My son and his Prom date dined at home rather than going to a fancy restaurant. Well, here is the story of how that happened.
As many students are getting ready for the Junior/ Senior Prom and what they will wear, and who they will ask as their date, many are planning where they will go to eat before or after the Prom.
It was my son’s Senior Prom from high school and he came home about a month prior and asked if I could prepare a nice meal for him and his date. I didn’t hesitate as I recalled I had done this once before when our oldest son and his date dined in a private room at the house. They were served as if they were at a fancy restaurant. The following day my son informed me that he was going to share the cost of paying for a limousine with seven other couples. Well there goes that plan, I thought. My son quickly said, I told some of my friends and they want to bring their dates to the house to eat. Of course I agreed to make their Senior Prom a memorable event. Prior to the date of the prom I had my son to send me a picture of each of his friends with their dates. I took the pictures and made a ‘Save the Date’ invitation and sent them with him to school and he gave each of them their invitation as a keepsake.
The planning for this event went into full speed ahead. If we are to have fine dining experience, the atmosphere must be fitting for this occasion. We must create a menu , come up with a name for the restaurant , have waiters and waitresses and decide on the menu. Each couple paid $20.00 for a five course meal. Of course they got much more for their money. Family members were used as our Servers and asked to wear a white shirt, black pants and a black bow tie. Family and friends pitched in and set tables. My husband and I worked tirelessly to make sure everything was perfect for our guests. We rented white folding chairs and a dear friend of mine made beautiful centerpieces . The tables were set with white linen cloths, fine china and stemmed glasses. I made fancy napkin holders out of ribbon that matched their school colors and made individual dinner menus that were placed at each setting. The Prom theme was ‘When in Rome’ so that was what was on the menu: An evening of Elegance.
The limousine pulled up in our driveway and the dinner guest were welcomed to The Boudy Bistro (our last name) by my dad who I had to dress in a tuxedo and top hat. The limousine driver was invited inside to have dinner as well. My son and his date entered along with his friends and their dates. The look on their faces was priceless. The servers went into action and greeted the guests at their assigned tables. The girls looked so elegant in their evening gowns and the young men so handsome in their tuxedos. One of the parents was a professional photographer and he captured pictures of this memorable night. Afterwards, we put up a back drop and he took professional photos of each couple. This saved them on having to purchase those pricy photo packages they sell at the Prom. To top it off, a couple weeks later the photographer gave each of them a CD complete with all the pictures from that spectacular night.
At their graduation, many of the my son’s friends came up to me and said that they will never forget their Senior Prom. They said, “The Prom was alright but it was that Prom dinner that stands out more.”
That was thanks enough. They probably will never know that it meant even more to our family that we were able to do this.
The menu consisted of
Tossed salad with mandarin slices
Louisiana Seafood Gumbo
Penne Rigate Shrimp Pasta
Garlic butter dinner rolls
Chocolate covered strawberries.
Wedding Punch (Pineapple juice/Ginger ale/ Pineapple Sherbet)