A couple of weeks ago, my daughter Tory asked me if we could host a pre-prom party in our backyard. It took me all of two second to reply with a resounding “Yes!” I was delighted that Tory and her friends think our yard would make a perfect backdrop for their memory-inducing prom photos. Almost immediately I made a list of the things that needed to be done to make the yard more “presentable.” I wanted everything to look as perfect as possible before those lovely young women and men strolled across the lawn.
Some people in our town would have hired a team to mow, edge, prune, weed and generally make the yard perfect. And a painter to re-stain and seal our pergola, which was the centerpiece of the photo ops. Perhaps they would have hired someone to scrub the 2 benches, 2 lounge chairs, 11 chairs, 2 tables and myriad other metal furniture until they shone and wouldn’t leave marks on a pristine gown or classy tux. And maybe they’d have hired a caterer and florist. That’s the kind of town we live in, but it’s not how we roll. My husband Mike and I took deep breaths and began a whirlwind of work over the weekend that culminated in last-minute touches like bowls of blue hydrangeas on tables and balloons bobbing along railings!
As I finished tying the last balloon I heard the clop, clop of high heels behind me.
Let the party begin!