Prom Night Tips


Mummy says…. ‘I can’t believe that my youngest daughter, Lea, is leaving school this year, and in a few weeks has her Prom Night.

It seems like yesterday that my eldest daughter, MeeMee was having her Prom Night- she is 20 in July and at the end of her second year in Uni. Prom night is one of the biggest nights of the year for 16 year olds, and is celebrated in different ways. Due to, erm, unruly behaviour in the past, there is only one venue that will take 200 lively, merry 16 year olds.

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MeeMee on her prom night.

It is not particularly glamorous, but it does not dampen the excitement of the teens in any way.

So, as I enter the wonderful world of Prom Night for a second time, here are my top tips (for teen daughters, my sons haven’t reached this yet!):

  1. Talk to your daughter about what sort of dress she wants as early as possible. We started last Autumn, saying that, we still haven’t bought one and it is in four weeks! Eeeek! Check the internet for any sales. If she sees a dress she likes, and it fits, get it! If it nearly fits, see if you can alter it.
  2. Find out the latest / most popular make up / tan / hair style etc and book whoever does it asap. I mean, you could be talking months in advance. With us, one lady ‘does’ HD brows as all the girls want them. Crazy, but true.
  3. Take advantage of any friends who ‘do’ make up and / or hair. Check with your daughter first. You could arrange a few of the girls to get ready at yours together.
  4. 4. If a limo / party bus is involved, book as soon as you can.
  5. She will drink alcohol. Or, it is highly likely that she will. Not at the venue, but before. Talk to your teen about it, the risks, implications, repercussions etc. Did you know that it is NOT illegal for a child from age 5 – 16 years old to drink alcohol on private premises?
  6. Arrange pre-prom drinks at your house, if you have room – for your teen and close friends, or if it is at someone else’s home, go along. Speak to other mums and tell your teens that you are all going. You want to see them off don’t you?
  7. Remind her about safety, personal boundaries and safe sex. I want all bases covered – prevention and knowledge is better than cure. Drink spiking, saying no, whatever you think. She WILL tut, roll her eyes at you and sulk, muttering ‘whatever.’ But you are the mum, it is your job 😉
  8. Also talk about social media, especially apps such as SnapChat where a scene can be spread in a nano second. In my day, the worst was gossip in the playground!
  9. Make sure you know the itinerary for the evening – how and when she is getting home. If she is having a sleepover afterwards, make sure you know how she is getting there, and that it is happening.
  10. Boost her confidence, tell her to have fun, to enjoy every minute. She will never forget this night.

I hope my tips help you if you are facing Prom Night. If you are cuddling your toddler, thinking ‘Oh this isn’t going to happen for YEARS’, then let me just say, you will literally blink and it will be your turn. If your teen is counting down to Prom Night, then I hope she has a magical evening – trust her, and don’t worry!



  1. I am sure Boo’s prom is going to come round faster than I want it too! These are great tips! And I love the dress =)
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  2. I’m so jealous, my prom night was awful. I had no money and spent 6 months to save up (I was 16 and buying my own food etc etc). I eventually got together £100 £45 for the tickets and the rest went on a dress.
    Vintage 40’s style beaded gown, It was gorgeous. Everyone else turned up in tule big floaty dresses. I felt like an idiot.

    I should’ve just been happy in myself but, teenagers, eh? – Sorry, sad story, Hope she has a wonderful time 🙂
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  3. My son went to his school Prom last year and I don’t think any of them drank as I think the school would have ejected them from the party if they’d done so. It was quite a painless affair but I imagine when my daughter gets to that age it will be a different ball game.
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  4. Proms were only just starting really when I was at school, I have to admit I didn’t got to mine as I hadn’t been at school for the final two years due to being in hospital. Sometimes I wish I had just to say bye to people. x
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  5. You’ve shared so many fab tips, especially booking transport in advance. I didn’t go to prom as I didn’t see the point in spending all that money to sit in a room with people I didn’t like lol so I went to Tenerife with my friends instead! xxx
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  6. Wow I can’t believe its only 2 years before our eldest will have his prom and then we get to wait a while for our daughter who is nearly 8. Mind you i know that time will fly by. Great tips here
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  7. Great post. Kids grow so quickly. I can still remember my prom night. It was fun.

  8. How exciting for your daughter. I remember my first school ball and it was really great until afterwards when everyone just wanted to get drunk and I felt like the oddball. home the night is full of fun!
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  9. Time certainly flies. Won’t be long before its the wedding dress and then the maternity outfits.

  10. We didn’t have prom nights when I was young, instead I vaguely remember some sort of disco, but don;t think I went. Your daughter look lovely here!

  11. That is such a big milestone! Although my daughter acts like a teenager already I can’t imagine this moment. Hope she has a wonderful time! x
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  12. ace tips, little sisters prom is just in a few months scary as there is an eight year age gap everything seems much more expensive than when it was my prom.

  13. I remember my prom night, wasn’t quite as glamorous as they do them now. And at the time I was a Goth and wore a black lace dress haha
    Some good tips.. 🙂
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  14. How exciting! I never went to my prom night so I don’t have the experience for it but I can’t wait until my girls have one so I could go shopping 🙂
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  15. I never had a prom night at school but my god daughter had hers recently and she looked absolutely stunning x
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  16. So exciting. I am too old and left school before the who prom thing started sadly, I would have loved it.
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  17. We will be going through this next year, yet I’m sure its not as exciting for boys.
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  18. Great post, hope you get a frock in time!!! Try bridal shops you can always get bargain bridesmaids dresses there x

  19. I remember my prom in 2003 (grade 12) and i must say i really don’s she what the big fuss are about. Maybe just for the photos or those that have a partner for the evening maybe. Our food was pathetic to say the least and later the evening it started to rain – i have literally wished it was 11’O Clock, since that was the time my Mom & Dad would pick me up from the venue.

    The point that you have listed regarding alcohol, nope even today where i am 32 years old, i haven’t had a drop of alcohol in my entire life i had it sometime when they made a dessert with alcohol in it, and if it’s too much i would be so sick that i would be in bed for almost two week, i just can stand it – so no not everyone girl would drink. You do get people that dont like alcohol.
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