If you’re the parent of a high school girl or boy, then you know how big of a deal prom really is to these kids. It doesn’t matter if they are planning on going to the formal with a date or if they’re going stag with a group of friends, this is the one high school formal event that they HAVE to attend. Not only must they go to prom, they have to find the perfect prom dress, suit or tuxedo so they look as great as they feel.
While prom itself is fun for kids, a lot of kids get in trouble after prom because they want to stay up all night. There isn’t anything wrong with this, since that’s what prom is all about. However, when kids go out to clubs, hotels and country parties, things can take a quick turn for the worse. This is why so many parents around the country get together every year and organize after prom parties for the kids attend from midnight to six or so in the morning.
If you are interested in organizing an after prom party for your teen’s class, here are a few ideas:
1. Casino Night – In order to pull off a Casino Night after-prom party, you will need to have at least 10 other parents helping you with it…for a small class – you’ll need more volunteers for larger classes. This can be a lot of fun for the kids though. Basically, set up different tables with different casino games (black jack, poker, roulette, etc.) and give the kids fake money when they come in so they can start playing immediately. Consider having a “bar” where kids can order cocktails such as a Bloody Mary, Margarita, Strawberry Daiquiri, etc. – all non-alcoholic, of course.
Another way to make this fun is to go to local businesses and ask for donations. Have a table set up somewhere displaying all of the items that had been donated for the after-prom party and hold an auction at the end of the Casino Night where teens can bid on the items with the fake money they won.
2. Magic Show and Hypnotist – Another great idea for an after-prom party is to host a professional magic show and hypnotist to keep the teens entertained. The hardest part of pulling this one off is raising the money to hire the magician and hypnotist. However, if you start organizing the event a couple of months in advance with other parents of prom-goers, then you shouldn’t have a problem. Hosting the show itself doesn’t involve that many people as the kids’ attention will be focused on the entertainers.
3. Mid-Night Bowling, Laser Tag, Etc. – Another option is to raise money throughout the year and team up with a local activity center to rent the building for the hours of 12am-6am, or whatever your budget will afford. Bowling alleys, laser tag centers and other activity centers generally work with after-prom committees in providing a safe place for teens to come have fun after prom. Even though you’re asking them to stay open past their normal business hours, some owners are happy to do it because they’re making additional money and it’s only for one night.