The school formal is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated events of the school year, with many students already picking out dresses and getting partners ready months ahead of the actual event.

If you are looking for a way to make your school’s formal an unforgettable evening, start with the basics – the theme for the night. Here are some of the most popular themes that are sure to make the night a winner:

Black and White

If you want a theme that’s understated but will still afford attendants the chance for elegance and poise, go B & W. You can also add some colour to the decorations for emphasis, but be sure to do so sparingly.

Alice Through the Looking Glass

The adventures of Alice in the magical world of Wonderland is certainly one of the most enduring and alluring stories of our time. Use this theme if you want to dazzle the attendants with otherworldly decorations and colours that will allow them to lose themselves as they dance the night away. Keep in mind that you can take things one step further, and have helpers and staff dress up as some of the famous characters.


If you want everyone to have a rip-roaringly good time, a carnival or circus theme is a great way to get the excitement going. The theme allows for wonderfully bright colours and decorations, and if you want to go the extra mile, you can even think of getting performers, like jugglers to add a sense of wonder to the night.

The 80s

With TV series like Stranger Things taking the world by storm, the 80s have never been as popular as they are right now. Transform your school’s formal into a night filled with neon lights, vintage fashion, and some of the most memorable music to have graced the radio waves.

Masquerade Ball

Looking for a school formal that is infused with some mystery? Then you definitely can’t go wrong with a masquerade theme. The most wonderful partabout a mask ball, is that it gives attendants the chance to experience the night as strangers, which can blur the strict social lines school-goers normally subscribe to.

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