As the restrictions in our state lift, and we start to fulfill our need for human connection and celebration, it might seem difficult to navigate just how to do that. The unprecedented times leave us with a unique and delicate challenge.
How do we put life on hold? Prom, Graduation, Funerals, Weddings, Birthdays, and anniversaries, just to name a few, are some of the life events that are being put on hold, postponed, or even cancelled. As a parent it is hard to watch your eager senior miss out on things that you know they have been counting down since they started high school. As an excited couple in the process of planning their wedding, it is devastating to feel like the moment you have been dreaming of might not happen. As someone who lost a loved one, it is incredibly difficult to grieve your loss without the ability to have a funeral.
Whether you agree with the quarantine/re-opening guidelines or not, I think we can all agree that during this time there is a lot of disappointment, frustration, grief and anger due to missed opportunities. The only way to get through it is to focus on the things in life that are blessings and bring you joy, and the hope that this won’t last forever. So let’s celebrate! Whether it’s a small accomplishment, or a huge one!
Party Time Plus is incredibly interested in helping educate and inspire our community on how they might be able to celebrate big milestones (and small) with respect to the guidelines of the different re-opening phases. While we may not have all the answers, and you may not agree with some of our ideas, we want to help “restart” the connection and gratitude that comes with celebration and the ability to gather with one another in community. We are not suggesting going around any rules or guidelines, just simply giving people ideas of how to work with what they have been given.
Our first suggestion is to move the party outdoors! We have a full line of backyard event canopies that you can set up and take down yourself, or you can hire us to do it. As summer approaches and the warm weather continues, we also have lots of different seating options, and we can help you figure out what equipment will fit in your yard, and how to accommodate for social distancing! For those planning a Graduation Celebration, we may be limited to 10 people or less for phase 1 of reopening, that doesn’t mean you can’t plan for an event later in the fall! If you just aren’t ready to host an event for your grad until more restrictions are lifted, you can always postpone the celebration, and put on a “Back to School” party to celebrate your grad and give them one last HOORAY before going off to college!