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Kids Formal Newsletter - May 15th 2012

Dear Valued Customer,

First, we want to let you know how much we appreciate your continued support and patronage, without you our business would not be thriving like it is today!

It’s hard to believe that we’re already in the middle of May and that summer is within sight. As we are preparing for the busy wedding season, we thought we would offer a few tips of what NOT to do when planning a wedding. Planning a wedding is a difficult task and it can get overwhelming and become easy to make some of the mistakes below. So, if you’re planning a wedding, just be mindful of some of these common mistakes made by former brides.

1.    Failure to Send Out Invitations in Time. It’s hard to imagine a bride-to-be who forgets to send out the wedding invitations in time. However, it does happen. In fact, just a few weeks ago a friend of mine was invited to a wedding by the bride (in person) because she had forgotten to send out the invitations in time. Many of the guests received their invitations four days before the wedding!

2.    Asking Bridesmaids to Wear Ill-Fitting Gowns. I know, you probably have a vision in your head of the exact bridesmaids’ dresses you want your girls to wear. However, while the dress may look outstanding on one or two of your friends, it may also look terrible on another. If this is the case, consider having each of your bridesmaids wear different styles of gowns…just all in the same color. If you don’t, the girl wearing the unflattering dress will be the one drawing the most attention and nobody wants that.

3.    Over-Decorating the Reception Hall. Most young women planning a wedding have a theme in mind for how they want the reception to be decorated. Generally this theme ties into the wedding colors chosen, the cakes and other key factors of the wedding. While you want your wedding theme to easily be detected by your guests, you don’t want to overdo it. Try to keep your decoration to a minimum so that your guests’ attention isn’t being pulled in a thousand different directions during the reception. You want them to notice the d├ęcor, but be able to focus on you and your spouse!

Again, thank you so much for your continued support at Kids Formal, we truly appreciate each and every one of you! And remember, the next time you need formal wear for your children or women’s dresses…come to us first! Our prices are hard to beat!

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Have a wonderful week!

Your Friends at Kids Formal

May 12, 2012

Summer Grocery Shopping

You know, it’s not that our grocery shopping habits should dramatically change once summer rolls around, but due to the kids being home every day there will be some things that will change. If you’re like me, during the school year all you worry about is having enough food in the house for dinner and maybe a few light snacks (my son’s school provides breakfast for the kids). Therefore, with my son being home every day for the next three months my grocery shopping with change.

The main reason why my habits will change is because I will obviously need more food in the house to make it through the week and the foods I choose to purchase will need to provide my son with the energy he needs to make it through the day. It doesn’t matter if my little one will be home playing with his toys or will be carrying a ring down the aisle in a little boy's tuxedo for a friend’s wedding…a certain amount of energy is required for both of these occasions, and many others. Below are some of the changes I’ll be making to my grocery list this summer.

1.      More Fruit – I normally keep bananas in stock for quick after-school snacks, but bananas are not going to be the only fruit I need to stock this summer. Fruit is a great energy source and most kids love the taste of various types of fruit. Fruit can be enjoyed for breakfast, snacks or as part of a meal. Some of the fruits I’ll be purchasing this summer include strawberries, pineapple, cantaloupe, watermelon, grapes and kiwi.

2.      Real Fruit Juice – Again, I keep real fruit juice in the fridge during the school year, but we don’t go through it very fast when my son is in school. This will change this summer. So, I plan on stocking the fridge with some of the following real fruit juices: orange, apple and pineapple. I also like to buy the Simply Lemonade every now and then too. It’s natural lemonade made from real lemons without all of the preservatives found in other juices.

3.      Sandwich Materials – I’m not sure about you, but our summers are pretty busy around here, so there are many afternoons where I don’t have time to fix a full blown meal. This is when I break out the bread and make sandwiches for everyone. I use whole grain wheat bread for sandwiches. Sometimes we enjoy peanut butter (great source of protein) and jelly sandwiches and other times, I put deli meat on the sandwiches. For a side, I like to include carrot sticks with dip or filled celery sticks.


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Dear Valued Customer,

Can you believe it’s already the middle of August? August is a fun month because not only are we able to reflect on all the fun we had during the summer, but we are also looking forward to the school year ahead! This is true for both parents and children alike as kids are ready to go see old friends and make new ones and parents are usually ready for the break that the school year provides them after a long and busy summer.

To prepare for back-to-school parents have to shop for new school clothes for their little ones. While we are primarily a formal wear shop for kids, we do have some accessories that we think you should know about. For your convenience, we have several posted below!

Little girls love to accessorize just like women do and one way they can express themselves is with hair bows! has a wide variety of hair accessories for little girls of all ages. The featured bows above are just the beginning of what we have available!

Another great option for little girls is a bright and stylish head band! We have several different styles of head bands, but the ones showed above are our most popular as they work well for both formal and informal events. Plus, they are very affordable! offers girls a variety of various styles of shoes at affordable prices. We understand the importance of classy shoes, as well as, the need to keep prices low. If your little one needs a pair of shoes for the first day of school, head on over to our website and see what we have. You may be pleasantly surprised!

We do offer accessories for boys as well! If your son needs a great belt to wear to school, has several to choose from! We also offer a wide variety of other accessories that young boys may need for school. The benefit you will get when you purchase from is that we keep our prices very reasonable! In fact, you may be surprised when you see how low we keep our prices.

We also carry dress socks for boys. These particular socks are only $2.95! They are excellent quality and look great!

Finally, we also offer a nice selection of boys’ dress shoes. While we understand your son won’t need dress shoes to wear to school every day, we do realize that there are some school events that will call for dress shoes. Our dress shoes are of the highest quality and are still affordable.
We hope you find everything you need for your kids as the first day of school is swiftly approaching! Please visit to view all the accessories we have to offer. Whether it’s a hair bow, dress shoes or a belt for your son – we have affordable accessories for boys and girls to help prepare them for the upcoming school year!
Your Friends at

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"Thank you! This has been the best online shopping experience I have had in a long time. You have excellent customer service, fast shipping and I am so excited to see my little one in the beautiful dress for her auntie's wedding. I will recommend you to everyone I know.
Again, thanks so much."
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"So far my dealings with this company have been wonderful. I even gave your information to our local bridal shop, for their future orders. I look forward to more purchases from you too as my little one LOVES dressing up! :)"

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Dear Valued Customer,
The wedding season is officially underway along with many other springtime festivities. At, we understand that many of you are looking to save money whenever possible, especially with the prices of fuel on the rise. One of the best ways to do this is to shop online to find better deals than those offered by your local retailers. However, before you go out and begin making large purchases online, there are several things you should do first.

#1 – Read the Testimonials: The thing about ordering products online is that you aren’t at the store personally. Therefore, you don’t really know whether or not the merchant’s products are high-quality or not. You also aren’t able to personally see the level of customer service provided either. This is why it’s important that you read through all the testimonials you can find online about the online retailer you’re about to purchase from. Testimonials from previous customers will help ensure that your online shopping experience will be a successful one.

#2 – Read the Return Policy: It’s also important that you take the time to thoroughly read through the return policy of the online merchant you’re about to order from. If you can’t find one on the website, then you should call the customer service number provided and specifically ask for one. If there is no customer service number provided or the retailer doesn’t have a return policy, then it is probably best not to order from them. All trustworthy online retailers will have a return policy somewhere outlining their rules for returning merchandise.
#3 – Ask Questions: If you have any questions about the products on the website, the price, shipping policy or anything else, you need to ask a customer service representative. Don’t just assume that your “gut” feeling is correct, because it may not be. If you have any questions or concerns, you need to get answers before checkout.

#4 – Make Sure Your Information is Secure: Finally, when it comes time to pay for the items in your virtual shopping cart, you need to make sure that the final checkout page is secure before you enter your credit card information. To do this, simply look at the top of the screen where the website address is and if you see https:// then you know it’s a secure page. However, if you only see http://, then it is not a secure checkout page and your information isn’t protected. It’s all about the “s” before the colon.

If you are one of the thousands with little ones who are in need of formal attire this spring or summer, come to We have some of the best deals online for children’s formalwear, and we proudly stand behind the quality of our products, as well as, our customer service and security to ensure that you have the best online shopping experience possible. We are still currently offering free shipping, so please hurry on over!


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Kids Formal Specializes in Boys' Tuxedos

Kids Formal specializes in Kids Tuxedos and it shows! All of our tuxedos will make their owner look very professional and sophisticated, regardless of his age. We have a large selection of tuxedos varying in styles, colors and sizes. Whether you are looking for a tuxedo for your young ring bearer or any other formal event, you will find exactly what you’re looking for at Kids Formal! Not only will you find our selection to be great, but you will find our prices to be even better. We understand that boys’ tuxedos are not going to be worn every day, and most likely, it will be grown out of very quickly.

So, why should you pay an arm and a leg for something that won’t get adequate usage? At Kids Formal, you will find our prices to be very reasonable and hard to beat elsewhere. With the money you save on one of our boys’ tuxedos, you will be able to purchase a pair of matching boys’ dress shoes for the little one to wear with the tuxedo. We offer a variety of other boys’ accessories including dress shirts, ties, vests and dress socks. You will not be disappointed with the tuxedo or accessories that you order from Kids Formal. In fact, we suspect you will come back to us for the next boys’ tuxedo or suit you need!

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Tips for Family Pictures

You may be thinking about having new family pictures taken because it’s been a few years (or decades) since your last family pictures were done. That’s great! However, family pictures do take a bit of planning in order for them to be successful. Below are some tips to help you get started.


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Boys Dress Belts features a fine selection of boys dress belts that will perfectly compliment our boys suits, boys tuxedos and boys vest sets.  Choose from a variety of styles and colors to find the right boy’s dress belt for your boy's formal or semi formal occasion.

Our boys dress belts are available in black, white and brown which are great choices to finish off a great boys formal outfit.

The Perfect Easter Dress for Your Child


Our beautiful collection of Easter Dresses for girls are very affordable and available in a variety of colors and prints perfect for the springtime holiday marking the rebirth of Jesus and the renewal of the Christian faith. 

Our unique Easter dresses for girls, Easter dresses for toddlers and Easter dresses for infants are perfect for children to wear and celebrate the magical time of Easter and to enjoy chocolate bunnies, marshmallow chicks and jellybean-filled Easter eggs. 

If you are looking for a special Easter dress for your princess to meet the Easter bunny, attend an Easter egg hunt or Easter Sunday brunch at church, look no further.  We have the perfect Easter dress for your child.

Girls Special Occasion Dresses

Do you have a special occasion coming up and need an appropriate dress for your little princess? Regardless of the occasion, Kids Formal is sure to have just the right dress! Just a sample of the dresses we offer include birthday dresses, Quinceanefra dresses, Christening dresses, flower girl dresses, Christmas dresses, Easter dresses, Baptism dresses, pageant dresses and many other formal dresses. You will also be pleased with the abundance of girls’ accessories we carry. These include flower girl baskets, boleros, gloves, jewelry, girls dress shoes, rhinestone tiaras, handbags and much more! All of our girls special occasion dresses are very reasonably priced. In fact, you may think you’ve found a treasure chest full of discounted dresses for girls. However, while our dresses are affordable, there is nothing cheap about them. They are even more beautiful in person and of the highest quality. You will not be disappointed when you receive your special occasion dress and girls’ accessories from Kids Formal!

Expecting Bridesmaids

When a lot of girls think about their future wedding, they picture themselves in a gorgeous white dress, how their hair will be done, the cake, the ceremony and of course sharing the day with the special girls who will be their bridesmaids. We all know the idealistic pictures we all had in our heads when we were younger regarding our own weddings and, for those of us who are married, we also know how different our real weddings were from our dream weddings.

One of the things that many girls don’t think about, until they are planning their wedding and have this issue arise, is the special considerations surrounding bridesmaids who are pregnant. Even then, a lot of brides-to-be don’t think much about an expecting bridesmaid while they’re planning their wedding because they’ve never been pregnant, so they don’t realize that some things may need to be taken into consideration.

If you are planning your wedding and one of your bridesmaids is expecting, consider the following as you get further into the wedding planning process.

•    Due Date – This is the most important issue you will have to consider when planning your wedding. If your dear friend is pregnant, then find out when her due date is and plan your wedding a good month before the baby is due…or, wait a couple of months until after the baby is due. This will help ensure that your bridesmaid will be able to attend your wedding, but if you plan the wedding within a couple weeks of her due date, she may go into labor early and have to miss the wedding altogether.

•    Bridesmaid Dresses – When you’re planning a wedding and have a pregnant bridesmaid, you will have to look at bridesmaid dresses that have a maternity look about them. This doesn’t mean you have to have all your bridesmaids wearing the same dress. You can easily have each bridesmaid in a different dress, but all wearing the same color. Or, if the mother-to-be is your maid/matron of honor, you could let her stand out by putting her in a dress that’s different from the other bridesmaids…you may even want her dress to be a different color than the other girls in your wedding.

•    Length of the Ceremony – Finally, some wedding ceremonies are short and sweet while others, like Catholic weddings, can take an hour or more. If you are planning a lengthy ceremony, consider having chairs up at the front for your bridesmaids and groomsmen to sit down in. A pregnant bridesmaid, especially if she is within a month or two of delivery, will not be able to stand on her feet for very long without getting uncomfortable. Therefore, consider the length of the ceremony and try to accommodate your expecting friend, if needed.

May 1, 2012

How to Have Fun This Weekend Without Breaking The Bank

If you haven’t already noticed, summer break is literally only a few weeks away for the majority of us. This is the time of year when we all lighten up regarding our tight schedules and lay back to have a little fun in the sun with our families. While this is something that we all need to do during the summer, it’s important that we don’t become overly relaxed regarding the summer activities we participate in. If we do, we can easily get ourselves into debt and spend the rest of the year trying to pay it off. Below are a few tips to help you have fun this summer without breaking the bank.

1.    Don’t Buy Clothes at Full Price. Restocking the kids’ closets with clothing that fits is something we all have to do as we prepare for summer. Kids just grow to dang fast! It’s amazing how quickly the bill for clothing can add up if we aren’t careful. Therefore, try something a little different this year as you and your kids begin your summer clothes shopping. Make a game out of who can get the most clothing for the least amount of money. You and your kids can shop online by using online coupon codes, shop at your favorite stores when their having sales or even hit the thrift stores and garage sales! There are many ways to save money on clothes, and the more you save on clothes, the more money to spend on other things!

2.    Attend Free Fairs and Other Events. Many communities host a number of free fairs and other events during the summer months to increase the community involvement. Don’t pass the opportunity to take part in these events. Even if the event is only for a day, that’s one day of free entertainment that you and your family can enjoy together!

3.    Car Pool. If you and your family have to drive a good distance in order to get to the nearest water/amusement park, zoo, aquarium, etc. then save some money in gas by getting a group of your friends with kids together who also want to go. You can take turns car-pooling to various attractions in order to save money in gas. In addition, you and the kids will probably have more fun when you invite some friends along!

4.    Pay for Camps in Full. If you plan on sending your kids to a summer camp or two, most camps offer a discount for those who pay in full. For example, my community offers several art and science camps for kids ages 4-12. If the total tuition is paid in full by May 25th, then I will receive a 20% discount. My son will be attending three of these camps, and the total amount of money I’ll save by paying in full is $57.00! So, take advantage of these offers when they’re available!

If you haven’t visited the Kids Formal website in a while, now is a great time to do so. We’ve added a lot of summer items and are running specials on many of the items we have in stock. Additionally, when you order right now, you will receive free shipping regardless of your order’s total!

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Have a wonderful week!


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