To high school students, prom is the pinnacle of their high school experience, a moment they will forever remember and look back on with fond memories. Most adults can still recollect what they wore, whom they went with, and many of the memories in between. As prom is just around the corner for high school teens, boys and sometimes girls scramble not only to choose whom they are going to ask to prom, but also how they are going to ask him or her.
In our modern world of constant technology, chivalry and traditional romance are sometimes lost through texting, Facebook, or twitter. Prior to this world of advanced technology, asking someone to prom was as simple as asking someone on a date. Proper and polite, yet simple.
Today, asking someone to prom, often called a “promposal,” is no easy task. “Promposals” are well thought out, creative, unique and often posted to YouTube, Instagram, or Tumblr, inspiring others to ask their dates in elaborate ways as well. Each new idea prompts bigger and better “promposals.” From decorating their date’s car to filling their date’s bedroom with roses, balloons, and lights to preparing a scavenger hunt ending with the “promposer” holding flowers and a sign, teenagers stop at nothing to ask their boyfriend, girlfriend, or friend to prom in the best way.
Although the list is endless of ideas for the perfect “promposal,” a few stand out from the rest. Although a simple approach, one high school junior asked his girlfriend to prom while out at dinner. Little did his girlfriend know that an hour before he had gone to the restaurant and given the hostess a personally made menu asking his girlfriend to prom. When they sat down to dinner and she opened the menu, she was surprised to find the personally made menu asking her to prom. To her boyfriend’s pleasure, the young lady happily said yes!
Using food is a creative and easy trend when it comes time to ask your date to prom. Whether it’s a decorative cake or a platter spelling out “Prom” in chocolate syrup, food is not only a go-to “promposal” method, but also a tasty treat! High school junior Camryn Hicks remembered this clever ask, “My prom date once made me a fortune cookie containing a fortune that asked me to prom. It was really thoughtful and delicious!”
Jordan Aulen, a junior at Archmere Academy, runs cross country and track, participates in Mock Trial, and enjoys writing. She contributes Archmere’s weekly article for the Crossroads section of the News Journal.