By Camryn Rabideau
When it comes to popular times to pop the question, the holidays usually get all the attention. But what better day to ask your leading lady to marry you than the one day that's dedicated solely to her? Yes, we're talking about her birthday!
There are so many romantic ways to propose on your girlfriend's birthday, ranging from an intimate dinner to a grand gesture. Here are five birthday proposal ideas that will help you come up with an unforgettable engagement plan.
1. A Birthday Dinner with Family
If your soon-to-be fiancée is close to her family, having them present for your proposal might make the occasion even more special. Plus, you can easily orchestrate a birthday dinner for your girlfriend without making her suspicious.
Choose her favorite restaurant and invite along her family, your family, and even a few close friends to celebrate the special moment. This is a great option if you want a simple yet incredibly meaningful proposal.
2. An Engagement Cake
You can use a birthday cake (or any other treat, like cupcakes or doughnuts) in your proposal, but be especially careful whenever there's food involved—we've all heard the horror stories about people accidentally swallowing expensive rings!
Instead of having the actual ring in or on the cake, ask the bakery to write "Will you marry me?" on top. The birthday girl will be in for a huge surprise when she goes to blow out the candles! You could also ask the bakery if they can create a frosting or fondant ring to adorn the cake, and bring out the real engagement ring during as a big reveal.
3. A Birthday Scavenger Hunt
Another cute option for a birthday proposal is to set up a day-long scavenger hunt to complete together. There are plenty of ways you can do this—take her to memorable spots from your relationship, go to all her favorite places, and give clues to different family members and friends.
When you reach the end of the hunt, that's when you get down on one knee and ask her to marry you. Since the location is planned out in advance, there's the perfect opportunity to have a photographer waiting to capture the moment.
4. A Purr-fect Proposal
Is there anything cuter than a proposal involving a dog or cat? If you have a pet, you can get them in on the proposal—it's guaranteed to put a smile on your lady's face!
One popular way to do this is to attach a message that says "Will you marry my dad?" to your pet's collar. When she sees the note, that's your cue to get down on one knee.
If you don't have a pet but you've discussed getting one, you can do this same proposal with a puppy or kitten. Talk about an epic birthday present! Just make sure you're both ready for the responsibility of caring for an animal.
5. A Grand Romantic Gesture
If you're the type of couple who likes grand, romantic gestures, go big for your birthday proposal. Think about your girlfriend's favorite activities, then plan a day that culminates in a grand gesture at the end.
Here are a few examples you can consider:
- A hot air balloon ride at sunset
- Hiking to a breathtaking vista
- Horseback riding on the beach
- Filling her apartment with red roses
- Planning a romantic sunset picnic
Sure, these moments might seem a little cheesy, but a lot of the best proposals are! Start off with one of these birthday proposal ideas, and you can plan an amazing engagement that will double as the best birthday present ever.