"Ooooo!" She gushed, "I've always thought that would be so fun!"
"Yeah, I think it's going to be good. Want to help me figure out a menu?" I ask.
Absolutely. What's your theme?
Well, you have a theme, right?
Ummm... ....Well of course I have a theme! Do I ever make dinner without a theme? Hello?
As it turns out, Prom Dinners in Southern Utah where my sister lives (which we all know is a different country) are an event in and of themselves. These soirees usually entail appetizers and mixing, games, dinner, dessert, and party favors. All this before they go to the actual party (PROM) and then of course, the AFTER Prom Party. I am not making this up! If you want ALL the information, I will further tell you that BEFORE the Prom Dinner, there is what is called a Day Date. During the day of the Prom, as part of this date event weekend, these 16 year old's have an outdoorsy date, such as mountain biking or paint balling. Have I lost you yet? Because I am seriously still not making this up. This whole thing is a 20 hour long extravaganza, requiring no less than 3 separate outfits, and beginning with a Sunrise Commitment Ceremony. OK, I made that last thing up.
And I thought I was just volunteering to make dinner for some kids in fancy clothes.
Here in Colorado (otherwise known as The Mission Field) I have been blissfully oblivious to the 24 hour Prom Date phenomenon. Not that I'm opposed to it, but it does seem like a rather intense commitment, doesn't it? I mean - "sure, I'll go to a dance with you " is one thing.... "sure, I'll spend the next 20 hours with you non-stop", is something completely different. I'm not sure I knew any guys in my high school that i would have made that kind of a commitment for, with the possible exception of Rob Krieger. (which probably explains a lot about my high school dating years.) But that topic waits for another post...
So I have been working on dinner and games and favors (and prom dresses and hair) for the past couple of days. I will say that I'm having a great time with it. Hopefully it will be as much fun for our Prom goers to be there as it was for me to do all the planning. If it goes well, I'll post a picture or two tomorrow.
And just for inquiring minds, the "Pirates of the Caribbean" theme was rejected by the planning committee chair (Hannah). The current super fancy theme: "Italian".