Prom. Just the thought of the word scrambles nerves and sets your brain spiraling, thinking about the perfect dress, renting a tux or getting the dream girl/guy to agree to go with you. Asking someone tothe big dance can be stressful, especially if the person you want to ask is completely oblivious to your maybe not-so-subtle hints (don’t worry, we have awesoME tips for that, too). For all of you bold girls and guys who need a little direction, let ME help you out with these creative takes on some classic ask outs that will wow your date-to-be and make it absolutely impossible to say no!
The Element of Surprise
This one is usually foolproof for girls. Ask her to get lunch with you, or if you hang with her often, offer to be the driver for the day. Tell her she has something on her face and to look in the mirror. Once she pulls it open, have “Prom?” written on the mirror in lipstick or something else that is a bright color and can be easily removed. She’ll be so taken aback that she’ll have to say yes!
Cute and Cuddly
Take a quick trip to Build-a-Bear Workshop, or a similar store where you can create stuffed animals, and pick him/her out a furry new friend. Record a message asking them to the dance and stuff it in the bear. Your prospective date will love that you went out of your way to make something especially for them! Also, get creative with the animal. Sometimes unconventional is better, so look at the funny choices, like dinosaurs or elephants, too.
Let the Fish Do the Talking
The classic “Laguna Beach” Homecoming scenario may seem a bit overdone, but it’s a crowd pleaser. Go to a store, such as Wal-Mart, and buy a goldfish and bowl. Put it in his/her room (after getting permission from the parentals first). Add a sign that says, “Of all the fish in the sea, you are the one for me. Prom?” This can also work if you hint by trailing goldfish crackers around places they usually go, such as a locker or a classroom seat, so that your potential date will be confused and looking for an answer. If you need tips on how to strategically place a hint, ME’s got you covered on that, too.
Make a Statement
If you are in with the student administration, ask if you can make a special request over the intercom whenever your particular school does announcements during the day. Have the principal announce you, and then ask him/her for everyone to hear! This one is pretty gutsy, but it will get people talking about it-and your date won’t be able to stop thinking about your fearless attitude.
Trouble with the Law
This one would be better for the guys. Find an old parking ticket envelope or a good substitute, such as a brown envelope you can find in your school office. Place it on his car windshield with a note inside that resembles a parking ticket. Fill in the proper spaces, such as where the line says, “Violation” write “Prom?” For the date, enter in the date of the dance and then write two separate check boxes saying yes or no. He’ll love that you freaked him out for a bit and will laugh at your familiarity with the law.
‘X’ Marks the Spot
Make a treasure map that serves as a scavenger hunt for him/her. Leave the map on their doorstep on a weekend afternoon (talk to a friend first to make sure they are available and have someone to help them out) and ring the doorbell. Leave clues around your favorite places in town so that they start to pick up on who it may be. At the end of the hunt, have a sign that says, “Taking you to Prom would be the best treasure of all,” right before the entrance to the final spot where you will be standing. Not only will they get a fun day out of it, but also they’ll love the extra effort you put into your invitation.
At the end of the school day, rush out to your car where you will have “Prom?” decorated on the windshield. Go to his/her usual parking space and block them in. After they get frustrated for not being able to leave they’ll turn around and see you in your car and laugh at your cleverness. It also works to decorate their car before they get out for the day, but make sure not to do any permanent damage!
Up, Up and Away
Fill up his/her entire room with balloons and stick a note in one of them that says, “Prom?“ with your name and a yes/no check box. Put as many balloons inside as possible, after getting permission first, and put a sign outside their bedroom door that says, “Start popping, but be careful. There’s a message in one.” Though it’s a bit obnoxious, it’ll be fun for the person and once they find your note they’ll laugh about the whole scenario and be dying be your date.
If you know that they work at a low-key job and get alone well with their managers, or if you work with the date-to-be, this one is great. Pull up to their place of employment with a huge sign asking them to Prom. Have a friend drive and use a megaphone to start a bit of a scene. Once your date comes out, they will be so surprised and humored at this display that they’ll have to say yes.
Starry, Starry Night
Buy some glow-in-the-dark sticky stars to put on their ceiling. While they are away, sneak into their room and write, “Prom?” with your phone number underneath it above where their pillow is. When they turn their light off to go to sleep they will look up and see your invitation in the stars. They’ll text you right away and tell you yes!
A Floral Invitation
Fill her locker with flower pedals for the first hint. When she goes out to her car, have flower pedals all over the top and on the windshield. Be ready for when she gets home from school and be waiting with a huge bouquet of the same flowers and just come out and ask her! It may be less creative, but what girl doesn’t love flowers?