Thanksgiving proposals have gained a lot of ground over the past decade; because there’s no frenzied shopping for gifts or lavish décor involved, many people have come to regard Thanksgiving as a more family-oriented holiday. If tradition, the home, and family gatherings are most meaningful to you and your beloved, why not prepare one of these Thanksgiving proposals to start your life together?
Breaking the wishbone from the turkey is a long-standing ritual that has become part of many Thanksgiving celebrations. Remove the bone while carving and serving the turkey, clean it, and put it in a safe place to dry. (If you’re not hosting or carving, make sure that the person in charge knows that you need it!)
Tradition holds that two people grasp opposite ends of the wishbone, and whoever ends up with the larger piece after breaking it will be the one whose wish comes true. While you can’t control the outcome, you can prepare and have an eloquent, romantic proposal ready to suit either result. If you hold the larger piece, you can say something like “I need you to help my wish come true—will you marry me?” If she comes out ahead after you break the wishbone, you can say “I don’t know what you wished for, but I think I can make one of your wishes come true right now.” Play with these statements to make the words and references your own for a proposal that is both whimsical and heartfelt.
This type of proposal, while potentially unique and memorable, carries one major caveat: use good judgment about how you choose to conceal or present the ring. Will finding it where you’ve decided to hide it be a pleasant, romantic experience for her? Will it be easy to ensure that ring doesn’t end up on the wrong plate, in the trash, or—worst of all—in the mouth of an unknowing recipient? You don’t want the memory of your Thanksgiving marriage proposal to include rushing a parent or younger sibling to the hospital or dentist’s office because you served their meal with some very expensive garnish!
Choose something pretty, pleasant to touch, and easy to clean from the ring with a napkin immediately after the big moment. Burying it in the turkey, stuffing, or casseroles? Certainly not! Topping a slice of pumpkin pie or cranberry sauce with a dollop of whipped cream and a sparkling engagement ring? Absolutely.
If you’re attached to this idea but concerned about the mess and potential troubles, there’s also the option of skipping the food component altogether. If your family dinner includes fancy table settings and cloth napkins, you can incorporate your proposal into her place setting. Slip the engagement ring around her napkin in place of a traditional napkin ring (or tie on with ribbon if the ring is too small), or hide it underneath her demitasse cup. This involves some very precise timing to ensure that you and the rest of those in attendance are at the table before she discovers her engagement ring and you make your proposal speech, but if you enlist the help of your dining companions, it can be done!
In most American families and groups of friends who gather to share Thanksgiving dinner, it has become a tradition for one of the hosts to say something for which they are thankful that year and have each guest around the table follow suit. Arrange with your host to be the last person called upon, and when it’s your turn, talk about your bride-to-be and all the reasons you’re thankful to have her in your life. Then, state that there’s one more thing that would make you the happiest and most thankful person alive: her hand in marriage.
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We wish you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving!