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How to plan the perfect virtual watch party for ‘The Prom’ on Netflix

December 8, 2020 by Ali Bloomston
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Meryl Streep and James Corden in ‘The Prom’ on Netflix. (Photo by Melissa Gordon/Netflix)

The Tony-nominated Broadway musical The Prom is receiving the Ryan Murphy treatment on Netflix, and will premiere on the streaming service on Friday, December 11. The movie musical promises to be the event of the season, starring Meryl Streep, James Corden, Nicole Kidman, Andrew Rannels, Kerry Washington, and more.

While we wish we could invite our besties over for a watch party, we can still plan a virtual event that, like a prom, will be an evening to remember. Here’s how to create an unforgettable night.

Send out “Prom-posals” to all of your friends

An event as momentous as The Prom premiering on Netflix requires an invitation that makes a statement — much like a prom-posal. For those not hip on high school lingo, a prom-posal is a flashy stunt to ask your date to the big event. For your viewing party, make a themed e-vite to send out to your guests.

Give your menu some zazz

Coordinate a themed menu with your guests so that everyone is snacking on the same thing in their respective homes. While you could always Seamless some Applebee’s, we recommend a themed cheese board with the following cheeses:

Just Brie-the, Emma
Barry’s Going to the Parm
I Just Wanna Dance with Blue
It’s Burrat-about Me

For a signature beverage, we recommend creating a Prom-egranate Martini.

Ingredients:
1 1⁄2 oz  Vodka
1⁄2 oz St-Germain
2 oz Pomegranate juice
1⁄2 oz Lemon juice

“Build a Prom” over Zoom

Ask your guests to plan to arrive to the Zoom prom with a fun high-school themed background. Bonus points if they show up in formal attire. Be sure to pose for photos (or, screenshots!)

Bring your old prom photos

Jo Ellen Pellman and Ariana DeBose in ‘The Prom’ on Netflix. (Photo by Melissa Gordon/Netflix)

As a pre-movie icebreaker, ask your guests to back-stalk themselves and present the most awkward picture from their own high school prom. Bonus points if you preset it side-by-side with a current photo to show your friends that “The Lady’s Improving.”

Schedule “It’s Time to Dance” dance party

Right before you begin the stream, pre-game with a quick dance party to the original Broadway cast recording. You could even attempt the Casey Nicolaw choreography, but we’re pretty sure you have to be an Olympic athlete (or Broadway ensemble member) to withstand that much cardio.

Watch the movie!

We recommend using Teleparty (originally Netflix Party) which allows everyone to stream at the exact same time with a side bar for chatting. We can assure you there will be plenty of OMG moments you’ll want to share.