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Make Lasting Memories at your Prom or Homecoming!

Plan the Perfect Dance!

Choosing the Theme is the First Step.

What are the hottest themes this year? Poll your student body and find out what is HOT at your school, or search online for ideas! Will this be a formal or casual dance? Once you pick a theme, you can begin gathering your prom supplies and decorations to create those lasting memories!
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Go Back In Time With 20s, 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s Prom Themes

Sometimes there is nothing more fun that pretending to be somewhere else or becoming someone else. Small children love to play pretend – it comes naturally. We have whole industries built on fantasy. Just look at Hollywood for a major example. Again, Halloween is one of the biggest party holidays of the year, because even the adults get to dress in costume. We, the people, love to play pretend.

Elegant and beautiful formal evenings are one of the perfect places for people to be able to become someone else in another place and another time. With a decade themed prom night, your evening can range from the truly glamorous of the 20s and 50s to the glittering glitz of the ridiculously fun 80s. All it takes is an imagination and a little bit of elbow grease. With some luck, the following ideas will get your started on the imagination end; this year’s prom crew can provide the rest!

1920s Prom Theme

Known as the “Roaring Twenties” or the “Jazz Age,” when we think 1920s, we often think of Bette Davis, flappers, speakeasies, and Greta Garbo, to name a few off the top. To create the look and feel of the 1920s without revisiting the popular Great Gatsby theme from 2012, turn the prom into a speakeasy. Start with some invitations with iconic Art Deco lettering to invite the juniors and seniors back to a particular moment in time, and make sure all the guests know the “secret entrance” code: knock twice, give a whistle, and then knock once more. “Park” a gangster car standee near the entrance for added back-alley authenticity.

For drinks, make sure the punch is a clear liquid – perhaps mix sprite with clear kool-aid – and instead of traditional cups, use coffee mugs! (Since alcohol was illegal then.) Set up plenty of fog machines, because a real speakeasy was sure to be filled with cigarette smoke.

To announce the prom court, instead of doing it in the traditional fashion, stage a “raid”. Have the principal or whomever is going to announce to court come and “raid” the prom venue, complete with police sirens and everything. Once you have secured the attention of everyone in the room, announce the prom court!

Decorations can be simple, yet swanky. Black and gold satin and gossamer table linens, votive candles, and gobs of real looking strings of pearls on the table tops. For the photo standee, be sure to have fedoras and feather boas on stand-by to complete the point.

1950s Prom: At the Hop

Pink and black poodle skirts. Greasers and bomber jackets. Greased Lightnin’! And it is all going to happen at the hop! The 1950s was a time of hope and promise for the U.S. as soldiers returned from war and the war economy produced a time of prosperity that had been preciously unprecedented. Keep this feel good vibe in mind while planning a 1950s prom.

Be sure to have a juke box, or at least a cardboard reproduction. Keep the music themed to the 1950s, or use music from bands like Me First and the Gimme Gimme’s, who do updated covers of classic tunes. This is definitely the time to be channeling Elvis Presley, milk shakes, and cat eye glasses.

Set .45s on every table in the form of centerpieces, of course. Have records whirling from the ceiling, as well.

Alternatively, this could also be a good decade to use to play off the popularity of the new film, “On the Road,” featuring James Franco and Kristen Stewart. Beatniks, blues, wine, and social commentary could make for an interesting spin. Prom night attendees can even pose in the car from “On the Road!”

1960s Prom Theme

In contrast to the feel-good fifties, the 1960s was a time of turmoil and swift change. Playing on the art and ideas brought to the fore in San Francisco by the beatniks in the previous decade, protest slogans and peace signs are two prominent icons of this decade. Rainbows and flower power interspersed with some hand-made protest banners about Vietnam can set the stage here.

Use leis for favors at the door to give guests the look of flower children as they make their way through the beaded curtain. Face painting is always an option, and not as childish in the proper context. The music choices for the evening are varied, as the songs of the sixties remain some of the most popular music of all time. Create Haight and Ashbury street signs and hang faux-electric guitars on the wall. Scatter guitar picks at the tables, personalized with your prom info.

You could even make your prom into Woodstock, minus the illegal drugs, violence, and mayhem, of course. As any prom attendee would have obviously been too young to attend the ACTUAL Woodstock, the summer of ’69 and the famous music festival remain an idyllic fantasy for many young people. Capture the moment in time with 1960s peace sign stand in to help guise the brilliantly bedecked teenagers in sixties garb for a photo op. All in all, being able to attend “Woodstock Prom: 2013″ (through rose-colored lens, of course) could be the perfect magical evening.

1980s Prom: Studio 54

Many schools who choose to do an 80s prom theme go with neon, leg warmers, and feathered hair; more “Breakfast Club” than “Rent,” if you will. Those proms can be fun and special, to be sure. This year, however, consider a spin on the 80s prom theme and consider styling the venue like an 80s nightclub. Dark lighting, a mirrored disco ball, and dancers in the background help create the illusion of the infamous New York nightclub, Studio 54.

Brick corrugated paper should line the walls, complimented by strategically placed reflective metallic curtains to help with the illusion of dark and depth. Place different lights, like LED balls, throughout the venue space to create an understated yet dynamic lighting effect.

Be sure to play some *timely* 80s rock and dance music to fit with your theme. Instead of setting up a typical drinks and snacks table, create a bar tableau. When each couple comes in, give them city favor bags with money clips and some fake cash to spend “at the bar” for their drinks at Studio 54.

Diamonds are a Prom’s Best Friend–Bring the Sparkle Out in Your Theme

All About the Bling!

Year after year, junior and senior high school girls go on city-wide searches for the perfect prom dress.  Typically, the more the dress sparkles, the better. The jewelry, the accessories, and the shoes often sparkle and shine as well. With glittery accents making such a huge splash in the world of prom attire, why not plan a prom centering around every girl’s best friend, diamonds?

Shimmery, Shiny Dream Come True

A great base to use for your sparkly diamond-like prom is a themed decorating kit—you’ll want to find something that has a good selection of pieces so you can add a few other creative touches to the event, but not so many pieces that you set up the kit and are done. Try the Dream Come True kit for a solid base Dream Come True kitto a diamond-themed prom. Then you can add a variety of other decorations around your event space to expand the theme and play up the sparkle factor that so many girls love.

Another great start for your shiny, diamond-like decorations is a Fire and Ice theme kit. You could either use the whole kit or put more focus on the ‘ice’ decorations, as those will be the best addition to your diamond-themed prom. Using the kit will add another color to your prom—similar to how precious gemstones are used to complement diamonds. Following that concept, you could also pull in green to represent emeralds or blue to represent rubies, but those should be accents to your shimmery diamond decorations.

Sparkly Additions to Your Diamond Prom

After you have the decorations for your sparkly diamond prom started, you’ll want to look into the additional touches not found in the kits. For example, look into various fabrics to work with in your event space that will enhance the diamond theme you’re building. Drape your tables with iridescent chiffon (silver fabric over a solid color would add a bit of dimension to the tables).  Look into metallic gossamer to use as wall covers. Choose either one color or a few different colors (try to keep it to three colors at most), hang a couple sheets of metallic gossamer from the ceiling to the floor—make sure to leave excess at the floor. Black, white, and silver would be great colors for your diamond-themed prom. When you have the sheets hanging from the ceiling, gather them together about four feet above the floor. The walls in your event space will be hidden and extra shimmer will be added to your room.

The last touch is the selection of prom favors. The best favors to go with a sparkly, diamond-themed prom are glassware favors. Flutes, goblets, snifters—whichever glassware favors you choose for your diamond-themed prom guests, you’ll be able to get them personalized for that extra-special, memorable touch.

By starting your prom planning with a solid decoration base, you’ll be able to transform any event space into a memorable moment in time for your prom guests. There are many options to work with for a sparkly prom—try diamond accents on your school colors!