My girls have loved The Wizard of Oz for years now, which sounds silly to say when they are only seven, but it’s the truth. So when I tossed out some birthday party ideas to them, a Wizard of Oz theme was the clear winner.
The only problem was narrowing down our ideas to just one party! The girls and I watched the movie with legal tablets and pencils to jot down the most iconic moments. Meg wanted to paint someone green … I rejected that idea.
We decided on an homage to the most iconic moments in the movie. This invitation from Loralee Lewis, with a design based on the 1939 UK movie poster, was perfect for us. Loralee also designed all the dessert table labels, party signs and thank you tags.
Our party was in two spaces: a dessert table in the dining room and activities and a candy bar in the playroom.
Activities & Candy Bar
Downstairs, each activity table was decorated with tulle poms from Titi’s Tutus and Wizard of Oz characters.
We made tin men and rainbow bead necklaces. (I saved a lot of soup cans!) The girls wrote what they would ask the Wizard for in picture frames that I decorated with gingham paper and felt poppies from Little Boo Creations.
They also got to visit Professor Marvel – the girls’ Uncle Ray, who was an incredibly good sport to wear a turban with a broach!
They visited a photo booth with the most wonderful character “hats” from Peas & Thank Yous. Jill created a Witch hat, Glinda crown, Dorothy’s pigtails, Scarecrow hat, Tin Man hat, and Lion’s mane. I can’t even tell you how beautiful these are in person! (Update: Peas & Thank Yous has changed her business model and is no longer able to provide these photo props.)
We stuffed Scarecrow and explored the Gale farmhouse. (I had our playhouse slipcovered, then drew on windows and doors.)
The girls visited the Lollipop Guild Candy Shoppe and got to choose from rainbow colored candies. The backdrop of the candy bar was a yellow brick pattern. In front of the bricks, I created a rainbow out of paper fans, and added two bluebirds. I used a few Melissa & Doug yellow bricks to elevate some of the apothecary jars.
Go to upstairs for cake, the girls had to capture the witch’s broom. They “melted” me with a bucket of tinsel garland (“water”), captured my broom and won their trip to the dessert table!
Our guests drank Wicked Witch Punch and ate Yellow Brick Road Bars (lemon bars), Ruby Red Cake Pops, and Technicolor Treats (frosted brownies). USPS let us down and didn’t deliver our very pretty sugar cookie Witch Hats and Glinda Crowns from Sweet Dough. (They were so cute and tasty when they arrived!) But, our wonderful cake pop lady, Cake Pops by Jen, surprised us with candied pretzels! We filled in with those and chocolate chip cookies.
Our cake was the now classic rainbow cake originated by Whisk Kid via Martha Stewart. My favorite Brittany of Edible Details created fondant cake toppers of Dorothy and friends, the yellow brick road, and the Wicked Witch of the East’s legs. I trimmed the cake in red Sixlets.
I also included details from the movie: Miss Gulch’s bicycle, the Witch’s hourglass, Dorothy’s suitcase, and bluebirds. Our backdrop was more blue gingham and from that we hung a stunning print of Somewhere Over the Rainbow from Sugar Fresh. The frame was created just for this print and party by my friend Juliet of Quite a Pair Keepsakes.
On the table, I layered blue gingham placemats with white chargers and red glass dessert plates. Each plate had a mini rainbow lollipop. Our red napkins were wrapped in blue gingham paper. A yellow table runner was topped with Dorothy’s house, a smashed witch, and a tornado. I used tin cans to hold poppies that were secured with heart-shaped marbles and tied with yellow ribbon.
Amy of Custom Creations sewed the sweet gingham and ruby slipper chair covers. They just tie on with red grosgrain ribbon. (Find the chair covers in our shop.) I had the birthday girls’ chair covers embroidered with their names to mark their places of honor.
Our final activity was a rainbow piñata. I stuffed it with rainbow bracelets, glitter balls, and erasers – but no candy; we’d had our fill of sweets!
The girls took home their Tin Man crafts, Wizard frames and yellow buckets of candy and piñata loot. Our goody bag was a gingham tin lunch box. Inside, each box had rainbow bubbles, heart necklace, rainbow hair elastics, poppy barrette from Little Boo Creations, and a Glinda wand.
Party Plan & Kit
The exclusive Double the Fun Parties Wizard of Oz Party Plan is now in our shop to make your party so much easier to host!
You also can have this party delivered to your doorstep! Just purchase our Wizard of Oz Party Kit and we’ll send you all the elements you need to recreate this party — it couldn’t be easier!
Party styling: Double the Fun Parties
Photography: Viridian Images Photography
Invitations, signs, thank you tags, banner and food labels: Loralee Lewis
Cake fondant figures: Edible Details
Cake pops: Cake Pops by Jen
Print: Sugar Fresh
Frame: Quite a Pair Keepsakes
Girls’ shirts: Modern Frills
Chair covers and Dorothy’s house slipcover: Custom Creations
Tulle pom garlands: TiTi’s Tutus
Photo booth props: Peas & Thank Yous(Update: Peas & Thank Yous has changed her business model and is no longer able to provide these photo props.)
Poppy barrettes: Little Boo Creations
Cake stand and tiered stand: Olivia Dru