Homecoming, and all that entails, takes time to plan, especially the highlight of the event – the dance! There’s attire, flowers, hair, makeup, and nails. And what about transportation and after-dance events? It can feel a bit overwhelming, but don’t worry. Here’s a handy countdown checklist to help you prepare and stay organized so you can keep the focus on fun.
A few months before:
It’s time to go dress shopping! First, go online and check out fashion trends. Then go out and try some things on and get a sense of what styles look best. Department stores offer a wide selection, but do explore local boutiques, as well. If you buy a dress online, order early so you have time to alter it or get another size if need be. Remind your date to plan his/her attire, as well.
Now about the glam . . . will you DIY your hair, nails, and makeup or leave those to the pros? If the latter, book appointments early on. Salon spots fill up quickly, especially if other area schools have Homecoming the same day. This is also true if you want to book a photographer or limo service.
A month before:
If you’ll attend Homecoming with a group of friends, plan the pre-dance schedule. Where will you meet for photos? If you intend to eat dinner out before the dance, make restaurant reservations.
Plan your after-dance. Do you and your friends have a beach weekend planned or a big sleepover at someone’s home? These events need to be discussed and planned ASAP. Some schools sponsor a post-Homecoming party, so that is another consideration – often with free food and giveaways.
Choose your Homecoming accessories. Consider shoes, jewelry, and a clutch or small handbag to carry essentials. If you do purchase new shoes, especially if they are high heels, spend some time walking in them, get used to them, and break them in. You want to be comfortable and it’s no fun dancing in shoes that hurt your feet.
Purchase your Homecoming tickets.
Two weeks before:
Call and confirm that all your appointments and reservations are for the correct day and time. Better to be safe than sorry.
If you are doing your hair and makeup yourself, do a trial run to make sure it all comes together well. Try on your dress again, just to be sure. You don’t want any surprises the night of the dance.
Order the corsage and boutonniere for day-of pick up.
Pick up flowers. Store them in the fridge until evening if you ordered fresh flowers.
Go to appointments. Leave yourself plenty of time. This is not a day to be rushed.
Pack your purse with necessities. Lipstick, gum or mints, extra bobby pins, in case your ‘do falls out, blotting paper (it gets hot out on the dance floor), along with anything else you may need that night.
Enjoy yourself, make memories, dance, and take photos to look back on. Don’t get in a car with a driver who has been drinking, and if someone pressures you to have sex, don’t give in just because it’s Homecoming night. Stay safe and have fun!