Josh and I have three daughters in high school. This season of life is full of drama, laughter, emotions, and PROMS. We decided pretty early on that our house rule would be that you can only attend prom if you are a Junior or Senior. Not only does this save us some money, but the peace of mind is priceless. For our oldest daughter her first prom was last spring. As she began planning her dinner, prom, and then after plans it became pretty clear that planning for a group of juniors wasn't going to be easy. One of the biggest issues was where they could go eat that would take a reservation for 12+ high school kids. Locally we have several amazing places to eat, however many don't offer reservations for groups. I've always known that as a parent I want to know my kids friends. I want to talk to them, spend time with them, and be a part of their lives. Prom season was no different. I had heard about parents hosting prom dinners and it peaked my interest, especially since I love to host things.
We began planning the set-up, menu, and what the kids would do before and after dinner. We found a photographer that was very reasonable to come to our home and take pictures of the kids before they left for the prom. We split the cost between all the kids that wanted to get pictures and avoided the obligatory school picture that washes everyone out. The menu was simple because we knew most of the ladies would not want to eat a ton and the boys would be so nervous that they wouldn't throw down too hard. We served a fresh salad, mashed potatoes, rolls, and BBQ bacon chicken. I created a fun lemonade bar and reminded them that this was the only bar they would be enjoying that night. For dessert I had a variety of festive treats that could be enjoyed as a finger food.
Beyond all the logistics of decorating, cooking, and serving the kids, it was so much fun. Being able to take part in their special day was worth the investment. My favorite part of the night was when I came into the living room and they were all sitting around just hanging out, not wanting to leave for the actual prom. As a parent it doesn't get any better than that.
Time is fleeting, especially when it comes to raising children and their special moments. Part of the reason why I love what we do at KB is because we take the stress off of the people who are working the hardest for their special moments. From prom dinners to wedding days, we help you savor those moments that only come around once in a while.