Anniversary celebrations should never be skipped; not only do they help you realize how far you've come with your partner, but they also allow you to stop and reflect on your love. All couples can get busy and bogged down with their day-to-day lives, so an anniversary is also the perfect excuse for a little fun and romance.
But coming up with ideas for how to celebrate your anniversary year after year can be tedious and a little overwhelming, and it can feel tough to figure out dynamic activities that are both refreshing and meaningful. For help, we turned to Seri Kertzner, Chief Party Planner for Little Miss Party Planner, a company that helps couples plan everything from a romantic dinner for two to huge anniversary parties.
While Kertzner plans events of all kinds, she especially cherishes anniversaries. "They signify the dedication that a couple has made to each other," she says. "Being married is no easy feat. Every anniversary is a blessing." She also loves any excuse for a celebration that "brings people joy and makes people realize how blessed they are." Read on to learn eight ways you can celebrate this big moment as a couple.
Meet the Expert
Seri Kertzner is Chief Party Planner for Little Miss Party Planner, a company that helps clients plan every type of occasion from a small dinner for two to a thousand-person bash.
Hire a Private Chef
Sure, you can go out to a restaurant for your anniversary, but that is something you might do on a regular date night. To make the day extra special consider hiring a private chef to cook for you in your own home. He or she can make your favorite meal and cater everything exactly to your liking. It will be fun to let someone else do the cooking (and the cleaning up!) for once while both of you get pampered.
Kertzner recalls how meaningful it was when one of her clients did this. "We set up the most stunning dinner for two, brought in a chef, covered a cake in flowers. It was gorgeous," she says. "The husband who planned this was clearly a winner, and his wife was shook when she walked in. To make someone feel this way is absolutely precious, and we were so proud of the small details that went into setting this up."
Take a Trip to an Exotic Location
It can be hard for many couples to make time for one another in the hustle and bustle of day to day life. So why not remove yourself from the grind and head on a trip? Maybe you want to go somewhere peaceful and beautiful. Or you are craving adventure and want to explore a new city? That way you can rekindle your romance and enjoy one another's company without any of the distractions of being home.
"My husband and I have a dinner date each year on our anniversary which is an easy, enjoyable way to celebrate. However, for the biggies, every five to 10 years, we do something more special, and that usually involves a trip that we take somewhere special," says Kertzer. "One year we went to Costa Rica to celebrate our anniversary and soon after, we discovered Jumby Bay in Antigua. Everything about that place made us feel special. It was romantic and truly beautiful."
Recreate Your First Date
There is nothing more meaningful than remembering your roots and re-living the story of how you got where you are today. For an anniversary treat try recreating your first date. Go back to the spot where you met or had your first date. Try to remember what you talked about and what made you start to fall in love with one another. It's a great way to reignite that first spark.
Set Up a Bubble Bath
To make an anniversary special, do something luxurious you wouldn't normally have the time or energy for. Kertzner recommends setting up a bubble bath for your partner as the ideal way to mark this big day. "Walking into a bathtub full of bubbles, candles, and a glass of wine: what a treat after a long day of work and on your anniversary," she says.
Take a Class
To spice things up why not spend your anniversary learning a new skill together as a couple? Most cities have a plethora of options from cooking classes (try making sushi or ice cream) or art classes (try making ceramics or going to a painting class). Decide what sounds fun to you as a couple and enroll in a class on your anniversary day. Not only will you make memories, you might learn a new skill that you can carry with you and use in the future.
Send a Balloon Arrangement
While flowers are always appreciated, try something new with this anniversary. Kertzner suggests sending a balloon arrangement with "Happy Anniversary" scripted into one of the balloons. You can also get balloons shaped like the number of your anniversary or get one another's names made into balloons. If anything, they will make a fun backdrop for pictures to remember the occasion.
Take a Staycation
Just because you can't jet off to a far-flung destination doesn't mean a night away from home is out of the question. Consider staying at a local hotel or inn—you can even act like a tourist for the night. Try dining in a restaurant you've never been to or going to a museum you don't usually have time for. Or spend all day enjoying hotel amenities like a beautiful pool or relaxing spa. You might leave looking at your partner, and your hometown, with fresh eyes.
Sometimes the best way to connect with those you love is by giving back to others. Pick a charitable cause you both care about and spend your anniversary volunteering together. Whether it's working in a food bank or picking up litter on a beach, you will bond over giving back to the wider world and feeling like you made a difference.