…..said a million moms on the first day of school.
Look, I adore my children, they are my beautiful gifts I never deserved!
– after a long, hot summer of camps, classes, beach trips and swim lessons, or (don’t say it) a PCS, I am exhausted.
I know, I know, I choose to do all of those things, I can’t help myself.
I miss the kids as they walk out the door that first day, I really do, but I know in my heart of hearts it’s “me time!” So, as our summer winds to an end and those first back to school commercials hit the airwaves, I want to plant a little entertaining seed in your brain.
A few duty stations back, I met a Marine wife who is now one of my best friends. I loved everything she did to include a back-to-school, mommy-only-party.
No kids, no dudes, just the ladies and a whole lotta time.
9am – 3pm to be exact.
Her mother had hosted back to school lady’s brunches since the time she was a child and she continued the tradition. Brilliant! Here we have an opportunity for good food, good drink and if you’re new on base, the opportunity to meet your neighborhood and possibly some other spouses in the command. Let’s not forget though, our friends that might be sending their first or last student off to school. This can be a very emotional experience and it is comforting to be around other parents who have gone through the same thing.
Call it a back to school, base housing, Bellini, Black coffee brunch. You’re welcome.
Call it whatever you want just start planning now. According to my calendar, we have a few paydays left to order, bake and freeze a few items before the first day of school.
Always remember – proper planning is the key to a successful event!
You don’t want to be baking quiche and packing backpacks the night before the first day of school. Preposterous!
Simple instructions: At this point, everyone should have an area Facebook page specific to your housing neighborhood. Post an event and get started. Make the decision as to whether your event is kid friendly or not. There are toddlers and siblings who are still home as well as our home-schooled friends. Perhaps you only want adults. I have done both. No children is a lady’s brunch, children included is a playgroup brunch. Both are great and it is up to you as the hostess to decide.
Create a signature drink for the day whether alcoholic or not. Will it be potluck or hosted completely by you? Will you do a light buffet of breakfast foods or transition to a brunch? Make a dozen quiche a week before and freeze them. I love this recipe from the Food Network- http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/quiche-lorraine-recipe Order croissants and bagels from a local bakery and grab some of the bakery’s business cards for your new neighbors to take home with them.
I believe the punch behind this event is that it is held on the first day back to school. Everyone is on an emotional high for a myriad of reasons and it creates a real sense of energetic fun!
Get creative with your decorating to include school supplies, red apples, school buses, crayons and fun preschool style name-tags.
Before your event, consider running to your respective schools and grab some bell schedules, bus schedules and year-at-a-glance calendars. Your guests can leave with a little goody bag at no cost to you!
While my post is military specific, anyone anywhere can do this…so get planning!