In the Navy, or perhaps it is limited to Naval Aviation, squadron mates will “green light’ you. Which means, they have decided the party is at your house. The door bell is often your only warning, though sometimes, their arrival is announced by stomping on your roof. However, on rare occasions, if you are very lucky, you get an advance call giving you a ten minute warning.
I have heard rumors that certain communities only do green light parties under certain circumstance like when a new Lt. Commander checks in with the squadron, but in the fighter pilot community green light parties are called on a whim.
Tips for Organizing a Party in 10 minutes:
Keep Easy Appetizers on Hand!
Keep fresh veggies in the fridge along with a bottle of your favorite Ranch dressing.
Keep an extra bag or two or three of chips tucked away in the pantry. I keep extra salsa and refried beans tucked away as well. You can mix a 16 oz. jar of salsa with a can of refried beans to make a a delicious dip in less than a minute.
Have frozen pre-cooked appetizers in the freezer. You can quickly reheat them. They will take 15 minutes to cook, but your guests can munch of chips and veggies while waiting.
Make pizza anything! I used to keep pre-cooked pizzas in the freezer, but now I use zucchini or eggplant to make Pizza Bites.
Keep lemonade concentrate and other juice concentrates in the freezer. This will allow you to quickly throw together a punch if you don’t have canned beverages on hand. I keep a stash of bottled beer in the garage – not enough for a party, but enough for one round.
10 Minute Cleaning Tips:
Grab an empty laundry basket and pick up all the clutter in the main rooms. You can sort the items later, right now all you have time for is to pick up the clutter and get it out of the main rooms.
Wipe down the guest bathroom sink, toilet, and mirror. Empty the trash, put up fresh towels, and pull the shower curtain closed.
Wipe your kitchen counters, sweep the floor, and unload the dishwasher. Place any dirty dishes you create while cooking in the dishwasher.
Close the doors to any of the bedrooms that are messy.
When the doorbell rings, stop worrying about the house and enjoy yourself!