April 30, 2012

Elaborate prom invites get new name: Prom-posals

The Associated Press

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But many prom-posals are creative without costing a fortune. In East Greenwich, R.I., baker Michael Valente at Felicia's Coffee got an order for a cake with a frosting heart and the words, "Juliana, Prom?" ''It was something new for me," Valente said. "But I think it was so sweet."

Search YouTube for "prom invitation" and you'll find homemade videos of lone Romeos crooning to their beloveds, flash mobs dancing to taped songs during the formal ask, and groups of kids wearing T-shirts that spell out "PROM" one letter at a time. Keith Naranjo, a senior at a high school in Manhattan, Kan., put together a fruit basket with cute notes for each fruit like "Let's go to the promegranate" and "I'm berry serious."

"A lot of times you'll see notes written on kids' car windows with markers," said Will Sherwood, a student at Plant High School in Tampa who hid his prom invitation in a bouquet of flowers. "Or there will be 2,000 sticky notes and each sticky note makes a letter. I saw one on Facebook where someone left tiny candles lit on a front porch that spelled out prom."

He added that "because of social media, people like to take pictures of it and put it up on Facebook, and then other people will say, 'You have such a good guy!'"

Just be careful where you hang those signs. Last year, James Tate, a student at Shelton High School in Shelton, Conn., was barred from his prom because he had put the invitation in big cardboard letters on a school wall. Fortunately, after the story made national headlines, the school headmaster relented, and Tate was allowed to go.

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