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No Homecoming Date? No Problem. Go to Homecoming with Friends

As soon as the school year begins, it seems everyone is talking about Homecoming. The stir of anticipation is palpable, as many teens start making their plans for the big HoCo night. And as they think about homecoming dates, they wonder, “Who will ask who to the dance?”

Some couples are obvious with the extraordinary invites displayed for all to see. But for many girls who don’t have a date for the dance, it can be discouraging—especially for those who had their hopes up wanting a particular boy to ask them or others who had a recent break-up. Then, there are the girls who have no desire for romance in their lives or others who would love a date but have yet to find that special someone.

Whatever the reason, girls who don’t have dates often plan to go together as a group. This is a brilliant idea because going to any dance with your girlfriends will turn out to be an unequivocal blast!

Why Friends Make the Best Homecoming Dates:

1. Going shopping for homecoming dresses with your girlfriends is the best.

They will give you honest feedback on your choices, and you can do the same. Having this support and camaraderie makes the shopping more like an adventure. The excitement among your girl gang builds as each of you scores the perfect dress. Knowing you are all going together to the dance makes this endeavor much more meaningful.

2. Primping and prepping with girlfriends before the dance is a true bonding experience.

Girlfriends help with make-up and hair and lend you the perfect accessories. They’ll tell you what they honestly think about those shoes and slap a high five when you nail the perfect look. You’ll get to talk about all your plans for the night in deliberate detail as the anticipation grows and the group gets ready together.

3. Group pictures capture memories that last a lifetime.

Posing for pictures with your posse in the perfect place when you all look your best is empowering. You are celebrating your tribe and marking this moment together, a memory that you and your girlfriends will cherish. Frame it, because a photo with your besties looking so good needs to be captured forever.

4. Dinner out with your girlfriends is more fun than a date.

You don’t have to worry about your lipstick staying on. Or if you have sauce dripping from your chin. Instead, you’re in your comfort zone with your peeps. You can gorge on your favorite foods, laugh at each other’s jokes, and never worry about having those awkward date conversations with your homecoming date where you don’t quite know what to say. Instead, you’ll be free to be real and there’s nothing better than that.

5. You’ll make a grand entrance to the dance with your girlfriends.

Because you’ll have your gal pals by your side, you get to walk into that dance with complete confidence. Your besties surround you and help you feel secure so you don’t have to spend all your time feeling paranoid and awkward under the pressure of a big crowd. You get to scan all the faces and have the freedom to approach anyone you want and talk to new people, with your wing-women at the ready for back up.

6. You’ll dance the night away.

No need to worry about waiting on a date to awkwardly ask you to dance or that awkward slow song. You’ll have the security of your sisterhood all around you, so you can dance with reckless abandon and not a care in the world. Go crazy, let loose, sweat your make up off and let your hairstyle fall, because your gang of girlfriends is doing it right along with you.

7. The afterparty with girlfriends lands you in your comfort zone.

Wherever you go for the after-party, it’s awesome to have the rest of the night to decompress, discuss the dance in relentless detail, and put on those comfy clothes immediately. No need to worry about still looking good for your date, now it’s all about celebrating a fantastic night together and socializing with the comfort of your girlfriends by your side.

8. Homecoming dance memories with girlfriends can’t be beat.

You will treasure the time you had together and realize there’s nothing better than shopping and primping and dining and dancing with the people who you know best, the people you love most, the people who you can count on for everything.

And after it’s all said and done, you’ll look back and realize you didn’t need a date to have the best time of your life at Homecoming, all you needed was your friends because they are pure gold.

Christine Carter writes about motherhood and parenting, health and wellness, marriage, friendship, and faith. You can find her work on her blog,, and several online publications. She is the author of Help and Hope While You’re Healing: A woman’s guide toward wellness while recovering from injury, surgery, or illness.” And Follow Jesus: A Christian Teen’s Guide to Navigating the Online World”. 

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