Prom

Prom night is one of the most memorable events in a teenager's life. For many it's the first time that they experience a formal affair, often attending with their high school sweetheart, or better yet with a group of their best friends! So much planning goes into that perfect prom night, and as the parent of a teen you of course want to do your part to ensure a safe and happy evening. Many teens go in groups of three or four couples and rent a limo, but if you really want to give your child and their friends a truly unique ride, Blackhorn Buses are the solution. A party bus allows them to begin their party as soon as they are picked up, and continue it between the evening's destinations.

Every teen knows that the best proms are shared with all their best friends, and you know that no teen wants to head out in pairs in their cars like they do for an ordinary date. Why would they want to do that when they can pile into a party bus and begin the night from the moment that they're picked up? With Blackhorn Buses they will enjoy our wraparound seating so they can talk and laugh together and begin the evening right. Our stereo system that plays CDs and easily hooks up to their iPod or MP3 player lets them customize the soundtrack for their big night. And you, as the parent, can best of all rest assured that your kids are being chauffeured around town by a professional driver, rather than a teenager who is so excited about prom night that he can't keep his eyes on the road. But your concern as a parent it's only about safety, it's also about fun, because you love your kids and want to give them an experience they'll never forget.

It's not just prom night that requires transportation. The preparation for the big night can also be just as fun when done in groups. Let's take a look at some of the reasons that you will want to rent from Blackhorn Buses for your teen's prom night and in the days leading up to it. Please note that most of the before-the-prom fun is focused on daughters (dress shopping, salon and spa day, etc.)--if it's your son who is attending the prom, you may want to scroll down and skip right to the main event!


DAY OF PROM DRESS SHOPPING WITH FRIENDS

In addition to renting a party bus on the day of the prom, if you really like for your teenage daughter to live it up in a luxurious way, you may consider renting one of our buses for a day of prom dress shopping with their friends. There are so many places to seek out that perfect prom dress. Here are several recommendations, from the most upscale to the most unique:

By George

For the girl who must have the best, By George is the only choice for that perfect prom dress. Owned by Katy and Matthew Culmos, By George has pleasing customers since 1977. Featuring the most high end designers like Marni, Lanvin, Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, and Dries Van Noten. Named one of the country's Top Ten Boutiques by Lucky Magazine!

524 North Lamar Road, Austin TX 78703 - Ph. 512-472-5951

www.bygeorgeaustin.com

Estilo

Another source for a great designer dress is Estilo. With the feel of a Melrose Avenue boutique and the same luxurious designer selections, customers are guaranteed to find the gown of their dreams here. The owner, Stephanie, is known to have a hands-on approach, really helping her customers to find the one-of-a-kind designs that make them look their best.

234 West 2nd Street, Austin TX 78701 - Ph. 512-236-0488

www.estiloaustin.com

Betsey Johnson

If your teen's wild style is a kindred spirit to Betsey Johnson's, you'll want to include this designer's shop in her day of shopping for prom dresses. The staff here is super-friendly and she'll feel like she's playing dress up with all those ultra-feminine and frilly designs.

11506 Centure Oaks Terrace, Austin TX 78758 - Ph. 512-833-6111

www.betseyjohnson.com

Big Bertha's Bargain Basement

For the "vintage chick," this is an excellent place to find a prom dress that won't break the bank and that will truly be one of a kind. A wonderful place to find something eye catching, retro, and special.

1050 South Lamar Boulevard Suite E, Austin TX 78704 - Ph. 512-444-5908

Bitchin' Threads

Another consignment shop, but truly "upscale resale," this one also has a great prom dress selection plus a wonderful array of vintage jewelry. The owner is a delightful woman who is known to offer special deals and charm the customers with conversation. This one may be last on the list, but any girl who can appreciate the beauty of retro knows that this should be her first stop.

1030 South Lamar Boulevard, Austin TX 78704 - Ph. 512-441-9955

PRE-PROM SPA AND SALON DAY

Even better than that chauffeured shopping trip for dresses is your daughter's day at the spa and salon before the prom. We'll pick her and her friends up and take them to the spa of their choice for some pampering. Then we'll usher them off to the salon for a new hairstyle and professional makeup. Afterward we can swing by their dates' houses and whisk the group away to the prom of their dreams. Here are our recommended stops for their spa day:

Viva Day Spa

Our spa pick for your special day is without a doubt Viva Day Spa. They have luxurious saunas, body brushing, relaxing or invigorating massages, slimming body wraps, manicures and pedicures, and even scalp massage and foot rubs. You'll leave for the prom feeling radiant and completely revived. Their package deals are incredibly affordable and packed with irresistible treats for the mind and body.

215 South Lamar Road, Austin TX 78704 - Ph. 512-472-2256

www.vivadayspa.com

Salon Intuitions

The Austin Chronicle named Salon Intuitions their 2008 Critics Picks Best Cut & Dye. The prices are listed up front on the website so you can decide exactly what you can afford and what fits within your prom budget. Passionate and talented owners, and a modern and inviting atmosphere, make this our top pick for a perfect salon experience before the prom.

4616 Triangle Avenue Suite 401, Austin TX 78751 - Ph. 512-323-0880

Keith Kristofer Salon and Spa

Looking for a salon that will give you a modern edge on your prom night? Just check out the photo gallery at Keith Kristofer (see link below) for a taste of what they can do for you. The excellent staff can work wonders with those striking styles as well as the more traditional ones. Offering massages and hair treatments for a 2-in-1 salon and spa experience.

2785 Bee Cave Road #351, Austin TX 78746 - Ph. 512-233-1910

www.keithkristofer.com

Method of Makeup

Method of Makeup offers on location makeup services for any location--not just proms, but also weddings, photo shoots, and any other event where you need to look your best. Who better to make your teen sparkle in an unforgettable way on their prom night?

10301 Ranch Road 2222, Austin TX 78730 - Ph. 512-940-3407

www.methodofmakeup.com

LOCATIONS FOR MEMORABLE PROM NIGHT PHOTOS

Everyone wants that perfect prom night photo, whether it's the old fashioned shot standing in the living room before you head out for the evening, or a fancy near-studio shot in high resolution! Of course wherever you decide to snap those photos, Blackhorn Buses can provide the transportation that you need. If your idea of the essential prom night photo is more towards the latter, then take a look at our selection of ideas for the perfect setting:

Zilker Botanical Gardens

If you're searching for a place to take those perfect prom photos, Zilker Botanical Gardens is an excellent choice. The gardens are located at Zilker Park, and have many levels and different areas to enjoy. A gazebo is a classic choice, as are the rose gardens. There are also herb gardens and more flower gardens, plus a log cabin. There are many settings for wonderful photos here.

2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin TX 78704 - Ph. 512-466-8672

www.zilkergarden.org

Kristi Wright Photography

Still need to choose that photographer? Kristi Wright is one who knows how to capture the lighthearted enchantment of prom night. One look at her samples tells us that she's an easy choice. Her photographs are packed with sweetness and light. A real step up from the typical unremarkable prom photos. Check out her site for more information:

www.kristiwrightphotography.com

THE PROM

When your teens pull up to the prom in one of our striking Blackhorn Buses, it'll make a big impression. Arriving in such a large group of friends is something that they'll remember for the rest of their lives, and the onlookers will remember too! Best of all, they won't have to worry about parking, and our driver will wait for them while they party the night away. Your teen will be able to relax and enjoy the night, knowing that his or her transportation is waiting patiently outside, ready to shuttle them off to the next destination of the night at their command. Now that's livin' it up!

AN UNFORGETTABLE PROM NIGHT DINNER

From the most glamorous dining establishments to the more cozy and casual, Austin offers many choices for your teen's prom night dinner. Blackhorn Party Buses will take them there in style. Here are a few excellent choices for you to consider.

The Headliners Club

The Headliners Club has been in business for over 50 years and it's one of the last truly glamorous and formal dinner destinations around. For private parties they do allow you to choose the dress code, but on the night of the prom your teen will already be dressed to the nines. They can set the tone for the rest of the evening by dining in class at The Headliners Club. Located on the 21st floor of the Chase Tower.

221 West 6th Street, Austin TX 78701 - Ph. 512-479-8080

www.headlinersclub.com

Eddie V's Edgewater Grille

Serving the finest Gulf Coast cuisine (and by many patrons' account the best filet mignon in town!), Eddie V's is a mind blowing choice for your prom dinner. Known for their prime seafood and steaks, and inspired by famous seafood restaurants in New Orleans, San Francisco, and Boston. An ultra-elegant choice for an ultra-elegant evening.

301 East 5th Street, Austin TX 78701 - Ph. 512-472-1860

www.eddiev.com

Jeffrey's Restaurant

Jeffrey's has been a part of the Austin landscape since 1975, and owners Ron and Peggy Weiss know how to treat their guests to an unforgettable evening, whether it's prom night or some other special occasion. They serve truly delicious fare coupled with wonderful service. Your teens can truly customize their dining experience with choices of small plates, entrees, the 3 course menu, or the 5 course menu. You simply can't go wrong here.

1204 West Lynn Street, Austin TX 78703 - Ph. 512-477-5584

www.jeffreysofaustin.com

Magnolia Cafe

The slogan here is "Everybody knows, everybody goes." And it's true. Need to stop for a bite to eat after a night of after-prom partying? Magolia Cafe is ALWAYS open. Always. Have a late night bite here, or wrap up a really late night in the early morning hours with a delicious breakfast. Two locations to choose from:

Magnolia Cafe - 2304 Lake Austin Boulevard, Austin TX 78703 - Ph. 512-478-8645

Magnolia Cafe South - 1920 South Congress Avenue, Austin TX 78704 - Ph. 512-445-0000

www.themagnoliacafe.com

BOOKING YOUR PROM PARTY BUS WITH BLACKHORN BUSES

We hope that our suggestions will be a help to you in planning your teen's prom night. Of course the best reason to rent a party bus from Blackhorn Buses is the safe and reliable transportation. That's one thing you won't have to worry about when your teen is out on the town. You know who is driving--our professionally licensed drivers.

Our bus can easily hold up to 26 passengers, so your son or daughter can bring all their best friends and then some. They'll enjoy traveling to and from their destinations together instead of in separate vehicles. And with the perimeter seating it's easy to chat and have a great time.

You can choose between the Original Blackhorn or The Black Widow. Both feature the wraparound seating, LED lights, and a fog machine for atmosphere. The CD/MP3/iPod stereo will be a big hit, and if you opt for the Original Blackhorn, your teens will also be able to enjoy a flatscreen TV and a restroom.

Rest assured that everyone at Blackhorn Buses adheres strictly to the regulations and requirements that our state puts forth. All of our professional drivers have passenger endorsed CDLs. Our buses are rented by the hour, the same convenient way that limousines are billed. It's great to know that there are no age restrictions on our buses, unless of course alcohol is present in which case everyone on board must have valid photo ID proving that they are 21 years of age or older. No tobacco products are allowed on the bus.

Would you like to speak to us about booking your teen's transportation to and from the prom, or in the days leading up to it for that shopping trip or spa day? We'll be waiting for your call at 512-922-0969, or you can email us at sales@blackhornbuses.com. We'll begin the booking process by confirming the date that you select, and then we'll make arrangements for the $100 deposit or payment in full if you prefer. If you opt for the deposit, that is credited toward your total bill, and you have until one week before the prom to pay the full bill via cash, check, or major credit card.

Thanks for choosing Blackhorn Buses for an unforgettable prom night!

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