Top tips for proposing at a dinner party

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Evelyn Carpenter

Among some of the best marriage proposal ideas, a meal stands out among the most chosen ones. It can be an intimate, casual or grandiose proposal, depending on the tone you want to give to that moment. Otherwise, it is a great idea for those couples who like to go out to eat, but also for those who enjoy cooking on a Saturday afternoon.

How to propose in a restaurant or at home? Take note of these 8 tips that will make it easier for you and your lover.

    1. Plan every detail

    Although spontaneous sometimes works better, in this case the advice is to plan everything, from making reservations ahead of time at the restaurant where you want to propose, to preparing the words you will say to pop the question. You don't need to create a monologue, but you do need to know if it will be an emotional, romantic or more playful proposal.

    In addition, it is important that you choose the right time For example, not during busy periods or when you know that your partner has something else on his or her mind.

    2. Choose the best place

    You already know you want to propose at a dinner, but where? You can propose at their favorite restaurant, the one they always go to, at one with a terrace and a panoramic view, to immortalize some dreamy photos, or at one with exotic food, to give the date a different touch.

    Or, maybe, you prefer to surprise your partner Why not take her out to eat at the beach, or to the countryside or the mountains... And why not prepare a candlelit dinner in the comfort of your own home?

    Either option is valid, as long as you are certain that your future wife or husband will love it. Think about their tastes over yours.

    3. Don't drink too much

    Since the proposal will be an emblematic moment in the relationship, it's important to live it and enjoy it to the fullest And, for the same reason, it is convenient to be with total lucidity.

    Of course you can drink; an appetizer as a starter and also a glass of wine during dinner, especially if you enjoy a good wine, but you need to be moderate with alcohol so that every detail of that moment is perfect.

    4. Write the question on the plate

    Regardless of whether you're dining at a restaurant or at home, save the request for the sweetest moment, i.e. dessert time.

    You can coordinate the plating with the waiter if you're going out to eat, or do it on your own using a piping bag. Choose, for example, a tiramisu, decorate it with strawberries and embroider it with "Will you marry me?" written in chocolate. It will be the best surprise!

    5. Hide the ring

    If you prefer this idea, just try not to hide it in the middle of a snack or in the champagne glass, as your partner could risk swallowing it. If you're going to hide the ring, it's best to put it on the surface of the sugar bowl or butter dish, so that once your partner lifts the lid of the utensil, he or she will find the radiant jewel.

    If you are proposing at a restaurant, you will need to arrive early to hand over the ring, having already made arrangements with the restaurant's manager.

    6. Make it "their song".

    If it will be in a restaurant, arrange it with the manager, and if it will be at home, have your cell phone handy to play it. The idea is that, once your partner says "yes", the romantic song that you love or that identifies your love story will start playing.

    And even, if your boyfriend or girlfriend doesn't mind being the center of attention, hire some mariachis or a contemporary soloist, if the restaurant allows this type of surprise.

    7. Take care of the ambience

    On the other hand, it is important to pay attention to the ambience of the place where you will make the proposal.

    If it will be in a restaurant, you can choose a more intimate room, a table with dim lighting or, for example, near a piano. But if it will be at home, make sure that the proposal has a special decoration. Look for an elegant tablecloth, choose the best tableware and buy fresh flowers to decorate the space.

    8. Organize a dinner dance

    Finally, if you want to integrate the group of friends to this special moment, take your partner to a restaurant that offers dinner dancing. If the idea seems strange, you can invent that you won a meal there at work.

    So, once you've asked and the answer is yes, let your friends (and their friends), with whom you've already coordinated, know to start arriving. They'll have plenty of reasons to dance until the wee hours of the morning.

    Now you know! If you have the ring ready and the determination to propose, then all that's left is to choose the right time and place. Take a look at these tips and your proposal dinner is sure to be a success.

    Evelyn Carpenter is the author of the best-selling book, All you need for your marriage. A Marriage guide. She has been married for over 25 years and has helped countless couples build successful marriages. Evelyn is a sought after speaker and relationship expert, and has been featured in various media outlets including Fox News, Huffington Post, and more.