Senior year comes with lots of lasts: the last first day of school, the last yearbook photos, and the last prom. It’s my daughter’s senior year, and I’ve done my best to document these moments along the way. To stay in the moment I hosted a pre-prom picture party within a suite at The Georgian Terrace (prom was across the street at the Fox Theatre) and hired Janet Howard to capture the event.
- Hire a photographer. We invited parents to take their own photos, but there’s nothing like enjoying an event and knowing that a professional is capturing every moment. Our guests are able to access all of the photos and download as many as they’d like at no charge.
- Keep decorations simple. Guests won’t be with you very long, so be sure your decorations serve as functional props. For this event, I had trays of sweet small bites, soda and still and sparkling water. A simple vase of Whole Foods roses was placed in the entryway and photo booth props from BigDotofHappiness were scattered on tables throughout the suite. Gold accents from Paper Source, a vintage camera and West Elm frame for signing were all it took to set the tone for the party.
- Set a time, but be flexible with the timeline. I used an electronic Paperless Post invitation (you can always order a single paper copy for your memories) and gave a timeline for photos. For this occasion, however, I anticipated staggered arrivals due to the separate hair and makeup appointments of friends.