It is almost prom time, the most important event of the school year. Juniors and seniors get to dress in formal wear and ride in limos to attend an elegant soiree. It is a night where memories are made that will last a lifetime. It is an important night for parents as well. We get to see our children out of jeans and t-shirts, dressed in tuxedos and formal gowns, capturing the moment with countless pictures and video, and praying our little darlings have listened and absorbed all of our sage advice and warnings about underage drinking, premarital sex and drug use. We fuss over them, giving last-minute instructions and warnings and then we send them off, snipping a small apron string, trusting they have taken our advice to heart and will make the right choices.
Long before this evening arrives, the school’s prom committee has been working all year, planning and orchestrating the event in order to make it a memorable evening. One of the tasks they are charged with is choosing the prom theme. The theme is typically romantic or relevant to the times and sets the tone for the evening’s festivities. However, coming up with an appropriate theme can sometimes prove to be a daunting task.
My daughter, a junior in high school, came home a few weeks ago and announced that the theme for her school’s prom this year was “Hoedown Throwdown.” My first response was “No, it’s not”, to which she replied, “Oh, yeah, it is.” My mind conjured up the image of teenagers clad in overalls and “Daisy Duke” shorts two-stepping to the fiddling music of the great Mr. Charlie Daniels. This image caused me to burst out in laughter. Don’t get me wrong, I am not knocking hoedowns, two-stepping or fiddle music, especially not Charlie Daniels, as I am sure it would make for a fun time, just not for prom. After this image dissipated, my mind moved on to how this particular theme could have several meanings depending on the spelling…make hoedown two words and drop the “E” from Hoe (Ho Down Throwdown) and it takes on a whole new meaning. Then there was the fact that “Hoedown Throwdown” is the title of a Miley Cyrus song (haven’t we had enough of her already!). While I could not find proof that “Hoedown Throwdown” was the actual theme, my daughter swore it to be true. Several days later, she told me that there had been so many complaints about the “Hoedown Throwdown” theme that it had been changed. I inquired as to the new theme and while she could not remember the exact wording, she said it had been changed to “something like a rave.” As you can imagine, this, too, raised a big ruckus since raves are associated with drug use and that just is not an appropriate theme for any teenage gathering.
I went to the school’s website to see what I could find. There was a link for prom information, but it did not have a theme, it simply read “Prom 2010.” I felt bad for the prom committee. Maybe these kids are just too darn tired from all the planning and organizing, studying for SAT’s and ACT’s and preparing for graduation, that they just do not have enough energy or creativity left to come up with a theme. Time is running out, as there are less than two weeks remaining before the big night. Maybe they could call it “Prom 2010…There Is No Theme – Deal With It.”
Though I felt bad for the prom committee, I did find the whole thing comical and felt “Hoedown Throwdown” could not be the worst prom theme ever. I figured some clever, comedic mind somewhere had compiled a list of the worst prom themes. Sure enough, I found the website Topfive.com which is an online site for top ten lists. Topfive.com had a list of the TOP 12 WORST PROM THEMES. While the list is dated (circa 1999), the themes fictitious and a few of them crass, I found a couple that made me chuckle. After reading the list, “Hoedown Throwdown” sounds pretty classy.
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