Have a fashion show about 3 weeks prior to Prom to build up the hype before tickets go on sale. Contact your local tuxedo and dress shops to see if they will donate the necessary clothing for the fashion show. Allow all Juniors or Seniors interested in modeling to submit their names for a drawing to be a model in the show.
The only requirements are that they have a minimum 2.5 g.p.a. and no discipline problems. Use the fashion show as a way to announce your location if it is a surprise. Other things to announce: theme of the prom, theme song, and prom king and queen nominees. The fashion show can be done via a television system or in a gymnasium or auditorium. Get as many local businesses involved with the show as possible. Offer them the opportunity to advertise for the upcoming prom season and a way to show off their product.
This is a fun show and it gets all students excited about prom.
The end result is a great turn out at prom.
A dance is fun because people attend, not because of the DJ or the dress or the food. KCI attempts generate some buzz for our semi-formal by selling tickets in this manner:
$1 for the first ticket
$2 for the second
$3 for the third
and so on to
Then they stay at $15 for the first day of sales.
Next day, $20 until end of the week.
They go up to $25 on the day of the event and sales are cut off at 3:00 pm.
People come because other friends have bought their tickets. This price includes unlimited drinks, snack platters of cheese, decorations. Just not transportation or pictures.
Have the group in charge line the gym walls with sheet of roll paper, so all walls in the dance area are covered. Tell students to wear old clothes (white t-shirts, old blue jeans work best), and the admission to the dance can consist of money and a marker. Their marker will be used through out the dance. Students are welcome to bring yearbooks, senior memory books, or portfolios for people to sign and write on. Allow students to write graffiti on the walls (which are covered in roll paper), as well as write messages on each other’s clothing. This gives them a chance to meet new people and get their yearbooks signed all at once! The shirts with their classmate’s signatures on them are always very popular to wear to school and to football games! This is a great way to boost school spirit, and actually have fun doing it!!!
Moncton High School wanted to appeal to everyone with a dance theme, so we had an “It’s your Birthday Party!” dance. The whole dance was a birthday party with clowns, party hats, noise-makers, tons of balloons and decorations. We had a teacher making balloon sculptures, one doing face painting, and everyone got a free birthday cup-cake. The only thing missing was a magician/card tricks’ booth.
We held a “Sno-Globe Semi-Formal” and transformed our cafeteria into a snowglobe … put up plastic sheeting around the outside to simulate the ball, bought those blow-up santas/trees/snowmen from Rona (for your front lawn), threw some snow batting around them, and … here’s the best part, throughout the night went up into the catwalk and sprinkled snowflakes down onto the dancers (my leadership class collected 3-hole punch confetti from every room in the school, and made lots of use of the shredder in my office to create bags of “snow”) … sounds like a clean-up nightmare but it wasn’t – in fact, with a few brooms, the kids had it done in no time!
From: Callie Wark
Jacob Hespeler Secondary
At Centennial High School, we do not have a homecoming prom king and queen, so we decided to make our own version of a Coyote Prom for everyone. During our spirit week, we set up an archway with lighting, ribbons, and balloons and let students take pictures as our king and queen for a dollar per picture. We bought crowns from our local dollar store, and made our own sashes. We had set up our own sound system and played ‘cheesy’ Celine Dion music in the background. We brought in a portable picture printer, and printed the pictures at the event.
Unfortunately it took too much time to print them, and we had a backlog of people waiting for their pictures. Our advice would be to give students their pictures the next day. The event was very successful, and students had a lot of fun during this day!
from: Andrea Lee, Alyssa Bolt, Paul Harvey, Karis Isaak, Tyler Schwarz, Amelie Blanchette
Centennial High School