Have a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Dinner Party

By: Victoria Phillips
Related To:

To celebrate the recently released Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory 40th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition, which features behind-the-scenes extras with director Mel Stuart, we say throw a Wonka-inspired dinner party and invite your closest friends.

Whether you create an entirely edible room — complete with chocolate fountain, of course — is entirely up to you. We’ve got the menu covered, so you can spend every last second making the factory (and oompa loompas!) come to life.

Start by channeling your inner Charlie Bucket with a simple, humble dish. Jamie’s Italian Bread and Cabbage Soup with Sage Butter, though slightly more decadent than the version the Bucket family often ate, layered like lasagna with grilled bread and cabbage in stock that plumps up like bread pudding when cooked.

Serve a second soup in honor of Violet Beauregarde's three-course bubblegum meal. To start, try Giada’s Hearty Tomato Soup with Lemon and Rosemary. Let it warm you up from the inside out as it slides down the back of your throat, and serve it with a dollop of lemon rosemary crème fraiche.

Violet’s second course consisted of roast beef and a baked potato. Whip up Sunny’s Herb-Crusted Roast Beef with Horseradish Cream and Michael Chiarello’s Mini Baked Potatoes with Marscarpone and Prosciutto Bits. The bite size potatoes will leave just enough room for dessert.

Even if you ate Alex Guarnaschelli's Blueberry Pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream in its entirety, we promise you won't actually turn into a blueberry.

Float on a Fruit Fizz high as you let the rest of dinner digest. Charlie and Grandpa had to burp their way down from the ceiling, but these mango, raspberry and blackcurrant versions from Nigella won’t leave you feeling bloated or gross.

No Wonka feast would be complete without chocolate. Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Cheesecake Pops are a perfect parting gift that’s both easy to make and fun to eat.

Other Recent Pop Culture-Inspired Recipes:
Keep Reading

Next Up

Party in Five: Mediterranean Dinner Party

Get Mediterranean party food ideas and recipes such as kebabs, meze and Greek feta at Devour the Blog from Cooking Channel.

Dinner Party Game Plan + Recipes

Planning a dinner party should be as fun as attending one. Follow this game plan for a seamless menu (we'll leave the guest list up to you). 

Tiffani Thiessen's Dinner Party Secrets and More

Cooking Channel caught up with Tiffani to ask her about her hosting style, her favorite restaurants and more.

Debi Mazar’s Holiday Dinner Party Tips

Extra Virgin's Debi Mazar shares her tips for throwing a dinner party during the holidays.

Host a Trashy TV Dinner Party

Alie and Georgia share their top tips for hosting a Trashy TV dinner party.

Lincoln: Legendary President, Finicky Dinner Party Guest

Steven Spielberg's movie Lincoln starring Daniel Day-Lewis inspired Cooking Channel to make a dinner party for the famous president of iconic American recipes.

Meatless Monday: Chocolate For Dinner

Celebrate Meatless Monday and Valentine's Day (a day early) with Bobby Flay's Poached Eggs in Mole Sauce.

Party in Five: Modern, Rustic Thanksgiving Dinner

In our humble opinion, Thanksgiving is superior to any other day of the year. In an effort to make this year's feast the best of all time (sorry, Pilgrims and Wampanoag tribe), we're bringing you the recipes, how-tos and decorating ideas to help you become a Turkey Day pro.

How to Throw a Blind Dinner Party

Comedian Margaret Cho shares tips on gathering strangers together for an insightful potluck.

How to Host a Potluck Dinner Party

Follow these tips to ensure your collaborative dinner party goes smoothly

On TV

So Much Pretty Food Here