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High School Mamas, Have You Thought About Homecoming Yet?

We have a high school senior this year. I can hardly believe our first child is old enough to be graduating! There are so many things we have to plan for this year and the first major thing we have started thinking about is homecoming. Because we have a boy, his main concerns seem to be what color his girlfriend will be wearing. I personally think the girls have more fun, because they get to shop for the homecoming dresses!

I remember when I was a senior in high school, shopping for my homecoming dress was one of the first big decisions of my senior year. It was exciting and something that had to be not only planned with every detail, but also discussed with all of my friends to make sure they didn’t get the same dress. Of course when I was in high school we didn’t have the luxury of shopping online at places like DressFirst, we had to shop at various stores and when you lived in a small town with not much around it wasn’t easy finding something you loved. Shopping online for homecoming dresses makes it easy to not only find a design your daughter loves, but also allows her to quickly and easily confirm with her friends that she has chosen a dress that no one else will be wearing.

Homecoming Plans to Consider:

  1. Hair – once you know the date of your high schooler’s homecoming dance you’ll want to plan a hair cut/trim about 1-2 weeks before to make sure it looks good, but also natural. If you have a daughter, you’ll also want to do a trial run on the hair style she wants to make sure it looks how she wants it to and to see if she prefers something else.
  2. Clothing – definitely one of the things that will take the longest (especially if you have a girl!). Finding the perfect homecoming dresses can be difficult, but when she finds the one, she’ll know it’s the one! Boys basically just need to know the color their date is wearing and they can plan their clothing, whether it be slacks, a dress shirt and a tie, or a full tux. Depending on how formal your high school is with homecoming, you may need to be sure he’s fitted for a tux in plenty of time.
  3. Transportation – although most seniors will be driving themselves to homecoming, chances are they’ll want a “fancier” car than their own. You may be asked to give up your car for your senior, or they may want to rent a special car for the night. Regardless, you’ll want to make sure all is arranged early so you have no last minute surprises.
  4. Accessories/Extras – Again, this is a big one for the ladies! They will want the perfect purse, earrings, necklace and more to match their dress perfectly. If you shop early enough, you can find GREAT deals online and be able to save more money than you might think! One extra a boy needs to plan for – the corsage.

Whether you have a boy or a girl homecoming is an exciting time in their high school “career”. It may seem expensive, but you can plan early and make the best with the budget you have.

What is your senior thinking for colors and dress styles?


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  1. Jennifer Young says:

    My girls are still little, but I bet it is going to be so much fun helping them pick out their dresses and get ready for a dance. I can’t wait! 🙂

  2. I only have a 9 year old! I don’t want to think of homecoming yet. But, I think that it is a important time in a childs life.

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