November 27, 2011

Unique Invitations for Bridesmaids and Flower Girls

Before you can start “officially” planning your big day and shopping for the decorations, dresses and other important items, you need to get your bridal party on board. Most brides rush right out and ask their friends if they will be one of their bridesmaids, as well as the flower girl. However, why not take a more creative and unique approach when asking your women-of-honor if they will accompany you on your wedding day? Below are a few unique ideas:

•    Order Champagne  - Sounds odd, doesn’t it? Well, this is a unique and fun way to ask your friends if they would be your bridesmaids and help you celebrate your wedding day. All you need to do is order personalized wine bottle labels, purchase the champagne (or wine) bottles, label them and you’re ready to go!

•    Bake Cookies – Bring each of the potential bridesmaids a basket of homemade cookies while they are working. A cute idea is to bake sugar cookies and use a bridesmaid cookie cutter. Use decorative frosting to form the dress and facial features of the bridesmaids. Then, get a customized edible stamp that says “Will you be my bridesmaid?” You can do the same thing for your flower girls – these cookies will definitely be a hit!

•    Hand Make Invitations – If you’re a crafty person, you can easily hand make your invitations with some craft paper, beads, stamps and calligraphy pens!
Your bridesmaids and flower girls will appreciate the unique way in which you choose to ask them to be a part of your special day. The ideas above will show them that you value them enough to put in some extra time to prepare something special just for them.

November 23, 2011

Holiday Traveling Safety Precautions

Are you and your family traveling for the Thanksgiving and/or Christmas holidays? If you are, there are a few things that you should do to keep your home and belongings safe while you are away. There are many thieves out there who prey on families who leave for the holidays, which is why you need to take these extra measures to keep everything safe.

1.    Tell a Close Friend Your Plans. The first thing you need to do is tell a close friend or family member what your holiday plans are. Make sure you tell someone you trust who isn’t going to go and tell anyone else. Ask your friend to keep an eye on the house while your away, and if he/she would check your mail while you are gone that would be even better. A mailbox full of mail is a dead giveaway that the homeowners are gone.

2.    Lock It All Up. Of course you know to lock all your doors when you leave town. However, many burglars don’t enter homes through the front or back door. Instead, they look for windows that have been unlocked. Even nearby ladders provide access to second story windows that may be left open. Therefore, make sure you keep your house sealed tight and even lock up any outdoor buildings you have.

3.    Refrain from Changing Messages. Many people think it’s helpful to change their home answering machine messages so callers will know they are out of town but will be back in a few days. While this may be helpful for some of your friends to know, you don’t want to help any burglars out by telling them when the house will be vacant and open for robbery. You should also refrain from announcing your holiday travel plans online (twitter, Facebook, etc.) as well.

4.    Turn Off Phone Ringers. Another indication that you are away from home is when people can hear your phone ringing from outside the home, and no one picks it up. Don’t announce that you aren’t home with a ringing phone. Turn the ringer off when you are out of town so passerbys don’t automatically know you’re out of town.

While our business is providing you with fine children’s clothing, we also strive to provide you with information on our blog that will benefit your family. Hopefully, you have found this post helpful and will use the tips listed to keep your family safe as you travel away from home this holiday season.

November 20, 2011

Thanksgiving and the Kids

For the majority of adults who are planning a Thanksgiving Day meal and expecting a large group of people to join them, things can get a little stressful in the days leading up to “turkey day.” However, if you have children, it’s important that you remember to include them in on the action, even though you’re a little stressed.

A lot of people get wrapped up with preparing the food for Thanksgiving and forget what the holiday is really about. It’s not about the food. Instead, it’s about taking time to celebrate everything you have to be thankful for. One of the ways we do this is by spending the day with our friends and family. However, for young children who kind of get tossed aside while everyone is in a frenzy in the kitchen, the holiday may appear to just be about the food…and a couple of no school days.
So, this year why not do things just a little different and include your children in the preparation? Most kids love to be included to feel like they are contributing in some way. And, if you include them and allow them to help with some of the baking (you can bake pies together the night before if it’s too crazy on Thanksgiving) then you will be creating Thanksgiving Day memories with your kids that focus on the true meaning of the holiday.

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November 17, 2011

A Few Tips for Reducing Holiday Stress

As you have most likely already noticed, the holidays are going to be here before we know it. While this time of the year is a lot of fun, it can also become a big headache with everything that goes on. However, the tips below will help you reduce your holiday stress so you can thoroughly enjoy everything the holidays have to offer you and your family.

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1.    Decide on the “Must Do’s” – In America, there have been so many holiday traditions started that it’s nearly impossible to do them all. For instance, picking out a Christmas tree, hanging lights on the house, sending holiday cards, buying gifts for everyone in the family (and friends), hosting one or two holiday parties, attending annual parties hosted by friends, baking holiday dinners and/or treats and the list goes on and on.

This year, sit down with your family and decide on what activities truly make the holidays special for you. Then, make those activities your priority this holiday season. Learn to say “no” to the other less important things and you will be able to really enjoy the season!

2.    Get Shopping Done Early – Sure, you can catch some great sales by waiting until the last minute to do your holiday shopping, but is the stress really worth it? If you do not have a high tolerance for stress then get your holiday shopping done before the first week of December. This includes everything from gifts to formalwear for the kids. Get it done early and then sit back and enjoy the season doing other, more important things with your family.

3.    Stay Away from the Grinch – We all know someone who is a Grinch around the holidays. These are the people who always find something to complain about and bring everyone’s mood down as a result. During the holiday season, stay away from these people! The last thing you want is to be put in a bad mood because you’ve spent an hour talking to the Grinch. This will undoubtedly rub off on your family and the day will be ruined, not to mention, your stress level will rise too. So, keep company with only happy, upbeat people this holiday season if you want a joyful holiday season this year!

November 15, 2011

Kids Formal - Newsletter Nov, 15, 2011

Dear Valued Customer,

Can you believe it’s already that time again…the middle of the month, and now we’re smack dab in the middle of November! As you know, Kids Formal is the number one leader of fine children’s clothing. If you didn’t believe this then you wouldn’t be receiving our newsletter, right?

Since our business is to provide parents with the best quality clothing for their children, we know how quickly children grow and how expensive it can be to keep kids in clothing that fit. Therefore, we understand the importance of getting the most “bang” for your buck when it comes to children’s clothing. This is why the clothing you find at Kids Formal is always reasonably priced and we constantly offer coupons and special promotions through our Facebook page, Twitter and newsletters.

We also understand that finding great prices on your kids clothing and taking advantage of special coupons is not the only way parents can save on their kids’ clothing. Another useful strategy for parents with multiple children (especially those with two or more of the same sex) is to save and reuse clothing. If you save your kids’ clothing then you know that the real dilemma isn’t boxing them up and saving them. It’s remembering where those boxes are and what’s in them when you need them that’s the problem! Below are a couple of tips to help you solve this problem.

1.    Have a Designated Place for Saved Clothing. A lot of parents purchase special plastic totes or containers for their children’s clothing and store in a designated corner of the attic. This makes it easy to remember where all of your kids’ previously worn clothes are at and you can go straight to them.

2.    Establish a “First Glance” System. Another tip many parents have found useful is to establish a “first glance” system where they instantly know what sizes of clothing are in each container just by looking at them once. One way to do this is to put all clothes in a specific age group (0-6 months, 6-9 months, 9-12 months, 2T, etc.) all in the same colored totes and group them together. This will allow you to go straight to the group of totes with the size of clothing you’re looking for.

3.    Take Inventory. Once you have figured out a way to determine exactly what sizes of clothes are in each tote, take the time to take inventory of all the items in a tote once you’ve packed it. For instance, write down things like: Boys/Girls: long sleeve shirts, jeans, jackets, pajamas, etc. on an index card so you can keep track of the items that are in each tote. This will save you the time of digging through totes looking for specific items.

4.    Move ‘Em Out!  Finally, if you are finished having children or an item of clothing has been completely worn out, don’t be afraid to get rid of the clothes. There are a lot of places that take used clothing to help struggling families. Also, if you have a friend with a child younger than your youngest, ask her if she would like some extra clothes. Many people with young children love hand-me-downs, if only for “play” clothes! Getting rid of the kids’ clothing that you no longer need will free up a lot of space in your attic and make it easier for you to find the clothing you still need.

Storing and reusing children’s clothing is an excellent way to save money on clothing every year. However, when you aren’t organized (many of us struggle here), it is possible to spend more money than you need to because you aren’t able to find what you need when you need it. The tips above will help you eliminate this problem.
We hope that you have found today’s newsletter helpful and that you will continue shopping at Kids Formal when you are in need new children’s formalwear. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns as we are here to help you!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Your Friends at Kids Formal

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November 11, 2011

Having Trouble Picking a Wedding Date?

As you know, one of the most important things newly engaged couples have to do is pick a wedding date. In fact, that’s really the first thing that has to be done because without a date, it’s practically impossible to plan a wedding! While weddings are always special days to remember, many couples want their actual wedding date to be special which can make selecting a date difficult. Below are a few ideas if you are trying to decide on a wedding date.

•    The First Date – If you can remember the exact date of your very first date together, then scheduling your wedding for that date is a great way to honor the date that brought you both together forever!

•    A Family Member’s Birthday/Anniversary – If you are very close to someone in your family, then planning a wedding for his/her birthday is a unique way to recognize how important he/she is to you. Perhaps you have a grandmother and grandfather whose relationship has been an inspiration to you (and your fiance), getting married on their anniversary is another unique way to honor these special people in your life.

•    Special “Yearly” Dates – Every year, it seems like there is an opportunity to get married on a historical date. For instance, this year it happens to be today: 11/11/11 and next year, it will be on 12/12/12…dates like these only happen once every century which is why so many couples gravitate to these days. However, you don’t have to get married on a date like this for it to be a special “yearly” date. For instance, you could get married on October 11, 2012 and it would be 10/11/12. There are many ways to play with the dates if you are looking to make your wedding date special and easy to remember!

November 10, 2011

Take Time to Make Memories with Your Kids

For the majority of parents life is extremely busy, especially for working parents. Sometimes we feel lucky just to get ourselves up in the morning, the kids fed and off to school on time. While this is completely normal, it’s important that all parents realize just how important it is to make time for their children. 

Think back to when you were a child. What are some of your favorite memories? Was it the hustle and bustle of the morning routine watching your mom and dad hurry to get you and your siblings fed and out the door? More than likely, those are not the memories you hold dear. Instead, you probably remember things like getting up on a Saturday morning to help mom make homemade cinnamon rolls or spending many summer weekends camping with your parents. 

Those are the same kinds of memories that your children are going to remember when they are adults, so make sure you take the time to make these memories with them. More than any other time of year, the holiday season is incredibly busy and it’s easy to get lost amidst it all – between the holiday celebrations, winter weddings and birthdays. Therefore, make it a point to slow down a bit and focus on your children. Make some special memories with them that they will hold on to for the rest of their lives. After all, that’s what makes family so special – all the memories we create together!

November 7, 2011

When to Shop for the Best Deals on Clothing

As parents, one of the things we constantly find ourselves doing is buying clothes for our children. For most of us, it seems like our kids grow out of the clothes we buy them within a few weeks of the initial purchase. This makes it hard to find the best deals on clothing because when our kids outgrow something, like a pair of jeans, we have to get another pair as soon as possible. However, if you are able to plan ahead (just a little) and know when the best time to shop for clothing is, then you will be able to catch some of the best clothing deals!
1.      Shop at the End of the Season. While a lot of parents have heard this tip before, not a lot of them actually put it into practice. It’s a shame because this is one of the best ways to save a ton of money on your kids’ clothing. All you need to do is wait until the end of the season and shop the clearance racks for clothing your kids can wear next year at this time.

For instance, winter is coming up. Every year I wait until the end of winter (late February/early March) to shop for winter coats for my kids. Last year, I happened to find a nice coat that was originally $60 on sale for $8. It was a 4T instead of a 3T, so now my son will be able to wear that coat this winter!

2.      Wait Until a Few Days before a Major Holiday. This may sound a little contradictory to the advice just given, but it only applies to holiday outfits that you plan to purchase from a LOCAL retailer. If you want to find the best deal on Christmas dresses for your little ones, then wait until a few days before Christmas to go shopping for it. Yes, it may be crowded and you may have fewer choices, but because most people shop ahead of time, you will most likely find some awesome deals!

Now, remember that this is only for local retailers. If you prefer to shop online, you need to begin shopping for holiday outfits a month to six weeks in advance. You will naturally find better deals online as online retailers have to keep their prices lower than local retailers in order to stay competitive. However, you have to allow time to get the outfits in and altered if necessary. Therefore, DO NOT wait until the last minute to shop for great clothing deals when ordering online.

3.      Use Social Media to Your Advantage. I know, this one probably sounds a little out of place, right? After all we are trying to find the best deals on clothing, not learn how to tweet correctly. Right! Believe it or not, the majority of your favorite stores have Facebook pages and Twitter accounts. When you connect with them through these social media outlets, you’ll receive regular updates from them…most of the time these updates are coupons that can be used either online, in-store or both!

Additionally, there are a number of people who have Facebook pages and Twitter accounts specifically for the purpose of providing their readers with the best online/offline deals available. Just do a quick search for “coupons, moms and coupons, etc.” and you’ll get some hits. Follow and/or “like” these people and you will be surprised at all the deals you’ll be able to take advantage of. And, the best part about this one is that there isn’t any “special” time you have to do it. The deals come in daily, so anytime is great!

November 3, 2011

Ways to Enjoy Fall and Winter with Your Kids

Fall has finally arrived, and for many of people on the East Coast, it appears Winter may be coming a little early. While many of us enjoy all of the festivities that go on during the Fall and Winter months, we often get so wrapped up in getting everything done that we miss out on the important opportunities we have to spend time with our kids. 

Unlike other seasons, Fall and Winter often drive families indoors as it is just too cold to be outside playing. As many of you know, all of this time indoors together can cause tensions to rise and tempers to flare. However, when you take the time to plan a little bit ahead and have some fun activities that you and your children can do together, this can be a time of fun, laughter and bonding for your family. Below are a few ways that you can enjoy Fall and Winter with your kids.

·        Have Family Movie Nights – This is the perfect time of year to start planning family movie nights on a weekly basis. Make these events fun by taking turns picking out a movie and making some yummy treats to be enjoyed during the movie.

·        Cook Together – The majority of children enjoy to cook, especially when it’s learning how to make something yummy. So, take advantage of all the time you have indoors with your children and allow them to help you cook. You can help them make a special meal for the family or can just get together on a Saturday morning and begin baking pies and other holiday treats together. 

·        Play Games Together – One of the best pastimes for families to do together is to play games. There is nothing wrong with the “old” board games, and many children actually get into these games once they are started. However, there’s also nothing wrong with having a family video game night either. 

Above are just a few ways that you can have fun with your family during the Fall and Winter months. There are many, many more ways – all you have to do is look for them. It doesn’t matter what you decide to do, the point is to take the time to spend quality time with your kids during these crazy, hectic months!

We enjoy writing this blog and sharing it with our readers.  Just a reminder, if you are shopping for children's formal wear for the holidays, please head over to Kids Formal and check out our new collection of Girls Holiday Dresses

November 1, 2011

Kids Formal Nov 1, 2011 Newsletter

Dear Valued Customer,

Can you believe that it is actually November 1, 2011? The year seems to be going by quicker with each passing day. Well, if you have been following us on Facebook then you know what Kids Formal has been offering a variety of different special coupon codes to help you save a little money on your children’s formal wear this year. We also recently had a random drawing for a $50 gift certificate for one of our new followers on twitter this past week as well. So, if you haven’t liked us on Facebook or followed us on Twitter yet, you better hurry and do that. You just never know what kinds of special deals we’ll be offering next if you don’t!

Since Thanksgiving and Christmas are literally right around the corner, we thought it would be helpful to provide you with a few smart ways to shop for holiday clothing. After all, you can’t go to a Christmas party without the appropriate attire, right?

Shop Early Online. The first rule you need to abide by when shopping for holiday clothing is to start shopping early when ordering online. Most online retailers run numerous holiday sales 6-8 weeks before a major holiday occurs, which you need to take advantage of. Why? If the clothing comes in damaged then you need time to return/exchange it and if the clothing needs to be altered, then you most definitely need time to get the alterations made.

Shop Late, In Stores. If you have decided to do your holiday clothing shopping with the local retailers in your area, then you will find the best deals at the last minute. While this kind of shopping may leave you a little nervous, it’s definitely the best way to save the most money.

Don’t Hesitate to Use Coupons. Even for those of you who are not regular coupon users, holiday clothing can be quite expensive and many retailers offer some great coupons to help minimize these costs. However, you will most likely need to look further than the newspaper to find these coupons. Go online and follow the retailers you prefer on twitter and like them on Facebook as this is where the best coupons are usually advertised. Why? Customers who follow on twitter and like on Facebook are generally the company’s most loyal customers.

Hopefully you have found the tips above helpful in preparing for how to shop for your family’s holiday clothing this year. The holidays can be stressful, but it’s not necessary to stress out about the clothing your family wears this year, especially when you follow the tips above.

Also, as a special ‘Thank You’ for being one of our most valued customers, you can take advantage of this coupon code that is only being offered to those of you who have signed up for our monthly newsletter. You can receive an additional 10% off your entire order at Kids Formal when you enter coupon code “Extra10” at the time of checkout. And, when you order now, you’ll also receive free shipping!

Here’s to a wonderful start to your November!


Your Friends at Kids Formal