Category Archives: Prom Decorating

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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Forget You’re in a Tent. Decorate Elegantly for Outdoor Events

Summertime means outdoor parties, barbecues, and bonfires. If you’re planning a summer wedding or a more elegant graduation party, maybe even an outdoor prom, you’re challenged with decorating in a tent. With the right decorations and the proper planning, you can make it so your guests completely forget that they’re in a tent! With a few tips and tricks, your decorations can be elegant enough to make your venue seem like an outdoor wonderland, not a party under a tent.

Table Settings Make a Difference Outdoors

If you have tables under your tent for your summer event, you’ll want to use them as a decorating tool. By covering your tables with a white cloth and a shimmery strip of gossamer as a table runner, you’ll create a light, airy feeling for your summer event. A centerpiece for your tables will play a huge role in creating an elegant event, also. Depending on your theme, you could choose a centerpiece that will fit with the theme. You could also simply choose an elegant centerpiece that will go with any theme, such as a candelabra. When the sun begins to set, switching to candlelight versus bright LED lights or no lights will make your event that much more elegant. Also, the candlelight reflecting off a shimmery gossamer fabric will create an interesting effect.

Don’t forget about the chairs that will go with your tables. Seeing just a simple folding chair doesn’t say elegance. You can use folding chairs for your event, but look into chair covers. You could just use a ribbon or you could use a complete chair cover and a ribbon.

Hide the Tent

As you’re preparing your decorations, try to find a way to disguise the tent you’re decorating. Try wrapping the tent poles with shimmery silver iridescent chiffon. If you decide to use candles when the sun sets, the candlelight will Silver Chiffonreflect off the chiffon. You could also station a bunch of balloons at each of the four corners of the tent, as a way to disguise the corner tent poles.

If you want to disguise the poles running along the top of the tent, try twining garlands and flowers around them. Or you could do a combination of chiffon, garlands, and flowers. Another good option is hanging decorations from those poles, such as an ivory floral topiary.

Remember, summer outings don’t have to be all fun and no elegance. Even if you’re using a tent for your event, the decorations and the table settings can help you create an elegant sure-to-be-remembered event. Centerpieces and chair covers are a way to help guests forget about the tent, but if you want to disguise the tent, shimmery, flowing fabrics are the way to go. As you plan your elegant summer event, choose fabrics and other decorations that will set your colors off perfectly—create an event that your guests will remember for a long time!

Drown in Love with a Lost City of Atlantis Prom

“Current” events meet an ancient story of romance when you choose an Atlantis theme for an under-the-sea prom.

Just as Poseidon created a beautiful dwelling for his mortal love Cleito, so too can you build an underwater paradise for a romantic evening using our newest undersea theme kit, Atlantis. An arch, gates and columns combine marine hues with accents of gold and a whisper of purple that you can repeat throughout the venue; props such as the seahorse chariot bring elements of whimsy and delightful photo ops.

Atlantis joins other marine themes and nautical kits and many of our undersea props will work with more than one collection, so be sure to make a complete browse of them before making your list.

Support your Lost Atlantis decorations with a beautiful background such as an underwater photo illustration, deep sea mural, or one of our water-patterned gossamers.

You can also make waves – almost literally – by covering the ceiling and/or tables in a metallic eyelash fabric in dark blue.

Covering the ceiling in a wave pattern looks dramatic (see a model here in event fabric categories, lower left photo) but is pretty simple as long as you have safe equipment and minimal fear of heights. :0) You’ll need eye screws and wire for the task, being sure to match the hardware and wire gauge to the weight of the fabric you’re using.

An underwater world is one in which the creatures move at various depths, and part of what will make your marine wonderland special will be to represent dimensionality of movement. Suspend large sea life cutouts (be sure to get the two-sided kind) with monofilament line. Bermuda blue or white LED lanterns can bring both dimension and mood lighting to the venue.

If you’d like to add a chandelier to the middle of the room, we recommend you consider a disc chandelier to suggest an array of light-catching “bubbles.”

Another way to bring 3D attitude and a bit of animation to your marine space is with balloons. Our mylar balloon sea critters include tropical fish, whale, dophin and seahorse and they range in length from 32”-37”. Group them with latex balloons and tether each bunch to stand just above average eye level. Hide the balloon weights behind free-standing decorations such as seashell or coral standees. Echo the height on tables by using these balloons in tall centerpieces, too.

Favors for a romantic undersea prom are a dream to put together. Choose party favors with a more generally oceanic theme to match an invitation or background mural, or go full Atlantis in photo frame options, key tags and more. Be sure to check out unique under-the-sea favors, too, for travel mugs, party beads and unusual favor options.

As you can see, our Lost Atlantis underwater theme is a sure winner for a romantic underwater theme prom. Dive into our Under the Sea pages soon.

High End Favors in Demand for 2013 Proms

11SZBAGSPLWhile a simple, plastic picture frame may have once sufficed for a prom favor, Stumps, a national prom and party supplier since 1926, has discovered that high-end favors are back in demand for 2013 proms.

From swag bags to personalized glassware, high schools are choosing high-end favors. Most want their prom guests to go home with more than just memories. These personalized, high-end favors are kept for lifetimes.

The most popular high-end prom favors for 2013 include:

Personalized Glassware

Vases and mugs donning the prom’s theme and year are common favors in 2013. Not only do they make for great centerpieces at the prom, but because they are glass, they have staying power long after the event is over.

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Candles are also popular personalized favors. Like vases and mugs, candles work double-duty by providing a decoration at the prom and at home for months after the dance.  Both wax and gel candles are a very popular favor for 2013. Whether or not they are lit, they still make for an eye-catching favor.

Travel Mugs

Students love bringing their favorite lattes to class the week after the prom in their personalized travel mugs. They will remember the special night in the future each time they pull out their travel mug from prom. This high-end favor is popular because it’s made of plastic or stainless steel and less likely to break.

Swag Bags

Bags filled with different themed favors are some of the most popular in the country.  Swag Bags typically contain anywhere from three to ten favors. While some are simply candy and a picture frame, others are loaded with keepsakes like candles, sunglasses, mint tins, and key chains.  Many are personalized with the prom theme name or school picture.

 


About Stumps Party:

Since 1926, Stumps Party’s prom catalogs have been welcomed by teachers and prom committees in schools throughout the United States. Those catalogs are now online at StumpsParty.com. With more than 35,000 products, Stumps offers every item that schools need for this year’s prom. For prom decorations and favors, visit StumpsParty.com.

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!

Energize Prom Cruise Guests with a Carnival Theme

Combining Prom Themes

No matter where you have your prom, an easy way to make it a memorable event is to combine two themes to make your own! Your prom will be much more personalized for your school and your students. If you do it well, you can tie in a variety of themes. This will also take focus away from the physical location of the dance. Combining themes makes it easier to have a dance anywhere, from the school gym to a banquet hall to a cruise ship!

Combining Nautical and Carnival Themes

Combining a nautical theme with a carnival theme gives you the opportunity to tie in a few other themes. Subtle hints are all you need—many cruise ships, for example, have a casino room, so you could also incorporate a casino theme. You can also tie in other themes with your favors. If you choose to add Personalized Poker Chipsthe casino theme, section off a portion of your event room with alternating red metallic curtains and black metallic curtains to create a mini-casino! Create Black Jack and Texas Hold ‘Em tables and give your guests personalized poker chips as a fun party favor.

A great way to combine prom themes is by mixing up the party favors. Give male prom guests gob hats and the female prom guests feathered masks. Also, rather than simply handing out beads to your guests, work the beads into the centerpieces for your tables! This way, not only will your dance have a much more “finished” feel, your guests will feel like they’re taking home a piece of the dance.  You can also place personalized candy jars around the table filled with extra snacks for your guests to enjoy while they’re dancing the night away.

If your prom is in a school gym rather than on a cruise ship, you can still combine nautical and carnival themes and make a splash with your students! Use decorations to set the cruise ship scene—hang anchor and porthole cutouts along the walls to give your guests the feeling of being on the lower Ocean Backgrounddeck of a cruise ship. You could also hang an ocean background on a wall and place a few lengths of ship’s rail in front of it— your guests will be able to lean over the rail and look out at the deep blue sea! Then, to incorporate the carnival theme, you could create a few different stations with carnival-themed snacks for your prom-goers. For example, you could hand out popcorn, cotton candy, and mini pigs-in-blankets. You’ll probably want to stay away from things like snow cones, as they could stain clothing.

The possibilities for a prom with more than one theme are endless! You just have to use a bit of creativity. Combining prom themes will make your even fun, memorable, and exceptionally personal for your high school and your students.

Decorate for a Fabulous Red Carpet Opener

Imagine the headlines, “Seniors Go Public on Red Carpet,” “Juniors Outshine Seniors on Red Carpet,” or “Divas: 2013 Who Wore it Best” after the paparazzi get word that your high school is hosting a fabulous Red Carpet Prom this year…. Well, maybe the local papers won’t cover your event, but your school’s journalism department will find countless headlines and endless material for their 2012-2013 yearbook.

A Dream Come True

If only for one night, your school’s prom attendees will feel the overwhelming elation of a celebrity lifestyle. Walking the red carpet is one of the most prominent events in a celebrity’s life marking their distinguished honor and celebrating their accomplishments. And just as significant as it is for a celebrity to walk the red carpet, it is just as notable to recognize all of the hard work and accomplishments high school students have come to experience throughout their educational career. So, why not host a Fabulous Red Carpet Opener?

Give Them Something to Grabble Over

It's sure to be a show stopper!

It’s sure to be a show stopper!

It goes without saying; a red carpet prom begins with a grand entrance! Let the beauty of a collage of colors – pinks, reds, blues, greens, yellows, and oranges – strut down a scrolled red carpet lined with flashy, golden stars as they enter through a Hollywood canopy. Because the paparazzi will try to get as close as they can to the celeb students, it’s best not to forget lining the runway with an elegant rope railing. Sequin stars and metallic confetti will provide all of the eloquent embellishments necessary to be a show stopper. And of course, nothing would say Hollywood with glitter illuminated column lights and a Hollywood movie camera.

It's all about the swag!

It’s all about the swag!

Memories in the Making

Every prom attendee needs a memento to remember their special night. And that’s especially true of their first (and possibly last) night to ever walk the red carpet. Prom go-ers, especially, love to have their picture taken to remember their junior or senior prom. And since every red carpet walker is hoping to make the front page of the People Spotlight Magazine, getting a picture of their chic dress or beastly tux is a must. With a Hollywood Clapboard backdrop, all of the media will be spawning over them. And since every celeb carpet walker leaves with a special thank you gift of attendance, give them the ultimate swag bag – one for him and one for her.     

Sharing in the reward of student achievements is the highlight of witnessing their educational growth. Do so by giving them a night to remember and a walk of fame with a Fabulous Red Carpet Opener Prom.