A Hollywood dance theme is a way to make your guests feel like movie stars. They can dress up in styles that span the decades of Hollywood glamour and revel in a luxurious decor scheme. As you plan the dance, find ways that you can extend the theme to all aspects of the evening and put the focus on guests to make them feel special.
Walk of Fame
Recreate the famous Walk of Fame in Hollywood with your own dance version. For each couple or individual, create a white cardboard star. Provide finger paint and have each person dip their hands in and press it onto the star. They can then draw little messages around the edge and take the stars home at the end of the evening. If you prefer a less messy activity, get a photo of each couple before the dance, print it out in black and white, and attach it to a star. Place the stars on the wall so that attendees can look through the pictures during the evening.
For a grand entrance that will make for great photo opportunities, lay out a red carpet. Set up the red carpet as the grand march area and rope it off so that parents and friends can stand on the other side of the rope to take pictures. If you have the budget, have a large piece of material printed with your school logo or the theme of the dance for a background for photographs; you can also use iron-on transfers for a less expensive version.
For red carpet events, designers and jewelers lend dresses and jewelry to celebrities. At the dance, recreate the feeling by handing out costume jewelry party favors to the girls. Find the most over-the-top, sparkly items possible, like tiaras, necklaces and enormous rings. For guys, look for fake watches, sparkly cufflinks or large clip-on earrings. Present each couple or individual with a selection as they come in. The extra sparkle will add a touch of glamour to the evening and guests will have fun showing off their new accessories.
To give the feeling of a star-studded event, recruit younger students or parents to act as paparazzi during the evening. Give each person a digital camera with a flash and have them take pictures during the dance. Ask them to take individual, group, candid and dancing shots. At the end of the night, collect the cameras and upload all the photos to a special website so guests can visit and take the photos they want. Scan for inappropriate shots before publishing them online.
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