A Willy Wonka Easter with River Island fashion

River Island, clothes, fashion, lollipops

“There is no life I know to compare with pure imagination.”

– Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder),Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, 1971.

It was just over 2 years ago that I was invited to my first River Island event: a chocolate-making workshop held just before Easter. I took Olivia along, but left William in the care of my mother-in-law because he had not long turned one. It was my first introduction to River Island’s clothing collection for children.

Two years on from that first event and we were invited back for another Easter celebration. This time, William – now a 3-year-old little boy – came too. When they received their official invitations they were so excited – well, it’s not every day you get the chance to meet none other than Mr Willy Wonka himself!

Easter fun with River Island and Willy Wonka

The day of the event came. Outfits were picked out carefully by each child. Olivia opted for a floaty cerise blouse, denim-look leggings and a pair of funky monochrome trainers. Meanwhile, William choose to team up one of his favourite t-shirts – featuring Spongebob SquarePants – with a pair of jeans and a fabulous plum and white jacket.

When we got to the venue, all 3 of us were amazed at the effort that had gone into creating a Wonka wonderland: the floor had been completely grassed over, giant lollipops and candy canes stood proudly around the room, and toadstool tables and chairs were scattered about. And of course there was Willy Wonka himself making giant balloon lollipops and hats for all the children.

River Island, Willy Wonka

It certainly was a fun event: there was t-shirt designing, some games and magic with Willy Wonka and an Easter egg hunt. I also had the chance to browse through some of River Island’s kidswear for Spring/Summer ’14. Here are some of the clothes that caught mine, Olivia’s and William’s attention.

For girls
River Island dress
Pink geo floral fit and flare dress. RRP £18. Olivia liked it so much we ended up buying this!
River Island 'I'm bored' T-shirt
Pale pink ‘I’m Bored’ t-shirt. RRP £8
River Island sunglasses
Leopard print retro sunglasses. RRP £6
River Island sandals for children
Metallic gold mini wedge sandals. RRP £22. We bought these too!
For boys
River Island 'New York' T-shirt
Blue Empire State mirror t-shirt. RRP £8.
River Island trainers
Blue ombre mesh trainers for teenagers. RRP £25.
River Island hat for children
Blue striped straw hat (I can’t find it online to check the price)

I wrote a post 2 years ago about why I love River Island and it’s a love affair that keeps on growing. The events that they put on for bloggers are creative, varied and high-quality – just like their clothes.

Please note: I was given a gift card for each of my children to spend in-store at River Island. I have declared which of the items photographed were bought (courtesy of these gift cards). This gift has in no way influenced this blog post – all opinions are all mine and are ten0% honest.


  1. I already buy clothes for my elder two boys and think its great that they re doing a mini range now too so I can buy for the younger one too. I love their clothes for children, my boys have a light blue cotton shirt that they wear all the time and everyone comments on how nice it is. Looks like you all had a lovely time x
    P.s that’s a cute dress

  2. What a lovely event! It’s lovely that an event like this has been made kiddie friendly. I am such a river island addict and their new range certainly doesn’t dissapoint!

    1. I didn’t consider River Island as an outlet for children’s clothes until two-years-ago. I just didn’t realise they made them. I’ve bought some nice items for my children from there though, it really is good quality

  3. what a fabulous event – very jealous! Those invites look brilliant and what a great selection of clothes. I had never thought of River Island for kids clothes before – I will now though! x

    1. River Island certainly know how to hold an event! Their children’s range is really good – especially for girls – and they’ve just launched a new ‘mini’ collection for babies too so they’re very child-orientated.

  4. Willy Wonka anything grabs my attention! It’s like I never grew up somewhere deep inside 😉 Glad you had such a great time, I would’t have expected anything so family oriented at River Island so this is news to me :). Enjoyed your post…you have gorgeous children! xx

    1. Major fans of Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka here too. Yes, definitely check out River Island’s designs, they have some good stuff. I liked what I saw last week.

  5. I’ve had a gorgeous jumper for N from River Island that I spotted in the window and searched out in store. It’s not a shop I go in for myself, so was surprised they sold children’s wear. I find it hard to get the size I want, as the range is small but the staff are always really helpful and will look out back or order to store for you. I do like the straw hats for the boys.

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