I am still shocked that planning my mother’s 100th was so simple and was executed to perfection [see me, patting myself on the back].
The MUCH harder party planning is organizing my 70th in April. We’re some 15-16 strong – family and friends coming from Virginia, Massachusetts, Iowa, Pennsylvania, as well family around here. We’re all age groups too if we include the kidlets. That’s a question for later.
I woke up in a cold sweat today wondering how I can pull this off. The plan as of today is to gather in the city, do something fun Saturday day, have dinner out Saturday night, do something fun Sunday after breakfast, then people head home.
It’s the Something’s Fun that has me panicked. There’s a home Yankees game against the Orioles Saturday at 1:05p but that would mean those coming up from Virginia (one from Charlottesville and two from right outside DC) would have to get up at the crack of dawn to get to the city by 11:30am so we could get to Yankees Stadium. Their hotel rooms wouldn’t be ready so they’d have to drop their luggage and run. Seems too big an ask. If people come Friday into the city, that’s TWO nights of a hotel and those who work would have to decide if they take off a day for me or come in at the end of the day. Then what do we do Friday night if those who work come in late?
I think that scenario is out.
Everyone arriving in the city early Saturday afternoon makes sense, but then what to do with everyone that isn’t a baseball game that starts at 1p and that doesn’t last so long that there isn’t time to regroup back at the hotel before changing and going out to dinner?
Then there’s the whole Where to Have Dinner question. If the kids are all included, then dinner can’t be at Eleven Madison Park or Per Se. We’ve talked about doing something relaxed and fun, like Sylvia’s or Amy Ruth’s in Harlem but that would also require getting everyone as a group TO Harlem, meaning hiring a van or Suburban to shadow us.
So would it them make more sense to eat in midtown right near the hotel? If yes, then maybe we do something special, without the kids, like one of our favorite spots, Fresco by Scotto.
Been there many many times and love the family ambiance and attention to detail. But it’s far too fancy for the wee ones which goes back to the second paragraph – do the kids actually participate in this series of events? It would be up to their parents to decide, not me, but it might be hard.
We talked about doing a full Circle Line Tour but when? We still run into problems with when people get into the city on Saturday. I don’t know for a fact, but I’m pretty sure the Virginia peeps are taking the train up. Would make the most sense. Not sure how the Boston peeps are coming down.
So what if we do nothing Saturday afternoon, let people come in, check in to the hotel, have a fun early dinner, then after dinner do something? But what? If it’s a jazz or comedy club, that for sure negates any kids. I could ask my niece a movie editor to rent us a private screening room and we could screen some new movie, but then we are all sitting in a room saying nothing. Not very birthday like.
I thought maybe we all go to the Museum of Natural History for some special private tour or see something at the Rose Planetarium but my gang and most others have been there done that a thousand times.
Sooooooooooooooo, this morning we hashed out whether we bail on the city and take the whole gang to some resort. It would have to be where everyone could get to easily from everywhere and it would also mean for those coming from a distance, negating their opportunity to take a train directly. That might be an imposition. Maybe we pay for everyone to fly to DisneyWorld??????????
Who knew being 70 was so complicated and being 100 was so simple. I am totally at a crossroads of what is a good thing to do. H-E-L-P.