Prom is totally a big deal. The big dance is where it all. goes. down. We know this from every ‘80s movie ever made. Help your kid (aka budding adult) have the best prom ever with a little help from Thumbtack.
From hair and dress to sweet transportation and killer after party—these 9 prom savvy services are easy to access and will work within your budget.
Ahhh. The dress. The centerpoint of the universe. Need to be unique? Get a custom gown tailor-made. Gonna rock a vintage dress that needs some love? Awesome alterations are at your fingertips. Dying for a couture gown but can’t quite afford Chanel? Get a fabulous dressmaker to recreate your dream.
The Hair & Makeup
Half of the fun of prom is getting ready. All the girls getting all giddy, bedroom full of party gear yet to be worn. Give her a special treat with a professional hair and makeup service. They’ll come to the house and have her, and her friends, shining like stars.
Gotta be looking sharp. Skip the hassle of the mall store and rent a tuxedo via Thumbtack. We’re all about making your life easier.
The Fancy Dinner
Is your teen in love? Sponsor their romance by springing for a private chef who will create an intimate dinner for two. Set up the backyard with twinkling lights to create a private, fairytale scene. And no spying, parents.
Send your baby off in serious style with a stretch something-or-other. Limo? Yes. Hummer? If you must. Or maybe you’re thinking luxury car like Bentley or Rolls Royce. Why not? It is prom, after all.
The Party Bus
After the prom, have a driver collect all the kids in a party bus to bring the whole dang gang to the after bash. It precludes reckless driving, it keeps kids safe, and you’ll totally be the cool parent for organizing it. Besides, all the celebrities are doing it.
The Party Food
You surrendered the rumpus room to host the prom party at your place. But teens are ravenous creatures, and you don’t want to cook for 50+ adolescent appetites. Let the catering pros at Thumbtack handle their hunger. They’ll set it up, dish it out, and break it down. No sweat.
It’s not an after party without music. Bring in a music master who will keep the party lively, keep the dance floor jumping, and serve as official party promoter. For double bonus points, ask about entertainment packages that might include a photo booth or sweet special effects lighting.
The Cleanup Crew
Just cause you’re the rad parent who hosted the prom party doesn’t mean you want to clean the whole thing up. Get a one-time cleaning crew the day after to erase the traces of the wild animal teen kingdom that ate, danced, sweated, and smooched the night away in your backyard/basement/living room.
The Best Friend Brunch
How cute and special to host a best friend brunch the (late) morning after prom? The kids can gossip, recap, and share photos while noshing on seriously fabulous food. And you? You’ll be out shopping with friends. Who needs to cook when there are caterers?
Nine easy ways to make this the most fabulous prom any teen has ever seen. Ever. They just might make a movie about it.
[Top photo: Back to the Future prom scene via HitFix]