Prom Themes – Ordinary Proms Won’t Do
Have your prom in a tropical paradise, fairy tale, hip-hop club or outer space using prom themes! The theme you choose can be used when planning entertainment, decor, food, and souvenirs. Last year, I helped select and plan a Mardi Gras themed prom for one of the larges high schools in Long Island, New York with nearly 800 students attending. It was a tremendous success and students, parents, and teachers are still raving about it. I want your prom to be just as fabulous, so I’m sharing 7 of my most prized professional prom planning tips with you.
1. Choose a Theme
If you are new to prom themes, choose a simple, easy one to execute. Brainstorm with your prom committee to come up with ideas.
2. Draft Design plans
Once the prom theme is determined, the decorating sub-committee should measure the area where the prom will be held. If it is in a banquet hall, you may request a floor plan along with room dimensions. Then, present the design plans to the rest of the committee.
3. Find Local Merchants
4. Get Ready to Build
If items are to built by volunteers or committee members, schedule dates to meet in the cafeteria or other location to work on creating your prom theme.
5. Include Food
The catering sub-committee should research past banquet halls, caterers or local restaurants to find food that can be incorporated in your theme. For example, using a Mardi Gras theme, you could create a “Blues Cafe” and serve food reminiscent of New Orleans.
6. Fantastic Favors
The student protocol sub-committee is in charge of favors. In addition to traditional favors such as long-stemmed glasses, include a themed favor such as a Mardi Gras mask to compliment a Mardi Gras theme.
7. Get Help
Implementing a themed prom can present an added challenge that some prom committees, teachers, and staff find overwhelming and time consuming. When Long Island’s larges high school approached me to help them with their prom, teachers were overwhelmed with both teaching full-time and helping coordinate the prom while students were busy with other activities. At the same time, they wanted to increase the caliber and lasting memory that the prom would have on all those attending.
Why Use an Event Planner
If you or your committee feels challenged, consider a professional event planner experienced in prom planning. The first thing you should do is schedule interviews and solicit preliminary proposals. Make sure [vendors] are professional and can meet your budget. Event planners are useful for a number of reasons:
- They are experts in creativity.
- They have the ability to purchase themed items at very reasonable costs.
- Entertainers and vendors are at their beck and call.
- They can work within your budget.
Think an event planner is beyond your budget? By increasing the cost of a prom ticket by up to five dollars, most fees for an event planner can be covered. You can also save money in other areas by utilizing the planner’s expertise to buy wholesale, negotiate with caterers, and to help make better use of the resources available to the prom committee.
With the expertise of a professional planner, your prom will truly be a memorable and outstanding event. Your prom committee will save time, money, and ensure the delight of all those who attend your prom.