My coworker, Gil, made a terrible mistake when he bragged to me about the fantastic Oompa Loompa costume he wore for Halloween that year.
From then on, I harrassed him, sometimes daily, begging for a photo of him in this amazing costume.
"Gil, can you send me a photo of you in your costume?"
"Just a teeny little glance?"
His responses became very predictable. And finally I got the message.
Happily that's not the end of the story. A girl with a working copy of Photoshop can do just about anything!
With a mole strategically planted in his work group, I obtained a digital photo of Gil's face. A Google search yielded a lovely drawing of an Oompa Loompa that I found online -- you can purchase a "life-size" cutout of this character for your party at this lovely online shop that hopefully won't be mad at me for using their artwork for a personal project.
A little Illustrator work and some cutting and pasting and application of a simple box pop-up mechanism (explained here by my friend Carol, however I cut a strip for the pop-up rather than have it cut out of the background):
On the front, a birthday riddle:
Oompa Loompa doompadee doo
I've got a clever riddle for you.
Oompa Loompa doompadah mert
Who do you know that's getting older than dirt?