Every anniversary represents another year of loving and standing by one another through good times and bad–and that’s more than enough reason to celebrate. Anniversary celebrations can take many forms, with annual pressure to do something unique and special each year to show your significant other how much you cherish your life together.
Need any ideas on how to celebrate an upcoming anniversary? Read on for ten ways you and your partner can make the most of the celebrations.
Plan a Getaway
Whether you have the funds saved up for a special Southern Caribbean cruise or you only have the resources to set off for a day trip around town, a unique shared experience away from the hustle and bustle of daily life is a great way to spend quality time with the one you love most.
Recreate Your First Date
Do you remember what you ordered for dinner on your first date? How about what you wore? Pay homage to the moment you first felt sparks between you and your partner by taking him or her on the date that started it all.
Spend the Day Alone Together
With busy work schedules, family obligations, personal matters, and other life stressors, it can be hard to find time to spend quality time alone together, just the two of you. Clear your schedule and put away all distractions, even just for a while, in order to give the love of your life your full, undivided attention on your anniversary.
Schedule a Photo Shoot
In the early stages of a relationship, it’s a lot easier to remember to capture snapshots of one another while you’re in the infatuation phase. If the last time you had photos taken together was on your wedding day, it’s a good idea to consider marking the occasion with a new set of professional shots.
Renew Your Vows
If you’ve been married for more than a few years, it can be incredibly romantic to set aside time on your anniversary, especially one of the more momentous milestone ones, to renew your vows to one another.
Try Something New
Every relationship starts out with an exciting sense of newness as you go through a list of firsts together. Over time, these firsts can become few and far between. Fortunately, it’s unlikely that you’ve tried everything there is to try as a couple. Consider ways you can spend your anniversary discovering something new about the world or about each other, and celebrate the discovery of yet another first you get to share with your person.
There are numerous ways to experience physical intimacy, from holding hands to playing with one another’s hair. Find a few tender ways to be just a little closer to your partner on your anniversary. A romantic massage, a shared spa experience, a romantic bubble bath, and a few extra kisses can make you feel like you did when you first met your spouse.
Purchase a Thoughtful Gift
Does your partner love to cook? Has your spouse had his or her eye on a new pair of running shoes? Think about what your partner values and what they need, and come up with a gift that will not only make them feel seen and appreciated but can demonstrate that you want to do things to make their life a little easier and better, too.
Have Family Time
Your anniversary is a great opportunity to spend quality time alone with your partner. However, kids and other family responsibilities often make this a challenge. Rather than forgo celebrations altogether, make the kids a part of the festivities. You can share family memories, have a special dinner and talk about some of the goals you have for the future as a family.
An anniversary is a benchmark that provides the perfect opportunity to look back on all the good times you’ve shared together. Drag out the old photos, watch family videos, and share stories that remind you why you’ve stuck by your person all these years, and why you want to keep walking that path together for many years to come.