Creating the party at Gastby’s

Creating the party at Gastby’s

When walking to the Cotillion Banquet Hall, junior Frank Deblasio, looked around to see everyone dressed in their finest suits and prettiest dresses. At that moment he realized that all of the prom committees, which he was a part of, hard work had been worth it. Everything looked perfect.

“[When I saw] the final product at the end it was really cool … to see all of our hard work go into something amazing,” Deblasio said.

On May 18, prom was at the Cotillion Banquet Hall. The theme this year was A Party at Gatsby’s. The prom began at 7 pm with people socializing and about an hour later food was served. After that people were dancing and could go to the lobby to get candy from the candy bar or take photos in the photo booth. This wrapped up prom, which ended at 11 p.m..

Prom is set up with a committee of 15 to 20 people, such as Deblasio, and prom adviser Kristen Ray. Ray’s role is to figure out the venue and the DJ, she does this around two years in advance. She will also help the committee with their work but ultimately lets them take the lead.

To set up this experience, the committee would meet on Mondays at 7:45 a.m.. At these meetings, the students brainstorm about twenty possible themes then after discussing they narrow it down to their top five.

Proceeding this each member chooses their favorite of the top five, every person who has the same theme selected as their favorite gets in a group together. They collaborate with their peers to make a presentation that explains what their ideas were for that particular theme. They would figure out the entryway, centerpieces, and other decorations.

Once the theme is chosen they work with decorator, Cindi Cronis. Ray has worked with Cronis for the past eight years

“Our decorator’s incredible,” Ray said, “She’s actually retired but she comes back to do our [prom]. So she’s amazing.”

Since Deblasio is a junior, he is excited to continue to be on the committee during his senior year.

“[The prom committee is] hoping that [prom is] gonna be bigger and better next year,” said Deblasio. “But yeah, we’re really excited. We can’t wait to start.”

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