This weekend was THE PROM. Last year my daughter went with a group of 15 friends in a limo, and although it was fun, she wanted to go with a smaller group this year – her boyfriend and some of her closest friends. Most groups get all dressed up and go out to dinner at a restaurant before the dance. When she named the restaurant they wanted to go to this year, I wasn’t real thrilled with the idea of them traveling 40 minutes on the interstate on a night when 4 high schools in the area were also having their prom. So I offered for us to make them a dinner here. The group liked the idea, and my daughter requested that it be “fancy.” (I am not usually fancy in anything I do, but I said that we would do our best.)
Their evening began with pictures being taken in our yard before dinner. (I will try not to bore you with too many of the dressed up kid pics.)
daughter and date
Now that I have shown you the kids, we will move on to the dinner. I debated on where to serve this “fancy” meal. I really didn’t want to have it in the dining area because it adjoins the kitchen, and our running around in there between courses would not be good. I thought about using our deck area because it is strung with lights but was afraid of the weather and insects. So I ended up deciding on the back porch. It has a table and chairs, a serving table, a sofa and swing and chairs, and it has speakers run from the stereo so they could have music out there too… seemed like the best idea for the dinner.
Here is the menu for the evening. Unfortunately, it did not get hung on the wall. (I always seem to have more ideas than I have time for. Does that happen to you too?)
I tried to take pictures of the food as we got it ready to serve, but let me tell you. It is difficult to tell a bunch of teenagers, “Wait, don’t eat yet so I can take a picture for the blog.” That just doesn’t go over too well.
Here is the serving table set up with the first course of appetizers. (That is sparkling grape juice, not wine chilling in the bucket.)
Here is the second course of salads.
Now do you see this?
This is RAIN. Why is it that everytime I have a party it has to rain?? And we are supposed to be in a drought?
I had given each of them a beach towel to cover their beautiful clothing while they ate. They were almost finished with the salad course. Thunder clapped. A big gust of wind came up and blew out the candles and sent melted wax across the table, AND it began to blow rain all in on the porch. The girls started screaming, and those beach towel wrapped kids grabbed their plates, silver, glasses, and even their place cards(!) and hightailed it into the dining room as fast as they could move. I was laughing so hard my ribs hurt!
So the steaks and potatoes were served, and the meal was finished with lots of laughter in the dining room. (I brought out more candles, and they shucked the beach towels.)
And this was dessert…
My mother made the chocolate dipped strawberries, and my mother-in-law made the cheesecake. I’ve got to say an extra big thank you to my mom for coming to my rescue the last couple of hours before all the people arrived to take pictures. I would have never gotten everything done on my list if she hadn’t been there to help me! So thanks Mom.
The kids were hilarious and very appreciative of the dinner. It was an exciting Saturday and our last prom. I will miss all the laughter.