High school homecoming is a magical evening filled with unforgettable memories with friends where everyone gets all dolled up, dances the night away, celebrates your school, and gets some sweet free swag out of the deal. Or as I remember it, a whole lot of fighting in the weeks prior to the dance while trying to make plans for the perfect evening, an overpriced dress, a gym full of sweaty, stinky teenagers, sore feet, and being surrounded by dance moves that make you feel like you’re in the middle of a “Girls Gone Wild” video.
The theme for this delightful evening is typically decided on by the student government’s homecoming committee, and they usually come up with something like “A Night to Remember,” “Under the Sea,” or “Majestic Moments in Space.” You get the idea. Since homecoming season is upon us, I’ve come up with a few homecoming themes that would never get the approval of any student government, and I offer some suggestions for promotional products that could be used to promote said event.
“The Hunger Games” Oh, this will be fun! You can divide students based on the cliques that they’d be spending the whole evening with anyway, and each clique can be considered a district. Then, as the magical night goes on set up a series of obstacles and have the cliques of students fight to the death! We all know that’s what they want to do to each other anyway. PLUS, they’re all dressed in formal wear for an added challenge – take that, Katniss! These cinch-up backpacks are just like the ones in the Hunger Games movie, and can be used for students to store various survival tools and weapons. You can imprint clique’s “district” and the homecoming date and theme on these backpacks so that the students who survive will surely remember the evening forever.
“The Magic of Acne” We all know that the real stars of the evening are the massive acne breakouts due to all the stress of making plans for this event. So why not get dressed to the 9s to not only celebrate school spirit, but to honor the one uniting factor among high school students: acne! As students leave their magical evening, make sure each one gets this handy first aid kit so they can keep any surprise acne breakouts in check.
“What recession?” Everyone keeps saying that times are tough, but somehow kids (or rather, their parents) can afford dresses or tuxes upwards of $300, a limo, and fancy dinner. Let them live it up for now – their time to be hit by the harsh realities of the real world is coming – but be sure to shamelessly make fun of them and their frivolous ways with this theme that completely mocks them. These kids clearly need to learn about saving their money, so the obvious giveaway for this event would be a piggy bank.
“Midnight in Guantanamo Bay” You can go a couple of different routes with this theme. You can either allow students to dress up in formal wear, or you can require that they wear orange jumpsuits. Either way, dance chaperones should be dressed in military uniforms and should carry pretend rifles. (You can go with real ones if you’re REALLY committed to the theme, but fake ones should be just fine.) With this theme your students will feel like they are really enjoying a romantic evening under the stars within barbed wire confinements in Guantanamo Bay. It’s hard to deny how perfect a few Jars of Knives would be to promote this event, but if that’s a little too hardcore for you, you can always go with the Military Truck Stress Reliever.
“Party Like it’s 1851” In case you were wondering, no, there’s not really any cultural significance to this year – it was just a long time ago. This theme allows you to enforce strict dancing rules and dress codes. You can forgo the whole inappropriate part about homecoming by requiring students to wear traditional 1850s garb and ballroom dance. You have a lot of options for giveaways here. You can go with something patriotic like the Eagle Stress Ball, or something like the Gold Bar Stress Reliever because the California gold rush was going on during this time in history. You can even just go with something boring like a lanyard. The key here is to make sure these kids don’t have ANY fun.
None of those ideas seem suitable for your special snowflake students? Never fear! I’ve got some runners up: “Serial Killers Through the Ages,” “The Most Overrated Night of the Year (Besides Prom),” “Burn Ward Masquerade,” “50 Shades of Grey,” or “Celebrate School Spirit by Grinding on Your Friends, Significant Others, and Complete Strangers!”
As you can see, no matter what your theme, we’ve got a promotional product to help you set the mood. If you’ve already planned a more traditional theme and you’re looking for promo items for that event, you can’t go wrong with a simple, fancy keychain. Or, perhaps a star-shaped keychain will better match your theme. When in doubt, go with a classic silver photo frame.
As you think back on the magic that was your high school homecoming, what were some of the promotional products you received? Got any other rejected theme ideas or promo product suggestions? Show your spirit in the comments below!
Photos courtesy of OakleyOriginals, The U.S. Army, and wishymom (Stephanie Wallace Photography).