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How to Rock After Prom
How to Rock After Prom
Prom is great. But it’s the after party that really rules. People are loose, the hair comes down, the tuxedo jacket comes off, and the “No PDA Rules” are thrown out the door. Here’s five ways to rock the party like its 1999 (even though its 2016).
- Party Like it’s 1999 (Literally). We quit the Prince Fan Club when he turned himself into a symbol in 1993. But his classic Party Like it’s 1999 remains one of our favorite after-prom anthems ever. Back in the late ‘90s people rocked the prom wearing old flannels tied around their wastes, Nirvana T-shirts, and maybe the occasional ironic ruffle tuxedo shirt, then people would follow a map to a secret party in an abandoned warehouse at a rave. While we would never recommend going 100% purple rain (or Love Symbol #2 as his iconic logo was later dubbed), we think adding a little Princeliness to your look could be a good play. This Ivory Spread Collar and Pleated Shirt gives you the formality of a Prince with the modernity of a new millennial babe slayer. Creating a treasure hunt and map to get your crew to a secret after-party locale is also like totally ‘90s, and like totally rad.
- Theme it Out. There are any number of themes that make for a great after party. Our favorite theme is “Heaven, Hell, Earth and Purgatory.” In this crowd-pleasing favorite, each room at the after-prom venue takes on the characteristics of a different sphere complete with devil horns, red smoke, bodacious angels with wings, and just a few earthly pleasures that might land you in purgatory. Another favorite is the Around the World, with music, foods and dance moves from around the world. Beware the Lambada, it’s the forbidden dance. If all else fails, take off the tux and put on a toga.
- Go back in time. Pitbull has it right, going back in time will make you a “go-getter, mover, shaker, culture, bury a boarder, record-breaker.” We don’t know what a bury a boarder is, but it sure does sound cool when Mr. Bull says it. There’s plenty of eras worth visiting. Our faves for fashion, style and class include the following: (1) ‘20s flapper glam. Think black tie, white jacket, Great Gatsby, indulgence and class. (2) ‘50s Buddy Holly beebop, when square glasses weren’t ironic or hip… they just called them glasses. (3) ‘70s disco fever, not for the clothes… we like it for the discoteque and moves like John Travolta before he got fat. (4) ‘80s breakdance breakdown. You haven’t lived until you’ve been in a breakoff. In the ‘80s people also apparently did something call getting Footloose, where they burned off steam by dancing in farm houses.
- Murder Mystery. Prom is all about intrigue. Why not up the suspense by hosting a murder mystery party? You can buy a set of clues and scripts at Walmart, or with a little more effort, make up your own clues, your own players, your own murder. Here’s some tips. Best of all, you can kill off the bullies, the D-Bags and the Haters (or your Home Economics teacher).
- Bowling and Bonfires. Fred Flintstone used monkeys to collect the pins, The Big Libowski thought he could connect with the great cosmic one with just one more roll, and Big Roy in Kingpin somehow made a comb-over look cool. Bowling is America’s favorite sport – that doesn’t require breaking sweat– and it’s a classic after-prom activity (especially if laser lights are involved). Alternatively, skip the ten-pins for a bonfire on the beach, in the woods or at Stiffler’s Mom’s Lake House.
- Keep it safe. Generation Tux is all about having fun. But please keep it safe on Prom night. According to MADD, “car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens, and about a quarter of those crashes involve an underage drinking driver.” And we truly think that you look way too good to be another teen statistic.