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.
SIMILAR PARTY THEMES: ‘90s
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.’
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.
Pick a party food favorite from your prom decade. When in doubt, go with a classic crowd pleaser: fondue.
Large batch cocktails are great for a big crowd—and since everyone’s all grown up now, you’re free to spike the punch.
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.