A World of Pure Imagination

“Come with me and you’ll be in a world of pure imagination. Take a look and you’ll see into your imagination.”

-Gene Wilder

Only in a child’s greatest imagination could anyone dream of having one of the biggest, most over-the-top, real-life Willy Wonka  wonderland parties, modeled after the childhood book:  Charlie and The Chocolate Factory.  We were so honored to be a part of this grand event held at The Driskill Hotel for Charlie, celebrating his Bar Mitzvah.   When young Charlie (Yes, his real name!) and his parents needed help pulling off a dessert buffet of candy and sweet treats, we created something extra special and unique for this one-of-a-kind event.  The Bar Mitzvah included everything from Oompa Loompas to whimsical food and decor.  No detail was overlooked and, it truly was magical.

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Planned by the extraordinary Caplan Miller Events , with design elements by Townsley Designs,  a breathtaking real-life Willy Wonka candyland transformed the ballroom of The Driskill. One would even believe they had been transported to the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory themselves. With chocolate scented air throughout the rooms, guests were in dazzled with every sense by the theatrical event.

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Definitely one of the most fun filled candy bars we have ever created, guests of all ages were able to pick from giant lollipops, Charlie’s Wonka bars, custom lickable wallpaper, fireballs, everlasting gobstoppers, golden eggs, candy necklaces, and pop rocks, just to name a few.  Guests created their own goodie bag of treats and, as imagined, the Wonka bars were the biggest hit!

No Willy Wonka themed Bar Mitzvah would be complete without an Oompa Loompa helping serve all these sweet treats to the the guests. Our staff dressed up as an Oompa Loompa and greeted guests, while making sure everyone had plenty of sugar.   And, in attendance, was a very, large blue Violet Beauregarde who made the room, larger than life.

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Needless to say, The Cupcake Bar had a BLAST creating and customizing this very special event.  Themed parties is always one of our favs, so always keep us in mind – we always like to dress the part, too!

Photography by Jerry Hayes and Diana M. Lott

ILEA Austin ASE Awards Gala: Circus Obscura

Step right up! Come one, come all!

A night filled with circus peanuts, cracker jacks and illusionists, The Cupcake Bar was excited to play a part in the ILEA Austin ASE Awards Gala. We are ESPECIALLY excited to announce we were nomimated for “Spirit of ILEA” and even won the ILEA scholarship to ILEA Live in Calgary in August – we are SO EXCITED!

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Held at the classic AT&T Center, Big Time Creative really out-planned themselves with a circus obscura themed gala dressing the room from head to toe. With rentals from Premiere and Marquee along with lighting from Ilios, guests were in for a circus experience like no other. Floral from Epic Event Design and Zuzu’s Petals painted the space beautifully pulling out the bright colors in the dark, ominous room. Tunes from DJ Gatsby and Terra Vista Springs had every guest in a dancing mood.

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Featuring our fabulous favor wall, The Cupcake Bar provided a real treat for every guest allowing them to create and customize their own take home sweets bag. Guests would walk up our interactive treats gal, grab an empty goodie bag, then help themselves to sweet treats on our favor wall – choosing between caramel dipped apples, cupcakes, candy cigarettes, pop rocks, cracker jacks and more.  Oh my! The combinations were endless! Thinking of it as a “sweet buffet on a wall”, every adult left with a HUGE childlike, mile-wide smile on their face with their goodie bag filled to the brim with their tasty favorites.

In need of a unique, interactive dessert element at your next themed event? Keep The Cupcake Bar in mind! Customizing our colors, treats, and even wall backdrop to fit your event needs is what we love to do. We can fit in and dress the part for any and every occasion – we do it all.

We look forward to putting on our brainstorming hats to come up with a special idea that is sure to WOW both you and your guests!

Photos by: Jerry Hayes Photography and Rachael Hall Photography

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