and straight forward craft to make. Start by washing all your acorn hats. Once dry, tear up pieces of tin foil and wrap and bend each one up like a little chocolate kiss. Make as many as you want to decorate with.
DIY Pipe Cleaner Lollipops
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory themed decorations would not be complete without colorful lollipops, right? I know that lollipops are a hit in our household and never last long, so I wanted to create a fun decoration that would help bring the table to life, but also not be depleted right away as everyone took one and started eating.
To create your DIY Pipe Cleaner Lollipops you will need the following materials:
- Brightly colored pipe cleaners
- White Paper Lollipop Sticks
- Hot Glue
- Vase to hold them (I have a special heart shaped one)
To make these fun decorations start by bending your pipe cleaner and wrapping it into a flat circle. Once it is complete, add a small drop or two of hot glue to the top of a lollipop stick. Attach the pipe cleaner to the lollipop sick and allow it to dry. Once it is dry, place it in your vase to display it. Make as many as you wish to decorate with.
DIY Wonka Inspired Play Chocolate Bars
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory starts out centered on finding the golden ticket in a chocolate bar. With this in mind I wanted to add a fun element that was not edible to the table decorations. I know that if I would have used real chocolate the decorations would just be appetizers in our house and the children would probably still be bouncing like Tigger right now rather than heading to bed after dinner.
To create your DIY Wonka Inspired Play Chocolate Bars you will need materials to make them. There are a lot of different ways that you can make a play chocolate bar, but here are the materials I used:
- Wood (I used particle board and some old slat boards)
- Wood Glue
- Chocolate colored (brown) spray paint
Since I was working with wood I asked my husband to help and he decided we needed to use the following tools:
- Sand Paper
- Transfer Angle
- Vise Grips
- Face Protection
This seems like a lot, but the project was fun to make. I had to be very careful though because the wood I was cutting was not thick and I wanted small pieces. So, with all the materials and tools assembled it is time to create your play chocolate bars.
To make your Wonka Inspired Play Chocolate Bars start by selecting a size of the wood for the base of the bar. I elected to use some old kid’s bed slat board. Then, I cut small strips out of the particle board. I then sanded all the edges to make them smooth. Once I had all the pieces ready I used wood glue to attach the small strips to the base. I then placed, without glue, another piece of slat board on top of the small pieces to make a sandwich. I attached the vise grips to the outside of the sandwich and allowed the glue to dry. I did this twice to make two play chocolate bars. Once the glue was dry I spray painted them with the chocolate (brown) colored spray paint and allowed them to dry.
Dot Candy Napkin Rings
With the chocolate bars drying it was time to start focusing in on the dinner table itself. With any formal dinner setting, whether for a party or a simple dinner, you have to have napkin, right? So why not add a fun napkin ring?
To create your Dot Candy Napkin Rings you will need the following materials:
- Dot Candy Strips
- Scotch Tape
To make these fun Dot Candy Napkin Rings start by rolling up your napkin. Then, roll the Dot Candy strip around the napkin, trim it to the desired length, and attach it together with scotch tape. Simple, yet elegant, and definitely a yummy treat too! It was so yummy that I found a thief eating them almost as fast we could make them!
With the napkin rings done it is time to start getting ready for the party in earnest.
Free Printable Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Inspired Table Decorations
Now that we have DIY decorations for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory completed, no table setting would be complete without a fun interactive place mat, straw toppers, and place cards, don’t you agree? I know that my children LOVED decorating their place mats while eating candy. To download your own free printable Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Inspired Table Decorations simply click the links below:
Bringing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory To Life At Your Next Family Dinner!
Are you ready to bring the classic storybook Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to life at your next family dinner or party? The best way to assemble your decorations is how ever you want to. I started with a fun golden colored table cloth. Since you know your guests best, set each spot accordingly using your knowledge of the guests attending. Be sure to set everyone their own Dot Candy Napkin Ring, napkin, Place Mat, Place Card, and give them each their own Straw Toppers too.
Once you have each spot set it is time to decorate the rest of the table. Place your DIY Pipe Cleaner Lollipops in their vase (we happened to have this candy heart vase from a Lowe’s project years ago) and your DIY Willy Wonka Pudding Cup Top Hat as the center pieces. Place your DIY Wonka Inspired Chocolate Bars on your table as well. To add some fun we noticed that every piece of candy and baked good at stores tends to be topped with brightly colored candy sprinkles. I wanted add this effect to our party too. There are multiple ways to do this. One was to use a hole punch on colored construction paper to make the confetti. I thought this would be fun so when we headed to the local stores to find extra construction paper I was lucky enough to stumbled across this large pack of confetti that was on super Easter holiday decorations clearance (less than $.19):
This added the last effect I need to complete my Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Table. So, with all the decorating done it was time for the party to start!
Beck started off by coloring his place mat and the party was started in earnest. We broke out the orange soda for this special occasion, read a chapter from the storybook, and it was time to party!
Hopefully your family can have as much fun with your Charlie and the Chocolate Factory themed dinner party as we have!
Did your family participate in this month’s Family Dinner Book Club? I would love to hear about your family’s experience below or hop onto Facebook to the official Family Dinner Book Club to share a picture of what your family did! Make sure to visit Growing Book by Book for the associated dinner conversation table topics this month and Daisy at Home for great book related menu items for more fun with the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory storybook.
My family and I are looking forward to next month’s Family Dinner Book Club, where we will help to bring your dinner table to life again!
Clip art by: Melonheadzdoodles