Now that Mom Prom is around the corner, my friends are starting to REALLY make their plans for it. After the usual “do you have your ticket yet?” (click here so you can say YES to that one) and “what are you wearing?”) always comes one more question…“are you staying at the hotel?”
I’m gonna be totally honest here. I cannot imagine not staying at the hotel. It turned a fun Mom’s Night Out into a decadent experience. And it wasn’t like I dropped a ton of cash to do so. You can split the room between 2-4 people. Might even be cheaper than an Uber home, especially if they are experiencing surge pricing.
That first year, I opted for 2 to a room…because I share my bed at home already and I wanted THE WHOLE THING to myself. I just can’t even express how amazing that sleep was- it was uninterrupted. It was quiet. It was delightfully pee-free. No one had a nightmare. No one stuck their elbow in my side. And I was only responsible for me.
And that meant that I had an amazing night. I didn’t have to worry about having an extra drink. I didn’t have to worry about being too tired when the dancing was done and the lights were flipped on. I didn’t even have to put my shoes back on after I had kicked them under the table an hour into the dancing. I just pressed the elevator button, slid in my door key, and relaxed.
Fast forward to last year. I was buzzing from excitement and wasn’t ready to sleep when the Mom Prom ended, so after grabbing some food in the hotel’s bar, I room-hopped with a few people. We played some Cards Against Humanity, we talked, we snapped gloriously goofy pictures, and somewhere around 4am, I fell asleep.
Both years, I felt like the price of the hotel was a total bargain for how it improved my Mom Prom experience. (It is *roughly* $100 per room after taxes…so if you have 4 people in your room, that’s about $25 each. You can spend more than that on clearance endcaps in Target during one visit.)
Here’s how it went- I leisurely got dressed and ready for Mom Prom in my hotel room. I grabbed dinner with friends. We got to the Mom Prom and had a great time. The next day, I got up at like 10am and got breakfast with friends before checking out. I stayed alllll the way until checkout time. And do you know what happened when I got home the next day? No emergencies had happened. Everyone was fine. And I was not only well rested, but rejuvenated. It was the best gift I could give to myself.
Treat yo’self. Get the room. (Oh wait…is a Parks and Rec reference too old now? I am hopelessly out of touch with current TV since I only have Netflix. But hey, Amy Poehler is my jam. I feel like she will always be relevant. Bye-bye Little Sebastian.)