How to Decorate a Prom

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No matter what theme you have selected, there are some basic decorations that every prom needs. From streamers to lights to guest favors, decorating a prom is all about the details. Many prom decorating ideas are inexpensive and easy to create.

Things You'll Need

  • Christmas lights
  • Streamers
  • Balloons
  • Helium tank
  • Tablecloths
  • Tulle
  • Confetti
  • Floral centerpiece
  • Banner
  • Use plenty of lights. Strands of Christmas lights are ideal for a prom. They provide a soft, subtle glow that mimics a starry night that's perfect for a night of romance.

  • Hang colorful streamers from the ceiling. Streamers, a mainstay of proms of yesteryear, are an inexpensive way to ad color and texture to a prom decor.

  • Decorate with plenty of balloons. Like streamers, bouquets of floating balloons add a bold punch of color and make an ordinary occasion special.

  • Cover the tables with color coordinated tablecloths. Linen is preferable, but paper is usually more budget friendly.

  • Wrap colored tulle around the Christmas lights for a soft, romantic look. Tulle can also be used as bunting around tables, draped over doorways or be tied to chair backs.

  • Sprinkle tables with glittering confetti and add a simple floral centerpiece.

  • Hang up a large banner with the class year prom theme written on it. It can be made either professionally or an artistic student can make one with recycled white sheets.

Tips & Warnings

  • Rent a helium tank and assign a couple of students the task of filling balloons and tying them with ribbon streamers. It will be cheaper than buying already filled balloons.

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