Winter Formal 101

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If you’re having trouble finalizing your winter formal plans, you’ve found the right article. Welcome to Winter Formal 101. Here, you will find the best places to eat dinner, take pictures, and get your flowers.


The dance is downtown at Mainframe Studios (900 Keosauqua Way, Des Moines, IA 50309). If you are looking for a nice place for an Italian dinner, then Centro will be the spot for you. If Italian is not your choice of cuisine and French is more up your alley, then Django is the way to go. Sushi is always a popular dinner choice. If you want a great place to enjoy your raw fish, then Wasabi Tao is calling your name. Americana is a classic American restaurant that will serve your favorite steaks and burgers.


Once you have eaten a great meal, it’s time to take pictures. Here are the top spots downtown for your Winter Formal pictures. Depending on the cold, Iowa weather outdoor pictures may or may not be the best location, but if it is, then Pappajohn Sculpture Park has plenty of picture opportunities. If going outside is not for you, then the Des Lux Hotel has a glamorous lobby perfect for your pictures.


No matter what color of flower you are looking for to match your dress, Boesen and Hy-Vee floral will have you covered. Flowers can be on the pricier side ranging from $20-40, but they will definitely make your date’s night even better.