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« on: May 28, 2007 01:19:41 AM »

So I just spent the last month or so crafting for the York University Faculty of Education Year-End Formal! I was the Social Director, so it was my partner's and my job to put it all together! I guess it's like a prom but for the (soon-to-be) teachers!
I chose Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as a theme, but to class it up a bit we called it "Midnight at the Chocolate Factory"! It turned out really great and I'm proud of it, so I thought I would share!

The centrepieces:
Someone on the council had the great idea to make each centrepiece correspond to a particular character in the story. Here's what I came up with:

Table 1 - Violet Beauregarde


Miss Violet's piece was made with a light fixture glass sphere from Value Village ($1), covered in blue with the old grade 2 crafting technique of mod podge and tissue paper. The face was cut out in pieces of tissue paper and glued on. I then used a blue votive hollder that I had at home, put some blueberry runts in and e6000ed the sphere on. Inside (I forgot to take a pic, argh) Was a bubble gum pink votive candle surrounded by actual pink bubble gum.
As you can see, we used nerds, gobstoppers, and runts (as well as sparkles) as table confetti on all the tables. That was a big hit, most of it was eaten by the end of the night!

Table 2 - Charlie Bucket



I went with old-school Charlie for this one (some were inspired by the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate factory and some by the Burton version - both equally awesome in my opinion) It was made up of a champagne flute that had little bubbles in the actual glass (not sure if you can see that here though) and a bowl with clear marbles and floating candles glued on top. hanging from the bottom of the bowl on fishing line is a floating shrinky-dink Charlie. the 3 marbles in there WERE hanging with him, but I guess they were a bit too heavy.
In the first pic, you can see the table number card. I made one of these for each table as well, with the number and a stencil image of the character/thing that the table is themed (that was barely a sentence) and on the back of these cards is the title of the theme and the lyrics to a song from one movie or the other which corresponds to it too, in case people haven't seen the movies or read the book, they can get some vague idea of what's going on there Smiley

Table 3 - Veruca Salt



"Veruca Salt, the little brute, has just gone down the garbage chute."
A floating-candle holder with "garbage" at the bottom - ribbon, bits of fabric, and a shrinky-dink fish skeleton, tin can, banana peel, and upside-down Veruca. Here are some details of the garbage and the fish bow. I also used etching cream to put on those swirls so it would look a little more like the garbage chute in the Burton movie cuz I'm neurotic like that:



Table 4 - Mike Teavee



2 glass cube things stacked on top of one those led ornament base things, and a clear cube vase with a tv screen and wee little Mike etched on. Black cube candle inside.

Table 5 - The Pink Sugar Boat



Entirely from the Burton version - but the song on the card was entirely from the original crazy acid-trip boat ride (even better when sampled in Pendulum's "Through the Loop"!) Made of model magic cuz I was too lazy to paint, and then placed on a brown fabric "chocolate river' Then filled with gobstoppers cuz it makes it THAT much better!

Table 6 - Augustus Gloop


Glass sphere bowl, mod-podged on some red stripes. Floating candles in instant hot chocolate mix, and a polymer clay Augustus hand reching out! I absolutley love this one because of that little hand. It was my VERY FIRST polymer clay creation, even though I have literally had Fimo sitting in my house for about 8 years now, I've always been too afraid to bake it cuz I was sure I'd screw it up. It's pretty much my new favourite thing ever. More shots of the hand:



Table 7 - The Oompa Loompas



I originally wanted to etch the oompa loompas on the little glass candles, but it just didn't look good enough th be worth the work. Plus when they were etched on they looked like little nazis for some reason. So i mod-podged! The base is a glass rectangular vase turned on its side, with a light-up led wand and tissue paper inside.

Table 8 - Willy Wonka



(Don't tell the others - this is kind of my favourite!) Mr. Wonka's hat is made of a glass vase e6000ed (actually pretty much EVERY centrepiece is e6000ed in one way or another - I LOVE this stuff) to a glass plate, tissue papered and mod podged to all its purple glory. Then filled with runts and a purple pillar candle with swirls cut out of it that glow as the candle burns (see next table for better pic of the candle) The hat-belt or what have you is brown fabric and a polymer clay (piece #2!) W

Table 9 - The Great Glass Wonkavator




Because I couldn't find a good enough rectangular vase, this is 4 5X7 and 1 5X5 picture frames glued together. The buttons are clear stickers and the backing they came on glued on (e6000 of course!) Those are silver ribbons on the side btw, not tape. The base is a upside-down sphere candle holder dealie on top of another led ornament base. The Candle, like table 8, looked awesome at night:



Table 10 - The Wonka Puppets



By special order of my friend, our table was of the melting puppets (in the Burton version) I used a glass vase that holds a tealight on top and opens from the bottom to fill it with pretty things like pot pourri and flower petals. I filled it with butchered and charred baby doll parts and fake tealights so it actually looked like it was on fire from the inside. Then I dripped red candle wax along the top. Did I mention the last big event I planed was a Halloween party and Haunted House? Smiley To make a bit less "gothic" as my mom said, I printed out the scene from the movie of the puppets on stage and glued it around the base of the vase.

Table 11 - The Golden Tickets


Not gunna lie, this one was last minute as people bought tickets last minute and we needed another table. It actually looked really nice though cuz this candle was insanely bright. It was already in my house, and I printed out some golden tickets and stuck em on. Done and done!

Speaking of golden tickets -

The Raffle

We had a raffle for some prizes, so we kept the theme going and did some "Golden tickets" I wrapped the raffle tickets and 5 raffle ticket sized golden tickets in "Wonka bar" wrappers. We gave each guest one as they came in, and then we all opened them together. 5 people won the biggest prizes, and others were raffled throughout the night for other prizes. It was fun!


The Factory

So there was another table that was SUPPOSED to have a drink fountain (which was dead once I set it up, grrrr!) and it was supposed to look like the inside of the Chocolate factory. This kind of fell by the wayside though, but whatever, it still looked good. *shrug* I had some grass, wire trees, lollipop flowers, a crappy punch bowl that is NOT a fountain, a mist bowl for no reason and a cut-out of Mr. Wonka!

Here it is at night:


And no crafting on my part here but I need to mention that OF COURSE we had a chocolate fountain! :


Also (you can see it in some of the pics) each person received a Wonka bar as a favour!
Hope you enjoyed the huge amount of pictures and thank you Craftster for all the lovely ideas my head has collected from you over the years that have come together to create all this stuff!

*edit* - Yay, I've been published! http://www.craftycrafty.tv/2007/05/party_theme_the_chocolate_fact.html
Thanks, randomsynapses at craftgrrl!
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« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2007 01:32:05 AM »

As a side note, oompa loompas freak me out....

This had to have been THE coolest function I've ever seen! ESPECIALLY for a formal! I can't believe all that work you put into it! I am so impressed! It makes me want to see the Burton version!
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« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2007 01:51:36 AM »

Hahaha well I can't promise the Oompa Loompas in the new version are any less creepy, but you should DEFINITELY watch it!

And thank you! The work was worth it!
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« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2007 03:13:32 AM »

you are my hero this is amazing...
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« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2007 03:22:53 AM »

Oh my god! This is glorious.
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« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2007 03:27:38 AM »

Wow Wow Wow Wow Wow Wow!!!! Shocked

This has got to be the most awesome ever!!
I really really love ALL of them especially the Augustus Gloop one!

Great job!!! Grin

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« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2007 05:44:39 AM »

OMG, that is awesome!

Definitely give yourself a big pat on the back for pulling that off!  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2007 06:51:09 AM »

Wow... just wow. I loved reading this long post, and loved all of the different ideas. Wow! I want to go to that party.. :/

Hehe Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2007 07:03:47 AM »

Ok, it's been FOREVER since I have posted on Craftster ... but OH MY GOD! This is simply amazing. You did a fabulous job, and all of your centerpieces and decorations kept with the theme in an AMAZING way! Congratulations on pulling that off, it totally looks professional.
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« Reply #9 on: May 28, 2007 07:31:14 AM »

This is AMAZING!! How creative! I wouldn't have thought of half those things. They're lucky to have such an awesome Social Director.
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« Reply #10 on: May 28, 2007 08:47:23 AM »

Wow, this is awesome! Augustus and Veruca are my faves. Great job with everything  Cheesy
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« Reply #11 on: May 28, 2007 09:39:50 AM »

aww thank you all, you're all awesomely nice Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: May 28, 2007 09:58:52 AM »

neat-o!! and oh-so creative. you did an awesome job with each and every centerpiece. loved looking at each one. spectacular!!
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« Reply #13 on: May 28, 2007 11:12:03 AM »

What an awesome party! Each centerpiece is so awesome, but Augustus is the best!!!
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« Reply #14 on: May 28, 2007 02:14:40 PM »

you did such a fantastic job...and the theme was great i bet it was a ball
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« Reply #15 on: May 28, 2007 02:20:04 PM »

Now you have me craving chocolate and gobstoppers  Grin
Not that I don't crave those everyday anyway hehe

Wonderful work!  You should be very proud. 
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« Reply #16 on: May 28, 2007 02:35:16 PM »

Wow, that looks like it was one AMAZING formal! It's so creative, and you did such a great job on it! Can I hire you full time to plan my parties? Wink Fantastic job, you must be very proud of yourself.
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« Reply #17 on: May 28, 2007 05:48:43 PM »

what a great party idea and I think I would love to do it for a fun birthday! 
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« Reply #18 on: May 29, 2007 04:48:27 AM »

 Shocked That was my expression as I panned down your pics - wowowow!  Amazing work - I bet everyone was thrilled with what you did - I think its outstanding! well done!
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« Reply #19 on: May 29, 2007 06:02:08 AM »

WOW!! I can't believe you came up with all those ideas and made each centerpiece so awesome. I love Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, and your decorations made me sooo jealous of everyone who went to your formal.  Tongue
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« Reply #20 on: May 29, 2007 06:30:27 AM »

This is all really, really impressive! I'm voting you for "this rocks"!
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« Reply #21 on: May 29, 2007 08:11:34 AM »

wow!  this is amazing!  you did such a nice job!  my favorites are violet, agustus, and the glass elevator.  but they are all awesome!  it must have taken you forever to make them!  sorry your punch bowl didn't work!

what's an e6000?
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« Reply #22 on: May 29, 2007 10:47:44 AM »

Thank you again everyone   Grin I'm glad people are enjoying it.


what's an e6000?

e6000 is glue that glues everything to everything!! lol
Most importantly, glass to everything, it's absolutely the only glue that I have ever seen properly work on glass. and I love it.
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« Reply #23 on: May 29, 2007 12:14:02 PM »

awesome!  thanks for letting me know.  is it hot glue?  or no?  and where do you usually procure it?  (sorry for the million questions - i've had trouble with gluing things to glass in the past and would LOVE a solution!!)
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« Reply #24 on: May 29, 2007 07:41:41 PM »


You are my hero. There i said it.  Wink
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Awesome centerpieces!! Grin
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« Reply #26 on: May 30, 2007 06:12:08 AM »

This is the coolest thing I've seen in a very long time. Kudos to you to make the theme fun and yet a bit sophisticated/professional...

That little arm reaching out of the Augustus Gloop centerpiece... Fantastic.
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« Reply #27 on: May 30, 2007 09:03:17 PM »

awesome!  thanks for letting me know.  is it hot glue?  or no?  and where do you usually procure it?  (sorry for the million questions - i've had trouble with gluing things to glass in the past and would LOVE a solution!!)

It's not hot glue, it comes in a grey tube. I've ONLY seen it at Michael's (in Canada) but I'm sure it will satisfy all you glass gluing needs!
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« Reply #28 on: May 31, 2007 05:54:22 AM »

awesome!  thanks for letting me know.  is it hot glue?  or no?  and where do you usually procure it?  (sorry for the million questions - i've had trouble with gluing things to glass in the past and would LOVE a solution!!)

It's not hot glue, it comes in a grey tube. I've ONLY seen it at Michael's (in Canada) but I'm sure it will satisfy all you glass gluing needs!

cool - thanks so much!
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« Reply #29 on: June 01, 2007 03:20:05 PM »

WOW. Just...wow, I am in awe. You are so cool.
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« Reply #30 on: June 01, 2007 08:58:46 PM »

i must ask, what was the event for? a birthday? dance?

and, if one would want to duplicate something like this incredible idea, about how much did it cost??
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« Reply #31 on: June 06, 2007 09:38:36 PM »

I must say, this is a simply FANTASTIC event! You're my new hero.
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WOW!!! that looked so amazing, great job! Shocked
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« Reply #33 on: June 07, 2007 02:48:42 PM »

This whole thing is sheer genius! It's all so beautiful/wonderful/creative/spectacular! You did a fantastic job!

My favorite table is Augustus Gloop! Too cool, and you did a great job on the hand! Mine never look that good and I've been doing clay for years!
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« Reply #34 on: June 15, 2007 07:28:29 PM »

How creative. All the pieces look so fun with an elegant twist. I love it!
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« Reply #35 on: June 29, 2007 09:49:21 PM »

as a fan of choclate and a fan of parties, i give the event two thumbs up!!
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« Reply #36 on: July 24, 2007 12:46:06 PM »

I bumped into this thread while doing a search for something non-related. Wow!  Shocked  Those are some of the most amazing displays I've ever seen!  So creative and gorgeous!  I bow before you, oh crafty-creative one!  LOL   Grin  Just simply amazing! 
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I bumped into this thread while doing a search for something non-related. Wow!  Shocked  Those are some of the most amazing displays I've ever seen!  So creative and gorgeous!  I bow before you, oh crafty-creative one!  LOL   Grin  Just simply amazing! 

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« Reply #38 on: September 17, 2007 02:10:28 PM »

hey - first saw this thread awhile ago, but congrats on getting published!
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« Reply #39 on: September 17, 2007 02:20:58 PM »

WOW! amazing! our high school senior class banquet was of the willy wonka theme, but it was not decorated like this at ALL! we had like little boxes of nerds and laffy taffy strewn about each table... not even a chocolate fountain!

this is way cooL! wow.
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« Reply #40 on: January 04, 2008 03:51:52 PM »

Congrats on being featured in Craftster Best of 2007!  http://www.craftster.org/bestof2007/
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« Reply #41 on: January 09, 2008 05:33:53 PM »

 Shocked AWESOME!!! Thank You! Cheesy
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« Reply #43 on: September 09, 2009 01:03:47 AM »

My god that is amazing. It's so hard to come up with party themes that have lots of little bits and pieces you can create to make a whole (did that even make sense? I think not.) Anyway, great job!
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