The Night of Prom: What to Expect

So I bet you are wondering what to expect when you walk into that door. Will it be filled with balloons? Elegant arches? A stylish pathway? Whichever way it turns out to be, be sure to take pictures of your friends as they come up through the entrance, and have them do the same for you. This way you can remember this moment forever.

There are some serious no-no’s that could potentially ruin the big night for you or others that you care about. Do not flirt excessively with someone else’s date {even if your crush (subject Y) is showing you more attention than your date (subject X)}! Uh-oh, let’s not start that again. A little flirting never hurt anyone, but this is not the night to make out in the shadows with someone else’s date. Okay, let’s be honest. Don’t make out in the shadows with anybody; it’s tacky. Besides, you don’t want to ruin anybody’s night. They have been looking forward to this evening just as much as you have.

Stay away from alcohol and drugs. They are not only illegal, but they can make you do something you may regret forever. If your date is your ride and he sneaks off and returns intoxicated, get another ride home. If this means calling your parents - swallow your pride. It could mean your life. Don’t argue with that girl who sits in front of you in math class because she’s wearing the exact same dress that you described to her in detail days before. Fighting can just bring you down, and you don’t want your make-up smeared before the professional pictures are taken. Just remember, you’ve read this book so you probably look 100% better than she does. Don’t be catty about what other girls look like. Whether it’s too much make-up, a tight dress on a plump figure, or a dreadful hairstyle. Just remember what your mother always told you, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.”

Speaking of parents, make sure to check in with them a few 100 times during the evening. Make sure they know where you are going, and when you get there. Be sure there is a number at which you can be reached. If there is a curfew set, be sure to keep an eye on the clock. If you think the curfew is unreasonable, don’t argue; just work it out ahead of time. If your date’s curfew differs from yours, work this out also.

Okay, you have made your grand entrance. It wasn’t too early or too late, and you have taken all of the proper pictures, and mentally remembered what to do, and what not to do. Find a place where you can set your stuff down before all the tables are taken. You don’t want to end up sitting away from your friends, or being trapped next to those people. Before stepping on the dance floor, mix and mingle with your friends, and classmates. Do not spend too much time as to ignore your date, but be sure you see as many people as possible. Introduce your date to those who don’t know him, as well as being polite when he wants to see his friends. Also stay away from checking your make-up in the bathroom too often. You want to enjoy every last minute of your special evening. Now it is time to hit the dance floor. Even if you are unsure of your dancing abilities, you should not be a wallflower. Get out there, and no matter how goofy you think you look, have a good time. Believe me, most people won’t care how you dance; they are too busy worrying about how they look.