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Post-prom activities that are fun — and that you'll remember

Maybe because prom is supposed to be the most magical night of your life, planning for it can be stressful. • If you're going with a large group, keeping control of all the details is extra difficult, from dinner to pictures to transportation and, finally, to the exasperating post-prom activities. • Avoid the pressure to join the many high schoolers who choose the cliched hotel room party for the night. What about that will give you a night that you will never forget? (Unless it's hotel management responding to a noise complaint, or worse.) Ke$ha may promote having a night you won't remember, but with all the money and planning that goes into prom (not to mention the years of anticipation leading up to prom night), I really would like to remember mine. • Here are some ideas for post-prom activities that are guaranteed to be fun, safe and unforgettable:

1 Go bowling

You can never go wrong with a good ol' game of bowling! Plus, who doesn't want to "strike" a pose in a bowling alley while decked out in gowns and tuxedos? Who knows, you may find that bowling shoes go well with your prom dress.

2 Party on the beach

Luckily, we Floridians have many beautiful beaches to choose from. After prom, head to your favorite beach with a few of your friends, crank up the music, and keep prom going all night long (or until the beach closes).

3 Host a game night

No matter how lame game night may sound, they always turn out to be a blast. Head to a friend's home and pick a game or two to play. Apples to Apples is always a winner with big groups. If all else fails, you're at least guaranteed a good laugh!

4 Create a huge game of manhunt

Grab your friends and head to a dark location (someone's neighborhood usually works). Create two teams and begin the most epic game of manhunt ever, without trespassing or alarming the neighbors, of course! (tb-two* suggests you change out of your prom attire for this activity.)

5 Movie night

Tired from all that dancing? Change into comfy sweats, crash on a friend's couch, pop some popcorn and play a movie you're all sure to enjoy.

6 Pig-out sesh

You may have had dinner before prom, but I'm sure you didn't eat as much as you might have if you hadn't had formal pictures looming in your future. Regardless, you surely worked up quite the appetite after a couple of hours on the dance floor, so order some pizzas, whip out the cookie dough and enjoy some quality late-night snacking.

7 Sit by the fire

Weather permitting, you can never go wrong sitting around an outdoor fire. If one of your friends has a fire pit at home, go there with your group after prom, sit around the fire discussing the best and worst of prom, roast some marshmallows and just enjoy one another's company.

8 Go out to eat

Fortunately, some restaurants are open after prom. Grab a bite with all your friends at Applebee's, Steak 'n Shake, Chili's, etc.

9 Pull an all-nighter

If this is "the best night of your life," why would you want it to end? Stay up all night at a friend's house (with his or her parent's permission, of course). Plan stuff to do throughout the night (you can cap it all with a pancake breakfast) so the excitement never stops.

10 Go camping

Throw a little adventure into the night and find a place to go camping with your friends. Pitch some tents in a designated camping area (most need reservations), or someone's back yard. After a night of thrilling eloquence, it's nice to enjoy simplicity under the stars.

Post-prom activities that are fun — and that you'll remember 03/12/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 10:45am]
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