Who says creativity and innovation is in the youth of the 2000’s is dead? These days it’s not enough to just ask your date to the high school prom. No, now you have to create a moment that will become as memorable as the magical night itself.
One inventive Cedar Cliff High School student put Styrofoam cups on a chain-link fence near the school’s soccer fields, spelling out, “Prom?” Hershey sophomore Nick Pasquini gave his date a box of those little marshmallow peeps. When she finished eating the gooey treats, she saw, “Prom? Nick?” at the bottom. Welcome to “promposals”, the newest fad to sweep the country’s youth, and one that adds a healthy dose of romanticism back into the mix.
Where it all began
Filming the big question (we’re talking marriage, the *really* big question) and posting it online had become fairly common by the early 2000’s and given the desire to gain and retain attention on popular social networks, this naturally progressed to more and more elaborate methods of popping the big question. Soon, wobbly-kneed young men were asking for their wife-to-be’s hand while skydiving or while the honored tradition was projected on a giant television screen at a professional sporting event. Taking their cue from elaborately staged wedding proposals, high school aged boys began mimicking their older comrades, coming up with unusual and memorable ways to ask their dates to the prom while of course, filming their “prom-proposals” and posting them on social media networks.
What they do
Promposal methods gain points by being personal and of course, unique. Asking your date to the prom now takes more than just strong nerves. It requires imagination, weeks of planning and in many cases, a good bit of engineering skills. How do today’s youth ask their dates to the prom?
Alec Stouffer, a Penn State junior, asked his high school girlfriend to prom by attaching a note to a Build-A-Bear he had made himself.
Greta Long, a former local resident now living in Albuquerque, N.M., is a ballerina. Her date dressed in leotard and tights and then danced his way to Greta and her friends, who were sitting outside between classes.
During the seventh inning stretch of a recent Dodgers’ baseball game, a young lady and her friends noticed a group of young men carrying a large, homemade sign through the aisles of the stadium. As they approached an unsuspecting young lady in the stands, one of the men handed her a bouquet a flowers while his friends held up the oversized sign saying, “Prom?” The crowd cheered when she said, “yes.”
Other unique promposals ideas
Looking for inspiration. Here are a few promposal ideas we’ve run across.
- Create a playlist of songs that express your infatuation with the person
- They might be confused when you give them a broom, but then thrilled when you tell them, “I want to sweep you off your feet and take you to prom!”
- Give the prom proposal through a trained parrot
- Pretend you have car problems and ask your date to fetch something from the trunk of the car. Place the promposal on a sign laid out in the trunk.
- Have a pizza delivered to them, and write inside the box, “I know this is cheesy, but will you go to prom with me?”
- Grab a bag of chocolate kisses and scatter the chocolate on their floor. When they walk in, ask them, “Now that I’ve kissed the ground you walk on, will you go to Prom with me?”
- Give her “Will you go to the prom with me” baked cookies.
- Fill a bunch of pink balloons with helium and draw pig faces on them. Put those balloons in a box and put a note on top of the box that says, “When will I ask you to prom?” and a note inside the box that says, “When pigs fly!” Deliver the box!
- Spell it out on the street or sidewalk using sidewalk chalk.
- Use a Sharpie to write on a couple of bananas: “I’m bananas for you. Go to prom with me?”
- Line up a bunch of candles in her driveway that spell out “prom”.
- If you have a musical talent, sing the promposal to her.
- Instead of having the barista write their name on the cup, scribble “Prom?” onto their favorite coffee drink and tell them, “This is hard to espresso, but I’ll take a shot. Go to prom with me?”
- Purchase an ad in the local newspaper asking your date to the prom.
- Inside a box of a dozen donuts, include a note that says, “I donut want to go to prom with anyone but you.”
- Ask her to the prom in an unusual place – the top of a roller-coaster or in front of a large crowd.
- Take her out on a date before prom and at dinner tell her that the two of you were rehearsing for the real event and then ask her if she will be your date for prom.
- Pull out a piece of paper and a quill, lay it before her, and pound out your best poetry while she is watching.