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ABOUT THE THEME

You know when you look through school dance photos from decades past and think, “Ugh what was I thinking?” That’s what this party theme is all about. Relive the glory days of quaffed bangs, color-clashing ensambles and show-stopping eyeshadow.

Assign a decade to your event to help guide the dress code, decor and food selections. If you want to take the evening a step further, up the ante with a prom-specific theme like Under the Sea, Famous Couples, Happily Ever After or Midnight in Paris.

VIBE: Quirky

SIMILAR PARTY THEMES: ‘90s


Venue Settings

COUNTRY CLUB

The dance floor is the centerpiece for this party theme, so make sure to go with a venue that has enough space to be dedicated to that cause. A country club with an outdoor space would be a great environment to complement the event.

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Entertainment

COVER BAND

Don’t even think about an iPod playlist, those weren’t even around back then! Hire a live band that can cover all the biggest hits. And PS, don't forget to ask for a few iconic slow dance numbers into the set list, like ‘The Way You Look Tonight’ and ‘I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.’

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Entertainment

PHOTO BOOTH

You can’t stage a prom without a photo op. Set up a photo booth for all those awkward couple photos and group shots. Since old school prom photos usually had large balloon arches or a painted canvas background, include a prop or two to jazz up the scene.

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Food

CHEESE FONDUE

Pick a party food favorite from your prom decade. When in doubt, go with a classic crowd pleaser: fondue.



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SUPERLATIVE AWARDS

Vote for the class clown, most likely to succeed, best hair, best dressed, and all the other end-of-year high school awards. Don’t forget to add a different ballot for the prom king and queen.

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THEMED COSTUMES

Dressing in-theme is a non-negotiable here. Make it clear on your invitations that guests should come in their finest throwback cocktail wear. Have a table near the party’s entrance with corsages and boutonnieres for guests to slip on as a finishing touch.

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