Category Archives: Destination Theme Prom

How to Host a 20 Year Reunion

One of the most important things to understand about hosting a 20-year reunion – or any reunion – is that outreach is as important to success as the big party itself. Start early to build anticipation and maximize participation.

Email and social media such as Facebook make this easier than ever. Chances are you already use Facebook, have joined the “You know you’re in/from [insert hometown here] if…” FB page, and have spun off a reunion page that you administer. (If not, all these ideas are translatable to email, message boards, etc.) The next step is to utilize it effectively. Use the page to:

Find high school classmates and 20 year-old artifacts. Put out short lists regularly of people you’re seeking, yearbooks you’re missing, and old photos of landmarks you’d like to display.

Build new reunion memories. Use status updates to provide a personal welcome to new members as they join. Ask questions: “Anybody here from the CHS Choir?” “Did you catch Jurassic Park when it opened? Who’d you see it with?” “Tube skirts or flannel shirts?” Conversations will nurture a comfort level among participants. They will also tell you what’s still universally memorable to the Class of ’93.  At the reunion itself, many committees set up stations that replay a high school video or leave scrapbooks filled with pictures.  Ask attendees to sign a physical or digital guest book with messages about the past or predictions for the future.

Add value to the reunion ticket. Perhaps reunion committee members have worked out a deal for a block of discounted hotel rooms, or someone is organizing an afternoon picnic. Give reminders of these extras regularly to ensure that new page members see it – some folks will search older threads and the Events page when they join, but many won’t.

Let’s say that the Jurassic Park mention got a huge response. What do you do with this information? We recommend planting a cardboard cutout of a T-Rex somewhere in your venue as a symbol of a good time had by all.

Take the symbolism as far as you want: Empire State Building prop to stand in for Sleepless in Seattle, Red Roses backdrop for Bon Jovi’s “Bed of Roses,” and so on.

Party props mixed with Class of ’93 artifacts (game balls, photo canvases of class outings, etc.) can form the basis of a guessing game about senior year events that classmates start on upon arrival.

The overall party theme could reflect early 90s popular culture or could come from other shared experiences, such as:

  • Favorite hangouts: beach, movie theater, dance club
  • Special events: annual fair/carnival, excursions into the city
  • School pride: winning-est sports, music and academic teams; school colors
  • Other: senior prom theme duplication, crowd-sourced ideas put to a vote

Again, let outreach interactions be your guide. Once the reunion theme is chosen, you’ll be able to coordinate banners, favors and tableware with theme decorations.

Two areas may require extra supplies: tableware and favors. Be sure to know how many display tables you’ll need for name tags, yearbooks and the like so that you can cover them similarly to the dining tables. Likewise, have contests worked out in advance of ordering (dance moves, classmate-who-traveled-the-farthest-to-get-here) so you can select favors as prizes.

Are you planning a reunion party this summer? Let us know how it’s going!

Live in the Middle of Nowhere? Host a City Themed Event

Select a New York or Paris theme this spring as you plan a prom, wedding or formal fundraising ball. City event themes are perfect for events involving large groups – with the bonus of a big ooh-ah factor if this is a significant change of pace for you and your guests.

For decorating city parties our mantra is, “Height, lights and luster.”

By “height,” we mean to re-create the unique feeling of walking the “canyons” between rows of skyscrapers. Look for city decorations as tall as your ceiling will allow. Landmark buildings, silhouette backgrounds and other skyscraper props range from 7 to 9-feet-plus and should form the basis of the focal point along one wall (or perhaps the middle of the room if you have 3D decorations).

Place additional good-sized, free-standing props in ways that functionally divide a cavernous space, support the focal point and tie the room together. Most of our columns — including our popular stretch columns that are reusable and have replaceable fabric slips — start at 8 feet tall. The cute, mod subway entrance is also 8 feet, and skyscraper columns are 8-1/2.

You can also draw the eye upward with ceiling decorations such as hanging lanterns and chandeliers — our Exquisite Beaded Chandelier would be just the ticket here.

When it comes to lights, nothing feels as romantic as low or indirect lighting or as festive as twinkles. Backlight your major decorations or add light strings to them – some city props come with lights so keep your eye out for that feature. Black city street lights, Old World lampposts and LED lighted trees bring charm as well as light to sidewalk cityscapes such as Parisian style outdoor cafés and Central Park locales.

Black or white, silver or gold, we like bringing luster with the objects guests will touch. Provide radiance and gleam to tables and pedestals with shimmering fabrics, metallic fringed table skirts and super-shiny vinyl floral sheeting.

Look for luster, too, in personalized city favors for table top or swag bag. The right design in candy jars, travel mugs or other city favors can echo your cityscape for an everyday reminder of a special evening.

Imagine the complexity of your own unique combination of city height, light and luster and the completeness of the picture as guests arrive and drink it all in. Then, make it happen with the help of the City Event Party store.

Spring’s Top 10 Prom Themes

Stumps Party presents the list of spring’s top 10 prom themes.

Candy Land
If you want a combination of color and fun, this is the theme. The student body will love the lollipop-lined walkways, the sweet taffy waterfall, cupcake backdrops, and sweet candy arch. The success of this prom is easily described in one word – sweet.

Mardi Gras
Put the party into your prom with a Mardi Gras theme. Fill your space with vibrant purples, greens, and golds. Add beads, feathers, and masks. Based upon the style of your decorations, you can replicate the look of an embellished, New Orleans street or simply elicit a sense of mystical magic, or Afro-Caribbean mambo. What used to be for the French is now perfect for your school.

Hollywood
Everyone will sing “Hurray for Hollywood” when committee members see how easily this theme comes together and when the student body takes pleasure in the glitz of this hot theme. Give them the star treatment with a red carpet entrance, rows of paparazzi, lights, cameras, Hollywood Walk of Fame stars, and more. This theme can also lean to a more casual interpretation with an emphasis on film, popcorn, and lots of yellow, red, and white.

City
Bring the upscale, cosmopolitan atmosphere to your school with a city theme. Surround prom-goers with skyscrapers, billboards and lots of lights. Pull these items together to give the impression of a city, or make it a New York night with the addition of a Times Square theme kit or Central Park props.

Parisian
The Parisian theme is always a hit with its romantic, European flair. Imagine the excitement of your student body as they get to walk past the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe arch, or a Parisian café. Play some Edith Piaf, serve baguettes with pate, and cover the walls with backdrops depicting scenes of Paris, such as the Champs-Elysees.

Casino
You won’t be rolling the dice when you choose this popular theme. Students love the high-energy décor of playing cards, poker chips, dice, and roulette wheels. Choose from a jackpot night, a high roller night, or a Vegas escape theme kit. Include some games, a buffet and some live entertainment for the full casino experience.

India
The Indian theme has really become a favorite because of its modern exoticism. The juxtaposition of rich greens, purples, golds, blues, and pinks create a breathtaking look that is unique to the Indian culture. This theme benefits from lots of draping chiffon, shimmera, and gossamer fabrics, trimmed with string lights. Prom-goers will be charmed with the beauty of this destination theme prom.

Stars
Dazzle everyone with a stars theme prom. The student body will be taken aback when they find themselves surrounded with gold, silver, and white stars of all sizes that reflect light throughout the space. Choose from star-studded arches, stairways, columns, and tunnels. Decorate the ceiling with hanging stars, string lights, and panels of star gossamer fabric.

Castles
Prom-goers love the chance to revisit the days of chivalry and courtly love. That is why the castle theme is always a success. This theme can capture the romantic look of a fairytale castle, the medieval look of the Knights of Camelot, or the fantasy look of an ice castle.

Fifties
Everyone loves the 50’s. It was the time of the sock hop, the soda fountains, the poodle skirts, and the emergence of rock and roll. People knew how to have fun and student bodies all over the country still have fun with a fifties prom theme. Fill the space with 45’s, vintage car props, jukebox standees and drive-in decorations. This theme has lots of possibilities, so just run with it and have fun.

Choose your theme and fill all of your decorative, tableware, publicity and favors needs at Stumps Party. We love proms and we want to make sure that your school loves yours.

Sail Away To A Tropical Treasure Bay Prom

Treasure Bay decorating kitWhen the cold air drops down from the north, bring in the warmth of a remote tropical isle where treasure is amassed and boats drop their anchors. Invite your student body to sail away to a Treasure Bay prom. Stumps Party simplifies your prom committee’s decorative tasks for this tropical themed prom with the help of the Treasure Bay decorating kit. This kit has all you need to transform your space into an elegant island paradise : one Treasure Bay ship, one set of Treasure Bay ship masts, two wire palm trees, one Treasure Bay column and one Treasure Bay chest.

PRE-PROM
Build up anticipation for the treasure that awaits with banners and wall decor. For the hallways, put up a tropical paradise banner. Hold a pre-prom contest. Have students guess what the temperature will be on particular popular tropical islands the day of the prom. Winners will be awarded prom-related coupons delivered in foil gold bar favor boxes.

PROM STAGING
Create the transition into the magic of the tropical scene with by lining the hallways with colorful lighted palm trees. Decorate the entrance into the main area by draping white tulle netting. Add sparkle to the netting with twinkle light strings. Add textural and visual interest to the netting with yellow or blue nautical fishnet available with the Treasure Bay table setting accessories.

In the main area, create an easy yet gorgeous sunset by layering sheer gold gossamer over dark blue seamless paper decorating material. Enhance the backdrop’s glow with the use of backlights. Change the tint of the backdrop by experimenting with different colored filters to use on the backlights. Complete the sunset look with the addition of the moonlight hanging moon. Give the illusion of being in a cove by setting up a palm tree silhouette backdrop right in front of the backlights. Introduce water by covering the floor with bunched up mottled water gossamer.

Near the edge of the water gossamer place the Treasure Bay ship and the Treasure Bay ship masts. Decorate the masts with white tulle netting to provide the look of sails. Beyond the edge of the water gossamer and into the room cover the floor with buff flat paper to give it the look of sand. On that sand, put the two wire palm trees, the one Treasure Bay column and the one Treasure Bay chest. The 7′ high column adds authentic character with its realistic hemp rope and fishnet accents. To create a fuller nautical look to the room, purchase additional columns as well as some 2′ to 6′ high Treasure Bay lantern pilings featuring hemp rope accents and a nautical lamp. Place some of these columns and pilings around the snack area as well.

The snack area easily comes together with the ideas given for the Treasure Bay table setting. Begin by covering the tables with the indigo gossamer drapped with yellow fishnet. Use gold metallic streamer from the colorful metallic streamers collection to secure the net to the gossamer tablecover and to define the ege of the table. Top off the table decor with the palm tree centerpiece surrounded with scattered gold coins. Continue the table decor on the chairs by draping them with indigo gossamer and fishnet secured with more gold metalic streamer. For the food, select black plates, navy blue napkins and black cutlery. Cover the eating area walls with blue sea and sky flat paper elegantly framed with white tulle netting. Allow the sand look to continue out onto the floor with shredded gold / silver mottled gossamer. Give outline and sparkle to the area with additional wire palm trees and pilings.

PICTURE PERFECT PARTY FAVOR
The prom picture is the keepsake to treasure. Arrange more wire palm trees and a cardboard treasure chest in front of the same sunset backdrop used in the main space. Offer the perfect party favor with the trendy photo holder. This favor has room for autographs as well as your prom picture.

Stumps Party – a treasure trove of party supplies and ideas. Check us out for all of your needs!

Decorate a Dance Venue with Cool Outdoor Effects

Dancing under the stars, cruising to an island paradise, walking in a winter wonderland — how we love to bring the outdoors to our indoor events! Here are a few ideas from Stumps Party for pulling it off.

Stars, Stars & More Stars

Whether a nautical, garden, city or destination theme, nothing is more romantic than a star-lit night. We love the look of combining a star gossamer with twinkle string lights, or try our glow star gossamer on its own! Add holographic shimmer die cut stars or mirror-brite die-cut shimmer stars to the décor to amplify the eye-pleasing effects.

Rock Out
This would be great for a Western or desert theme, and more. Try our seamless paper or other heavy background paper to create rocks and boulders of just about any size! The secret: a pillow of air! Cut two pieces of paper of the same irregular shape but with one sheet larger than the other. Match and staple the edges together so the larger sheet bulges out for some 3D action. The technique can take some practice, so if you haven’t done it before, be sure to experiment with scrap paper first. If you’re going to group them together, remember that odd numbers and staggered sizes look best.

Gaze into Distant Horizons
Use dark green corrugated paper and black corrugated paper to cut rolling hills, silhouettes of trees and/or rocks of different sizes. Place the shapes against a wall to create a landscape in the “distance.”

Take a Walk in the Clouds
Need some light, airy clouds in your outdoor setting? Get a bundle of our white tulle netting! Bunch it up into a cloud and secure your cloud formation with a quick baste stitch or staple. Use mono-filament (fishing) line to suspend your clouds from the ceiling, and/or place them on the floor to suit your event theme.

Do you have your own tricks for outdoor effects? Please share them in the Comments section!

Make Prom Magnifique with a Perfect Night in Paris Theme

a-perfect-night-in-paris-decorating-kit Paris is the original prom theme and Stumps Party has been working on perfecting it for decades! We have several prom kits for transforming your venue into a Parisian getaway. The A Perfect Night in Paris decoration kit is simple and elegant for a prom venue that is beautiful but not overdone.

The kit includes two white modern luminescent columns, two black modern luminescent columns, a fabuleux Eiffel Tower and two perfect night in Paris stars.

Create a gorgeous backdrop for your prom using metallic blue gossamer draped in curtains and swags along the walls. (Check out our gossamer tips for how-tos!) Cover the floor in dark blue flat paper or silver metallic background material. The material will reflect lights for a beautiful, shimmering dance floor.

Set up the modern luminescent columns around the room to create a full, elegant look. The columns are also great for simply dividing up space. The columns stand 8′ tall and 2′ in diameter and are lighted for a soft glow. They’re constructed from stretch fabric over a metal frame. Accent the columns with black mirror bright stars and dark blue shimmera sashes around the middle.

In the center, add the fabuleux Eiffel Tower for a beautiful focal point. The lighted black Eiffel Tower is 10 feet tall and stands on a 2′ 8″ square base. Drape some metallic silver gossamer around the tower for an elegant accent.

Accent the scene with perfect night in Paris stars. You can accent the 3′ 10″ by 3′ 7″ stars with your personalized wording!

Set up 3D wire stars to light up your dance floor. You can easily add these stars to your kit as they are found on the kit’s order page. They stand 2′ by 2′ and are perfect for a simple accent and a romantic glow. Check out all of our Paris event theme decorations for a full assortment.

Once your prom is designed, choose a memory booklet to send students home with for a keepsake. The memory booklet was created right here at Stumps Party! For this theme the dreams of Paris booklet is a fantastic choice. The black matte cover is adorned with a silver Eiffel Tower and your custom wording. The inside is printed with your custom content. Check out our memory booklet tips for ideas on how to fill the booklet.

Stumps Party has hundreds of personalized prom favors for you to choose from. Select a prom favor to finish your event. Our custom creation Paris pure romance frame is a great choice! The background is printed with a gorgeous Eiffel Tower photo and your custom wording. Students can add their favorite 5×7 prom photos!

Check out all of our Paris-themed proms and let us help you plan a prom to remember!

Set Sail to Fun with a Magical Isle Theme Prom

magical-isle-prom-decorating-kitA tropical theme prom is a fantastic way to bring some warmth and spring style to your event. Stumps Party has several great theme kits to transport your prom to a sunny tropical island. The Magical Isle decoration kit sets the scene with a water fall and a fabulous sunset.

This kit includes two magical isle palm trees, two wire palm trees, a waterfall, an island hut, and a magical isle banner.

Create a backdrop for your prom using orange gossamer and red gossamer layered to create a sunset backdrop. Use backlights to highlight the look. Set a mountain skyline background or two in front of the gossamer to simulate the illusion of a distant horizon. Cover the floors with brown or sand colored flat paper to make the beach..

For a gorgeous focal point, set up the magical isle waterfall, constructed of cardboard and gossamer and standing 10′ tall by 12′ wide. Add some twinkle light strings to the waterfall for a romantic shimmer.

In front of the waterfall, add the magical isle hut. It stands 9′ tall and 4′ 6″ wide and students will love taking commemorative photos next to it.

Fill out the look using magical isle palm trees and tropical wire palm tree. The magical isle palm trees are made from palm tree bark and felt leaves and stand on wooden bases. They measure 10′ tall and 4′ wide. The tropical wire palm trees are made from lighted plastic and metal. They stand 7′ tall.

Add the magical isle banner with your own message to accent the entrance or other significant spot at your event. The banner is supported with magical isle torches and measures 45” by 18”. These torches can easily be added to your kit from the kit page. The torches are constructed from raffia and corrugate on wooden bases.

Add plenty of real or faux foliage to really fill out the look and create a stunning island for your prom.

Create a spot for students to take pictures using surf board stand-ups also available on the kit page. The surf boards come in sets of three (4’, 5’, 6’) and come in fun tropical prints.

Be sure to accent the theme kit decorations with other party decorations such as gossamer, centerpieces and banners!

Next, design a memory booklet for students to take home as a keepsake. The memory booklet is a prom tradition created right here at Stumps Party. For this theme we suggest the island dreams booklet, which features a black palm tree on a gold or silver spotlight and your custom wording. The inside is printed with your personalized content. Check out our memory booklet tips for ideas on how to fill the booklet.

Check out our full selection of personalized prom favors to choose your own favor for this prom.

For this prom, we suggest the custom creation tropical forever tonight frame. The frame is imprinted with your wording and features a background with a beautiful tropical island photo and a space for student’s own 5×7 photos. They’ll love this item for years to come!

Check out our other tropical theme prom kits at Stumps Party’s Luau event theme page and let us help you plan your perfect event.