I'm a redeemed child of God and the momma to four vivacious daughters. I'm passionate about finding hidden blessings in the trials of life, living it out in an honest and open way, while encouraging those around me to believe in better.


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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41 Responses to “a birthday party … willy wonka style!”

  1. Brigitte Short says:

    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 says:

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

  3. beth says:

    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. Kate says:

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

  5. Cathy says:

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

  6. Amy says:

    That is amazing!

  7. Esther says:

    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. Amy T says:

    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 says:

    Wanna adopt me? :))

  10. Christine J says:

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

  11. dawn says:

    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. dawn says:

    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. heather says:

    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 says:

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

  15. 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. Jessie says:

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

  17. terrie says:

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

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

  20. Steph says:

    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 =]

  21. 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!

  22. paula says:

    your parties are always so brilliant.

  23. Stacey says:

    Soooo coming to the next partay!!!

  24. Kellye says:

    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!

  25. 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? ;)

  26. cyndi says:

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

  27. Lindsey says:

    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

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  29. Susan says:

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

  30. Dannie says:

    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!!!

  31. M'Chae says:

    How much just for the Invites. appx. 75

  32. Julie says:

    Where did you get the chargers?

  33. Julie says:

    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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