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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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How to Use Gossamer for Prom Decorating

Picture a drab, grey conference hall transformed into a star-light, mid-summer night’s dream prom. Beautiful, white, Doric columns alongside a crumbling flagstone wall mark the path into a softly sparkling twilight hall. It is easy to build anticipation for the glamor of your prom with Fantasia Fairy Lights 40 LED Multi-Strandfairy lights peeking through underneath a gorgeous patterned floor runner. This transformation can be achieved with any number of creative applications of gossamer, complimented with spectacular LED light ropes and curtains.

To achieve a unique “under the stars” look, create a tent ceiling with gossamer strung from a metal hanger, with fabric flowing out to all sides.  Employ rolls of cloud fabric sweeping across the ceiling, adding layers of color for added depth and enhanced wow-factor. Loop more star gossamer across the clouds to mimic the appearance of stars shining through on a summer evening, or just crisscross with star streamers. Make the look really pop with some backlighting from colored lights, or hang beautifully lit bulbs below.

Recreate the fabulous Palazzo Hotel and Casino waterfall with different shades of water gossamer fabric, given motion thanks to strings of lights or a unique light curtain, bringing an ephemeral ambiance to the watery appearance.  Use LED cube lights at the base of the waterfall to recreate water splashing with gossamer swag draped across and among them.Metallic Silver Gossamer

Cover up ugly, plain chairs with gossamer swag in a beautiful metallic shade. Use streamers as table runners and use complementary streamers to tie lovely iridescent ribbons around the backs of the swag-bedecked chairs.  Gossamer is a beautiful semi-sheer fabric product, and no matter what look you hope you achieve with your prom this year, the many shades and options available with a variety of gossamer is guaranteed to make your prom a night to remember.

Top Prom Songs through the Decades

Top Prom Songs

Here's Stumps list of the top prom songs through the decades

Music is an important party of the high school prom. When a couple looks back at their prom night, the slow prom songs they danced to usually provide some of the most vibrant memories.

Stumps Prom has been America’s source for prom supplies since 1926. Over the decades, Stumps has compiled a list of the top prom songs of all-time. Click to listen to these top prom songs. See the prom songs list below to find out if your high school prom song made the list of the most popular ballads of that decade:

Top Prom Songs of the 1920’s
Rhapsody in Blue – George Gershwin
My Man – Fanny Brice
Makin’ Whoopee – Eddie Cantor
I Wanna Be Loved By You – Helen Kane
My Blue Heaven – Gene Austin
Moonlight and Roses – Whiting and Donaldson
Stardust – Hoagy Carmichael
Ain’t She Sweet – Annette Hanshaw
Among My Souvenirs – Nicholls and Leslie
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love – Blackbirds

Top Prom Songs of the 1930’s
Over the Rainbow – Judy Garland
Moonlight Serenade – Glenn Miller
Pennies From Heaven – Bing Crosby
Thanks for the Memory – Bob Hope
In The Mood – Glenn Miller
Mood Indigo – Duke Ellington
Sing, Sing, Sing – Benny Goodman
Cross Road Blues – Robert Johnson
Honeysuckle Rose – Fats Waller
God Bless America – Kate Smith

Top Prom Songs of the 1940’s
I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry – Hank Williams
Take the A Train – Duke Ellington
Lovesick Blues – Hank Williams
Sentimental Journey – Les Brown
You Made Me Love You – Harry James & His Orchestra
Adios – Xavier Cugat
Crusing Down the River – Frankie Carle & His Orchestra
Again – Doris Day
Some Enchanted Evening – Ezio Pinza
I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm – Les Brown & His Orchestra

Top Prom Songs of the 1950’s
Love Me Tender – Elvis Presley
Earth Angel – Penguins
Teen Angel – Mark Dinning
Little Darlin’ – The Diamonds
Only You – The Platters
Whatever Will Be Will Be – Doris Day
Diana – Paul Anka
Put Your Head On My Shoulder – Paul Anka
Venus – Frankie Avalon
April Love – Pat Boone

Top Prom Songs of the 1960’s
I Got You Babe – Sonny & Cher
And I Love Her – Beatles
Theme From a Summer Place – Percy Faith
Unchained Melody – Righteous Brothers
To Sir With Love – Lulu
Will You Love Me Tomorrow – The Shirelles
My Way – Frank Sinatra
Young Girl – Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
He’s So Fine – The Chiffons
Happy Together – The Turtles

Top Prom Songs of the 1970’s
Baby I Love Your Way – Peter Frampton
I Go Crazy – Paul Davis
Always & Forever – Heatwave
I Wanna Make it With You – Bread
Colour My World – Chicago
Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin
Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
Dream On – Aerosmith
Do That To me One More Time – Captain & Tennille
Fooled Around & Fell In Love – Elvin Bishop

Top Prom Songs of the 1980’s
Every Breath You Take – The Police
Crazy For You – Madonna
Take My Breath Away – Berlin
I Want To Know What Love Is – Foreigner
Faithfully – Journey
The Rose – Bette Midler
Lady in Red – Chris de Burgh
Babe – Styx
Almost Paradise – Ann Wilson & Mike Reno
I’ve Had the Time of My Life – Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes

Top Prom Songs of the 1990’s
My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion
I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston
I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing – Aerosmith
I’ll Make Love to You – Boyz II Men
I Swear – All-4-One
Can’t Help Falling In Love – UB40
Everything I Do I Do it For You – Bryan Adams
Save the Best For Last – Vanessa Williams
One Sweet Day – Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men
More Than Words – Extreme

Top Prom Songs of the 2000’s
Shape of My Heart – Backstreet Boys
You Sang to Me – Marc Anthony
Take My Breath Away – Jessica Simpson
You and Me – Lifehouse
With You – Chris Brown
Here in Your Arms – Hello Goodbye
We Belong Together – Mariah Carey
A Moment Like This – Kelly Clarkson
Hero – Enrique Inglesias
Beautiful – Christine Aguileira

Listen to these top prom songs.
What song reminds you of your high school prom night?

Proms Across America Contest Announces Winners

2010 Stumps Proms Across America Contest Winners

2010 Stumps Proms Across America Contest Winners

Voting ended at 11:59p EST March 15, 2010. Stumps is proud to announce the 2010 winners of the Proms Across America Contest. 50 winners from 50 states get to divide up over $65,000 in prom prizes. After tallying 5,068,883 votes, the Grand Prize winning schools are:

  • 323,930 votes – Alief Taylor High School, Houston, TX
  • 187,689 votes – Ripley Central School, Ripley, NY 
  • 152,915 Votes – Dearborn High School, Dearborn, MI

The Stumps Grand Prize winning schools each receive a $5,000 Stumps Gift Certificate to use for their 2010 high school prom, DJ expenses paid up to $1,000 and prom royalty items for their entire prom court.  

48 runner up winners, one from each of the remaining 50 states plus the District of Columbia, each received a $1000 Stumps Gift Certificate:

Nenana City Public Schools  – Nenana,  AK
Master’s Hand Christian School  – Decatur,  AL
Camden Fairview High School  – Camden,  AR
Empire High School   – Tucson,  AZ
Downieville Jr./Sr. High School  – Downieville,  CA
Southwest Early College   – Denver,  CO
East Hampton High School  – East Hampton,  CT
Columbia Heights Educational Campus – Washington,  DC
Delaware Military Academy  – Wilmington,  DE
Boone Middle School   – Haines City,  FL
The Georgia School for the Deaf  – Cave Spring,  GA
James Campbell High School  – Ewa Beach,  HI
Wapello High School   – Wapello,   IA
Columbia High School   – Nampa,  ID
Round Lake High School   – Round Lake,  IL
Anderson High School   – Anderson,  IN
Garden City High School   – Garden City,  KS
Nicholas County High School  – Carlisle,   KY
Plain Dealing High School  – Plain Dealing, LA
Newton South High School  – Newton Centre, MA
Largo High School   – Upper Marlboro,  MD
Lake Region High School   – Naples,  ME
Calvin Christain High School  – Fridley,  MN
St Paul Lutheran High School  – Concordia,  MO
Yazoo County High School  – Yazoo City,  MS
Wolf Point High School   – Wolf Point,  MT
West Stokes High School   – King,   NC
Devils Lake High School   – Devils Lake,  ND
Weeping Water High School  – Weeping Water, NE
Nashua High School North  – Nashua,  NH
East Brunswick High School  – East Brunswick, NJ
M88’s Home School Alternative Prom – Albuquerque,  NM
West Wendover High School  – West Wendover, NV
Northwest High School   – Canal Fulton,  OH
Glenpool High School   – Glenpool,  OK
McKay High School    – Salem,   OR
Jersey Shore Area Senior High School – Jersey Shore,  PA
East Providence High School  – East Providence, RI
Rock Hill High School   – Rock Hill,  SC
Lead High School   – Lead,   SD
Gallatin High School   – Gallatin,  TN
Kanab High School   – Kanab,  UT
Strasburg High School   – Strasburg,  VA
Lamoille Union High School  – Hyde Park,  VT
Lake Washington High School  – Kirkland,  WA
Tremper High School   – Kenosha,  WI
Preston High School   – Kingwood,  WV
Cody High School   – Cody,   WY

Thanks to the hundreds of other schools that entered the Stumps prom contest. Each prom advisor that registered their school received a $100 StumpsParty.com coupon for participating good towards their 2010 prom.

States With Proms Across America Voting Too Close To Call

2010 Proms Across America Voting

2010 Proms Across America Voting

It’s the final hours of voting in Stumps 2010 Proms Across America Contest. As overall voting tops 5,000,000, we’ve recorded some schools adding as many as 25,000 votes in one day! We’ve seen several lead changes today on the final day of voting! 50 states – 50 winners on the line. In addition to the race in Texas, the following states feature races for top prom gift certificate prizes that are too close to call:

North Carolina:

  • 83780 Votes – West Stokes High School, King, NC
  • 82863 Votes – Charles D. Owen High School, Black Mountain, NC


  • 81224 Votes – Boone Middle School, haines city, FL
  • 75424 Votes – East Lee County High School, Lehigh Acres, FL


  • 59535 Votes – Largo High School, Upper Marlboro, MD
  • 58446 Votes – Oxon Hill High School, Oxon Hill, MD
West Virginia:
  • 50449 Votes – Preston High School, Kingwood
  • 43747 Votes – South Harrison High School, Lost Creek
  • 49327 Votes – Danvers, Danvers, MA
  • 47967 Votes – Newton South High School, Newton Centre, MA
South Dakota:
  • 33903 Votes – Lead High School, Lead
  • 28397 Votes – McCook Central School, Salem
New Jersey:
  • 30853 Votes – East Brunswick High School, East Brunswick
  • 30822 Votes – Manchester Township High School, Manchester


  • 27101 Votes – Calvin Christain High School, Fridley
  • 24123 Votes – Cleveland High School, Cleveland


  • 25469 Votes – Strasburg High School, Strasburg
  • 23044 Votes – Central High School, Woodstock


  • 23725 Votes – Master’s Hand Christian School, Decatur
  • 20317 Votes – Hanceville High School, Hanceville


  • 20620 Votes – Waimea High School, Waimea
  • 20449 Votes – James Campbell High School, Ewa Beach


  • 20683 Votes – Lake Region High School, Naples
  • 17960 Votes – Catherine McAuely High School, Portland


  • 19031 Votes – Yazoo County High School, Yazoo City
  • 16676 Votes – Coahoma Agricultural High School, Clarksdale


  • 18763 Votes – Gallatin High School, Gallatin
  • 15425 Votes – Dresden High School, Dresden


  • 17261 Votes – Cody High School, Cody
  • 13176 Votes – Burlington High School, Burlington


  • 16708 Votes – Meade High School, Meade
  • 14368 Votes – Washington High School, Kansas City
  • 13809 Votes – Garden City High School, Garden City


  • 14099 Votes – Weeping Water High School, Weeping Water
  • 11268 Votes – Conestoga Public High School, Murray


  • 12083 Votes – Anderson High School, Anderson
  • 10564 Votes – Winchester Community, Winchester


  • 8379 Votes – Kanab High School, Kanab
  • 7171 Votes – Wendover High School, Wendover

3 Grand Prize Winners will receive:


  • $5,000 Stumps Gift Certificate
  • DJ Expenses paid up to $1,000
  • Royalty for the entire Prom Court

47 Runner-Up Winners will receive a $1,000 Stumps Gift Certificate.

Treasure the Night with an Arabian Themed Prom

treasure-the-night-arabian-theme-prom-kitTransport your prom to the romance of 1001 Nights with an Arabian theme! This theme is a fun new twist on the destination prom and is perfect for lush colors and beautiful accents. Stumps Party has lots of Arabian themed prom supplies to get your event underway.

Our Treasure the Night kit is a fantastic choice. This kit includes an arch, a treasure the night tent, a tree, a metal lamp, and a world of enchantment backdrop.

Immediately set the mood for the evening’s Arabian experience by placing the treasure the night arch right at the entrance. This exotic arch glitters with its shimmera fabric, twinkle stars and gold-toned moon cutouts. It measures 13 ½ feet high and 5 feet 8 inches wide. It’s perfect for creating the kind of entrance that will let the students know they are in for a memorable evening.

Next, create a focal point using the treasure the night tent. This tent’s 10 foot high and 6 foot in diameter metal frame is draped with red and gold chiffon adorned with twinkle lights. These rich colors and soft lights continue the sense of enchantment established at the entrance.

Position the treasure the night tree for a scenic accent. This 7 foot 6 inches tall and 2 feet wide wire tree is embellished with twistee for the trunk and richly colored fringe gossamer for the leaves. It’s size makes it easy to accent another item from the Treasure the Night kit or set apart to make sure every part of the location reflects the Arabian theme.

Continue the evening’s theme with the help of the enchanted metal lamp. This enchanting lamp of metal and glass beautifully reflects the Arabian theme. The post is painted black and curves to hold a beautiful black and glass lamp. It measures 1 foot 6 ½ inches long and 1 foot 2 inches wide by 4 feet 10 inches tall.

Easily decorate a large portion of your prom site with the world of enchantment backdrop. This impressive backdrop measures 8 feet high and 32 feet long. It can be used to disguise an unattractive wall or can be used as a room divider because of its ability to be self-standing.

For additional accessorizing of your Treasure the Night kit include one or two genie standees. These genie standees come in either a purple or a teal color accentuated with adorned gold bands. Each standee measures an impressive 7 feet 3 inches high and serves as the perfect prop for pictures.

Continue the creation of a gorgeous setting for your Treasure the Night prom by adding jeweled tone gossamer in a variety of colors. Cover the walls or make swags with gold gossamer. For a stunning ceiling treatment, attach multiple shades of gossamer such as metallic gold gossamer, indigo gossamer, forest green gossamer, plum gossamer and/or red gossamer to a wooden hoop and suspend the hoop from the ceiling. Then, swag the gossamer from the hoop in the center of the room to the walls. This creates an impressive tent that will look like an exotic Arabian sunset.

Check out all of our Arabian event theme products for ideas about embellishing your events decor as well as addressing the proms publicity and post-prom party favors.

Maximize the students anticipation for the Arabian themed prom with a personalized version of the Arabian banner. Stumps Party carries banners in a variety of sizes so you are sure to find the size the fits your needs.

Go beyond your prom decorations with the creation of a memory booklet. Our island dreams booklet is perfect for this theme! The booklet features a black palm tree printed on a silver or gold oval on the black cover, which is personalized with your wording. The vellum pages are printed with your custom content too!

Take this prom to the next level by sending students home with a lovely favor from the evening. Our fond memories combo is an awesome choice. Each combo comes with an acrylic photo cube personalized with your prom details, a 2×3 acrylic key tag and and a 8 inch x 7 ½ inch tote bag. The cube and key tag provide the perfect place to display copies of the official prom photo.

Envision your perfect Arabian themed prom and Stumps Party will make it happen with our huge selection of decorations, party favors and banners.

Economy Driving Big Shift in Prom Locations for 2009

With today’s sagging economy, there are few areas that are not affected by budget cuts and stress about making the most of available resources. Bearing this in mind, the leading supplier of prom supplies nationally, Stumps Inc., has noted a big reversal in 2009 of a long standing trend of schools moving their proms out of the high school to ritzier venues.

Beginning in the early 90’s, schools began holding proms in increasingly exotic locales including theaters,  upscale hotels, botanical gardens, the top of skyscrapers, ferry boats and even theme parks. Today, the schools have realized that these venues are very expensive and are returning to the schools and decorating more to create their special themed evening. “Last year our data would show that the split was roughly 50/50 with half the schools going out and half staying in. We are seeing the most significant change in this percentage in the past 20 years,” Stumps President, Shep Moyle, said, estimating that over 75% of schools will be returning back to the school campus as a way to save money.

According to Moyle, high schools are looking for any way to make the magic of prom night more affordable while still making it a special night. “Schools and the students know that this is a very special event in their high school career, but they also know that times are tough and finding a way to stretch their dollar is even more important now than ever,” Moyle noted.

Stumps created the prom industry back in 1926 and has been the leading supplier nationally ever since. Moyle estimates that Stumps will serve 7 out of every 10 schools once again this year for their prom needs offering over 36,000 different favors, décor items and prom theme supplies. “It is a very tough environment for everyone today, but our history shows that even in tough economic times, the schools still will have a prom. The difference today is that schools and the prom committees are looking to stretch their dollars and for ways to transform their school for the special night, rather than locating the prom at a fancy venue.”

“With all of the theme décor we offer that is re-usable year-after-year and value decorating items, we think Stumps has a great solution for the schools,” Moyle adds. Timeless themes such as Paris, starry nights, castles and gardens remain very popular so far this year. Stumps is also seeing a return to more classic and non-theme oriented décor that is quick and easy to put up and can be re-used for other school events through the year such as plays and homecoming dances.

Even with all of these changes and challenges, Moyle is optimistic. “We have been doing this for 83 years and have seen proms through good times and bad.” Through great planning and creativity, Moyle knows that schools and the committees will continue to create this special night for high schoolers across the nation.