A few months back, my friend Jessica and I planned a prom for her birthday. It ended up morphing out of a birthday party and completely into prom. We had a ticketed event with a buffet (self catered!)
It was a pretty crazy and fun day. Our budget was about 250$ including food and decorations (we only made back about $175 off our tickets, but a lot of the stuff we have used again, or will use). We got all of the fabric we used from Fabricland (where we work!). We waited until clearance went to half price, and got most of our fabric for $1 per meter (we ended up with something like 80 metres, but its getting re-used!)
One of my closest friends is on her way to a career in photography, so she offered (was coaxed into) doing our cheesy prom photography. We used a collapsable dining tent for out photos, which we decorated with our $1 fabric and paper lanterns
My dad (being the guy that he is) got the crazy idea that he could build a shed in the week before prom. By Thursday, I knew he wouldnt have it done, but he said "you can use the base as a dance floor". The base of the shed (sorry, dance floor) was literally being finished as our guests arrived.
Our centrepeices were simple. We took various glass vases (some clear, some green) and single gerbera daisies, and some coloured bamboo and curly twigs in pink and green.
Our decorations included swags along the deck and fence, as well as paper lanterns. We had plans for more decorations, but we ran out of time on the day of. We didnt set up the tables until everyone was waiting to sit down to eat, on account of the construction site that was our backyard) Our tablecloths were plastic (easy cleanup!)
Our food was a hot and cold buffet. We had samosas (prepared by a wonderful coworker) perogies, sausage and spanikopita for our hot foods, as well as a cheese tray, cracker tray, smoked salmon, and vegetables.
Our desserts were a chocolate fountain and various dippaples (we managed to go without spilling chocolate all over ourselves) as well as a cupcake tree, with the cupcakes decorated in our colours. We constructed the tree ourselves by epoxying together various thrift store finds