Category Archives: Prom Planning

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!

Keep the Royalty, but Make New Prom Court Traditions

red aisleProm season is in full swing.  Unfortunately, the glitz and glamour of this special night frequently comes with drama and fighting among students.  The quest to become prom royalty often leads to poor behavior from teens in an effort to win a popularity contest.  This is one area where the beginning of new traditions could be a valuable tool in making your school’s prom more successful than ever.

This could be a great opportunity to help students learn real life skills that could help them when applying for colleges or jobs.  Instead of a popularity contest, select candidates based on pre-determined criteria and a series of interviews. Create challenges to encourage students to conduct themselves in a professional manner and develop marketable skills.  Get creative and think outside of the box!  There are a ton of fun and educational ways to make the quest for prom royalty a growing experience for young professionals.   This would be an especially great way to add practical skills to the resume of young people who often have a difficult time gaining experience. Encourage students to focus on education by setting a minimum GPA requirement for the candidates.  By mimicking the college application process you can start students thinking about the steps sooner rather than later.

Community service is a great way to build the resume of young people.  Set a minimum requirement for volunteer hours and have the candidates present an essay or multimedia project on their experiences.  This will help to build public speaking skills as well as help students learn how to put together a professional project.  Get the A/V department involved by taping speeches and interviews.  They can edit them and broadcast to the school.  Students can also learn great skills by creating quality video projects. Have students make practical, applicable plans on how they can solve a prominent social problem within the school.  Schedule debates during which candidates can present their plans and discuss social issues and potential resolutions in a constructive way.  By guiding the conversation and making it a positive discourse students will learn to be tolerant of opinions different than their own and to work through problems in a constructive way instead of arguing.

Social Media is more than just a way for teens to communicate with one another.  The development of this branch of marketing has opened vast opportunities for networking.  This is also an area where teens struggle with what information is appropriate to share.  Have them create accounts to spread their ideas and further their campaign using social media.  A short compilation of the data gained from their social media experience could be a great tool in college applications as well as applying for jobs and internships. This video is a great example of using technology to promote your candidates.  If you would like your prom’s campaign to take on a more professional feel, encourage students to be more serious.

Let’s re-write the meaning of prom and use this as a jumping off opportunity for a more positive and productive prom experience.  Our high quality prom court items will offer a fantastic reward for the winners of these coveted prizes.  Students will truly appreciate the meaning behind their crowns when they have tiara1had such a positive experience and put such hard work into earning them.  Reward their hard work by welcoming them with a walk down our luxurious red carpet.  Make them feel really special by going all out with our robes and royal scepters.  Our wide selection of tiaras and crowns will allow you to choose the perfect finish to your royal ceremony!

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.

Stumps Releases List of Best Prom Songs of All-Time

The decorations are perfect. The favors are so spot-on that prom guests will remember the night for the rest of their lives. And the prom king and queen are crowned in the moment that everyone was waiting for.

8p407kWhat else could make the prom any more spectacular? Obviously, the music. No one cares what the decorations looked like or the food tasted like if the music was lame. Some songs have stood the test of time, being played over the decades as a prom staple. The prom-pros at Stumps took a look back and made a list of the best prom songs of all-time.

Unchained Melody
This 1965 hit is still a popular song at both proms and weddings across the country. One of the oldest songs on the list, Unchained Melody was made popular by the Righteous Brothers. The song was even rereleased in 1990 and peaked in the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. It’s romantic lyrics and sound have flooded dance floors for decades.

Faithfully
There are a lot of Journey songs that could make the list, but Faithfully is at the top. The 80’s love song is one of America’s favorites and captures the essence of a romantic prom.

I’ve Had the Time of My Life
The great thing about this song is that the 80’s version from the hit movie Dirty Dancing isn’t the only popular version of this dance anthem at proms. The Black Eyed Peas redid the song in 2010 as “The Time (Dirty Bit)” and it became a huge dance hit. Both are excellent songs for prom.

I Will Always Love You
Whitney Houston’s hit from the movie Bodyguard is one of the most romantic songs ever sung. It’s been a key prom song since the 1990’s.

Party Rock Anthem
LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” hit No. 1 all over the world for months and months. Although released only a few years ago, it has major staying power. Decades from now, teens will still be dancing to the popular dance song at proms around the world.

Shout
While the frat guys got down to it in the movie Animal House, it’s also become a timeless hit at proms. Although an oldie, the song has stood the test of time as a major dance hit at prom.

Wonderful Tonight
Couples everywhere slowdanced to Eric Clapton’s hit in the 70’s. Who knew it would still be a popular prom song more than 30 years later? It’s the perfect prom song, as each and every guy on the dancefloor should be thinking that his date looks “Wonderful Tonight.”

Whatever the prom theme is, the above songs are the best of all-time. New songs will make their way onto the list in the future, but these are here to stay, making proms unforgettable events across the globe. Don’t forget to put them on your playlist!

Who Done It? Start Planning Your Clue, Murder Mystery Prom

With a Clue or other murder mystery event there’s no subtraction, only addition as you bring extra anticipation and entertainment into a spectacular prom setting.

Mystery Themes
Nowadays you can go online and buy complete kits for hosting murder mystery parties, and they match popular, exotic prom event themes beautifully. Make the decision to hold your murder mystery prom in a medieval castle, a Vegas casino or an Egyptian tomb with confidence that there’s a murder script available to fit the setting.

Want to do Clue? Although you can also buy a kit specifically for a Clue party, another way is to sit down with friends, play a game of Clue while taking notes, and develop a script from them.

Managing a large group is different from the small, dinner party-sized games you might have played before. If working with a kit, be sure to find one that is designed for large groups; and if writing a script, you will need to find ways to block and pace the action so it doesn’t get bogged down.

Decorating Clue
Probably the best main setting for a Clue theme would be the ballroom. We would recommend building a sumptuous ballroom by selecting decorations by color, perhaps lots of rich red or purple event fabrics accented with gold and involving indispensable ballroom pieces such as a grand chandelier.

Light it subtly, with lots of candelabras and LED candles placed on pedestals and tables for an old-fashioned look.

It’s probably not realistic to try to recreate all the rooms of Clue in the party space. In the game from which you get your script, you can name some of the rooms “off-limits” if you want or need to. The remaining Clue rooms – perhaps located in the corners of the party room – can be suggested by certain props: trees and plants for the conservatory, a desk for the study, a bookcase for the library and so on.

Advance the theme further with a magnifying glass prop, Clue weapons set and favors from Game Night Event Theme pages.

Solve Other Decorating Mysteries
When the prom committee has chosen the murder mystery theme setting (or at least narrowed it down) browse decorative props and theme kits to see what’s out there in larger, show-stopper type decorations and to get a feel for color schemes. And once the theme and color scheme is set, you can begin the work of selecting decorations, from large to small, to fit both your prom budget and your dreams.