This year my eldest niece wanted to have an Alice in Wonderland party and I thought I'd share some of the details (though I didn't get pictures of even half of it...) with you for some inspiration.
I'm fighting the urge to go all hipster on you with, "my mom was planning themed parties before it was cool..." ... but there it is! She's super creative and has been doing this for about 30 years, which was awesome for me and continues to be awesome for her grandchildren.
I've blurred out the children's faces for their protection (even my nieces). My mom cut out zillions of props from cardboard and painted them like the characters from the Disney version. Instead of hookah (good choice, mom) this little guy is blowing bubbles and there's a whole bubble station surrounding him for the kids to join in. She also painted some mushrooms (you may be able to see part of a pink one) to surround him.
Lots and LOTS of food! A cake with a chessboard + pieces made from chocolate, which she did herself. Cupcakes with cards and chocolate hearts as well. She prepares everything at home and transfers it to my brother's house for the party. It would be a lot easier to do it onsite yourself!
EAT ME stamped cookies and heart cutout sandwiches. The sandwiches are made from nesting cookie cutters. You can purchase an 'eat me' stamp on Etsy.
My niece is having a Nutcracker Party next year (be still my heart!) and this time I'm getting involved with decorating (as well as playing the Sugar Plum Fairy), so you can expect me to do a better job of documentation then!
Also- welcome to NOVEMBER!!! Which for me is the start of the Christmas season! WOOOO!! All the best, and as always, thanks for reading!