Ideas for Senior Citizen Prom Parties


One activity to hold at a senior citizen center is a prom night. Hosting a prom for senior citizens lets everyone dress up, dance and feel special. A prom for elderly folks is slightly different than a prom for teenagers so there are some extra considerations to take into account to ensure everyone has a memorable time.


  • Choose a theme that senior citizens would like, such as Hollywood movies, the 1940s or 1950s, Mardi Gras or a masquerade ball. Plan on themed decorations for the ballroom. For example, with a Hollywood movie theme, hang movie posters and order life-sized cutouts of famous movie stars. Show an old movies on the wall or screen. For a masquerade ball theme, give all the guests feathered masquerade masks, serve appetizers on silver trays and bring in a mirrored ball to add sparkle and mystery.


  • Play old favorites at a senior citizen prom party. From the Big Band era to rock and country, hire a versatile DJ to handle a wide range of tunes from different eras. If possible, book a live band for a more festive environment. If the seniors have a song request, encourage them to ask if it can be played.


  • Open up the prom party to all ages. Invite the families of the senior citizens, or open it up to a local youth group to attend and dance with the elderly. Most seniors would welcome the chance to dance with a handsome young man or beautiful young woman. Offer community service credits to the youth in exchange for their time and energy.


  • Besides just dancing, set up a couple of activities for the seniors to participate in. Have a trivia contest, karaoke and a scrapbooking station where seniors can look through old photo albums and share stories with each other.

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