Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Top Tips for a Fun Prom Night

I'm so excited that we're celebrating Prom Week here at Books, Boys, Buzz in conjunction with Tina's release of TOP TEN USES FOR AN UNWORN PROM DRESS. Can't wait to get my hands on this book and read it!

I don't know how much a prom expert I am...I did attend three (sophomore year as the yearbook photographer) and had a lot of fun. Thank heavens the attire has changed, morphed and updated in the years since I was in school. My junior prom, our theme was "A Night in the Old South" and everything was all deck out in ivy and lattice work and columns and magnolias and all the girls (including me) wore hoop skirts.

It was sort of hard to gather all of us around for the class picture because our dates couldn't get close enough to us because of the hoops and crenalins were spread out. My date was a friend from another high school and, in fact, worked part-time at the Piggly Wiggly wearing the pig costume. I kid you not! Nice guy, but the day before the prom, his mom gave him a body wave, so when he danced and sweated...his permed hair...well, it stank!

Nonetheless, we had a great time, danced the night away, got lots of pictures made and went to the junior breakfast and stayed up all night. It was the perfect prom experience, despite the Scarlett O'Hara dress.

So, what are some tips for enjoying the prom? Here are just a few:

  1. Don't overdo with the hair and makeup. Sure, you want to look pretty, but you want to look like yourself. You don't want your kids to laugh at your prom pictures in 15 years.

  2. Share the ride. In order to save some money, go with a group of friends and split the expense of a limo or van to take you to and from the prom.

  1. 3. Enjoy yourself at all times. Don't be worried about which person is dressed the best or who paid the most for their gown. Sit back, relax and enjoy the evening. Take it in for all it's worth and treasure the memories.
        4. Take lots of pictures. Capture the night from start to finish with lots of photographic memories. You'll be glad years later that you did.

      5. Don't ruin the night by drinking too much. Sure, it's a celebratory occassion, but don't you want to remember it? Getting ripped and running the risk of making a fool of yourself is not the way to remember this night. You want to get to the after parties sober and enjoy all of the food.

        6. Finally, after the prom, you can also donate your prom dressto organizations across the country that will give them away free to eager prom-goers. Check out The Princess Project, which offers a list of such organizations.
      Most of all, proms are about fun! Reading Tina's book is fun, too! Congrats again to Tina on her accomplishment.

      Marley = )
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      TinaFerraro said...

      Marley, thanks AGAIN for all the support on my book and career. And a wonderful post here on proms...not to mention, kick-butt graphics!

      Anonymous said...

      what iz piggly wiggly?

      Marley Gibson said...

      Oh...Piggly Wiggly is a grocery store in the deep south. I guess they still have them. But it was in my hometown growing up. And, like I said, my prom date was the guy in the pig costume hanging out in the parking lot, waving at people and trying to get them to come into the store. I know...I know...

      alexgirl said...

      Your hoop-skirt prom dress story reminds me of that episode on Beverly Hills 90210 when Donna wore a giant, red hooped prom dress to the spring formal and she couldn't get out of the car or move for the whole night and nobody wanted to dance with her.
      Oh, i miss 90210. sigh.
      Fun post, though!
      And congrats again to Tina :)

      Marley Gibson said...

      Oh Alex...that was a great episode. I love watching the 90210 re-runs on SoapNet.

      And Alex, your book cover is A. Dor. A. Ble! Huge congrats! When does the book come out?

      Marley = )

      Wendy Toliver said...

      Love live Piggly Wiggly! :)

      Heather Davis said...

      Cute post, Marley! I love the whole Southern themed prom. I would look grand in a hoop skirt, I'm telling ya... Good tips, too. Nothing quite kills the prom effect like bad, bad makeup. :)



      stephhale said...

      fun post. I can almost smell your date's hair! I love the princess project, I think this is such a worthy cause, kudos for mentioning it!
      In case Alex doesn't check back her book comes out 7/1 and it's on my list!

      Marley Gibson said...

      LOL, Steph...I think *I* can still smell my date's hair...all these years later.

      Wonder what happened to that red dress with the hoop skirt...

      Marley = )