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In the United States, a prom, short for promenade, is a formal dance held at the end of the years of high school and college, called junior prom and senior prom respectively. In British English such an event would be called a ball, although in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand it is also often called a formal. In Australian schools the terms used are either formal or sometimes as Leaver's Dinner, usually so when the night includes a meal. In Ireland it is known as a debs (an abbreviation of debutante ball). In the U.S. a "formal" is typically a similar dance that is held by a fraternity or sorority affiliated with a certain college or university. In Australia, the term "prom" has also come into sparse usage and in Britain it is becoming widespread, because of US influence. The name is derived from the late ninteenth century practice of a Promenade ball. The end of year tradition stemmed from the Graduation Ball tradition.

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Prom Decoration

Finding Prom Decorations to Match Your Theme

By Gail Leino

All proms have a central theme, so you want your prom decorations to coordinate with that theme. After all, the purpose of having a theme is so that the decorations, colors, and music can be closely tied to that central theme. For example, if you have chosen to use a 60ís theme for your prom, you are certainly not going to have hip-hop or rap music since those musical genres did not exist in the 60ís.

As the prom coordinator, you need to be aware of the type of music and decorations that are a part of the theme. Knowing this information will assist you in all aspects of the planning, including the way the students will dress. Using our 60ís theme again, in that decade, the girls wore evening gowns and the boys wore tuxedos to the prom. Unlike today, dances had a name, and everyone was expected to know the dances; there was no making of dance steps as there is in modern times (not sure this is a good thing for those who like to dance but just donít want to bother with all the learning of dance steps).

Prom decorations have changed over the decades, as has the style of clothing that a potential graduate wears to his prom. When the students choose a central theme for their prom, the planner needs to make sure the students understand the implications of their choice and that their theme may dictate the type of clothing they will need to wear and the type of behavior that will be expected. If you choose a theme that relates to a specific year in history, you may find it to be even more confining than just a decade. After all, even in the 70ís, there was a big difference in the way girls dressed in 1971 and the way they dressed in 1978. You have to be aware of that, and if you donít know, you will need to research before you do anything about decorations or student dress requirements.

Mrs. Party... Gail Leino is the internet's leading authority on selecting the best possible party supplies, using proper etiquette and manners while also teaching organizational skills and fun facts. Lots of themed Free Party Games to help complete your event.

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