If mom and dad hadn't tied the knot, you might not be here to celebrate their special day -- so their anniversary definitely deserves some fuss. Whether your parents are a flamboyant, sociable couple or the most private people you know, you can use their personalities and interests to commemorate their anniversary in a way they won’t soon forget.
If your parents are celebrating a milestone anniversary, consider going above and beyond to make it a one-of-a-kind vacation. Talk to other family members about pitching in financially and then organize a vacation based upon your mom and dad’s favorite getaway ideas. You can book a weekend at a historic bed and breakfast for a romantic anniversary celebration on a budget. Arrange a short cruise to the Bahamas if your parents can’t get time off work – a little bit of sunshine celebration on a budget, too. For a grander getaway, surprise your parents with a two-week cruise throughout the Caribbean or the European vacation they’ve always wanted. If money is tight, bring the destination home; turn the backyard into a Caribbean oasis, the outdoor deck into a Parisian bistro or the dining room into an Italian café.
Once family and friends have offered their best wishes, let your parents celebrate their anniversary privately, too. You can prepare a romantic candlelit dinner at home for an inexpensive gift or splurge with a dinner for two at their home, catered by a professional chef. Send them for a couples massage, give them tickets to an event they’ve been excited about or arrange for them to tour a nearby vineyard. If they’re adventurous, send them on a zip-line tour or arrange for a private scuba diving lesson. If your parents aren't daredevils, consider a private horseback riding session or a romantic horse and carriage ride instead.
Create a scrapbook of all your parents’ significant moments, from their wedding day to your college graduation. Encourage as many family and friends to add to the scrapbook as possible to create a comprehensive snapshot of their married years together. Or, create a single video from all the family footage and conclude the film with a short video message of well-wishing from everyone involved in the gift. Help your parents celebrate by giving them new photos to add to their relationship scrapbook with a couples photo shoot or create a photo collage of all the members of the family. Have a special item engraved to commemorate your parents' anniversary, such as champagne glasses or a pair of lockets.
If your parents enjoy a little attention every once in a while, throw them an anniversary bash to celebrate their big day with friends and family. You can plan an anniversary on a budget, hosting a simple backyard barbecue at home, or make it an elaborate affair by renting out a banquet hall, catering the event and arranging for a live band to perform. You can host an anniversary dinner at the location your parents first met or plan a themed event to celebrate the decade of their wedding, their favorite film or music genre.
Rosenya Faith has been working with children since the age of 16 as a swimming instructor and dance instructor. For more than 14 years she has worked as a recreation and skill development leader, an early childhood educator and a teaching assistant, working in elementary schools and with special needs children between 4 and 11 years of age.
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