Patio Prom Date

At-Home Patio Prom Date for Two
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) email Lisa 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) email Lisa at

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 dinnerware.  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 eligible 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 Eclair

(…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 eligible 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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About the Author: Kari

I am a very outgoing person that loves spending time with my family and friends. I have a thirst for knowledge, I am completely at home in the kitchen, and my biggest passion in life is snow skiing. I've been married to my sweetheart for 14 years and we have 3 children.

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  1. I'm a public follower, and love this date because its something that can be done at home, after kids are in bed. I like the inexpensive aspect of it. For us with little budgets left for "play" this is a BIG plus

  2. I love the aspect of going back in time to recreate another memory with your hubby. High school sometimes isn't the easiest time, so why not have some awesome memories associated with high school instead of dreadful ones? Prom was fun back then, but to have "prom" with the one you're really going to be with for the rest of your life is magical. Besides, it's a great idea with a small price tag! Who could pass it up? Not me!

  3. So fun. I am a follower of your blog- I just love it. My husband and I actually went to prom together in high school. This would be such a fun memory to recreate.

  4. I totally follow your blog…got a button on my blog. I'm totally loving the "parking" in the garage. That cracks me up! That's probably the only place I'd be brave enough to "park" anyway!

  5. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS DATE!!! But I would say my favorite part(s) are that your ALONE with NO KIDS!!! And the dancing! I love to Dance and it doesn't happen very often :)Thanks for such an AWESOME idea!!

  6. I love this date idea! I never got to go to prom when I was in high school and the college one that I went to had a horrible memory attached to it. I think this would be great fun! I love the fact that you went and changed into your "little, little black dress"!!!! That is SO something that I would do! I LOVE dancing with my husband! He loves to sneak up behind me while I am working in the kitchen and take me in his arms and start dancing with me. Sigh….so romantic!!! I am seriously considering trying this date out! And I have been a public follower for a long time.

  7. What a cute idea!!! My husband and I went to our high school prom together and this would be an amazing blast from the past date for us! Thanks for the idea! I became a follower a few months ago and I love all the great ideas! ~Rebecca

  8. With working multiple jobs, my husband and I just don't have the time to get out so the idea of being able to do this on our back patio is perfect! I have been following this blog for some time and this is definitely one of my favorite ideas!

  9. So Cute! I'm a follower, and I just love the picture idea and the "parking" idea. Super fun details that I never would've thought of! You're so very creative-thanks for sharing!

  10. I am now a public follower, you have been in my google reader though for quite some time! I absolutely love this date! It is so creative! I love how you asked him to prom in a creative way. I am sure that just built the suspense of the date more. Love you girls!

  11. I've been a public follower for quite a while. I love this date for all the flexibility that is involved. You could make it very formal or you could make it very informal depending on your budget, time, and wishes. I also loved that you had it in your back yard. My most favorite was how you asked him. Maby of us either didn't go to our high school proms or at least not with our husbands so, that would be a great memory to make with your husband. I can't wait to do this date with my hubby. Thank you for doing the give away I would love those his & hers glasses.


  12. I am a follower and I love the DOT.DOT.DOT at the end LOL. Ok really, I love that it can be done at home after kids are in bed. I find myself slacking in the dating department sometimes because I cannot think of who to have sit this time…and this you don't have to. Super cute!

  13. I love your husband's co-workers' reactions, as well as his response to them! Oh, and his red face!~that was a priceless detail!

    I'm a public follower. : )

  14. I am a follower. I would love to decorate my husbands car at work – after I move it into a more public location! I love that we could go to prom without any of the high school awkwardness!

  15. 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!

  16. 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

  17. 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 🙂

  18. 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!

  19. 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*

  20. 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! 🙂

  21. 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! 🙂

  22. 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…

  23. 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!

  24. 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 🙂

  25. 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!

  26. 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!

  27. I found your site googleing about ideas to do with my boyfriend. We are together for a while ago and sometimes I just want to do some fun with him. Since he is younger than me (pfeh cougars ) we would had the choice to go his senior prom together a couple of years ago but because of several reason (for example that 6000 miles between us) we couldn’t make it and I was so so so upset about it. Which women doesn’t want to show up all nice dressed up with her love? When I started to looking through your date ideas my heart stopped for a beat when I found this one. I LOVE IT!!! Since I have some nice dresses at home from previous events and he has a nice suit we could also do it dressed out and we can finally have our own prom!!! 🙂 I am sooo excited about it!:) Thank you so much, you are awesome!

    a used-to-be LDR girlfriend from TX 🙂

    1. Thank you for sharing!! That is such a sweet and touching story, I SO hope you recreate this date for the two of you!! It sounds like it would be very meaningful for you both. I would LOVE to hear how it went if you decide to do it! Please share!

  28. Okay, I LOVE this idea. New to the site, lovin’ it, etc… but dying to see the little black dress and the link takes me to a PDF of raspberry pork chop recipe… 🙂 Is that on purpose? 🙂

    1. Hi Sarah! I am so sorry! That is just really weird that it did that, but I fixed it! Let me know if it doesn’t work 🙂 and Welcome to our fun site!

  29. So excited about planning this date with my husband. Even though we are about to celebrate our 2nd wedding anniversary, we were prom dates waaaaay back in 1987! He could not have been a better or more fun date then or now (we were apart for 20 years!) and since reuniting we have made it a point to go to our prom date restaurant each year on our prom anniversary to celebrate. Last year he surprised me by having our local florist recreate my prom corsage (a black lily – extra huge like the 80s hair) to wear on our “Promaversary” Date. But, this year I am going to throw in some of the ideas from this date (including the music and “Parking” at the same place…lol). Love your site and all the ideas! We plan to live in the newlywed phase for the rest of our lives to make up for missing the 20 years together.

    1. Wow, Jennifer, this date was meant for you!! You were seriously prom dates!? That is awesome! And I love that you call in a “Promaversary”…too funny! Curious what restaurant you went to…do you still love it all these years later? And did you wear the corsage…’cause that is super sweet that he did that! love this, thanks for sharing!

      1. I was so excited to see this date idea – he will flip!! Yes, we were prom dates! I did feel a bit odd wearing a wrist corsage and not being “dressed up”, but I absolutely wore it. He could not have been more proud of that corsage if he had made it himself, and it was beautiful!! The florist was so sweet to help him order the flower, dye it (a purple-ish black like the original) and to closely match the ribbon and even the spray glitter (it was the 80’s) from our prom pictures. We had dinner on prom night at Kanpai of Tokyo (it was new that year) and yes, we still love it! We rarely eat there outside of that one night a year, it’s too special of a place to us for just any dinner.

        1. Awe, you are such a good wifey! I totally would have worn it too. It’s sounds gorgeous and what an effort he made to have it redone! Did you take any pictures?? if you did and think about it, please send them to us or post them on our fb page. I’m dying to see that corsage! I have never heard of that restaurant, but it sounds sooo good! Those are the kinds of places me and my husband love to eat at.

  30. I posted our original prom picture from 1987 and then a picture of the corsage he gave me last year on your FB Page. I think they are only a local Japanese place – there is one in Spartanburg (the one went to) and one in Greenville (I think this is a newer one). He always says he is more comfortable eating there with me now than on the original date – because he was worried about all that taffeta and lace on the dress and the open flames! LOL!!

  31. I LOVE this idea!!!! My husband works two jobs right now. With 3 kids and him working, me being a FULL time Mom…time just slips away! We have been married for 18 years 🙂 Seems like after having kids, and jobs, school parties, life etc. We just dont make time for US like we need to! Thank you for this idea and your website…LOVE!!!

    1. Whoot!! Congrats, Kathy, on 18 years of marriage!! That is wonderful! I’m so glad that you are making time for the two of you! It IS, SOOO hard to cut out time on a regular basis for each other. It seems like there is always something that needs your attention and it makes it nearly impossible to find the time to dedicate to dating! I’m so glad that you found this date and love it! We had such a fun time, I hope you have so much fun on your version of it! Thanks so much for your comment!