In this article, you will find:
- Alcohol- and Drug-Free Celebrations
- Pre-Prom Tips
Alcohol- and Drug-Free CelebrationsThe after-prom party has taken a twist in recent years as parents have teamed up to sponsor alcohol-and drug-free celebrations -- often on school property -- chaperoned by parents and teachers. The challenge is to make the party so entertaining that teens will want to attend.
Bonnie Perkins began organizing all-night after-prom parties at her daughters' high school after a close friend's 18-year-old son was killed while driving drunk. She's also one of three moms who founded the Montgomery County, MD, Project Prom, through which parents in more than 30 high schools cooperate to share ideas, themes, decorations, and fundraising for after-prom events.
It's the prizes that entice kids to stay until the end, since that's when drawings for the most valuable items are held, and teens must be present to win.
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Students who attend these parties must arrive by a certain time. If they leave before it's over, they can't be readmitted.
While the parties usually require months of planning and fundraising, Perkins says it's not too late for this year. She knows one mom who pulled together a reasonably successful event in 2 weeks for $1,500.
Throwing a Party at Home
If there's no school-wide event, you might consider hosting your child's friends at your house. Together you can decide the party's start and end times, how many guests you can handle, and who will be invited.
This overlooks the fact that serving alcohol to minors is illegal and that you can be found criminally or civilly liable if anyone at the party, including the intoxicated teen, gets hurt.
If the Party Is at Someone Else's House