Hey guys! I thought today's post should be fun. That's why I've decided to dedicate a post about my prom day and night! I'll be giving you guys the lowdown about everything that happened. Let's start!
Prom was Saturday, May 26th, from 7:00 - 11:00. First off - that time clashes with something I was planning on doing. What is it you may ask? Some of you know that I am an avid fan of the Warriors (NBA team), and that date was Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals between the Warriors and their opponents - the Rockets. Game 6 out of the 7 game series. Obviously, the game was important, even more so because if the Warriors lost, the Rockets would have won the entire series and the Warriors would be out of the competition. Good thing they won, huh?
Anyways, that was definitely a major problem for me, but continue reading to see how I figured that out. In the meantime, let's begin the events that happened.
I woke up at 9:30, got the basics done (brushed my teeth, put in my contacts, dressed in sweatpants and a T-Shirt, and ate), and I waited for my friends to come to my house so that we could get ready for prom together. I personally have absolutely NO IDEA how to do makeup or hair and fortunately for me, my friends were generous enough to help me out.
My friends were supposed to come at 10:00 AM sharp, but they came at around 10:45. Now, our photoshoot started at 1:00 PM, and that meant we had about 2 hours to get ready. It was definitely a time crunch because none of them did their makeup or hair yet, and they still had to help me figure out my own. We took our time the first hour, but the last was a huge RUSH. My friends gave me really natural looking makeup and showed me how to curl my hair. Unfortunately, I couldn't get the hang of curling my hair, and since everyone else already helped me so much and were busy doing their own thing, I decided to enlist the help of my grandma, who was home with us (my mom, dad, and brother were in Reno for my brother's basketball tournament so it was only me and my grandma for 3 days). Anyways she curled my hair and got the job done.
After she curled my hair, I realized there was only 10 minutes left to put on my dress, apply deodorant and spray perfume, and put on my heels. I rushed through the process and started sweating but my friends and I were able to leave the house only 10 minutes later than scheduled, and made it to the photoshoot location 15 minutes late. Now here's the funny part - the photographer we hired wasn't there. She messaged my friend and told her she'd be late by about 30 minutes. "Great!" we thought. We were late but it didn't matter because the photographer was late as well. It ended up taking 45 minutes for her to finally show up, and the photoshoot began. Some of our group members (those who opted out of getting ready at my house because they were getting their hair and makeup professionally done) ended up being over an hour late, so good thing the photographer arrived late as well! It was at this time that I noticed one of my friends was on crutches. In fact, she got injured the NIGHT before prom day. She had a cast and everything but she still showed up because obviously you can't waste the prom ticket and all the money you spent just to stay home!
The photoshoot was sort of weird. The entire time I was being photographed, my mouth couldn't stop twitching when I was trying to smile. I guess I was nervous or something because I've never been one to take pictures. I don't even know how to take a selfie! I've never been into taking pictures of myself or having others take pictures of me so it did feel a little bit weird. But anyways I got through it and the photos should be coming in about a week or so, after the photographer edits everything. All I can do is hope that the pictures look decent enough.
Anyways, the photoshoot went into overtime because again, the photographer was late by an hour. We only had about an hour before we left for the party bus to take us to prom, and we were a bit hungry, so me and the group that got ready at my house decided to drive down to In N Out and grab some grub. I bought some regular fries because I wanted to save room for dinner at prom that night. My friends ordered animal fries and cheeseburgers. We headed back to my house and ate there, and the rest of our prom group showed up at my house as well for about 15 minutes before we went down to our school where the party bus was supposed to meet us. I made sure to pack a purse to take with me. I'm a bit paranoid and brought everything in case, including a portable charger, advil, a pad, extra napkins, tums, my school ID card, perfume, a hair tie, and of course my prom ticket. Afterwards it was time to head on down to our school. One of my friends who can drive people under 18 LEGALLY drove me and 3 other people, and the rest of our group took Uber!
The party bus was super shaky. We live in Fremont and the venue was located in Danville, so it was about a 30 minute drive. A good portion of that was on the freeway. There were moments where the bus was so shaky that everyone jumped out of their seats whenever there were little bumps on the road, and we were all airborne for milliseconds. It was kind of scary but honestly I enjoyed it; it was thrilling for me. Another important thing I mentioned earlier in this post is the Warriors game. The game started when I was on the bus, so I pulled out my phone, asked my friend to hotspot me (she has unlimited data) and I watched the game the entire ride there. Again, I made sure to pack a portable charger in my purse, just for this.
We arrived at the venue and the first thing I noticed was: STAIRS. And plenty of them. It was a hassle going up all of them but we made it. My friend who was on crutches was carried up by her friend which was really nice. We lined up in front of the venue because we made it there a little early, and at 6:45 we were finally let in. The venue by the way was a car museum, but it had exhibits about Native Americans in it as well. It was three stories with lots of stairs (yikes) but there were elevators as well. On the first floor was a room with the dining and dancing area, on the second was a karaoke station, and on the third was just bookshelves and lots of couches. The exhibits I mentioned before were scattered on all floors.
There was a drink station in the front entrance, and everyone grabbed a drink first. There was lemonade, water, and fruit punch. Afterwards, the Warriors game was still on, and coincidentally my injured friend is a fan of them as well, so we sat down on a couch and watched the rest of it on her phone. This was perfect because if anyone asked us why we were sitting down at prom and not exploring any of the exhibits, we had the perfect excuse: she's injured, and I'm sitting with her to keep her company! Anyways, again the Warriors ended up winning which was crucial.
Afterwards, it was time for dinner. We convened in the dining area and the appetizers were already laid out for us. We had sourdough bread and butter, and a simple salad to start off. My group and I sat together at one big table. In the middle of the table was a glass bowl full of beads and candles resting on the beads. We have some pretty childish people in our group and pretty soon, a couple of them started roasting their bread on top of the candles and melting the butter, which was pretty funny. Then we had our main course. There were three options: chicken, salmon, or vegetarian (which was a puff pastry dish with veggies), and I opted for the salmon because I adore fish. The chicken and salmon came with carrots, asparagus, and mashed potatoes, and the puff pastry sat on a bed of spinach. Surprisingly, the salmon was a full piece of filet, and they gave those who ordered chicken two pieces. The mashed potatoes were also surprisingly good.
Finally, dessert was just a chocolate mousse tart. I didn't finish it because as I started to eat, the hosts announced that the BOBA was here - yes, you read that correctly. Our class officers ordered boba drinks from the famous Boba Guys and each person got one drink. One of my friends doesn't like boba, so she got one and gave it to me instead, so I had two drinks to finish which was great. I absolutely love boba. Overall, dinner was great.
It was at this time that I tried to step out of my comfort zone and dance on the dance floor. I made my way through crowds onto the floor but I felt extremely awkward so I went back to my table. I spotted a couple of my friends and I had a mini photo taking session.
It ended up being me and two other friends who didn't feel like dancing and so we hung out for the rest of the night. We sat for a while before we decided to walk around and look at the cars. After that, we went up to the museum exhibits and looked at the displays. We also went down to the karaoke area and sang for a bit. All this took up about an hour and a half, from 9:15 to 10:45.
Prom night was over, but before we left, I drank another glass of water because I was super thirsty. We went out and waited for the bus and took the shaky ride back to our school. There, my friend drove us back to my house first, where everyone left their makeup and other materials. By then, it was midnight. I helped them recover all their personal belongings, we said our goodbyes, and everyone headed back to their own houses. I spent the next hour cleaning the rooms, taking off my makeup (which for some reason took really long), took a nice shower, and scrolled on my phone looking at snaps of the prom night on Snapchat and the photos people were posting already on Facebook. I finally went to bed at around 1:30. Now, that would have been fine if I got to sleep in the next day, but no, I actually had a film project I had to go to at 9:00 AM sharp. It ended up being alright though.
And that was my prom experience! If you don't like dancing, there may not be much for you to do at your prom. Fortunately for me, there were many exhibits to explore and the venue was big as well, so it wasn't as boring as it could have been. I also took a ton of cute pictures. I don't think I'll be going next year. It's going to be a joint prom next year - meaning that we're going to have it with next year's juniors as well, and it won't be private like it was this year. Most of my friends won't be going as well. We'll see.