Formals, sock hops, homecoming, prom – no matter the kind of dance, this guide will help you plan the essentials for an amazing event with friends and/or that significant other in Baltimore. With all the hustle and bustle of the occasion, don’t forget that half the fun is in the pre-event activities. First finding the perfect outfit, then enjoying a little grooming and pampering, and at last exchanging beautiful flowers before it’s off to a delicious dinner. So get started planning your dream dance with help from the list.

Synchronicity Boutique
Hooks Village
25 Hooks Lane
Baltimore, Md. 21208
(410) 486-8866

For girls wanting to look their best without breaking the bank, Synchronicity guarantees the lowest prices in town for authorized retailers while supplying the largest in-stock selection of homecoming and prom dresses in a variety of sizes. Additionally, the boutique will only sell one of each style of dress for each school’s homecoming and prom, a big plus for ladies hoping to be unique on these special occasions. Order online, by phone or stop by the shop to try on the dress and ensure that it’s the perfect fit. For guys, tuxedo, suit and accessories rentals will feature all new styles for the year and the opportunity to color match with your date’s dress.

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M Salon – Federal Hill
1131 S. Charles St.
Baltimore, Md. 21230
(410) 685-0089

M Salon is fresh, exciting and not to mention award winning (voted Baltimore Magazine’s Top Salon – January 2013 among other accolades). Home to some of Baltimore’s most experienced and skilled stylists, the salon offers both creative and elegant, formal up-dos in addition to typical hair services, such as coloring, conditioning and cutting. Free consultation is available on all services so you have a chance to express your style preferences in advance. Waxing can also be done here, so that you can leave feeling like a beauty queen.

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(Photo by Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)

Peace & Blessings Florist
2137B Gwynn Oak Ave., Suite B
Baltimore, Md. 21207
(410) 944-1500

While easy to accidentally overlook, boutonnieres and corsages are the perfect way to show your date how much you care, and add a little flair to any attire. Peace & Blessings Florist can arrange a traditional white or red rose look, or spice things up with orchids, fuchsia, gardenia, lavender and just about any other flower desired. If it’s not convenient to stop by the store, just visit the website to see pictures and examples of flower combinations to make the selection process easier. Not only are prices reasonable for students, but for the date trying to make the evening extra special, this florist offers same-day delivery on most bouquets.!!

1425 Aliceanna St.
Baltimore, Md. 21231
(410) 534-7296

For an intriguing yet indulgent casual dining experience with the added bonus of valet parking, Pazo is a winner. Explore a wide variety of Mediterranean foods by opting for tapas as your appetizers and main course – a great conversation piece as everyone at the table can share and discuss the cuisine. Italian cheeses, grilled seafood, house-made breads, pizza and more means no one will leave hungry or disappointed. With soaring ceilings, plush booths and a stylish lounge area, this rustic two-story restaurant is a great, affordable dinner choice for an unforgettable evening.

Photo Credit: Oregon Grille

Photo Credit: Oregon Grille

The Oregon Grille
1201 Shawan Road
Hunt Valley, Md. 21030
(410) 771-0505

Located in the heart of horse country, this romantic, fine dining restaurant is an upscale treat for students wishing to celebrate one of the more important dances of the year, like homecoming or prom. Weather permitting, outdoor seating can be requested on the bluestone patio, or sit inside and enjoy the luxurious, historic atmosphere of a 19th century stone farmhouse. Serving classic American cuisine as a three-course meal allows guests to choose their preferred food options from gazpacho and Ahi tuna, to lamb, pork chops and prime rib of beef. Since The Oregon Grille requires gentlemen to wear jackets after 5 p.m., it’s the perfect choice for a formal affair.

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