Monthly Archives: February 2016

School Dance Planning Checklist

school dance with mardi gras themeWhat’s the key to planning an awesome school dance? This would be an interesting point of discussion for any group, and a lot of answers would come out: decorations, entertainment, a great theme. The reality is that you need all these details to plan an unforgettable school dance—and that one person can’t do it all alone. Once you have the date and location set, it’s time to get your committee assembled and start confirming all your school dance details. To help you out, we’ve put together a school dance planning checklist to help you plan your homecoming, winter dance, prom, or any other school dance you’re planning:


Set a promotional calendar for your dance, and stick to your deadlines. Make sure you have all hands on board to get the word out. Use social media, posters, your website, your friends, and everyone else to get the word out about your school dance.


Get rid of those cheesy theme pictures in your head; a tasteful theme can give your school dance direction in almost every area of planning and take your dance to the next level. For some dances, the theme is set (such as for a winter wonderland dance). For others, you’ll have to brainstorm with your committee to come up with theme ideas. We’ve seen some great dance themes in action, such as Mardi Gras, a vintage theme (pick your era), Hollywood red carpet, or a carnival theme.


balloons and canop at school danceDecorations are a key part of your dance, so don’t wait until the last minute to set the scene for your school dance. Talk to your school or venue about whether or not you can tape decorations to the wall; you don’t want to get in trouble later for damaging property. Invest your decorations in free-standing, beautiful decorations. Contact a local décor company for a balloon heart, a “cloud” of balloons above the dance floor, letters for your entryway—all these decorations won’t damage the walls or ceiling and create a beautiful dance atmosphere that enhances your theme. Shop for centerpieces that fit with your decorations and you’ll have a beautiful room ready fit for a dance.


If your dance involves a dinner, such as a prom, hire a caterer for the meal AND for late night appetizers that can keep your guests dancing. To make sure that your budget comes out even (or in the black), get a firm quote from your caterer before you set ticket prices.


Good entertainers’ calendars fill up quickly, so a call to a DJ or a band should be one of your first contacts during school dance planning. Make sure you get a quote for services in person with any final charges or fees to ensure that they fit your budget. These simple steps, and marking off all the boxes on your school dance planning checklist, can give you a school dance to remember.

4 Sweet Valentine’s Day Parties Decor Ideas We Love

conversation hearts decor for valentine's day partyIt doesn’t matter what kind of Valentine’s Day celebration you’re planning—wedding, corporate event, anniversary party, school dance—you have a unique opportunity to grab hold of this sweet holiday and turn into your one-of-a-kind Valentine’s Day event.  To help, we’ve listed four of our favorite Valentine’s Day party décor ideas; it’s up to you to incorporate these ideas into your own special Valentine’s Day celebration.

Anything conversation hearts
Those cute little candy hearts with even cuter messages have been around for a long time, and for good reason.  Who wouldn’t love to include those in their party—and not just in a candy bowl?  Consider finding or creating décor and centerpieces with these cute little hearts (and possibly chocolate?).

Balloon heart
balloon heart party decor Let your imagination go with this unique party center piece; you can get a huge balloon heart for a party, a million red balloons that float on the ceiling for a Valentine’s Day wedding “cloud,” or cute little centerpieces that your guests are still talking about.  Have another idea?  Contact a décor company that can create any balloon décor idea you can throw at them.

Candy table
Candy tables are a sweet favor idea for weddings, but can be incorporated into almost any kind of event as a grateful touch.  For Valentine’s Day, find your favorite treats (i.e. chocolate hearts, truffles, etc.) and put them in beautiful vases or other decorative bowls.  Finish the table with bags or containers with sweet messages, or a simple thank you, that your guests can use to take their Valentine’s treats home.

If you are trying to create a more intimate feel, such as for a wedding, dance, or anniversary party, use candles to create your ideal atmosphere.  Consider a floating candle with rose petals for a more elegant feel, or a rustic mason jar floating candle for a country or rustic feel.  To allay any concerns about fires, swap out the traditional wax candles with new, realistic-looking LED versions.