Steamboat Springs Cindy Carlson said planning the decorations for the Steamboat Springs High School after-prom party has been a full-time job. Something, she said, is well worth it if students have a prom that is both memorable and safe.
"I'm happy that the community wanted to do something like this," she said.
Carlson is among a group of parents and community members who put together the all-night after-prom party that provides numerous activities and designed scenes for students to enjoy.
Parent Tammy Adams said the after-prom party was established last year and has alleviated a lot of the problems caused by the prom parties students held on their own.
"It had been a big problem in town. Last year was a big crossover," Adams said. Many students who didn't go to prom just came to the after-prom party, she said.
"It gives them an alternative way to have fun," she said.
Adams said the enormous support from the community has made the entire thing possible. She said numerous businesses and community members donated items or their time.
"The kids know the community is really backing them," she said.
Some students, Adams said, have requested to have more parties after dances throughout the school year. Last year, 90 percent of students attending the prom stayed at the after-prom party until it ended at 5:30 a.m. This year organizers expect more students to stay the entire night.
"Students that left (last year) were disappointed because they missed out on activities and awards," Carlson said.
Alba Avella, a junior, said the after-prom parties are a lot of fun.
"It's fun to stay until the end," she said. Last year, Avella said a hypnotist showed up at the end of the night.
"The decorations this year are extravagant," she said.
For students, the after-prom party is one of many activities related to prom that they are looking forward to experiencing.
The anticipation and excitement for the night to begin is the best part, Avella said.
"Getting ready is the most fun," said Britiny Froemmling, a junior.
She said she is getting her hair professionally done and already went to Denver to find a dress. She said she thinks she'll remember the prom for the fun she had with her friends and prom date.
For other students, the prom is a reminder that they are about to begin college, find a job or pursue other things after graduating from high school.
"It's the reality check that school is almost over," Froemmling said.
Jessica Toothaker, a junior, said that juniors get selected as prom royalty because they put on the prom for the seniors. She was selected with other members of her class as royalty for the event.
"It's kind of cool because we all are really good friends," she said. Ian Noyer was also selected as royalty.
Noyer said he is ready for the prom.
He said the only thing left to do is to make sure his prom date still plans on going to the dance with him.
He said he already ordered a corsage and rented a tux.
"(I'm looking) forward to it, should be a great time," he said. Noyer said he plans on attending the after-prom party.
"From what I've heard, it sounds pretty cool."
For students without a date, the prom still offers a good time.
Robbie Dapper, a junior, said he can't make the prom this year but would take a bunch of friends along if he could go.
"It's a waste of money if it is not your girlfriend," he said. He said with a date, prom would cost close to $400. Without a date, the price would be half the cost. He said taking a date is fun if it is someone special; otherwise, going with friends is the best way to go.
The prom is from 9 p.m. to midnight May 4 at the Sheraton. The after-prom party is from 12:30 to 5:30 a.m. in the commons area of Steamboat Springs High School.