Bejeweled, Bedazzled and Branded
Regardless of the joy or embarrassment you feel thinking of your prom night, you cannot ignore the heavily branded event. Streamers, banners, frames and favors decorate the venue and parents' dressers for years to come. To celebrate the most taffeta- and tux-filled time in a teenager's life, I've listed some ways you can profit from prom.
High schools need posters to promote ticket sales like 3M's Post-it Custom Printed Poster Paper, banners like Street Banners and Fence Wraps from Tex Visions for the venue and various decorations to enhance the theme. Some schools even give out favors so consider using the Custom Imprinted Silicone Bracelets from Genesis.
With prom usually comes the obligatory seminar about safety. Help schools and parents educate and protect their children with products like the Drugs, Smoking & Alcohol aren't for Me! Bookmark from FirstPoint International and the First Aid Kit from Ready 4 Kits. For more ideas, check out the section of Safety products in our March issue.
Prevent loose threads, shedding sequins and other wardrobe malfunctions with cases like AAkron Rule's Sewing Kit and WOWline's White Lint Brush and Sewing Kit. (A lint-covered tux is definitely a prom faux pas.)
Whether to laugh, scoff or cry, keeping a memento from prom night is a necessity. Help end-users commemorate their prom get-ups and hair-dos with the Prom Lasered Open Book Frame from Calconix. And of course, the prom king and queen will need their crowns. Tiaras from F&H Ribbon Company come in many designs so they are sure to please even the most particular of teenage royalty.
Also, don't forget the many businesses that rely on proms for revenue. Limo services, photographers and more will need business cards, stickers, magnets and anything else you can come up with to help them land some new customers.
P.S. If you have previously worn prom or other special occasion dresses, consider giving them to DonateMyDress.org. The site offers a directory of places to donate dresses in your area. It's an easy way to clear some closet space and give another girl a night to remember.
P.P.S. If you want to see a truly original prom dress, take a look at this video of a mom who weaved a dress for her daughter from Starburst wrappers.