- 2 years ago
My boyfriend is going to be proposing within the next two weeks. What he doesn’t know is that I’ve been planning a counter-proposal! I’ve been so excited about all of it and am so antsy and impatient that I thought I’d share my plans with you guys.
What started this plan was this: we’d talked about him having an engagement ring as well, and he really liked that idea. He wants to pick it out himself, so I decided to get a $15 stand in ring from Amazon.
We’re both big Harry Potter fans, so my plan started with a Harry Potter book. I ordered a copy of Half-Blood Prince to stash the ring in. Using a hole saw, I made this book safe, on the “Unbreakable Vow” page (naturally):
I used a ribbon to tie the ring, and affixed it to the spine of the book, so it hangs like this:
Then I had to figure out how to give him the book. I couldn’t just hand it to him…so why not a scavenger hunt?
I wrote 25 clues for the scavenger hunt, with the last one leading to the location of our first kiss, where the book is hidden. Almost all of them lead to places related to our relationship–the first mug I gave him, the board game we played on our first date that I’m now a massive fan of, the sweater of his I thought I accidentally shrunk (only to learn that he’d been the one to shrink it days earlier). I even have a clue that makes him call his sisters, who are in on it, and one that he has to call my best friend for (with backups in place in case no one answers).
In going along with the Harry Potter theme, I decided the clues should be on parchment style paper. I printed them on regular printer paper, separated them, crumbled each clue up, then soaked each one in coffee for a 5-10 minutes. After that, I blowdried them, giving them a gorgeous antiqued look:
I wanted them a little shorter and had some more time, so I burned around the edges of each with a candle. They turned out like this:
After that, I wrapped each clue like scroll, wrapped a piece of paper around each one (numbered so I knew which clue it was), and tied a single strand of metallic gold thread around each.
Then came the question–how do I give him the first clue? I took some inspiration from Harry Potter and decided to hide the first clue in what would look like a potion bottle. I bought a glass corked bottle from the craft store, stuck the rolled up clue inside, then filled it with glass mosaic beads. I thought I was done…then I decided it needed a label. I decided it would be Felix Felicis, the liquid luck potion from the books. I made up a little label, printed it on adhesive paper, slapped that baby on, and boom! All done!
Now I’m carrying this little fella in my purse until the day my guy pops the question. I’ve got all the clues in place already (with the counterintelligence line going that the other girlfriend in the house has planned a scavenger hunt for her boyfriend’s birthday, so if my SO finds any clues, he will assume they are for that).
I do of, course, know him well enough to know this is something he will LOVE and that will be special for him–he won’t be mad or feel like I stole his thunder or anything with it. He’s a giant, curious cat that really enjoys things like this, and based on how much fun he had searching for Valentine’s I hid around his room last year, this will be a hit with him. I’M SO EXCITED!! (I almost want to tell him I have something plotted for after he proposes to me, just because his curiosity would get the better of him and he’d propose sooner, but I don’t want to spoil the surprise at all for either of us.)
What do you guys think?! Has anyone else done anything like this (for proposals, gifts, anniversaries, anything?)? Also, any and all counter-proposal stories welcome!