The Ultimate Prom Pre-Party
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A Night To Remember1 of 12
By Amy Elisa Keith
Prom. It’s the biggest night of your teen’s life, and you'll play a big role in making sure things go off without a hitch. How so, you ask? Remember how your parents humiliated you before your own prom? Avoid those awkward photos and sudden tearful outbursts with your kids. Instead, throw a snafu-proof pre-party and send the kids off in style.
Red Carpet Welcome2 of 12
Roll out the red carpet on your walkway so that as dates arrive, they’ll get into the Hollywood glam spirit. (Plus, it makes for a great photo opp!)
His And Hers3 of 12
One guy can’t figure out how to put on his boutonnière. Another girl is having a VPL moment. (That's "visible panty lines" in teen-speak.) Be ready for anything by creating primping rooms—one for the ladies and one for the gents.
Almost Paradise4 of 12
In the living room, pop in a DVD of the best prom movie of all time: Footloose. As parents wait for the styling to end and the pictures to begin, they can reminisce about their bygone high school days.
Perfectly Polished5 of 12
If you can, encourage all the girls to get ready at your house. To eliminate the frantic rush of errands and last-minute beauty primping, hire a manicurist to do quick mani-pedis for the young divas.
Picture Perfect6 of 12
Inevitably, mascara will smudge and lip gloss will fade even before the big night has begun. Designate one mom to play a makeup artist for quicks touchups during the photo session.
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Raise A Glass7 of 12
Celebrate the night with a specialty cocktail—non-alcoholic of course. Every teen wants to feel grown on prom night, so don’t rain on her parade with lame-o Shirley Temples. Try toasting with Faux Kir Royale (raspberry syrup and sparkling apple cider) in a champagne flute garnished with fresh raspberries.
It's A Snap8 of 12
Parents snapping Polaroids is so 1992. Personalized disposable cameras is so 2000. Why not kick things up a notch by hiring a photo booth company like Snap Yourself to help capture the pre-party shots? (For a DIY option, download fun photo booth apps on your smartphone.)
Let's Rock9 of 12
Set the mood with some fun, upbeat tunes. Don’t try to be too hip with a collection of pop anthems, though. Instead, go for ’80s nostalgia by bumping some A-ha, Michael Jackson and The Rolling Stones. Score extra points for playing the soundtracks to films such as Breakfast Club and School Daze.
Sweet Temptations10 of 12
Chances are kids will be too excited to nosh before the big night. But the promise of post-prom treats may just lure them back in time for curfew.
Fresh Idea11 of 12
For a simple and easy addition to your pre-party, place bowls of peppermints around the house. Guys and girls can stash them away for later.
Prom-Aid12 of 12
As a much-needed parting gift to your teen, put together mini tool kits with a few emergency items: bandages, a safety pin, the number to a cab company and Aspirin. If a dress strap breaks or a dance-induced blister forms, your kids will thank you.