Last night was the wonderful end of year party at the children’s school. Ty kept teasing me when I called it a gala, but in the end, he agreed that it was one.
The planning committee really dropped the ball. Margie assured me that she was working on everything we had asked them to do, but when I stopped by the meeting two weeks ago this was the agenda!
It is as if they just didn’t care.
Cari and I had given everyone very specific jobs to do and they ignored them and came up with what sounds like the absolute worst party in the history of the world. Pizza and juice boxes in the school cafeteria? No thanks to that. And I would certainly never allow my name to be used as the chair of that committee!
Once again, it fell to me and Cari to do everything. Honestly, it was like the committee was made up of small children.
The first thing we did was change the theme. Ty explained why it couldn’t be one of the great themes I had originally proposed, so we went with the “up” part of Moving Up and called our party “Giddy Up” to give it some structure. We needed something to work with on such a short time frame. I threw away the ugly flyers they were working on (children’s art? Please!) and had some elegant invitations rush ordered.
Merlin got to practice his best handwriting on 434 envelopes.
Margie Harris was so mad that I said that her ugly husband’s terrible band, Man Space, couldn’t play the event, that she quit the committee. Well good riddance to her. No one needs to see Cliff Harris and his ridiculous friends in their high waisted jeans plunking out “Smoke on the Water” for the millionth time.
It was so late in the game that absolutely no one famous was available to play for us, but I think Mariah Carey might do it next year. Anywho, I found this wonderful young artist, Kensington (www.soundcloud.com/kenzieonthebeat), who was able to make it to the gala and kept the dance floor jamming all night long. Take that Man Space!
We also changed the venue from the school cafeteria. I know, I know, what could be lovelier and more romantic than the school cafeteria? LOL! Well, Cari has been seeing a sweet gentleman who owns a substantial piece of property just outside of town and of course he was delighted to have us borrow his barn for the night!
“James” (we call him that because his family is kind of crazy and doesn’t like him to date) was very generous all around and helped us quite a bit with the costs of such a big party. Honestly, he is very forgetful, but so sweet and giving.
I arrived early to set up, but mostly just supervised “James’s” staff. I am best at supervising staff.
The grounds around “James’s” house are spectacular. So was my dress.
The barn was nearly all set up when I got there.
It looked so pretty with all of the twinkly lights! The stage was in front of me so we used the raised area as a VIP section for Starling and her other popular friends. Of course we didn’t call it that, but everyone got the idea.
“James” and Cari had set up a play area with the menagerie of ponies and lambs and kittens and puppies that he keeps for his currently estranged grandchildren.
Starling formed a real bond with this lil’ pony! I am sure the ring toss in the school cafeteria would have been fun too.
“James” also has a mechanical bull and some cowboys who did a marvelous demonstration of trick riding and roping baby animals.
My lil’ cowpokes loved it!
We had a couple of food trucks who were delighted to give their good friend “James” a substantial discount on their excellent food. He uses them a lot at the corporate events he sets up I think.
“James” had just given Cari a beautiful matched pair of horses for their three week anniversary, so she let us use them to give cart rides for all of the children.
Margie and her friends were fit to be tied when these horses came out. She looked like she had swallowed a lemon.
It was hard to get everyone off the dance floor at the end of the night, but “James” had insisted that we have a spectacular fireworks show. Children just love fireworks, so it was perfect.
Ty came alone. I wonder if he is single again?
I am exhausted after all of my hard work! Thanks to James and Cari! We could not have done it without you two!
Aren’t they adorable together? He has a hard time remembering names and where he is, but he sure remembers how an American Express card works!