So you’ve made it! High school has come to an end; GCSE’s will no longer be the focal point of your existence! You’re ready to roam free and let the world become your oyster. You cannot contain your excitement, but it’s also the end to an era, a long one indeed. You’ve put your blood, sweat and tears into high school but it’s also the place that has shaped you. You have met your friends for life and you’ve become a team. So now it’s time to plan a night to remember with the people you will never forget…
The initial excitement of having all of your favourite people, in one place, celebrating freedom is certainly overwhelming. You ask yourself, how do we give our prom the wow factor? I can let you into a secret: it’s all centred around prom entertainment. From the moment guests arrive, you want the atmosphere to thrive, magnetising everybody to the dance floor! It’s all exciting, but try not get lost in the midst of this! Prom entertainment ideas take a lot of careful consideration. But don’t worry. This guide will give you an insight into exactly where to start!
Pick a Theme!
Choosing a theme is where the fun begins. This is a chance to delve into your creativity. Before asking yourself what activities are offered at proms, let’s determine the basis. Themes can be as wild as your imagination, from Mardi Gras to Alice in Wonderland. This all depends on personal preference. For a touch of elegance, traditional black tie formal or 1920’s theme could be appealing. A masquerade ball is another option, adding an element of mystery to the evening. Determining your theme gives the foundations for your prom entertainment ideas.
Determine Your Budget
First of all, prom entertainment can be as little or as large as the budget. A guest appearance of Justin Bieber or one night only with Drake sounds dreamy. But it’s not MTV cribs…so being realistic is the first step to determine costs. For prom event planning, you want to aim for cost-effective entrainment, keeping everybody starry-eyed without burning a hole in your pocket. You want people to be dancing, so let’s begin with the music.
Prom Entertainment: Music
Music is the universal language; everybody loves to shake a leg. So choosing the music is the top of your prom ideas list! Hiring a DJ who knows how to get the crowd rocking with the 90s classics, all the way through the “noughties” to your top 40 is a great place to start! Whether it’s Ashanti and Ja Rule that gets the guests moving, or a disco classic, a DJ can offer it all. A reminiscence of Cotton Eyed Joe from your primary school discos is bound to get the shapes thrown. Requests can be made throughout the night to please everybody: slow dances to break dancing. Therefore, a DJ offers smiles all around.
Live bands are another option to consider. Hiring a live band can offer a unique musical experience, with a particular genre or a band to cover all of the classics. If you have decided to gear the prom towards a particular theme, a tribute band could be a great option. The bottom line is, that as long as the dance floor has plenty of energy, it’s a winner!
Prom Entertainment Ideas
Prom entertainment does not stop with just music! Remember the parties from your childhood…magicians, bouncy castles, games. Although you may be a little old for pass for the parcel, why not consider these childhood classics into your school prom ideas! First of all, magic at all ages is entertaining, so blow the minds of your peers and hire a tip-top magician, you never know what trick he has up his sleeve! A photo booth is another great option to consider, who doesn’t like capturing the moment in a fake moustache and a cowboy hat?! A fancy dress photo booth will get capture the Kodak moments, whilst providing endless amounts of fun.
If you want to push prom entertainment to its limits, a cabaret show may be exactly what you’re looking for. Why not lure the guests away from the dance floor, with exquisite acrobatics hanging from the ceiling or performers playing with fire? And if circus acts aren’t your thing, get glamorous and hire Paparazzi photographers. Give your guests the gift of stardom, from the moment they arrive on the red carpet to the final boogie!
Prom Entertainment: Décor
So, you’ve decided how to keep the guests grooving and thoroughly occupied, but the visuals are of equal importance! In order to appeal to all of the sense, let’s discover a way to visually grab your guests. It’s all in the ambience, darling! Be sure to choose a venue that can be dressed up with fairy lights and a disco ball. Depending on your theme, you may have specifics but just be sure you’ve pencilled in a strobe! Décor is determined by your budget, from homemade bunting to chandeliers. This is where prom organising companies can take the reins in a true transformation of a venue and bring your dreams into reality.
Prom Entertainment: Refreshments and Catering
We’ve covered what activities are offered at proms, but eating and drinking is an activity, right?! It’s certainly a crucial part of the package. Get gastronomically glamorous with a luxury chocolate fountain or a gourmet selection of canapés. Prom organising companies can cater to your needs, providing mixology and impressive pop-up cocktail bars. Whether you are interested in a banquet for the kings and queens or a platter of punch bowls, just be sure to provide enough for everybody.
Summary: Get Planning
So, there you have it: a guide to planning your school prom! Hopefully, your creative juices are flowing and you’re bursting with ideas. On a final note, if you would like to give your guests the equivalent of a party bag, why not try school leavers’ hoodies? You’ve provided a night to remember, so let them be reminded each day of just how awesome your class was!
Now it’s decision time, which theme excites you? DJs or brass bands? Photo booths or bouncy castles? If your mind is boggled with extravagant ideas, get in touch with our prom organising experts for professional guidance.