You’ve seen the classic movie cliché of the high school prom—the one held in a sweaty gymnasium, bright white lights grossly illuminating the dance floor with measly balloons decorating the bare walls. Why not break this trope and hold the most magical prom your school has ever seen? Check out our list of 25 of the best prom themes with accompanying decorating ideas that will put a unique spin on this year’s high school prom.
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1. Starry Night
Immerse your students in Van Gogh art by projecting his iconic painting onto the walls and adding fun elements like stars and blue details to the tables.
2. Follow the Yellow Brick Road
Get a yellow carpet or mat, add a rainbow onto the wall, and project or build a small Emerald City for one of the most whimsical prom themes.
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3. Great Gatsby
Take your students back to the Roaring ’20s with this Great Gatsby theme. All you need is some flashy decor and you can transport your venue into a Gatsby-esque party!
4. Under the Sea!
Blow up some fish and jellyfish balloons and let them float to the ceiling, add some blue LED lights and white furniture, and let your students feel like they are swimming through their prom venue.
5. Disco Party
All you need for this theme are TONS of disco balls. Put them on the tables, hang one from the ceiling, and let them spin.
6. Fun in the Sun
For a fun summery theme, all you need are beach balls and beach ball balloons paired with fun primary colors to feel like your venue is a beach.
7. Or Fun in the Snow?!
Alternatively, for a winter theme, all you need are blue LED lights and glistening decor to simulate ice! You can also get fake snow and line the floors to really transport your students to a snowy mountainside. Bonus points if you get the linked inflatable snow globe for prom pics!
8. Candy Land
For a Candy Land theme, put colored squares on the floor to simulate the actual game. Put candy all around the venue and some colorful balloons to complete the theme.
If you can’t afford to go all out with a circus tent, hanging some tapestries from the ceiling and adding twinkle lights would work just the same! Make sure to decorate with primary-color details.
10. Enchanted Forest
Use dim lighting and maybe add some prop trees to create a magical forest for your students.
11. Masquerade Ball
Show up wearing your very best, and don’t forget a unique masquerade mask to perfect the theme.
12. The Big Apple
The perfect way to re-create New York in your prom venue is to project the most iconic buildings onto the walls. With dim lighting, the venue will be transported to NYC!
A barn is such a cute venue for a wholesome prom night. If you can’t pick your actual venue, pick minimal decorations and add tons of fairy lights with white tablecloths for a rustic theme.
14. Wild Prom Night!
Get a green carpet for your students to walk down, add blow-up or stuffed wild animals, and make sure to include tons of plants around your venue to re-create the jungle inside.
15. A Night in Venice
A prop boat and blue carpet to simulate water with “Venice” in the background would be the perfect photo op for your prom. (P.S.: Masquerade masks come from Venice, so combine the two themes for an elaborate prom!)
16. Tropical Getaway
Transport your students to a tropical vacation dinner, with candle-lit tables and fake palm trees adorning the space.
17. Evening in Paris
A prop Eiffel Tower is a necessity for this “Evening in Paris” theme. Additional decorations could include tons of fairy lights and fun Parisian food like croissants and baguettes!
18. Neon Night
This theme is a lot easier than it looks: Paint everything neon! Neon wristbands, neon balloons, neon paint, and a black light to make everything glow.
19. Haunted Mansion
This is the perfect Halloween-themed prom. Place elaborate candelabras on tables and put cobwebs everywhere, but make it classy.
20. Mad Tea Party
Paint the floor with black and white tiles in a curved design and fill the venue with plants. Place eccentric, colorful tea cups and decks of cards on the tables, and you are transported to Wonderland!
21. Casino Night
To pull off a casino theme, make everything themed to a deck of cards. You can be creative with this one, but definitely keep the colors to only black and red to sell the theme.
22. Out of This World
Transport your students to a whole other planet with this intergalactic theme. What a great excuse to buy some lasers! Also, an astronaut helmet is the perfect photo-booth prop.
23. Back to the ’80s
Have your ideal prom with this blast from the past. Your students might not get the niche references, but they will still have a great time while you get a blast of nostalgia. Neons and scrunchies are a must.
24. A Star Is Born
Let your students feel like Hollywood stars with one of these classic prom themes. You will need a red carpet (obviously) and have your chaperones take flash photos of your students as they walk down.
25. On Cloud 9
This theme is gorgeous for all seasons. All-white everything with DIY clouds lining the ceiling will make your students feel like they both literally and mentally on Cloud 9!
Did you enjoy these unique prom themes? For more inspiration and prom themes, check out our 18 Favorite Prom Chaperone Outfits for Teachers!
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