A Very Special Birthday Dinner

So, after Mr. Buttons and I went shopping to find my perfect ring style, I got my stinky nose out of it (as much as I possibly could)! I kept wondering how long it would take for him to make a purchase, and I kept thinking of the most opportune moments in which he could propose.

One thing about Mr. Buttons that I absolutely love is that when I ask for something, he somehow manages to get it. Seriously, he is a great listener (GASP! What?!?! Crazy”¦I know!); he remembers all of the little clues that I drop, and even picks up on hints I’m not aware I’m giving! Case in point: I was looking for a new bikini online one day, and was oohing and ahhing over one in particular. And, wouldn’t you know it? That little beauty arrived in a box a few weeks later! Good job, Mr. Buttons! Anyway, being the control freak that I am, I did mention to Mr. Buttons that if I could have the perfect proposal, I would want to be dressed up and look fabulous.

My birthday was right around the corner, and Mr. Buttons suggested that we get gussied up and go to our favorite restaurant (and, consequently, the location of our first date: Casa Ludovico”¦ seriously, if you are in the Clearwater area, you need to make the trek to this restaurant, it is phenomenal) to celebrate. I spent a few hours going through my closet, unable to decide on the perfect outfit. I had a feeling that it was “the night”, so I wanted to make sure I was picture-ready in the event that I was right (even though Mommy Buttons assured me that he had not yet asked Daddy Buttons for permission yet”¦ and I knew that he wouldn’t propose without doing so. Mommy Buttons LIED!).

I landed on a pretty turquoise Calvin Klein dress with a pair of Betsey Johnson heels, and Mr. Buttons and I went on our merry way.

In the car, Mr. Buttons pointed out my birthday card that was sitting between the seats. He informed me that I had to wait until dessert to open it. When we arrived at the restaurant and began to eat dinner, I couldn’t help but notice that Mr. Buttons was inhaling his pasta at an incredibly fast rate. He had polished off his plate before I knew it, and I began to scoop some of my own dinner over to him. I guess he wanted to get on to dessert as soon as possible!

One of my favorite things about Casa is their tiramisu. Oh my goodness, I DREAM of their tiramisu”¦ it is that good. I dare you to look at it and NOT drool”¦

(OK, this picture is from a different event, but it’s the only photo I have of the dessert… yummm.)

We never go to Casa without ordering dessert, and this night was no different. I told Mr. Buttons to go ahead and order it while I ran to the ladies’ room. When I returned, I noticed a group forming around the kitchen doors. Every single staff member was converging there, and they began to walk to our table, carrying a plate of tiramisu. One of the waiters was holding a bouquet of roses that he presented to me. The light bulb switched on over my little button head. Mr. Buttons prodded me to open my birthday card. It read:

“Miss Buttons ”“ I enjoy every day that I get to spend with you. From the first time we met on the beach to the many times we get to just hang out and watch movies. I couldn’t imagine being with anyone else at this moment”¦”

I looked up from the card, and Mr. Buttons had produced a small black box (which the bartender had been hiding behind the bar). I stared at the ring in surprise”¦ it was exactly the one I had been eyeing. I am pretty sure that something like “SHUT UP!” escaped my mouth (how classy)”¦ and I was so excited that I missed the rest of what Mr. Buttons had prepared to say to me.

I tuned back in to hear him say, “Miss Buttons, will you marry me?” and promptly began to kiss him. At this point, the entire restaurant’s attention had been drawn to our table, and everyone was waiting while Mr. Buttons was giving his speech. Some guy yelled out, “Did she say yes?!?!” before he even officially asked. Did I actually say yes, though? I’m not sure! I suppose it was an implied yes. When he put the ring on my finger, the entire restaurant broke out into cheers and applause, and I’m not going to lie, I really enjoyed being temporarily the center of attention. Restaurant patrons kept asking to look at the ring, and I was more than happy to show them, of course!

With that, we were officially betrothed! The phone calls began on the way home from dinner, where Mommy and Daddy Buttons had some champagne waiting for us when we returned! Best”¦ birthday present”¦ ever”¦

Was your proposal a public event or a private affair?


Mrs. Buttons

Clearwater, FL
Wedding Date:
May 2010

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    Susan Southerland, Guest @ 7:27 am

    That is a fantastic story! It is always so neat to see how men pull it together for one of the most important days in a couple’s life! I am thoroughly impressed Miss Buttons that you were able to catch one that is so keen to detail! You are a very lucky girl! Congratulations on your engagement :-)

    Yours in Perfect Planning,
    Susan Southerland

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    Mrs. Buttons 5014 posts, Bee Keeper @ 7:48 am

    @tea: Haha! I was the opposite apparently. I guess I somewhat like being the center of attention….oooops! And poor Mr. Buttons is kind of on the shy/reserved side, so I knew that it took a lot for him to propose in front of a packed restaurant!

    @Miss Trail Mix: He’s a keeper! :) He tried really hard, I have to give him major props!

    @Lillindy: I’m glad that it was a public one in the end…but he never did get down on one knee, and I always tease him about it!

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    Querida 1424 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:14 am

    Cute cute story! You two are adorable.

    Ours was private, but it was wonderful. He let my children “help”, played “our song”, and after he stood up and I said yes, we hugged and kissed and were completely ambushed by my jumping, screaming, excited munchkins. It was bliss.

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    Mrs. Hamster 4047 posts, Honey bee @ 9:33 am

    What a great story!! And I love post-proposal pics, the smiles are always so wide :)

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    Goldilocks1107 2684 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:35 am

    OMG – I feel so much better seeing that there are a lot of bees out there who don’t remember what the heck he said when he proposed. I definitely have no clue what happened, I just know I started to cry and responded with “okay” (yeah, a really positive response, right?).

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    ChiDIY 184 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:39 am

    Very sweet!! I definitely said “shut up” about a dozen times myself!

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    Mrs. Buttons 5014 posts, Bee Keeper @ 10:41 am

    @Querida: That is sooo sweet!

    @Miss Hamster: Haha, no kidding! I would have had to wire my mouth shut to stop smiling!

    @Goldilocks1107: Yeppp I was kind of upset with myself after it was all said and done…why couldn’t I just pay attention? Come to find out, he had written it down over and over and was reciting it to himself that day…later on I found one of the slips of paper so I was able to figure out what he said for the most part!

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    Mrs. Nachos 1721 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:38 pm

    Awww, he sounds like a wonderful guy! Yeah, my proposal was at one of the busiest intersections I know of and there were cars and people going by when he proposed.

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    Charm bracelet 1952 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:14 pm

    It was private…just how I would have wanted. I think I said “What are you doing? What are you doing?” when he got on his knees. I was surprised.

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    KMSull 6442 posts, Bee Keeper @ 6:54 pm

    Awww that is such a sweet story! Ours will be either private or in our fav. restaurant, which rarely has many people in it at all!

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    Mrs. Perfume 2239 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:30 pm

    So sweet!! I didn’t missed your intro, but wanted to say WELCOME!!!!

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    Mrs. Buttons 5014 posts, Bee Keeper @ 8:08 pm

    @Miss Nachos: I’m biased of course, but he certainly is fabulous :)

    @Mrs. Perfume: THANKS! :)

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    Miss Chicken Wing 1225 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:07 pm

    What a fabulous story, what a fabulous birthday, what a fabulous dress, what a fabulous ring, and what a fabulous FIANCE!!!!!!!!! Ummm, can you tell that I think it’s fabulous?!?!? ;)

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    Mrs. Cola 2827 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:43 pm

    Awww, I’m loving catching up on all these stories of you two! You make such a great couple!

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    Mrs. Buttons 5014 posts, Bee Keeper @ 8:56 pm

    @Miss Chicken Wing: Fabulous is a wonderful word…what can I say? ;)

    @Miss Cola: Awww thanks lady! :)

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    canegirl08 158 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:49 pm

    Mine was somewhat public and somewhat private. It was in a corner of a beautiful garden in Paris. The half dozen Parisens having lunch there quickly found out what was going on and applauded us.

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