Winter Formal: 5 Inexpensive Decorations

Thursday, 11 November, 2021

Winter Formal is just around the corner! Here are some simple and inexpensive decoration ideas that can help sell your students on the theme. Many of these can easily be bought online from retailers like Amazon, or from DIY craft stores.

LED Tea Lights

LED tea lights are a good way of giving a candle-lit atmosphere to a room or table without the risk of real fire candles. They can be bought in large amounts inexpensively. These can be used to bring some winter warmth to your dance and bring the warm, open-fire feeling to contrast the cold outside.

Fairy Lights

clear glass pendant lamp turned on in dim light room

Fairy Lights can give a rustic feel to your winter dance. Similar to the tea lights, they bring a warm atmosphere to contrast the cold of the season.

Paper Snowflakes

white and black snowflake illustration

Paper snowflakes are a basic must-have ornament for a winter-themed formal dance. Buying pre-cut snowflakes is not very expensive, but if you want to save even more money, all it takes to DIY them is some craft paper and scissors.


Gold Christmas Ball Decor

When going for more of a holiday theme to your winter dance, Christmas Trees and basic ornaments are a must-have. The Christmas tree ornament is the most iconic holiday decoration. Basic ornaments can be bought in large quantities for a low cost and they help you bring that Christmas spirit to your Winter Formal dance.

Cotton Snow

Cotton is an inexpensive and non-messy way to simulate the look of snow for decorations. It stays in one piece, as opposed to the plastic shavings that some decorations may use. It’s easy to get sheets of cotton snow from craft shops and online.

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What is a Winter Formal? | Winter Dances Explained

Thursday, 4 November, 2021

❄️ Winter Formal ❄️

A Winter Formal is a high school dance that takes place during the chilly winter months, usually from December through February.

It is similar to Prom but tends to be open for all students instead of just the upper classes! Sometimes this will take a form of a Sadie Hawkins dance.

Along with traditional dance festivities, there may also be a meal and possibly a court or contest! As the name implies, it tends to be more “formal”, but each school will have its own dress code.

Winter Formals tend to go with themes that evoke the winter feeling. If you’re looking for winter dance themes, check out our article with some ideas!


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Is Homecoming For All Grades?

Thursday, 2 September, 2021


Homecoming Grades

Unlike Prom, Homecoming is an event for every student in High School to participate in, usually grades 9, 10, 11, and 12th. Homecoming doesn’t just include the dance, but usually some form of a Spirit Week and a sporting event.


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Spread The Word About Your School Dance

Thursday, 26 August, 2021

When planning a dance, one of the biggest challenges is to get people to attend your event. For Homecoming and Prom this may not be as hard, but other dances may have lower attendance than it’s more mainstream counterparts. Maximize your dance’s revenue with marketing and brand techniques that will increase attendance at your dance.

Build a Brand

A brand is an intangible marketing or business concept that helps people identify a company, product, or individual. – Investopedia

A brand is the life blood of your dance. Usually brands are talked about in terms of a business, but branding is a concept that can be used for events and, in our case, dances. Here are some steps you can take to make a memorable brand for your event.

Dance Theme

The first thing that your team should choose is the theme of the dance. This will guide everything about your dance from the creatives you make (fliers, social media posts, etc.), the fonts you use, and the decorations you buy. Once you build your theme, there’s a few more things to think about.

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Color Scheme

Choose a few colors that you will use to guide everything from fliers to decorations. Here’s a few ideas for a couple of themes to give you a good idea of what a color scheme might look like.

Western Theme:

Space Theme:


While you don’t need to, if you are interested in learning more about color schemes: click here (external website).


Next, you need to choose a few fonts. This is what you’ll use on every piece of material for your dance from fliers, to banners, to social media posts.

For fonts that are not already on your computer, look at for some different font options you can download. These can also be imported into Google Docs and other Google platforms.

If you are using Canva for your graphic design, there is a large library of fonts that you can use on that platform.

Dance Logo

Now that you have a font, color scheme, and theme, it is time to make a logo. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t have a master graphic designer or artist on your team. There’s a lot of creative things that you can do with just text, colors, and effects in software like Canva.

Here’s an example for an 80s homecoming logo:


This was all done with built-in Canva fonts and a simple drop shadow. The trick is to keep the fonts in with the theme you’re going for and use effects like drop shadows that make your logos look more “professional”.

Tell People About It

If people don’t know that the school dance is happening or where to buy tickets, no one will come! You need to get the word out using as many methods as possible. Here are a few ways that you can promote your dance.


The easiest way to get the word out in a school is a massive flier campaign. Build a flashy flier in Microsoft Word or Canva. Make sure that you include a few things on this flier:

  • Date
  • Time
  • Ticket Price (Don’t forget to direct people to your My School Dance!)
  • Theme
  • Location
  • Event (Homecoming, Prom, Winter Formal, etc.)


Social Media

Use Social Media to promote the dance! Make something go viral in your school! After people know the dates and location with fliers and announcements, you need to get people engaged with content such as a Promposal contest, videos from the royalty candidates, and whatever else you can think of.

Use Canva to create short videos or graphics that can draw attention to the post’s content.


This could be done on Snapchat, Instagram, or anywhere your students are.

Remember to have a link to your My School Dance page so people can buy tickets!

Always make sure what you are doing on social media is approved by administrators at your school.

Final Note

To make marketing your dance successful, consistency is the key. People need to be reminded that the dance is happening for it to be successful. Increasing the time that your audience spends engaging with the dance before it happens increases the chance that they will buy a ticket.


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Dance Planning Tools To Host a Successful Event

Thursday, 12 August, 2021

Online tools can make your dance planning experience a whole lot easier. From graphic design to ticketing systems, here are five tools to help plan your dance:


Canva - Wikipedia

Canva is an easy-to-use online graphics design tool which is perfect for dance planners. This can be used to create fliers, logos, banners, etc. which can give your dance a well-designed brand. Their paid options also allow for some basic social media

Price: FREE (Paid plans available)



Mailchimp Reviews 2021: Details, Pricing, & Features | G2

Mailchimp is a way that you can keep your dance-goers informed using well designed emails. Campaigns can be easily scheduled and sent to large groups.An organizing body such as a student council can also use MailChimp to promote future dances and events using an easy to use email builder.

Price: FREE (Paid options available)

Google Forms

Why Your Business Should be Using Google Forms - Corkboard Concepts

Google Forms can be used for a lot of different uses for your dance. Do you need a survey for the theme, royalty voting, or food ideas? Google Forms is a free, easy way that integrates easily with our next tool.

Price: FREE

Google Sheets

What is Google Sheets?

Google Sheets is a free spreadsheet tool that a dance planner can use to keep track of money, attendees, survey results, and more. Google’s spreadsheet tool integrates well with other software from Google such as Google Drive.

Price: FREE

My School Dance

An online platform to manage all aspects of your school events | the Learning Counsel

My School Dance is our tool that brings the best of many tools into one easy-to-use and no upfront cost option. It can handle many features needed to plan a successful dance:

  • Ticket Sales
  • QR Code check-in
  • Parental check-in/out text notifications
  • Agreements
  • Table Assignements
  • Royalty Voting
  • and More!

Price: No Upfront Cost (Ticket Sales Include Fees)


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When Is Homecoming in High School?

Friday, 6 August, 2021


Homecoming Dates

Homecoming is held in the fall.

Homecoming is typically held in late September or early October, though some schools may do them in August after school starts. It is typically tied to a football game.

Some schools that do not have a football team may do it later in the year corresponding to their school’s main sport.


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When is Prom for High School?

Friday, 6 August, 2021


When is Prom for High School?

Prom is typically held towards the end of the school year in mid to late May.


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5 Spirit Week Ideas for Homecoming 2021

Thursday, 5 August, 2021

Spirit Week is a fun time for both students and teachers. Having engaging themes throughout the week leading up to Homecoming creates a lot of excitement. Here are some entertaining ideas for Spirit Week for Homecoming 2021!

Decades Day

A decades theme for spirit week gives a lot of flexibility for participants to express themselves in different ways. Students could dress like Elvis, John Lennon, or even a silent movie star.

College Day

Dress in college team apparel! Students can sport their favorite team t-shirt or full outfits with accessories. This is a fun day for everyone to show off how much they love college teams and seniors can show off the schools they are planning on attending next fall.

Crazy Sock Day

Crazy sock day is a creatively colorful but simple idea for Spirit Week. Students can enjoy wearing mismatched socks or crazy designs that “knock the socks” off their peers!”

Superhero Day

Superheroes are a big deal. Everyone has a favorite hero! Superheroes are fun to dress up as with silly looking costumes and accessories. Superhero Day is bound to be a Spirit Week hit!

Twin Day

Get a friend or group of friends and dress in the same outfit! This can be as simple as wearing the same shirt to wearing the same wacky outfit.


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8 Homecoming Dance Theme Ideas for 2021

Thursday, 29 July, 2021

Why Dance Themes?

Homecoming is right around the corner! No dance is complete without a fun and engaging theme for dance goers. Here are some Homecoming dance theme ideas that will inspire your dance planning team and students alike.

Roaring 20s

Source: Stumps

It’s the 20s! Throw a Gatsby-style jazz age party for your Homecoming. This theme is characterized by the stylish Art Deco designs and a gold-based color scheme. Celebrate the new decade with an over-the-top century throwback.


Space-themed holiday party

Explore the stars at your Homecoming! The world is looking to the stars again. Be relevant with a Homecoming dance with balloon planets, cardboard spacecrafts, and other worldly light displays.


Neon lights, cool sunglasses, and technology. The future is here! Inspire your students with a theme that can influence students to embrace the idea with futuristic outfits and accessories. Make it a night to remember with a unique futuristic Homecoming theme!

50s Rock and Roll

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Leather jackets, milkshakes, and hot rods. Make your Homecoming a throwback with a vintage rock and roll style. Make sure to sprinkle in some retro sock hop hits in the playlist to complete the theme.


Disco Fever Complete Theme

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Funky music and disco balls will surely get people out on the dance floor this Homecoming. This theme is characterized by the gold and purple color schemes and the retro fonts.


Source: Stumps

Go out to the ranch with a western theme for your Homecoming. Decorate the venue with barns, cacti, hay, and other western décor. This theme is fun for all – coast to coast!


Source: Stumps

A natural looking, rustic theme is one of the more fancy ones on this list. Contrasting from the western theme, the rustic theme focuses on candles, wood patterns, and stylish furniture. A rustic theme is sure to make your Homecoming a fancier and sophisticated event.


Source: Stumps

Bring the big city to your small town at Homecoming. Make your venue feel like a night downtown with skyscraper decorations, street food, and high energy music.


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