Cruise Ship Theme Decorations

I am on our school's auction decorating committee. The theme is "An Evening on the High Seas." We're sort of gearing it toward being an elegant Titanic-like cruise ship theme. It's going to be a formal evening with black, white and silver being the colors. Does anyone have ideas on decorating an entrance? Decorating the stage? Table decorations? I'd appreciate any ideas. Our budget is approx. $1,000. We anticipate nearly 500 people showing up. Thanks for your help!


Kathy from Lynden, WA

January 27, 20070 found this helpful

Perhaps you could create an arch at the entrance with white and black balloons attached. You could cover tables with white or black table cloths (or alternate these) and throw some silver scatters across the tops, maybe put a mirror tile in the middle of the table with some candles on top. O in keeping with the 'water' theme perhaps you could place glass bowls filled with water on the tables, on top of the mirror tile, and pop some sheashells in the bottom and place floating candles into those. You can get floating candles in many colours, white or silver would go with your theme.

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August 17, 20070 found this helpful

At a recent ball that I attended, the theme was cruise related (don't remember exactly) and the group had fixed the entrance to resemble a gang plank. They also had life preservers on the walls.

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June 7, 20080 found this helpful

Check out the Lampost Archway Theme at

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February 25, 20100 found this helpful

Our school is having a Prom that sounds just like what you are trying to put together. Our budget is even similar. In the Titanic days, everything was very elegant, very Victorian. Our table decorations are either going to be candelabras with tall tapers and than about 4 or 5 votive candle holders with tight red rose buds in them on the table.

Or we have found some very elegant vases, about 15 inches high, they are wide in the center and become more narrow towards the top. We will fill them with colorfill (available at sav-on-crafts). The colorfill is like shredded plastic but much nicer and has a luminescent look to it. It is white. Anyway, you put it in the vase with water so it is pretty compact, than you submerge some waterproof lights in the water. It gives a really cool effect. At the top of the vase, you pack in about 9 tight rose buds.

We have found a rental place here locally, that has 3 branch candelabras for a very reasonable price, about 8 dollars each, not including the taper candles. If you go on line to candles and such, they have tapers really cheap. The taller the better! ! Our invitations were passports, which we found at American Prom for a great price. Are you doing any party favors? We are using luggage tags as our take away favor. We are taking the napkins on the tables and using the strap from the luggage tag as a napkin ring.

Our colors are the same as yours, silver can be so elegant. Wedding favors unlimited has 2 really neat luggage tags, CI - 4237 or KA - 13008NA . One other idea, that the students here are using, are lifesaver candies. You can buy the rolls in bulk and than have stickers made to wrap around them with Bon voyage as your logo. We have a big front room to decorate also. We found some great ideas on Stumps Prom and Shindigz. Two websites for Prom stuff. We found some cheap railings, so as people come into the entry way, we will have railings on both sides, the kids are making a huge cutout of the side view of a ship with 3 smoke stacks like the titanic.

We will paint the whole thing black and surround the outline with lights that can be stapled into the particle board. We are using fog machines to give the feel of being on the ocean at night, and we even have a fog-horn! One last thing, we found some cool props on They have a Styrofoam Anchor and some life preservers that can be personalized. All pretty reasonably priced. Well, I hope that gives you some good starting points for your event. Good Luck!

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