Homecoming is a time to show your school spirit, get the football team amped up for an upcoming victory (hopefully, anyway!), and to get all dressed up and go to a school-wide dance. Spirit week, dress shopping and planning your night is definitely exciting, but there’s also the pesky question of who you’re going to go to the dance with.<br/><br/>It may seem like the entire school is talking about their homecoming date plans… and maybe they are. But what if all this date talk is making you a little… shall we say… frustrated? Maybe you’d just rather go to homecoming alone. Is that ok?<br/><br/><b>Yes.</b> It’s totally okay to go to homecoming by yourself! You definitely don’t need a date to have fun. Here are a few tips for making the most of your homecoming dance when your date is… yourself!<br/><br/><b>Find a group of friends who are going alone, too.</b> Talk to your friends. Are any of them feeling like they want to go to homecoming solo, too? Make plans to go to the dance all together… that way you can get ready together, drive or take a limo there together, and plan to enter the dance in a group. So even though you won’t have a date at homecoming, you won’t be completely alone!<br/><br/><b>Wear your dream ensemble.</b> With no date to worry about, you don’t have to think twice about whether or not your dress or your tie will match a date’s. Want to wear head-to-toe gold? Go for it. Always wanted to wear neon shoes? Now is the time. Relish in the fact that you can dress to please yourself… and no one else.<br/><br/><b>Dance with anyone you think is cute.</b> With no date to worry about, every song is a new opportunity to dance with that guy or girl you think is cute. Want to chat with that hottie who has a locker down the hall for you? The next slow dance could be your chance. Always wanted to talk to that junior who sits at the lunch table next to you? A dance is a great way to break the ice. Of course, you could just skip the whole one-on-one dance thing and stick with your friends the whole night. There are no obligations when you have no date!<br/><br/><b>Take lots of photos… with everyone.</b> I’m just gonna say it- those school dance portraits with cheesy backgrounds and props can be awkward. With no date, there’s no obligation for you to strike a stiff pose. Get a group of people together and crowd into the photo area, then smile for the camera like you’re having the best time ever. Strike your best model pose! No need to put your arms around anyone’s waist and hope you don’t accidentally blink.<br/><br/><b>Trade corsages or boutonnieres with a friend.</b> So you don’t have a date to buy you a corsage or boutonniere… so what? That doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t get to wear one. Ask one of your friends if they want to do the ritual flower exchange with you, instead. That way you can still have the ultimate homecoming dance accessory.<br/><br/><b>Buy your own homecoming flowers… or skip the tradition altogether!</b> Of course, there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to school dances. You don’t have to trade corsages or boutonnieres on someone if you don’t want to. You can always buy your own, or just go without them! Do what makes you most comfortable.<br/><br/><b>Throw a post-homecoming party.</b> Instead of waiting for an after party invite, or dreading that you’ll be at a party surrounded by couples, make your own post-dance plans. Have a sleepover, a theme party, or organize a trip to your fave diner, comedy club or spot in town. Invite only your friends who went to the dance alone, or open it up to couples, too. The night is yours- own it!