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Eight Contest Ideas for After Prom

All night at the prom students were dressed to the nines and hopefully on their 12pbagglibest behavior at such a formal event. After Prom is the time for students to let loose! It’s a great idea to have a number of contests for students to participate in at the After Prom. Make sure you have awesome prizes like gift certificates from local businesses, swag bags, or other prom favors.

Costume Contest

The dance is over and the dresses and tuxes have come off. But what will everyone wear to the After Prom? Make the decision easy for them and have a costume contest that fits with the After Prom theme. Most After Proms have a theme totally separate from the dance. It could be an 80’s theme where guests can wear their biggest hair and wildest makeup, or maybe a luau where guests show up in grass skirts and leis. Have a costume contest and award the best outfit that fits with the theme.

Dance Contest

Sure everyone has been dancing all night at the prom, but this is a contest that will see who the true dancers of the school really are. Since most people will be tired of dancing, see who can handle the pressure of dancing even more in some sort of dance-off. Either elect judges to determine who stays and who goes, or have cheers from the crowd determine the supreme dancing champion.

Guess the Teacher Contest

This is a fun contest for students and teachers. Have faculty and staff bring in pictures from their prom. Post them on the wall and number them. Throughout the night, allow students to look at the pictures and try and match each teacher to their photo. Close the contest down about 30 minutes before the end of After Prom to allow time to go through the entries. Whoever correctly matched the most wins! If there’s a tie, throw the names in a hat and pull out a winner.

Prom Dress Contest

Sure the girls spent hours and hours looking for the perfect dress, but what if they only had a few minutes… and toilet paper? Have a contest where groups of 3-4 are given a few rolls of toilet paper and they have to create a toilet paper prom dress on one of their group members. Have After Prom chaperones pick the winning dress.

Hula Hoop Contest

It might be right out of the 50’s, but sometimes there’s nothing more entertaining than a hula hoop contest! See who can last the longest, who can walk and hula hoop, who can hula hoop the fastest, etc. To make things even more entertaining, have teachers participate in this wacky contest.

Karaoke Contest

They’ve danced the night away, now let them sing! But don’t just have a regular karaoke contest, add some excitement to it! Consider having categories of music like rock, R&B, oldies, hip hop, and country. You might also want to award prizes based on other things like “Best Solo Male,” “Best Solo Female,” “Best Group,” and “Best Overall Performance.” The performances should have students and staff impressed with the talent or at least laughing at those who think they have it!

Contest for Change

This contest would involve some planning and advertising in the weeks leading up to prom. Have students collect change/coins from home and from people they know. Whoever brings the most change to After Prom is the winner. The great thing about this contest is that the money can go to a charity. Have a list of charitable organizations and let the winner decide where everyone’s change will go. (Note: make sure you deposit the change and give the charity a check.)

Pie Eating Contest

Everyone has looked so nice all night. It’s time to get messy! Pick up some pies from a local grocery store and see who can finish the quickest. You might want to divide the contest into girls and guys, or divide it by grade. Have a champion from each division and whoever finished in the quickest time overall is the ultimate pie-eating champion!

Top Three Themes for a 2013 After-Prom

Post-prom holds a different vibe than what comes before, and our three most popular after-prom themes for this spring hold the more relaxed atmosphere and activity fun you’re looking for.

1.Luau. A truly classic theme for an after party, luau and other tropical beach party themes land on popularity lists year after year because it is so easy to create a setting that feels worlds away.

Start with one of our beautiful beach-flavored photo background illustrations and add free-standing props such as palm trees, an entrance arch in a tiki design and surf board standees. Build your paradise by buying them separately or in a kit already designed for you. Tiki Island, shown above, is just one of several tropical beach and island kits to peruse whether you’re pursuing a traditional luau look or something more pirate-y or surf shack-y.

Keep in mind that with a luau theme, the people become decorations, too! Leis, beachcomber hats, sunglasses and even flip flops are wearable favors you can offer at the door and as prizes for hula and limbo contests.

2.Glow. Glow parties are relative newcomers to the after prom scene, but the demand for glow party products has fed their popularity and vice-versa. In short: Glow is here to stay!

For this theme, take a look at Glowing Blacklight Explosion Kit. This kit includes three blacklight fixtures plus a metal arch and columns that you’ll be able to use for many other parties in the coming years just by changing the slipcovers.

Check event lighting for strobes, laser projectors and LED options, too.

Ordinary jars, our highly-rated glow paint and a little patience are a perfect combination for creating glow-in-the-dark decorations for tables. We like Vivian Nguyen’s easy-to-follow demo:

There are several variations of the basic technique, which achieve different looks. For “fairy lights” paint the tiniest dots you can, as closely together as you can. For “rave jars” flick and spatter the paint from the brush.

Place your glow jars in bases of glow necklaces or coils of glow beads.

3.Casino. Another classic, a casino theme is a prom choice as often as an after-prom choice, no doubt due to the jackpot of props and decorations that can dress the venue up or down.

And get a load of the games! This event theme has lots of built-in entertainment value.

Get plenty of poker chips along with your games, and have winners redeem them for prizes. Choose unisex casino favors as prizes, such as photo cubes and key tags, and place them inside dice favor boxes for the surprise factor. Edible favors like mint and cookie tins will also ring the bell – they are easy to share and will help fuel late-night fun.

Are you ready to match an after-prom dream with reality? Visit the Themes store to see what’s out there!

Turn Your After Prom into a Zombie Theme

The night was surely filled with romance. Prom guests put on their formal dresses and tuxedos and danced the night away to their favorite love songs. There was probably handholding and maybe even a kiss here and there. The romance was surely impossible to ignore!

And then comes After Prom, and everything changes. Let’s face it, the teens who attend After Prom are there for a good time. The lovey-dovey stuff from the dance is over, and prom goers are ready to get comfortable and let loose. One sure-fire way to get them to show up is to pick a popular theme, and nothing is more popular right now than zombies. Turn your After Prom into a zombie theme, and you’ll have a packed house!

A Spooky Scene
The decorations for your zombie After Prom should be creepy, eerie, spooky, 6f087khowever you want to describe it, it should send chills down your spine. Zombie Silhouettes are a must-have, since you can’t have a zombie theme without zombies! Make life-size tombstones with the names of teachers and administrators and write funny epitaphs about each one. Consider having a fog machine continuously rolling out an eerie fog throughout the room.

Graveyard Games
One of the toughest parts of After Prom is keeping the students entertained. Have a good selection of game stations that will keep them satisfied. Some ideas of popular games are cornhole, throwing darts at balloons, charades, cards, tricycle races, and karaoke contests. Be sure to add a zombie twist to some of the games. Maybe your cornhole boards look like tombstones, or your balloons are filled with fake blood.

8f011Eerie Eats
After a night of dancing at the prom, students will be hungry. Be sure and have some zombie-specific snacks at the After Prom. Use a Gory Brain Mold to make some gelatin snacks that are also super creepy. Consider having a “Candy Bar” for those with a major sweet tooth. Cover a table in black and place plastic flutes filled with different types of candy all over the table. Add some severed fingers to the table to keep with your zombie theme.

Movie Madness
For those who just want to veg out at the After Prom, have a zombie movie projected on a wall for a “Zombie Theatre.” Some good zombie moves are “Night of the Living Dead”, “White Zombie”, and “Zombieland.” (Be sure you know your school’s policy on showing movies.) Go all out and serve popcorn and snacks at the movie.

A zombie After Prom is a great idea because it’s fun, doesn’t require fancy or expensive decorating, and is a really popular theme idea. So pull out your Halloween decorations and start planning!