Shannon Berrey

Prom 2012: Smoky Mountain High

Monday, April 30, 2012

 You know when you have a huge event that you can not wait to arrive? Time is measured by how many more weeks and then days until THE event. The anticipation builds, the timelines are set, the preparation is over the top, and all of the details are discussed and tweaked, and tweaked some more. And then... the day arrives, the event happens and it's sort of  'ehh'.... Well, that's NOT how our weekend went down! The Prom was Saturday and according to all the girls, the actual event was just as exciting as all of the preparation {happy mom dance, happy mom dance!!} 

Maris fixed her own curly locks and I was honored to get to do her make-up. I don't have a lot of pictures *YET* because I had my friend Terri, who happens to be a photographer, taking some *professional* shots.{I'll share these when I get them in a few weeks}. This would explain why in most of the shots Maris is looking somewhere else--I was snapping shots off to the side.      




After pictures in our backyard, we headed to the historic Jackson County Courthouse {now Library} in downtown Sylva to meet up with friends.

Lindsey and Maris have been friends since pre-school.

Maris' friend Josh, was her adorable date for the evening. 




After their dinner in Asheville, the group headed to the Prom which was held in the Grand Ballroom at Western Carolina University.

The theme was *Rave*, and although it is a senior prom, both juniors and seniors are invited to attend. It is the Juniors resposibility to come up with the theme and to create a Prom to remember. Maris was in charge of decorating and I had so much fun helping out with all of the neon, black light, glow-in-the-dark, decor.   


Etched glasses went home with each guest and glow sticks were worn as necklaces, crowns, and bracelets by each student--the effect was pretty impressive!! 


The room was decorated with feather arrangements borrowed from this event.

The feathers were placed inside vases that were filled with glow water. Glow water is so simple to make--we hammered a high lighter until it cracked and then pulled out the wick and dropped it in the water. After a few hours, we took the wicks out and voila, your water is glowing!! 

We made chandeliers out of hula hoops, fluorescent surveyors tape {from Lowes} and some posterboard confetti dots {tutorial to come} 


We had a combination of blacklight bulbs and plug-in blacklights {bought from Wal-Mart} that we placed on the columns. Glow-in-th-dark graffiti boards were suspended from the ceiling, along with a balloon drop that happened after the announcement of the senior prom king and queen.



It was so great to hear from parents and teachers on how much fun the kids had dancing {and glowing!} until midnight. The year-end tradition is so bittersweet, considering our senior class leaves and my Maris has just one last year at home.

 I hope great memories were created!  

It is indeed ironic that we spend our school days yearning to graduate and our remaining days waxing nostalgic about our school days. ~Isabel Waxman

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I'm an artist, interior designer, wife and mom. Join me here as I share projects, ramblings, and inspirations.
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