What is adult prom? Just what it sounds like: a high school-style formal dance with all the prom trimmings, from the rented limo - or rather in this case, a bus - right down to the spiked punch, only minus the late-adolescent angst that is the integral ingredient of every high school prom.
Claire and Miguel's adult prom was organized by their friend Josh, a young furniture maker from the Wicker Park neighborhood in Chicago with a flair, nay a true gift for throwing what Claire refers to as epic parties.
Anyway, last year it occurred to Josh that it would be fun to go to prom all over again, and so he came up with the idea of putting together an adult prom.
He hosted his first prom last year and it was such a hit that he organized another one this year, the one that Claire and Miguel attended.
Once Josh found the perfect venue, a barn in Lockport, a suburb outside Chicago, generously lent by his good friends Joe and Andrea, preparations included pulling together a prom committee from among his friends, arranging for a bus to transport the prom-goers from the Wicker Park/Bucktown neighborhoods to the prom and back again, and selling prom tickets.
Then there was the job of decorating the barn to the theme which the committee had decided on: "Enchantment Under The Sea." Among the decorations were:
There was streamed music for the dancing:
The girls arrived in their prom dresses (for which recycled bridesmaids dresses fit the bill) and corsages and the guys in suits or tuxes pinned with boutineers.
As many of the attendees arrived stag, at the beginning there were girls dancing with each other out on the dance floor while the guys hung around the edge of the room. (Some things don't change, right? ) But by the end of the evening everyone was dancing with everyone. (Perhaps the punch helped?)
Alana and Zach
But anyway, what about this concept of adult prom? I think I have a few thoughts on the subject, which I'll share tomorrow.