Choosing your event theme can be critical to its appeal to students. Don't be afraid to "think outside of the box" and come up with something creative and unique.
Here are a few simple tips to consider when choosing your event theme:
1. Avoid repetition
Find out what themes have been done in the past at your school and avoid repeating them within four years. That way, students don't end up with a Casino-themed Homecoming Dance as a Freshman and as a senior. It is also a good idea to find out what themes the other schools in your area are doing or have recently done and avoid those. Nobody wants to be accused of "copying" their cross-town rival.
2. Combine Themes
To get students excited about your event, consider combining two or more themes. Everyone has been to a Luau themed school event, and Hollywood is also overdone. But a Hollywood Luau? Hmmm. That gets the creative juices flowing. One of our middle school clients recently combined four totally different themes and called the dance "Remix". Brilliant!
3. Try a popular movie or song
Using a popular movie or song as your theme can be a great way to avoid doing the "same old thing".
4. Always give your event a great title
This step is often overlooked, but giving your event an attention-getting title is more important than it may seem. A high school recently held their annual glow dance, but they added a Hawaiian twist to it. They called it "A-Glow-Ha". Now THAT'S something different. One suggestion we have is to include the current year in your title. For example, "Shanghai Nights 2016" takes a fairly average title and adds the feeling that this is an exclusive, one-of-a-kind event that will never be repeated.