Cupcakes are an adorable and tasty way to ask your man to Les Femmes, as shown by freshman nursing major Danielle Weatherford.
Courtesy: Danielle Weatherford

That time of the year is rolling around again. The weather is getting colder (kind of), the leaves are falling and trendy boots paired with autumn-colored scarves are booming. That’s right – it’s “cuddle weather”! With APU being more than willing to create events for students to be pressured into date-like scenarios (that’s for a different article), the annual Les Femmes dance has arrived.

Ladies ask gentlemen to this semi-formal event that will be hosted Friday, Nov. 22 at Madame Tussauds Hollywood Wax Museum. It’s going to be a ball.

But wait, isn’t Les Femmes this week? Yes, it is. You may have been living under a rock for the last couple of weeks, hanging out with your best friend or watching shows on Netflix for too long, but the dance is approaching swiftly. “Oh shoot,” you ladies may be thinking. “I don’t have a date, and it’s way too late for me to ask someone!” Never fear! Here is a three-step guide on how to ask a guy to the dance just in time.

Step one: Make sure your prospective date still hasn’t been asked. It could be disastrous if you mistakenly ask somebody who has already been asked by another lady. It’s awkward for everyone and the rejection can be mortifying. An easy way to do this is to thoroughly stalk his Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites. However, you could also directly ask him if he hasn’t been asked yet, but that’s no fun.

Step two: Once you have determined that your man is still single and ready to mingle, you can plan your method of attack. Remember that you waited until the last minute to ask him, so mediocrity is not an option. Go all out.

You can’t go wrong with a good, old-fashioned pun! Puns are a great way to ask someone on a date in a light-hearted and dorky way. And let’s be real everybody appreciates a witty pun. If he doesn’t, he probably wasn’t worth asking anyway.

Junior communications studies major Haley Hook creatively asked junior international business major Brian Jessup to the dance by leaving a stick of butter outside his front door with his name etched into it. Later, she came back saying, “Now that I’ve ‘buttered’ you up, will you go to Les Femmes with me?”

I suppose she found her “butter” half!

Another punny encounter was with sophomore business major Brandt Mabuni and sophomore Spanish major Brooke Nagel. “It would ‘sock’ if you didn’t go to Les Femmes with me,” read a giant cookie formed into the shape of a sock.

It looks like Nagel found her “sole” mate for the dance!

“A good idea would be to have the guy smash open a pumpkin with a bat, or he could even throw it around on the ground,” said sophomore nursing major Megan Telfer. “Once he smashes it open, there would be a note saying ‘it would be ‘smashing’ to go to Les Femmes with you!’”

But that’s the very “wax” pun, I swear.

Speaking of wax, that is also a very important element to consider when asking someone to the dance. Keep in mind the theme of the dance, as well as the venue. Les Femmes is being hosted in Hollywood with wax figurines of famous celebrities. It wouldn’t hurt to use these facts to your advantage.

Feel free to create your own red carpet to your room or apartment, with lights and all. Once he arrives, he’ll come across you standing beautifully in your evening ball gown, right next to the wax figurine that you made of him — wait, too weird? Nah, just roll with it.

The methods are endless and the creativity of the ladies of APU is truly inspiring. No matter how embarrassing, ridiculous or romantic a method you use to ask your man, just remember that confidence is key. There are always men out there who are still waiting for a beautiful lady like you to sweep them off their feet.

“Last year, I had a blast at Les Femmes,” said sophomore theology major Spencer Rickman. “I would love to be asked again this year, especially since it’s at the wax museum, which is super-cool.”

Step three: Have fun! The hardest part, which was actually asking, is over. All you need to focus on now is having the time of your life. Don’t worry about if he will ask to marry you by the end of the night. Don’t worry about whether the entire thing will be exceedingly awkward just enjoy your night out as best as you can.

If you realize that you don’t have anybody to ask, but you still want to groove the night away, just remember: You’re a strong independent woman, and you don’t need no man! Les Femmes is also a great excuse for the single ladies to hit up the dance floor with their main boos, celebrating the fact that they can still have fun without a traditional date.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab that man like it’s nobody’s business, and have the time of your life dancing next to the wax figurines of Beyoncé and George Clooney.