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How to Throw the Perfect Pre-Prom Photo Party

After all of the work that goes into getting ready for prom – nail appointments, hair appointments, adding the finishing touches on makeup and making sure all of the accessories look OK – it's important to enjoy the pre-prom excitement and get ready for the big night with a pre-dance bash.

And though parents love to see their kids all dressed up and take a bunch of group photos to remember the special night, it should also be its own celebration. While all the high school students gather together and prepare for one of the best nights of their lives, there are some fun and simple ways to make it a memorable party all on its own.

Serve some easy (and non-messy!) snacks, drinks, provide some party photo props and pre-party tunes for a memorable experience teens and parents will both love. And when the prom-goers head off to the big dance, the parents can stay back and enjoy the rest of the evening. Throw a memorable pre-prom party with these fun and helpful ideas, and be sure to invite everyone (and keep everything organized) with one of our prom invitations.


Set up Outside

Taking photos outside provides the best natural lighting and backgrounds. If the weather permits, set up for the pre-party outside. Use outdoor cocktail tables for snacks and drinks, and be sure you have a good spot to take pics that won't create grass stains on girls' dresses and shoes (an outdoor deck or porch, cobblestone path, etc.).


Feel VIP with a Step-and-Repeat

Nothing will make your guests feel more VIP than a step-and-repeat. It creates a show-stopping welcome, and can be another backdrop for your photos! This can be as simple as lining a side wall or garage with some wrapping paper, or actually creating a full-on standing step and repeat. For a simple, yet personal touch, print out slips of paper with a custom event message, and attach to the backdrop with clear tape (i.e. McKinley High Prom 2015, #PromParty, etc.)


Use Photo Props

For some silly photos, use photo booth props. Use our printable photo booth props to cut out funny moustaches, glasses and hats. Just attach to sticks, and have fun! Prom shouldn't always be so serious. 


Serve Mess-Free Snacks and Drinks

Of course, you want to offer some light fare for guests, but stay away from anything that could do too much damange to any of the gorgeous gowns. Offer up some tasty bites such as cheese, crackers and prosciutto, a veggie tray and some fruit (apple slices and grapes are safer than strawberries or watermelon). Make sure you have water, club soda and other clear drinks available, too! 


Create a Party Playlist

To get everyone in the mood, create a pre-party playlist on Songza or with your iTunes. Pick upbeat music everyone will enjoy, but save the real bumping party tunes for the actual prom. 

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