September 13, 2010

Patio Prom Date


2010 Patio Prom
Theme: The STARS Burn Bright for You My Love

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Will You Go To Prom With Me?
When I was planning this date I realized that I needed to actually ASK my husband to go with me.  That’s how it goes in high school, right?  And sticking with the high school ideas, I needed to ask him in a super fun and super corny way. 😉  My top two choices were #1) Do an outline of myself on our driveway with a rock on top of a note saying, “I would DIE if you would go to prom with me.” Or #2) Decorate his car while it’s in the parking lot of his work.

I opted for the second choice because the first choice no one would see but him and the second choice sounded like so much more fun.  So I had my sister help me trash the inside of his car.  I used confetti, balloons, crepe paper, and a big poster board that said, “Will you go to PROM with ME? Love, Ginger”. I slapped some lipstick on my lips and went to town with kissy marks all over the poster board.

The Reaction?
Or rather, his co-workers reaction? {LOL} My husband’s co-workers were scratching their heads trying to figure out why someone trashed his car.  Then when they read the poster board the question was, “Who in the heck is this Ginger girl and how OLD is she?” Haha! I got a good laugh about that. Well, my husband got made fun of and hassled quite a bit about “going to prom”. Good thing I’m married to a man who would react to his co-workers this way: “They’re just jealous ‘cause their wives don’t do cool stuff like this!” {LOL}

Kids in Bed
I wanted our prom to be a date we could do at home after the kids were in bed.  I didn’t want to pay for a babysitter and I LOVE our back patio because we have a fantastic view of the city.  So once Adam and I were all dressed up we got the kids fed and in bed before our date official started.
Tip: My kids sometimes have a tough time getting to sleep without using every excuse in the book to stay up, so I made sure to run them ragged all day long.  They were exhausted by the time bedtime rolled around.  This makes getting them to bed quick and easy. No – “I need a drink! Want a story! I need to go to the bathroom!” Haha! We ALL know how bedtime goes.

The Clothing
I didn’t want to have to purchase an actual prom dress or rent a tux for this.  Obviously that would have blown our budget out of the water.  So I picked one of my summer dresses to wear and told my husband to match his outfit with mine as best he could.  I think he did a pretty amazing job!  I did, however, purchase a second dress to wear later on in the evening from Ross (it was on clearance for $7).  We’ll just say that it’s more like my Little Black Dress, but with a little less material…;)  I wore my summer dress for our pictures and dinner.  Then I “excused” myself to use the “restroom” in order to do my quick change.  When I walked out in a different dress my husband took a double take and then his face went completely red!  Haha!  I love to throw him off like that.  He loved it…until he got a little paranoid about our neighbors seeing me in a scantily-clad dress (that may or may not have resembled bedroom attire).  That only made me laugh even harder as I invited him to dance with me.  And then he seemed to forget all about the neighbors for a while.
The Patio Décor & Poster
I used white LED lights that I purchased from Wal-Mart a few Christmas’ ago.  Any white lights will do – I like mine because the bulbs are larger and give off more light.  I stapled these lights around the top of the lattice on my patio.  I also strung them around the poster and stars that I stapled to the actual lattice.  It turned out way better than I thought it would!  It looked so official!
I made up a poster using vinyl (it would work just as great with stenciling – just so it looks more official).  It says “2010 Patio Prom Presents: The STARS burn bright for you my love.”  My theme was stars, which was perfect since it was right after the 4th of July so it was easy to find cute “star” themed accents on clearance.  Then I also made some larger stars out of poster board to accent around it.

The Pictures
What prom night is complete without pictures?  We’ve had to have some great shots to put in the scrap book.  So I had a friend of mine, Vanessa, come over and take our official Patio Prom Pictures.  I love them – they turned out so cute.  If you don’t have a friend/family member take pictures for you, use a tripod or grab a neighbor.

The Dinner Ice Bucket
This was such a fun find!  I have searched for these online to give you a reference for them, but they range in price from $7 up to $60. has a really good selection of these.  I actually found mine by chance at JoAnn Crafts for $8 on their summer clearance shelf.  I wasn’t even looking for something like this, but it was so cute that I couldn’t pass it up!  You could really use any kind of ice bucket for this.  Plastic ones work great too.  Just something that you can fill up with ice to put your drinks in.  If you want to add monogrammed vinyl, it is $1.50 (doesn’t include S&H) at  I grabbed a bottle of Welch’s Sparkling Red Grape Juice Cocktail to put in the bucket.

Plates & Bowls
I picked up two black plates and two black bowls from the dollar store.  I thought this would be a fun addition to our meal.  I’m all about having a “souvenir” from our date nights together.  I added auto vinyl to the plates and bowls to personalize them and have them add to our star theme. The plates have one big star and have our names on them. The bowls just have smaller stars on them.  I used the auto vinyl so that I can wash them without them peeling up easily.  The vinyl cost $4.50 (doesn’t include S&H) from


His & Hers Wine Glasses
I used the His & Hers glasses that Lisa M. made for all of the divas.  These were a really cute addition to all of the monogrammed dinnerwear.  Check out her post HERE.  Lisa M. was sweet enough to contribute a set of these adorable glasses to give-a-way to one of our lucky readers!

All you have to do to be eligable for this giveaway is leave a comment below stating what you love about this date and be a public follower of our blog!  Good luck!

In an effort to keep this date easy and inexpensive, I decided to do a hors d’oeuvre theme.  Instead of cooking myself (which would have taken the better part of my day and time I just didn’t have) I went to Fred Meyers and actually purchased our dinner in their deli.  What I love about Fred Meyers is they have a very good selection of gourmet hors d’oeuvre items and they are very reasonably priced.  If you don’t have a Fred Meyers where you are, pick a grocery store that has an amazing deli & bakery section.  Grocery stores like Albertson’s or Smith’s usually have a selection of gourmet items to choose from.  So you get the look & taste of a fancy meal without the restaurant prices.  Here is my food list from Fred Meyers:
Hickory Farms meat & cheese tray
Crab & Avocado Sushi
Japanese Shrimp Dumplings
Mediterranean Orzo Pasta Salad
Deli Turkey Wraps
Victorian Dessert Cup
Fancy Chocolate Cupcake
Napoleon Dessert
Chocolate Éclair

(…and NO, we didn’t even eat 1/4 of the dessert that I purchased. LOL It was a fun look though and our kids had a fun treat the next day for being good and going to bed early.)

I used the fruit that I already had in my fridge at the time (grapes, cherries & strawberries).  What I loved about doing it this way is that it was already ready to serve.  I just stuck it in my fridge until right before we were ready to eat.

Let’s Dance
I have a small speaker system for my iPod that is portable ($8 at Ross if you don’t have one).  I set this on our dinner table so we got to listen to some nice music during dinner.  We used this for our Prom playlist too.  I incorporated music from our wedding reception and new releases for us to dance to.  I don’t know about all of you, but I LOVE to dance with my hubby.  It is very romantic to me.  While we danced we talked about the Top 10 reasons why we fell in love with each other (that didn’t include physical traits, LOL).  A few of my favorite music/artist picks are:

Paramore – The Only Exception
Brian Adams – Everything I Do
Nickelback – Far Away
Nickelback – Never Gonna Be Alone
Colbie Cailat – I Never Told You
Michael Buble` – I Wanna Go home
Gavin DeGraw – We Belong Together
Taylor Swift – Today Was a Fairytale
OneRepublic – Secrets
Incubus – I Miss You

We can all pretend that this doesn’t happen, but we all know that it does.  And what prom night doesn’t include a make-out session? Haha!  So my hubby and I got into the backseat of our car (that was parked in the garage) and DOT. DOT. DOT. 😉

Don’t forget to leave a comment below stating what you love about this date and that you are a public follower of our blog so you’ll be eligable to win a set of His & Hers wine glasses courtesy of Lisa M.!  The giveaway will end at midnight on Wednesday, September 15th and the winner will be announced on Thursday the 16th on our Facebook Fan Page….so be SURE check and see if you won!!

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63 Responses to “Patio Prom Date”

  1. Michelle says:

    I am a public follower! And I absolutely LOVE that you "trashed" your hubby's car old school prom style!! And especially the reaction from his coworkers, that was great!

  2. Robyn says:

    Totally a Public FOLLOWER! =D The reason I LOVE this date is I never got to go to my Junior or Senior Prom in High School. I have always dreamed of it and always wondered if I could somehow do something to give me a small taste of Prom. This is definitely something I would love to do with my Husband. We live in an apartment on the top floor so to do this idea on our Patio would be so much fun!! Thank you Kari for such a GREAT idea!! I'm going to try this out some time in the future. =D

  3. Jenny says:

    I am a public follower and I love your site!! What I love about this date is how easy it is to recreate on a budget at home. PLUS, I am so excited about the prom theme. I went to the prom twice with my now husband, so this date will be a lot of fun to relive again! Thanks for sharing :)

  4. Amberlyn says:

    I'm always amazed at how great each date idea is! This one was soooo cute! I love how you posed for pictures and better yet made an excuse to dance! Love it!

  5. Kira Cherry says:

    I'm a public follower!
    This date idea is soo cute! My husband and I actually dated our senior year of high school but we "skipped" prom due to schedule conflicts. I will be doing this date night idea for sure to make up for our "prom". I loved everything about this date, but if I had to pick would be the "asking" part. Since being married, I just assume my husband will go to things with me- which is so unlike when we were dating! I remember the excitement and butterflies of planning how I would ask him out on a date. It was such a fun part of dating and I think its great you've included that into this date idea. Its already giving me ideas on how to ask my husband to several dates I have planned this year. Thanks for the reminder!

  6. Mandi says:

    I love this idea!! We have an awesome patio and I am always trying to come up with "date" ideas that involve being outside. It looks like it was a great patio prom, thanks for sharing.
    *I follow this blog publicly*

  7. Mindy Jo says:

    I'm a follower! AND my favorite part of the date was the idea to wear your "2nd dress" for the end of the date … and DANCING in it, too!!! TOO cute!!!

  8. Hodson Family says:

    I love your fun idea of asking him to prom and all the cute inexpensive decor! You guys have fabulous ideas! I am a follower

  9. Becky (So Very Blessed) says:

    Wow, this post sure brought back some memories! Such a cute idea!

  10. Nick and Lisa says:

    I LOVE your creative mind and sense of humor!! You are the best wife ever!!!!!:) What a fun night of memories you created with your sweetheartt! I am a follower!

  11. Flex says:

    What a very cute prom idea. I love the photos!
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  12. Selena says:

    "The Dating Divas showed me how to ROCK the Prom……Who ever said that you have to attend High School to do it!" :)

  13. Katie says:

    The Dating Divas showed me how to ROCK the Prom……Who ever said that you have to attend High School to do it!

  14. Heather Fofana says:

    I love your blog and this is an awesome date that is inexpensive!

  15. One Happy Family says:

    I am a public follower (of course)! And I love the idea of getting to go to prom with my hubby. We met right before I graduated college so we never got to go to a school dance together. Thanks for all the fabulous ideas! :)

  16. One Happy Family says:

    "The Dating Divas showed me how to ROCK the Prom……W…ho ever said that you have to attend High School to do it!" :)

  17. The Woodin's domain says:

    "The Dating Divas showed me how to ROCK the Prom……Who ever said that you have to attend High School to do it!" :)


  18. Amelia Harris says:

    First off I just have to say I came across your blog from Howdoesshe. I love it! :)The 1st year my husband and I were married I did stuff like this all the time! 3 daughters later and 11 years passed I'm ashamed to say I haven't done anything like this since then. Thanks for the inspiration to pick it up or "heat" it up again :)

    My favorite part is the simple hors d’oeuvre menu for the evening! Thanks for sharing! :)

  19. melinda says:

    What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!
    I'm now a follower and a facebook fan.

  20. Leslie says:

    I'm a public follower and a facebook fan! I love this date. I didn't get to attend my high school prom but now I really want to create my own prom with my hubs. I think it would be fun to create a version of this with several friends as well. Although the little dress and make out session would then be a no go so maybe not…

  21. Andy and Brittany says:

    I just became a follower! I think this is such a fun idea, I went to a high school dance with my husband so this would bring back so many great memories of it! I also love the idea of dancing because I love dancing with my hubby. Plus we have the perfect patio for it with lights already hung up!

  22. Ariel says:

    Oh such a great idea! My husband is out of town this week, so this might be a great way to welcome him home!

    Oh, and I'm following you from Tag Along Tuesday :)

  23. La~La says:

    OHHH such a great idea.. My husband and I both had bad prom experiences and Im so excited to create this date!!

    Oh and I have been a public follower for a while now :) love love love you guys and your dates!

  24. Kira Cherry says:

    The Dating Divas showed me how to ROCK the Prom……W…ho ever said that you have to attend High School to do it!" :)

  25. Shey says:

    Haha! This was SO cute! I loved the idea! I love how you asked him all cute and I enjoyed your writing, it was fun and cute to read. What a creative, memorable date! I wanna do that with my hubby now!

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