...went out today. It is 3 1/2 weeks until the party and less than 6 weeks until Kaitlin is off to boot camp. We are set on the open house with spaghetti/bread/salad/cheesecake/drinks.
I have asked that everybody bring a picture or letter and will have a "writing station" so they can write something there if they want.
Ordered a banner from www.partybanners.com for around $20. I personalized it but in a way where I can re-use it when my son goes in later in the year. We will have blue/gold (yellow) balloons, table cloths, dishes, etc. Also ordered edible art for a cake off of eBay. Looks like I can settle down and enjoy Christmas and New Year's now. With all of the tears and joy that come with it.