10 Prom Theme Ideas

Planning your school’s prom? Here are some themes to consider. Remember, you need to pick a prom theme that will create a beautiful atmosphere and look great in photos. Use interesting backdrops and props and pay attention to lighting and details.

Enchanted Forest

Set a romantic nighttime mood with beautiful backdrops of trees and dazzling northern lights. Use rich shades of greens, blues, purples, and browns for the decor. Props: Woodland creatures, unicorns, mini pine trees, artificial leaves.

Similar Prom Themes: Magical Garden Theme, Fairy Tale Theme, Twilight Theme, Alice in Wonderland Theme

Old Hollywood

Make it an ultra-glamourous occasion by rolling out a red carpet; use red, gold, black and white as a colour scheme; create a backdrop filled with black and white pictures of Hollywood actors; have a paparazzi line for guests to walk by and create a Hollywood Walk of Fame for your school. Props: Oscar statues, a spotlight/searchlight

Similar Prom Theme: Oscar Awards Theme

Monte Carlo

A romantic and beautiful destination like Monte Carlo is a great setting to base your prom theme on. Be sure to create lots of decadent visual imagery that captures Monte Carlo’s beauty and luxury. Use backdrops and props to recreate Monte Carlo’s beaches, casinos, racetracks, yachts, and historic buildings

Similar Prom Themes: New York City Theme, Venice Theme, Paris Theme, Rome Theme, Rio de Janeiro Theme

Ice Castle

Create a romantic Arctic winter wonderland for your prom. Use lots of white, silver, and pale blue decor. Props: Fake snow, ice sculptures, polar bear and penguin figures, lots of transparent plastic items to represent ice. Be sure to hang giant sparkly snowflakes from the ceiling to enhance the atmosphere.

Similar Prom Theme: Viking Theme

Desert Sunset

Capture the beauty and romance of a desert sunset with landscape backdrops. Props: cactus covered in sparkly white christmas lights, silhouettes of cowboys on horses, and lots of palm trees

Similar Prom Themes: African Safari Theme, Sunset on the Mediterranean Theme

Monarch or Renaissance

Recreate a King and Queens court with a renaissance theme. Create backdrops with lots of columns, red carpet, court jesters, and knights. Props: crowns, tiaras, thrones, faux marble and gold ornaments, chandeliers

Similar Prom Themes: Greek Mythology Theme, Egyptian Pharaoh Theme, Art History Theme, Jane Austen Theme, Masquerade Theme

Black Swan Ballet

Do something different and create a dark and twisted ballet theme for your prom. Use the movie “Black Swan” as visual inspiration. Props: an artificial pond with swans, black feathers, mirrors, and silhouettes of ballet dancers.

Similar Prom Themes: Moulin Rouge Theme, Superhero Theme…Any cult movie that you can draw inspiration from

Under the Sea

Create a fantastic under-water aquarium theme. Use images of colourful coral reefs as backdrops; drape shimmery blue fabrics all around. Props: Aquariums with exotic fish (or TV screens showing such), scuba divers, fake shipwrecks with treasure, and lots of mermaids!

Similar Prom Theme: Pirates of the Caribbean Theme, The Little Mermaid Theme


Capture Hawaii’s beautiful landscapes, from the volcanos to the beaches. It’s a fun theme, and can also be very romantic, just keep the setting more elegant than casual Props: Giant fake volcano, surf boards, palm trees, hula dancers, lots of Hawaiian flowers, and vintage maps of Hawaii.

Similar Prom Themes: Beach Party Theme


This prom theme could be gorgeous if pulled off correctly. Use dark backdrops with lots of sparkly light to create a romantic and serene starry galaxy. Props: Astronauts and space ships; hang giant glowing paper mache planets from the ceiling.

Similar Prom Theme: In the Clouds Theme

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