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Few things are more disheartening for young people than to get all excited about their ideas for prom decorations only to watch their dreams dissolve in front of their eyes as a vote decides upon a final prom theme that in no way allows for any of their plans. Decorating committees will make more people happy if they select an umbrella prom theme that lets many creative talents work in smaller mini-themes under a larger primary theme.

Working Mini Prom Themes into a Larger Overall Concept

Let's say your students have listed the following possible prom themes for consideration:

  • Black and White
  • Masquerade
  • Tuxedos and Top Hats
  • Blue Serenade
  • Black Tie and Tails
  • Puttin' on the Ritz
  • Masked Ball
  • City of Lights
  • Mardi Gras Memories
  • Mardi Gras
  • Celebration
  • New Orleans
  • Bourbon Street
  • Paris in Springtime
  • A Walk in the Park
  • Getting Frisky
  • Springtime Magic
  • Ebony and Ivory
  • Glitz and Glam
  • Central Park
  • Paradise
  • and others. . .

Group Various Concepts According to Mini-Themes

As you discuss each suggestion, ask students what their vision is for each area. What backdrops work best? What color scheme? What main focal areas? What areas would be effective for the venue? What will the student body most enjoy? What themes do students most have their hearts set upon? These are the themes that receive the most votes.

When tallying votes, decorating committees run into different scenarios:

  1. One theme garners an overwhelming number of votes (rarely)
  2. Two or three themes get a large number of votes.
  3. Many theme suggestions prove popular with students.
  4. It's easy to weed out some suggestions because they receive only a few votes.
  5. The most talented, creative members of the committee want to work on one of the outcast themes.

A Solution to Please Almost Everyone

Brainstorm with committee members to see if some of the prom themes can be grouped into specific categories. In the list above, certain groupings are obvious:

  • Masquerade
  • Masked Ball
  • City of Lights
  • Mardi Gras Memories
  • Mardi Gras
  • Celebration
  • New Orleans
  • Bourbon Street

  • Black and White
  • Tuxedos and Top Hats
  • Black Tie and Tails
  • Puttin' on the Ritz
  • Glitz and Glam
  • Ebony and Ivory

  • City of Lights
  • Paris in Springtime
  • A Walk in the Park
  • Getting Frisky
  • Springtime Magic
  • Central Park
  • City of Lights

It's easy to narrow the list into three distinct groups. Within each grouping, certain main "umbrella prom themes" emerge:

  • "Masquerade"
  • "Puttin' on the Ritz"
  • "Springtime Magic"

Any one of these three "umbrella" high school prom theme ideas could incorporate a number of mini-themes. Effective prom planning allows individual students or student groups could concentrate on a small area within a larger area and -- Voila! More students are happy and excited about putting on the best prom ever. With just a bit more discussion and input from committee members, even more possibilities open up.


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