How to Throw an Awesome Pre-Prom Party

Prom season is quickly approaching, and that means it's time to start planning your pre-prom party.

Prom is an exciting time of a high schooler’s life, so celebrating with a pre-prom party can help make it extra special. So, what will you need for your party? Here are some ideas.

Outfit Theme

Add a sweet touch to your pre-prom party with an ice cream theme, a charming idea among various pre-prom party ideas. For outfit themes, opt for a casual-chic style, perhaps with pastel-colored attire reflecting the fun of ice cream. When considering prom party food ideas, set up an ice cream bar with a variety of flavors and toppings for a customizable and tasty experience. This creates a lighthearted and memorable celebration, ensuring everyone enjoys a delightful treat before heading to prom.


For an ice cream-themed pre-prom party, decorate with a playful and vibrant aesthetic. Opt for pastel-colored banners, balloons, and tablecloths to capture the whimsy of ice cream. Incorporate ice cream cone centerpieces or balloon bouquets resembling scoops of ice cream. Create a focal point with a DIY backdrop featuring oversized ice cream cones or a colorful sprinkles pattern. Consider adding a photo booth with ice cream-themed props for memorable snapshots. Enhance the ambiance with fairy lights or string lights to add a touch of magic. Tables adorned with sundae glasses, sprinkles, and confetti can complete the look. These decorations will not only create a visually appealing setting but also set the perfect backdrop for a joyous pre-prom celebration.

Nothing screams “class” more than a fancy cocktail, but since everybody attending prom is underage, you can still serve up the class while making the cocktails non-alcoholic. Non-alcoholic cocktails, or mocktails, can really help set the mood of the magical evening. You can make your mocktails using a colorful fruit punch and serve them in plastic champagne glasses or flutes. It's the perfect addition to any pre-prom picture. For that extra special, social media-ready touch, add creative and colorful garnishes to the drinks.

The food is where it starts to get a little bit tricky for a pre-prom festivity. Most people spend hours getting ready for prom and would hate to have their outfits, makeup, and hair ruined with messy foods. To avoid getting everybody dirty before they even get to prom, it's important to be aware of what you're going to serve. Small finger foods that aren't messy like chicken skewers or mini-grilled cheese sandwiches are the perfect snack for hungry teenagers who want to stay relatively clean. But, even if it is messy food, there are ways to ensure that no one gets messy while eating it.

For instance, if you want to supply your party with an ice cream buffet, make sure you have ice cream cups readily available. The ice cream cups will act as a boundary between the dress, the suit, and the frozen treat. Ice cream spoons and ice cream cups are able to help keep everyone clean. Plus, the ice cream spoons are also pretty easy to clean up after everybody's done eating. If the teens are still eating their treats when it's time to leave, they can take the ice cream spoons and the dessert with them. A recent survey from the International Ice Cream Association member companies shows vanilla remains the most popular flavor among their consumers at 28%, so make sure you stock up on that flavor.

Emergency Kit Gifts
Everyone loves a good gift bag, and on prom night, an emergency kit gift is a way to go. Give your friends a little bag of band-aids, ibuprofen, water, wet wipes, and individually wrapped mints. you never know what's going to happen on prom night, and it's best to be prepared for anything that might come your way. You might accidentally slip and fall on someone's spilled drink and cut your knee. That band-aid will sure come in handy then.

Prom can be a lot of fun, but what can be even more fun is the pre-prom party. Take a look at a few of the suggestions listed above to have the pre-prom party of your dreams.

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Delight your pre-prom guests with an exquisite spread featuring delectable caprese skewers, an assortment of finger-friendly sliders, and a tantalizing fruit and cheese platter.

At prom, indulge in popular ice cream choices like timeless vanilla, rich chocolate, and refreshing strawberry, or opt for the classic allure of cookies and cream, the coolness of mint chocolate chip, or the nutty richness of butter pecan.