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Top Three Themes for a 2013 After-Prom

Post-prom holds a different vibe than what comes before, and our three most popular after-prom themes for this spring hold the more relaxed atmosphere and activity fun you’re looking for.

1.Luau. A truly classic theme for an after party, luau and other tropical beach party themes land on popularity lists year after year because it is so easy to create a setting that feels worlds away.

Start with one of our beautiful beach-flavored photo background illustrations and add free-standing props such as palm trees, an entrance arch in a tiki design and surf board standees. Build your paradise by buying them separately or in a kit already designed for you. Tiki Island, shown above, is just one of several tropical beach and island kits to peruse whether you’re pursuing a traditional luau look or something more pirate-y or surf shack-y.

Keep in mind that with a luau theme, the people become decorations, too! Leis, beachcomber hats, sunglasses and even flip flops are wearable favors you can offer at the door and as prizes for hula and limbo contests.

2.Glow. Glow parties are relative newcomers to the after prom scene, but the demand for glow party products has fed their popularity and vice-versa. In short: Glow is here to stay!

For this theme, take a look at Glowing Blacklight Explosion Kit. This kit includes three blacklight fixtures plus a metal arch and columns that you’ll be able to use for many other parties in the coming years just by changing the slipcovers.

Check event lighting for strobes, laser projectors and LED options, too.

Ordinary jars, our highly-rated glow paint and a little patience are a perfect combination for creating glow-in-the-dark decorations for tables. We like Vivian Nguyen’s easy-to-follow demo:

There are several variations of the basic technique, which achieve different looks. For “fairy lights” paint the tiniest dots you can, as closely together as you can. For “rave jars” flick and spatter the paint from the brush.

Place your glow jars in bases of glow necklaces or coils of glow beads.

3.Casino. Another classic, a casino theme is a prom choice as often as an after-prom choice, no doubt due to the jackpot of props and decorations that can dress the venue up or down.

And get a load of the games! This event theme has lots of built-in entertainment value.

Get plenty of poker chips along with your games, and have winners redeem them for prizes. Choose unisex casino favors as prizes, such as photo cubes and key tags, and place them inside dice favor boxes for the surprise factor. Edible favors like mint and cookie tins will also ring the bell – they are easy to share and will help fuel late-night fun.

Are you ready to match an after-prom dream with reality? Visit the Themes store to see what’s out there!

Escape to Cuba with a Havana New Year’s Event

Transport your New Year’s Eve guests to a hot Caribbean style party with a Havana, Cuba event theme.

Work a Havana Theme
Havana is known as The City of Columns, and that’s just the tip of the palm tree. There are ports, beaches and historic landmarks that a party planner can “build,” such as Morro Castle.

  • Nautical theme supplies can help you evoke the Cuba and the sea that Hemingway loved.

  • Luau event theme products, including tropical banners, are appropriate for a Cuban theme if you choose decorations that accurately represent flora and fauna that can be found on the tropical island, including palms, parrots, orchids and flamingoes.

  • Event backgrounds can instantly transform party room walls into tropical beaches or buildings in Old Havana’s Cathedral Plaza, where a Tropicana-style show is still staged on New Year’s Eve.

Pull Together a Showplace
Speaking of the Tropicana, an Evening at the Tropicana event theme is perfect for a New Year’s gala with its combination of tropical splendor and sophisticated nightclub glamour.

The Tropicana has stages indoors and out. To get the feel of the outdoors one, drape a star patterned gossamer overhead and hang patterned flat paper, such as a flagstone pattern along with a tropical foliage pattern, along the walls.

Need an impromptu stage or DJ area? Use a pink or blue spotlight background illustration as shown below. Mix palm trees with bright primary or neon colors and actual spotlights with candlelight. Echo the dark green of the palms in other decorations, then accent with yellow, red (or hot pink) and bright blue.

Set a Havana Table
Use your palm green in table covers and solid color tableware in a monochromatic way, and then create contrast with centerpiece groupings of tropical fruits or flowers.

A vase or candle holder from Glassware Favors, such as our Bursting Bubbles vase, can hold an LED candle or flowers. Wrap it in a “fence” of sugar cane sticks (find them here).

It’s OK if the cane sticks are uneven in height, and even better if plenty of the beautiful bubbled glass shows above the cane “fence.” You can glue the cane sticks to the vase but even so, tie it all up with a twisted strip of gossamer streamer to complete the look.

Make Your Symphony’s After Event a Music Party to Remember

A successful post-symphony music party embraces certain essential elements. Add your creativity to these elements to mix up an after event to remember.

Establish the Goals
Part of planning a symphony after party is having a clear vision for why you’re doing it. Usually the goal is to add value to an evening out, which may translate to more ticket sales, but it is sometimes the vehicle for an annual or semi-annual fundraising event instead.

For many symphonic organizations it’s important to try to attract new subscribers, especially younger participants who may then develop a habit –- hopefully a lifelong habit — of attending classical musical events as a social activity. In other words, after events can be mixers with longer-term goals.

Understanding the goals enables you to gear advertising and ticket pricing to match the demographic you’re trying to attract.

Create Your Own Hot Spot
Everybody will be dressed in their best, so whether you are holding the music party at your own or another facility, you will want to present an elegant venue to play and nosh in.

Be prepared for anything! Although holding after parties in hotel or convention rooms is typical, you may end up preparing an unusual venue, such as a wine cellar tasting room or a symphony patron’s home.

In general, look to event fabrics for room-softening powers and luxe look – especially in showcasing the musicians’ area if the location doesn’t have an actual stage.

Theme decorations should harmonize with some aspect of the evening program just as the after-party music does. For example, winter decorations work for a party that follows a Christmas program, Italian event decorations when the works of Italian composers are featured, and so on.

Other themes that work well for after parties are black tie event or city theme – do check for your chosen theme design in invitations and tickets, too. We’re sure you’ll be delighted with the quality and the pricing of our event printing services.

Encourage Memorable Mingling
Attendees will be eager to talk about the symphony program when they first come in. Bring them together with symphony musicians and guest artists over good food and drink.

The hottest party trend right now is the tasting party.

Tasting parties can be about food or drink, with wine sampling being the classic and dessert tasting particularly trendy. Food tastings are as much about “eye candy” presentation as anything else, so carry your elegant theme to the table decorations and consider clear tableware (including petite bowls and cube cups) to show off every beautiful bite.

After Party Inspirations
Large cities like San Francisco and Miami have hosted posh post-concert events for years, and smaller towns across the US are just starting to pick up on this excellent event formula. Don’t let size put you off of the idea; if you’re large enough to support an orchestra, you’re large enough for this type of outreach and what it can mean for the cultural health of the community.

Get Glowing Reviews for Prom Event Lighting

You’re looking to achieve sufficient lighting that, at the same time, is soft enough for a formal evening event. The secret is to eliminate harsh task lighting and put in lots of charming smaller lights and/or indirect lighting instead. Here are a few tips and products to help you get there.

Deal with fluorescent lighting. Many party venues – even some that are not school gymnasiums – contain large fluorescent light fixtures that are great for task lighting but for prom ambience, not so much. Do you need the flourescents for sufficient light? If so, think about covering them to diffuse the light. For really tall ceilings (e.g. gymnasium) the answer might be to build a false, lower ceiling with swaths of gossamer, which would also help bring a more intimate feel to the space. For lower ceilings, think about adding a balloon ceiling, which is just what it sounds like: you blow up enough balloons with helium to cover the fixtures.

Incorporate lighting into the theme. String twinkle lights as stars behind fabric drapes, and around large decorations such as arches, columns and artificial trees. Add streetlamps to streetscapes. A small spotlight might be used to highlight a large decoration. Put lighting on tables in the form of candle lamps and votives. There are also many newer LED lighting options available such as ball lights, cube lights and candles in several shapes and sizes. Party planners are particularly getting excited about the LED light curtain. Be sure to check Event Lights to find out more about these event lighting products.

Reflect lighting. Use mirrors and metallic decorating items to reflect ambient light as much as possible. Mirrors make good reflectors under candlelit centerpieces and chandeliers do the job from above. Incorporate metallic streamers, floral sheeting, cut-outs and decorating curtains wherever the theme calls for glitter or glitz.

Decorate Prom Like a Star

There are several ways you can decorate prom like a star: Hollywood Star, Rock Star, or Star Star! By the date of this posting, you probably have your star theme for this year settled so we’ve included some additional product ideas and tips.

If your plans are still  up in the air, read on to get a feel for which type of star best suits your school’s personality.

Hollywood Star. A Hollywood theme is perennially popular because everybody knows the script! Strong, dramatic colors like black with splashes of silver and red are the way to go here. So is plenty of glitz. Line a wall with silver metallic curtains. Host a Grand March under a star arch. Turn on a spotlight and pull out the red carpet for a paparazzi-laden stroll. Lay a path of Hollywood stars with attendee’s names and set tables with Hollywood movie camera centerpieces.

Rock Star. The Rock Star theme is a newer one but great fun because it’s over the top! This is the time to use a bold and unusual color scheme such as purple with red. Cover a wall or two with spot-lit Rock Star Scene Setters room rolls. Set up the Rock Star Theme decorating kit – complete with fan standees! – on the stage to make it the dominant feature of the party room. Prop inflatable instruments against amplifiers, and finish tables in die-cut musical notes and Rock Star metallic confetti.

Star & Moon. Starry night themes were some of the first prom themes ever, and they are an enduring favorite because they are romantic by nature and just so very versatile as well. Create a ballroom floor banked by a wall of starry window murals, or take prom “outside” by decorating with star-themed background materials and garden theme party decorations. A third option is to make moon and stars the only focus with one of our breathtaking star theme kits that whisk you to the Milky Way.

So there you have it: three ways to look at stars for prom. Have fun with your star theme prom, and happy decorating!

Heart Attack! Valentine Dance Decorating

Let’s jump start Valentine’s Day dance planning by brainstorming a few theme ideas and colors today! Choosing a theme, slogan and color scheme first will facilitate the rest of your decorating decisions.

Hearts and Roses. This would represent the more traditional Valentine’s Day dance with hearts and flowers. Suggested color schemes might tend toward monochromatic reds with a touch of silver, a fresh red with white, or a dramatic deep red and black. Browse Valentine’s Day event supplies for inspiration relating to traditional themes.

Sweets for the Sweet. A Candy Land event theme meshes deliciously with Valentine’s Day sweet surprises! You could opt for pastel pinks and lavender for a bit of old-fashioned goodness, or go bolder with hot pinks and purples.

Hollywood Romance. Add a few hearts to the stars where the red carpet meets the silver screen. Check out a Night in the Spotlight Hollywood Decorating kit and other fine Hollywood event theme kits to see if this is the theme for you.

Valentine’s Masquerade. You might get your fix of opulent strong reds and gold with a side of intrigue by going for a Phantom masquerade event. Bonus idea: ask guests to wear or carry something red for this event, such as a clutch purse, jewelry, or rose pinned to a lapel.

Into the Sunset. A Western theme is always fun and an “Into the Sunset” theme brings all the romance of the West to a Valentine’s Day dance. Pull the color palette for this theme from a Southwest Sunset Memories mural or Desert Evening mural instead of gingham, and start practicing those line dances!

Hanukkah Celebration & Festival Ideas

For your upcoming Hanukkah celebration event, complete your last-minute Festival list with an item or two that will add a sumptuous shimmer to Festival of Lights decorations.

  • Are you using a sheer decorating fabric – such as our outstanding iridescent chiffon fabric rolls – on floors, walls or tables? Consider the addition of twinkle light strings beneath the fabric for warm, glowing effects.

  • Pick a dazzler of a decorative chandelier for the center of your Festival space for its reflective qualities.

  • Help define smaller, more intimate spaces within the Hanukkah celebration venue by creating pathways of eye-catching cracked ice hexagons.

  • Cover plain paper table covers in our blue iridescent chiffon (see photo), or try metallic opalescent table covers. Use silver metallic with blue solid color tableware, or vice-versa.

  • Finish tables with centerpieces of snifters or Charleston glassware favors filled with glowing round LED lights, and the same or coordinating glassware at each place setting as gifts for your guests.

  • Glow, reflection or iridescent decorations and decorating materials result in effects that are festive, elegant and pleasing to the eye — perfect for Festival of Lights events. We encourage including them in your Hanukkah celebration event plans, and think you’ll be glad you did!