Cool. We're doing this for our Homecoming this year. I'm going to just paste you what we're doing and then you can go with it for your event:
What’s been thought of is to have the entrance/ticket area/food tables be like the Mad Hatter’s tea party. We’d have black and white checkered tablecloths on the tables. On the food & drink table, label the items ‘Eat Me’ and ‘Drink Me’ (I found this woman who makes cotton ribbon with those printed on it that we could cut out and tag the items with, and it’s really cheap). We can stack and glue brightly colored dishes and place them as decorations on the food & drink table or just have tea pots and cups & saucers on that table. Then we could have silver, reflective strands at the entrance to the auditorium and have a sign saying 'Enter Through the Looking Glass.’ On either side of the doors we could have bushes (little trees or whatever - fake obviously) with red and white roses, as if they paused while 'painting the roses red.'
The auditorium is where we could run with the playing cards/Queen of Hearts theme. The decorations that have been found as far as this goes include: 18’” playing cards (maybe hung on the walls, from the ceiling, or above the stage), balloons in the shape of the suits, red, white, & black balloons, red, white, & black lights, and garland in the shape of the suits. Portia has suggested that we use mirrors to incorporate the Through the Looking Glass theme, which would be awesome, so keep that in mind when it comes to any comments.
We’ve got a cool idea for the announcements and the posters. It’d say:
You are cordially invited to join us in Wonderland for the ---- 2009 Homecoming dance on Saturday, September 26, 2009 from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Follow the white rabbit to the ticket tables and buy your tickets in advance. Hurry up, don’t be too late or it’ll be off with your heads!
***You can of course edit this to your party
As far as favors go, we can either get bead necklaces in the shapes of the suits in black & red or get round bead necklaces in black, silver, & red. The round beads are cheaper, but it’s just a matter of how much money we’re devoting to the decorations on the whole.
I’d also like to try and incorporate the theme into the King and Queen thing, i.e. having the King’s crown be like the Mad Hatter’s top hat and the Queen’s tiara be like Alice’s headband or something. It’d just be for show since we’ve got actual crowns and tiaras, too.
Another cool idea, maybe for your event, would be to have a glass top table and put playing cards underneath the glass. This way you could have the array of Alice in Wonderland things without them cluttering your tables.
Put up signs that say 'This Way' and 'That Way' throughout the house. Put a sign saying 'Enter Wonderland Through the Looking Glass' at the entrance.
You could give out awards to those that incorporate the theme the best into their dress. I've got all of the websites for these things and the prices written down, so if you're interested, contact me and I can send you the list. Everything we're getting is surprisingly inexpensive, but you won't need all of this stuff (unless you like doing things big). We're still in the works right now, so we're getting more each day. I'd love to help and maybe we could exchange ideas. :) Good luck!
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