After I discovered this list of 7 YA Books That Would Make Excellent Prom Themes from the Barnes and Nobel blog, two things have happened. First of all, I am now officially heartbroken that I will never have the opportunity to attend a Night Circus themed prom. *sob* (Why aren’t book themed proms for 40-something book geeks a thing? I mean, I even have the perfect outfit for a Night Circus prom all picked out!! You know, just in case.) And secondly, I can’t stop thinking of great Bookish Themes For a Totally Awesome Prom. Some of my ideas are somewhat problematic. (I mean, can you imagine a Catcher in the Rye themed prom? No one would show up because Prom is for phonies and would, instead, go and wander NYC for the night. I am not sure if this makes it a great prom theme or a terrible one.) But I did manage to come up with six great prom theme ideas that would make any book geek proud.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
This book actually ended up on a list of Terrible Prom Ideas but I respectfully disagree. Despite the fact that the book didn’t end too well for Gatsby, the parties were epic and unforgettable, which is what you want for Prom night. And besides, there is something about Gatsby’s endless obsession with that one perfect moment (and that one perfect girl) from his past that resonates with the whole concept of prom.
The best thing about a Gatsby Prom is getting to pull out your best Gatsby glam. Whether you go full-on flapper fabulous or go with a traditional prom dress with a few Gatsby – themed accessories, like this Great Gatsby Pearl Drop Necklace and Great Gatsby Earrings, you’ll be all set to party with Gatsby.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
A fresh and fun take on the traditional Enchantment Under the Sea prom theme, a 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea prom would perfect for lots of cool, Steampunk styling and fashion.
The Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowlings
While Harry, Ron, and Hermione were too busy fighting Voldemort to do typical senior year activities like the prom, I am sure that a Hogwarts prom would be nothing short of magical! And if you’re like Ron and would rather skip the dress robes, you can still show off your Hogwarts pride (and carry all your prom night essentials) with this Harry Potter Book Purse by Novel Creations –
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Can you imagine how much fun the prom committee could have creating a world of pure imagination for Prom? Get some Willy Wonka style top hats for the gentleman and lots, and lots, and lots of candy everywhere for an evening (and a sugar rush) you’ll never forget!
The World of Dr. Seuss
Ok. Hear me out on this one. Think about it. If you are going to the prom, most likely you are getting ready to graduate soon. And nothing says graduation like Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss. Odds are you will get at least one copy of the book as a graduation present and hear it quoted at least once during graduation itself. So you may as well embrace the inevitable and have a wild and wacky evening to smile about during all those graduation speeches.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
Can you imagine a more magical evening than a Shakespeare – themed fairy revel inside an enchanted grove? While my own memories of prom make me think that all the couple drama in the play – including random break ups and hook ups, makes it especially fitting for prom night, the truth is that A Midsummer Night’s Dream, complete with fairy wings for the girls, decorations with a mossy, woodland feel, and lots of fairy lights hung everywhere, would simply be a dream come true.
Want to go Shakespeare chic for your prom? Don’t miss this fanciful Midsummer Night’s Dream bracelet.
I hope you enjoyed my Six Totally Awesome Bookish Prom Themes. What book themed proms would you like to attend? Let me know in the comments!