School Formals

Create an unforgettable school formal party

If you are looking for school formal party hire and decorating products you have come to the right place. School formals in Australia are typically held anywhere from year 10 to year 12. In most cases the school formal is put on by a committee of students or at some schools it is run by the teachers.

School formals are such a great excuse for the students to get dressed up and to throw a party. If you are going to go to all the effort of dressing up and all the expense that goes with putting on your formal you want to make sure its one to remember.

You’ve worked hard all year so don’t make the mistake of throwing a boring party.

With such a wide range of party equipment to hire and party experts who have helped plenty of schools with their formals. Your school formal will be easy to plan with our professional decorating service.

Contact us today for help in putting on the best school formal party ever.

School Formal Party Inspiration

School Formal Party Checklist

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The formal committee will typically organize everything from venue, entertainment and decorations. Make sure you allocate people to not only help plan but also do all the setting and cleaning up.


Formal Budget

Deciding how much to charge each student to come will determine your formal budget. Dont forget to allow plenty of budget for decor and entertainment as these are really important parts.

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Formal Venue

In some cases schools will hold there formal at the school while others will hire a function venue. There can be advantages and disadvantages of both. Function venues usually are better if you have the budget.


Once you have created an exciting invitation you need to decide how you plan to invite everyone. Will you invite students through email , social media or give them a written invite personally.

Style or Theme

Not every school chooses a style or theme for their formal but it does make it more fun. Choosing this will help with what colours to use for both lighting and decorations.

Food & Drinks

Will you be having finger food or will all your guests be seated for dinner. In most cases its a sit down dinner but this is decided by budget and venue choice.

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Decor Hire

Most schools are usually on a tight budget for decoration hire. Spend your budget on the important things like lighting and party props that enhance your party theme.

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Dont forget to hire the DJ as they will create the fun and get everyone dancing. Some schools even have great school bands that can entertain as well.

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Formal Dress

In most cases the dress code matches the event being formal attire. Some schools do however have fancy dress to make it fun and different. Dress to impress is usually the standard.

Outdoor Games


Games are great if you want to add a bit of fun but are not always necessary. If you have the funds hiring in some arcade games or similar for non dancing guests can be a good idea.


Make sure you have a photographer to capture all the moments of your formal. Get the photographer to take group shots as well as party shots so that you have plenty of photos to remember the night.

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After Party

A lot of school formals will also have an after party organized by the students ,but dont tell the teachers.  Choose a venue that allows you to party late without upsetting the neighbors.

School Formal Party Theme Ideas

Fluro Party

Neon or Glow

You dont have to dress up for a fluro party as long as you make sure you have plenty of fluro decorations. Dont forget the UV lights to make everything glow.

Hollywood Red Carpet Backdrop with uplighting


Hollywood themes are perfect for school formals as everyone is dressed in formal wear which matches perfectly. Dont forget the red carpet and oscar statues.

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Candy Land

Create a candy buffet for your guests to graze from during the night. Large candy cane props and coloured balloons work well with this theme.


Roll up to the circus with red drapes , dance cages and light up dance floors in red to add to the fun to your formal. Cut outs of animals are a great circus prop.


An Alice in wonderland theme can be very quirky and unique and is easy to do. Colour scheme is usually red white and black with tea cups and greenery as props.


Masquerade is another great theme that also matches a formal dress code. Use large masks as props with lots of feathers to create the wow factor in your venue.

Under the Sea

This theme can be done on a tight budget with plenty of blue lights and green streamers as sea weed. Buy some balloon fish and fill with helium for great effect.


You dont have to choose a theme for your school formal. You can decorate in a certain colour scheme and hire furniture and wall drapes to change the look of your venue.

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