Whew. We made it through our first prom. I've got some advice for my friends who have girls younger than eleventh grade.
Start saving money yesterday. And tell your daughter to get a job today. She'll need it to help pay for the dress.
While it was all cool in theory, it proved a logistic nightmare for the girl who scheduled her hair appointment in February. Yes - that's THREE MONTHS before the event. If you have a girl, schedule that sucker on the day the prom date is announced. And make the hair appointment for 12:30 or any time earlier in the day. I promise it will save you mounds of stress and time crunching. And when the stylist is 1/2 hour late getting started? Look around, and get creative. Ask if someone else can get started on the curling of the hair. Request the makeup artist to do the impossible - see if she can squeeze in one more girl. Miracles can happen.
For all the prom mamas who are going through this today or next weekend, I feel your pain and encourage you to pick out an apéritif now so it's ready and waiting for you when she trots off to the dance. It'll be one of the best cocktails of your life.