HAVE THE MORNING COVERED Do whatever you can to organise childcare for the morning after. Manipulate or bribe your partner. If you don't have anyone at home offer a friend breakfast and then fall asleep on the sofa as they eat it.
READ A BOOK or skim the paper. If you really don't have time just google some stuff. Really, at the very least flick through Heat magazine. No one wants to know about the consistency of your kids outputs. Please be prepared to have adult, outwardly focused conversation.
GET DRUNK OR DON'T GET DRUNK Don't spend the whole night stressing about, or worse talking about, the fact that you might have to get up early. Either accept your motherly status and nurse that spritzer or get mashed and pay the price - the middle ground is no fun.
CLEAR THE SCHEDULE Do whatever you can to have a basic schedule the next day. If it's your first night out in a while it will be harder than you remember. Make no concrete plans. Have the DVD in the player the night before. Cereal, sandwiches and pasta for the win.
HAVE SOMETHING YUMMY PLANNED You might be able to buy some time but eventually you'll have to get up. Have something waiting that will help propel you from the bed. I'm thinking awesomely expensive coffee or the ooziest cream filled cake you can find, even a new lippie - anything to remind you that you live to fight another day and perhaps, eventually, another night out.
For more tips on making your day great (even when you're hungover) register for my free webinar 'The Lost Art of Stay at Home Parenting' on Monday 3rd August @ 7:30pm