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On The Boardwalk

April 30th, 2015

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I believe I stated in my last post that it was “Wedding Season”. Well, I was wrong, it’s actually “Prom Season”. And Prom went down in my little burg last weekend. Let me just say, for a town that could have been mistaken for the set of the movie “Footloose”… we’ve come a long way.

Oh Ren… I knew exactly where you were coming from. Not that I was a huge dancer or anything, I mean I never felt the desire to go running through an empty grain elevator dancing until I couldn’t catch my breath. But we did have that “No dancing in school” rule in common. And like Ren and his buddies, we organized dances in quonsets, barns and fire halls… such rebellious little Mennonite kids we were.

“Prom” was kind of a dirty word back in the day and now… well let’s just say once we figured out how to throw a Prom we figured out how to THROW A PROM!

Corey and Stacy’s Daughter No. 2, Camryn, had been elected President of the Junior Class so that meant “Prom” once again fell on their shoulders. Just like two years earlier, when Daughter No. 1, Sidney, was a Junior Stac asked me for some help.

This time around I only had to worry about the Prom tickets. The Juniors had chosen “The Boardwalk” as their theme, well that was right up my alley, or should I say boardwalk?

They needed two kinds of tickets. One set for the Seniors and another for the rest of the student body. At my school the entire high school goes to Prom but the Juniors and Seniors are the only ones that attend the banquet portion.

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For the Seniors I decided to make their invitations look like an old postcard that could have been found on the New Jersey Boardwalk back in the ’40’s. It was a design challenge finding all of those photos to put inside each letter but I was really happy with how it turned out.

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The back side contained all of the necessary information and was also made to look like a postcard your grandparents would have received in the mail back in the day.

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The rest of the student body got Prom tickets that were made to resemble a strip of tickets. The kind you would buy in bunches to be used to ride all the rides and play all of the games.

I had planned on folding the strip of three tickets into one but then found out my printer could actually perforate the strip for me so they would fold better. How awesome was that? Especially since the last part of the strip was actually a coupon for a free “caricature drawing”. Yes, they hired a caricature artist for the night… oh, and a magician performed for the Juniors and Seniors as well. Like I said, we may have come late to the game, but we now know how to throw a Prom.

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After I hand punched all of those little notches into the ticket strips (to make them actually look like tickets) I folded them up and then tied them with some yellow and white Baker’s Twine, because I’m a little obsessed with Baker’s Twine.

Stac then asked me to make a few signs for the snack food area…

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The “snack food area” looked a little like this…

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Yes… those are three full-on Boardwalk buildings, hand-crafted by fellow Junior McKenna’s Dad. Is that not amazing? It was built on top of the old stage and each window contained a different kind of “Boardwalk Style” treat.

Treats that looked a little like this…

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and this…

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and finally this…

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Plus one window contained a Slushy machine. That was a huge hit. Oh, and did I mention that another Junior Dad built an actual working ferris wheel?

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I mean, it wasn’t full size and you couldn’t ride it or anything but it lit up and spun around. Kinda amazing.

And because I’ve turned into a nosy, old lady, I went to the Prom Walk Through. That would be the portion of the night during which the students and their dates walk through a gauntlet of parents with cameras and cell phones, snapping away like the paparazzi chasing after a Kardashian. What can I say? I love seeing all the Prom dresses. One of the few “girly” things about me.

And after the King and Queen were crowned (congrats Paige and Tyler) Stac and I decided to round up all of of the little Huebert cousins that were anxiously waiting for the dancing to begin and grab a couple of photos.

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They all clean up pretty well don’t they? And here’s the one in which they weren’t all acting like goofballs…

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And just FYI, my bestie Ang blew up all of those balloons behind them. I think a few kids might have helped. But I have a feeling she was cursing my name the entire time since I kind of suggested that balloon wall. It turned out pretty cool though didn’t it?

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