When the high school student Amelia Schantz found out that her prom had been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, she was disappointed. “I was expecting it to be canceled, and it was definitely the best,” she told Yahoo Lifestyle. “But when they announced it, you couldn’t help but feel a little sad.”
But Schantz, who is isolated with her family at home in Louisville, Colorado, had an idea: a prom at home with her family. The teenager has not gone to school since March 12 and has been socially distant with her mother, father, younger sister and dog since March 15.
“I went down the stairs and told my family I had an announcement,” she says of how the prom plan came into play. “They were all very excited and supported the prom at home.”
The family got creative to make the event work.
“My mother took off the Christmas lights and made a dance floor,” says Schantz. “My father called our local florist and got corsages for us and a boutonniere for himself. I made a photo wall with my school colors, almost everything a normal prom would have had. “
Schantz already had her dress at home, and her younger sister had comfortably bought a second-hand evening dress a few weeks earlier. “When the actual prom evening came, we ordered from a local restaurant, danced and put our friends and family on FaceTimed so that they could be part of it,” says the teenager.
As for the highlight of the prom night at home? “Probably the dancing TikTok we did,” she says. “It seems silly, but we made our father dance, which he never does, and it was a really fun way to get the whole family involved in a video.”
Of course, having a prom at home is a disappointment. “It was another missed opportunity to collect memories of all the people I had spent my high school career with,” admits Schantz. “We didn’t know that the last time we danced together at our winter ball was a few months ago.”
But her idea for a prom at home inspired some of her classmates. “When I told my best friend, we decided to do it the same night,” she says. “Other people I told them did similar things, or at least put on the dress they wanted to wear, and had a good dinner.”