After Prom Ideas and Activities

Michele Meleen
Contributor: Valorie Delp
Couple lying down on the floor

Teens are always looking for new and fresh after prom ideas. Whether you're planning the school's after-prom party or you're looking for something to do after the big dance, a little creativity is all you need to come up with some great ideas for after the prom.

After Prom Ideas for Couples

Deciding what to do with your boyfriend after prom or where to extend the fun with your girlfriend post prom can be a challenge thanks to curfews and teen rules. Whether you're looking to spend some quality time alone or hang out with other couples, you'll make awesome memories together.

Cozy Campfire

Enjoy the night sky and some cozy time together around a campfire in your backyard or at a local outdoor venue. As the night air gets chillier, you'll get closer. Whether it's a large group bonfire on a friend's forest property or a sanctioned small fire on the beach, campfires are romantic.

Campfire at the beach

The Dating Game

Set up an exciting couples' game show modeled after old shows like The Dating Game or The Newlywed game where couples have to try to match answers to a series of relationship questions. Print out fun questions for couples then assign two or three to a round. Play four or five rounds where couples secretly write the answer they think their partner will say on a dry erase board. Award points for correct answers.

Starry Sky Photo Shoot

Limit pictures before prom to those your parents and friends take. Save your money to hire a photographer who can take amazing, unique shots of you outside at night after prom. If you can pull together enough cash, you can have the photographer digitally alter the pictures so your initials are spelled out in the sky by connecting stars.

Prom Movie Binge Session

If your parents allow it, stay up all night watching teen movies that feature proms and other formals. As you watch, you'll get the chance to cuddle up and reminisce about the special night you just had. It will feel like prom never ends when you watch movies like Blockers, Prom, Footloose, and She's All That.

After Prom Activities for Groups

Gather all your friends or join the whole school for unforgettable after prom entertainment. The more people you have involved, the cheaper it will be because you can split the costs or get funding if it's a school-wide event.

The Carnival Is in Town

You can actually rent carnival rides and attractions like bumper cars, huge inflatable slides, bungee activities, and defying rides. Look for a party supply, carnival, or amusement company near you to get started. You'll need to either set up on school grounds or a local park or field and the cost can be high.

Teens Jumping Down Slide

DIY Drive-In Movie

Set up a giant screen and show the latest movies in the school parking lot or make a mini version in your backyard. Make sure to complete the whole experience with refreshments such as a snow cone machine and a popcorn machine. If you're hosting one at school, sell advanced tickets to ensure the parking lot doesn't become congested.

After-Prom Cruise

If you live near water, an after-prom party cruise might be a unique option. You can rent the boat for an alcohol-free party that includes dancing and hanging out until the wee hours of the morning.

Ultimate Slumber Party

Many museums, zoos, and aquariums host sleepovers for special groups. Take your after-prom party to a magnificent location for a one-of-a-kind sleepover that might include fun games and will have separate sleeping quarters for guys and girls.

After Prom Party Ideas at Home

For the safest post-prom activities, host an after-prom event for close friends only at your house.

Backyard Glamping

Since you're all dressed up, glamping in the backyard is the ideal kind of camp-out. Glamping is glamorous camping so forget sleeping bags on the ground and cooking on a stick! Set up the tent then use air mattresses or real mattresses from your house to create beautifully made beds for each person. Purchase fancy snacks such as sushi or bruschetta and top-of-the-line drinks like sparkling grape juice. Encourage everyone to wear their nicest pajamas.

Gaming Tournament

Gather TVs from around your house and have other teens bring small TVs to add if needed as you create an ultimate gaming room. Set up a gaming system on each TV. If you use the same gaming system for each TV, everyone can play together. If you use a different one on each TV, choose one game for each and make it a tournament.

Teenagers playing video games

Laser Tag

Purchase a kids' laser tag set and play a game in the backyard. Get dressed up all in black with glow necklaces and set boundaries so you don't disturb all the neighbors. You can also set the game up like Capture the Flag so there is an objective other than just eliminating the other team.

Club Home

Keep the dance party going at home by clearing the furniture out of one room, turning out the lights, and using a fun disco light speaker. Create a playlist of high energy dance songs and serve up mocktails to make it feel like a club atmosphere.

What to Do the Day After Prom

Prom is such a special occasion, but it only lasts for one night. Start a new tradition for the day after prom to keep the excitement going for one more day.

Makeunder Spa Treatments

Get rid of all that prom makeup after a night of glamming it up with a simple at-home spa party. Set up a foot soak station in the bathtub or small plastic bins with towels underneath to calm the feet after a long night of dancing. Get makeup remover and facial peels or masks to help get all that glamorous makeup off. Finish it off with a heating pad lounging spot where teens can relax with some heat on their back.

Recap Brunch

With so many people and so much to do, you probably missed some funny moments or wild drama at the prom. Meet up with friends at a local diner for brunch and take turns recapping the highlights of your prom night.

Picture Party

Coordinate a Facebook event or similar social media meeting spot and invite everyone you know to share pictures from prom there. This gives everyone a chance to see things they might have missed and snap pics of themselves they didn't even know were out there.

Teenage girl friends using digital tablet and cell phones on bedroom floor

After Prom Ideas That are Better Than Prom

Whether your after-prom party is sponsored by an organization like SADD, MADD, or the PTA or it's thrown by a friend, with a little creativity you can make sure everyone is talking about your after-prom activities. Providing a safe and fun outlet lets teens stay up all night, have a great time, and keeps them safe.

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