Shot Glasses & Beer Mugs Being Given as High School Prom Souvenirs -- Really?!

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prom shot glassesI consider myself pretty easygoing as a mom, but here's where I have to draw the line: souvenir shot glasses for kids at the prom. And by shot glasses, I mean exactly what you're thinking: the small cup you use to throw back a jigger of straight liquor.

In a world where we have to throw annual mock drunk driving accidents every year just to convince kids not to get blitzed on prom night, I shouldn't have to tell you this is a bad idea. But considering kids just came home from the big dance at an Idaho high school toting their brand new shot glasses, it seems I do.

Shot glasses, wine glasses, flute glasses, beer mugs ... they're all being marketed specifically to our teenagers as prom favors. It's completely legal because it's alcohol that's limited to us grown folks, but these glasses come empty ... ready for our kids to load 'em up with whatever swill one of their buds with premature balding was able to scoop up at the local gas station.

Because that's what you do with a shot glass, right? You put booze in it?

Our kids aren't stupid. They know what these glasses are for, and when they get hold of them, they think they're pretty darn cool. They just can't wait to try them out.

This is the problem. It's legal to sell a bunch of teenagers shot glasses to hand out at the prom, but if we parents don't put a stop to it, we're sending our kids mixed messages.

We tell them not to drink not because we're a bunch of big ol' meanies but because it presents too many hazards for their still developing bodies and brains. Add the inhibition impairment of alcohol to that heady mix of teenage immaturity and assumed invincibility, and you're practically begging for disaster to happen.

Oh yeah, and on top of all of that, it's illegal.

But put a shot glass in their hand, and what are you telling a kid? It's OK to have paraphernalia for drinking ... as long as you don't actually use it?

Yeah, and that bong your kid has is really being used to smoke salvia. Uh uh. 

An empty shot glass may not be a gateway to alcohol, but allowing your child to keep one creates a conundrum. Do you really have a leg to stand on when you preach against alcohol if you allow them the means to drink it?

Do you think it's OK for kids to get shot glasses at the prom ... as long as there is not liquor inside? Or is this just opening the door?


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nonmember avatar Erica

I'm twenty three and at my junior prom my date and I received a wine glass and a beer cup. Neither of us ever used it for anything other than to display them. However I did drink beer from a red solo cup so I suppose we better not let teens have those either. Jesus its just a cup.

nonmember avatar sharon

Twenty-one years ago we received brandy snifters as a prom favor. The next year it was a champagne flute. They sat on my dresser (and my friend's dressers) and collected dust. Honestly I doubt most kids are rushing out to buy a bottle of Jagermeister (do they still make that?) to try their shot glasses.

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

It's a glass, nobody is saying they need to put booze in it. I had a beer tankard when I was in preschool but I wasn't coming home from preschool and knocking back a Bud.

Also you're talking about 18 year olds here, not kids. They're headed off to college and many of them will go abroad to places they can legally drink anyway.

buffa... buffalove23

We got champagne flutes as our gift one year....that didn't mean we all popped bottles afterwards. A gift isn't going to make someone drink after prom.

Halfa... Halfadozmom

Yep champagne flutes here too!

Jespren Jespren

We got 'milk mugs' (totally beer steins) as graduation gifts from our high school. I'm 30 now, I still own it, still haven't put beer in it. *shrug* I find it questionable, but not cut and dry inappropriate. Shot glasses a little more so than say champagne flutes (I love sparkling cider!), but ultimately there are other uses for them than alcohol and a lot of people just consider them collector items.


We had martini glasses for the girls and beer mugs for the guys. I think it's pretty normal and nothing to freak out about lol. Like a previous poster said, mine sat on my dresser and collected dust. I preferred to drink straight out of the bottle in high school :P lol

Caera Caera

Uh, if you think this is a new thing, you must've been living under a rock.

You know why kids are given these glasses? They're cheap. It's pennies to purchase a whole bunch of little shot glasses, or even larger beer or wine glasses, and get them personalized with the school's logo.

It has nothing to do with anything other than the school's prom/homecoming budget.

lalab... lalaboosh

We got engraved picture frames. It makes more sense, considering you get pics taken at prom.

nonmember avatar April

I graduated in '98 and we got champagne glasses every year for Prom. One year we got garter belts....and the glasses

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