Do you have a special anniversary coming up?
If you follow tradition, there are certain types of gifts that hold special meaning or significance at different milestones. For instance, a gift made of paper is often used to commemorate a couple’s first wedding anniversary.
Yet, who says you can’t have a little fun with these special occasions? There are plenty of new and unexpected ways to celebrate anniversary dates. Today, we’re sharing five of our favorite ideas, sure to make your event one to remember.
1. Recreate Your Wedding Feast
Did your guests enjoy a plated dinner of filet mignon and shrimp at your wedding? Or, did you have a backyard barbecue with all of the ribs and drinks they could want?
Either way, it can be a ton of fun to recreate the menu from your wedding night! The only difference? You’ll need to scale the portions back significantly.
If you want to tackle all of the courses yourselves, this can be a fun and lighthearted challenge. Or, you can ask your caterer to create a smaller version of your big-day feast so you can enjoy an intimate dinner at home. If you’re celebrating your first anniversary as a married couple, this is the time to take that slice of wedding cake out of the deep freezer, let it thaw, and dig in!
Bonus points if you turn your wedding playlist on in the background!
2. Invest in a Photo Shoot
It’s all too easy to focus the lens in the direction of others, especially if there are precious little ones who tend to steal the show! However, your love is more than worth capturing, and a photo shoot can be an ideal way to celebrate it.
Hire a local photographer to snap a series of pictures of you and your significant other in a special spot, such as a local park, the coffee shop where you met, or even your home living room! If you have children, include them in certain images but make sure there are plenty of photos of just you two.
Then, when the prints come back, put them into a special photo album and keep it in an easily accessible location, where you can flip through it whenever you want! You can even choose a few of your favorites to enlarge and frame for your living room or bedroom. These also make excellent and easy holidays gifts when the season rolls around!
3. Embrace Your Inner Artist
Even if you don’t consider yourself particularly crafty, it’s always fun to try something new. This is especially the case when you brave the unknown with the love of your life!
From pottery and jewelry making to canvas painting, there are myriad opportunities for you to get creative and make something special with your spouse.
Not sure where to look? Contact your local museums and art galleries to see if there are any classes available near your anniversary date. In addition, coffee shops and wine bars will often host “art nights” or similar events so be sure to check there, too.
Along the way, cut yourself some slack and embrace looking like a novice. Don’t be worried if you’ve never picked up a paintbrush before. The goal isn’t to make something frame-worthy or priceless, but to enjoy each other’s company.
Who knows? You might discover your inner Van Gogh when you’re willing to explore your artsy side!
4. Make Breakfast in Bed
Sure, fine chocolates and jewelry are nice, but have you ever been served a steaming bowl of scrambled eggs and french toast in the morning?
There are few things more exquisite than rolling over and seeing a platter of your favorite breakfast goodies waiting. If you want to surprise your spouse on your anniversary, consider waking a little earlier and granting them this special surprise.
The key is to be quiet and sneaky while you’re in the kitchen! These themed breakfast in bed menus range from the very basic to the most extravagant, so check them out for inspiration!
Before you knock lightly, don’t forget to pour two mugs of fresh coffee to top off the meal! Any of our anniversary mugs would make the perfect addition to any sunrise special.
5. Go On Your First Date Again
Obviously, there was something special about your first date! It set the foundation for your relationship and was one of the very first steps you took as a couple.
That said, you don’t have to leave it as merely a memory, frozen in time. Rather, you can recreate the butterflies and excitement of that night by recreating it, from start to finish.
Wear outfits that resemble the ones you wore back then, and do your hair the same way. If you’re celebrating a decade or more together, you’re sure to get a laugh as styles and trends have likely changed! Then, visit the restaurant, movie theater, park, or anywhere else you first took your love public.
If any of those places are closed or now defunct, look for a similar spot. It’s the thought and memories that count in the end!
Try These Ways to Celebrate Anniversary Milestones
You don’t have to spend a ton of money or plan for months to mark a special event. These five ideas are easy to do on a shoestring, and they’re fully customizable, so you can adapt them to your own story.
If you’re looking for more ways to celebrate anniversary milestones, feel free to check out the rest of our online shop. We sell a variety of mugs for all occasions, from birthdays and anniversaries to retirements and engagements.
If you have any questions as you browse, we’re here to help! Contact us today and let’s connect.