We may only be a week into February, but senior boys are already sweating bullets over how they are going to ask their dates to prom. Even those with bona fide girlfriends are not exempt from this rite of spring. As a mother to two boys and a girl, Auntie PRUNELLA has seen both sides of the equation and considers it her sacred duty to help poor, beleaguered boys everywhere. Here are some ideas on how to ask that special girl to that most important of high school dances: PROM.
Purchase one big beach ball and as many smaller beach balls as your budget can handle. The more, the better, as you are going for maximum impact. Blow them all up. Enlist friends to help you with the inflating process if you have asthma or are prone to passing out. With a permanent ink marker, on the big beach ball, write NOW THAT I HAVE THE BALLS TO ASK YOU, WILL YOU GO TO PROM WITH ME? Arrange with the girl's mom to bring the beach balls over to her house at a time when your intended is going to be out.
If you have a reasonably good singing voice, serenade the girl at school, preferably at lunch when you can make a spectacle out of it. If you can't sing, ask a friend to do it, or a "Glee" type guy from your school's choir. If you get someone else to do the actual singing, you can be "waiting in the wings" with flowers and chocolates to seal the deal.
THE MAGIC SHIRT
You'll need a white tee-shirt in the girl's size, a box of washable markers in different colors, and some permanent ink markers, also in different colors. The idea is to camouflage the invitation in a hidden word puzzle. Use permanent ink for the words in the invitation; washable ink for the rest of the letters. On the back of the shirt, again in washable ink, write "WASH ME NOW" or enclose these directions with a card or note. When your intended washes the shirt, the random lettering will disappear leaving your "secret" message.
For the really lazy, Auntie PRUNELLA has a deal for you! There's a website that will create a personalized hidden word puzzle for you slackers. It's free, it's easy and it's called Discovery Education's Puzzlemaker. But wait! There's more! The program uses filters to prevent the random creation of vulgar words, so you Romeos out there don't have to worry that your puzzle might be saying more than you intended.
Get a large box, like the kind people use when moving. Go to your local party supplies store, purchase a bunch of pink balloons, and get them filled with helium. Draw a piggy face on each balloon and put the balloons in the box. This will be a bit like trying to stuff an angry octopus into a string bag, but man up and keep trying until you get all the balloons safely inside the box. (If you can find helium balloons shaped like pigs or pink balloons with pigs already stamped on them, so much the better.) Deliver the box to the girl's house with a note that says: THE DAY I ASK YOU TO PROM IS THE DAY PIGS FLY! Then, settle back and watch the action.
ALL TIED UP
This requires string, lots of it, some signs, a gift, and a girl with parents who are very accommodating. Arrange to be at your intended's house when she is going to be out. Fasten the end of your string to your starting point and hang a big sign on it that says START HERE, with an arrow pointing down the length of the string. Your starting point should be wherever the girl lands when she gets home. For example, if she parks (or is dropped off) in front of the house, a good starting point might be the curbside mailbox. Once you've fixed your starting point, meander all over the yard unraveling the string as you go. Anchor the string around trees, lawn furniture, garden gnomes, bicycles, the family dog, cars on blocks, wayward squirrels, passing joggers. At intervals, place signs or notes encouraging her to keep going. When you come to a stopping point (or are fed up with tripping over the string, whichever comes first), that's where you put your sign or note inviting her to prom. I HAD TO PULL A LOT OF STRINGS TO GET YOU HERE. WILL YOU GO TO PROM WITH ME? Or maybe: I'M 'KNOT' JUST STRINGING YOU ALONG. WILL YOU GO TO PROM WITH ME? Better yet, let the end of the string reveal YOU hiding and patiently waiting to pop the question. A small gift would be appropriate, too. If you are really rich, hire a string quartet (ha!) to play softly as you ask her out.
Compose a short prom invite, like (NAME), HOW ABOUT PROM? Construct the invite on poster board, with one board for every letter. Round up as many friends as you have letters, and assemble where you know your intended will be. The more public, the better.
DIY LITE-BRITE You'll need plywood, a drill, Christmas lights rated for outdoor use, and an extension cord. Drill small holes in the plywood to read PROM? or some other short invite. Working from the back, insert a light into each hole. Secure the lights to the board with black duct tape so they stay put. Prop the sign up against a tree or the girl's house and plug the sucker in. If you have some building skills, add supports to the sign so it can be free-standing.
THE OLD STANDBYS
Decorate her locker inside and out.
Deliver flowers to her house.
Have cupcakes, a cake or a large cookie decorated to spell out the invite. Have the goodies waiting for her on her desk before she arrives to class.
Decorate her car. Just be careful you don't damage the finish.
A sidewalk or driveway and chalk. Check the weather first. You don't want your invite washed away in the rain.
Feel free to leave your ideas in the 'comments' below.
Best of luck, boys!
Pink balloons (piggy faces added): http://www.sxc.hu/profile/ngould
Prom lights (cropped photo): http://blog.kevineikenberry.com/leadership/a-creative-way-of-asking-a-common-question/?doing_wp_cron=1362202577.3100109100341796875000
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