There’s nothing necessarily wrong with celebrating an anniversary with dinner or flowers, but wouldn’t you like to do something a little more creative? After all, if you think your partner is extraordinary, perhaps you would like to celebrate in an extraordinary way. Here are five ideas for different budgets, time and energy that can help you celebrate your special day in a way that is as unique as your relationship.
52 Ways To Say I Love You
Make a long list for your partner of all the things you love about him or her. Be as specific as possible. You can make a list of 50 things or 100 things, but 52 is a great number for a one-year anniversary because it is one item for every week of the year.
If the two of you are outdoorsy types or enjoy exercise, you might want to celebrate your anniversary with a physical challenge like a marathon or something more low-key like a backpacking trip. Maybe this is the time to try a day of sailing lessons or horseback riding. Even if you aren’t particularly outdoorsy as a couple, this provides the perfect opportunity to get acquainted with the outdoors!
You don’t have to go out to celebrate. In fact, particularly if you are a long-distance couple, work opposite shifts or are simply very busy, staying home can be a great way to celebrate your time together. Set aside a whole day, turn off the phone and don’t answer the door. Stock up on great food, decorations movies or whatever it is that spells a relaxing vacation at home for the two of you. There are numerous websites that will help you find decorations and supplies for your special occasion. Once again, this is a very desirable option for busy professionals.
First Date Rerun
How did you meet? What did you do on your first date? To celebrate, you can do it all again, or you can upgrade it. If you met for burgers last year, go for steak this year. Talk to one another about the year that’s gone by and your hopes for the year ahead.
This can be a fun and quirky opportunity to get to know one another better. What were your favorite things to do as a child? What did you like eating best? What movies did you love? Find a website with information on old television shows, music and more to jog your memories. It can be fun and intimate to share these old favorites with your partner especially when you find new and unexpected common ground.
Your one-year dating anniversary is a special moment that signifies the commitment two people have made to develop a long and meaningful relationship. It’s important to remember that ultimately, your first anniversary is about the two of you. It shouldn’t reflect other people’s wishes or desires. How others choose to celebrate simply does not matter. The celebration that best expresses who you are as a couple is the one to choose.
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