Your anniversary is a special time in a couple’s life. Whether you go all out and plan a trip, or just do a nice dinner- it’s a wonderful day to remember your wedding and fun to look back on that day with fond memories. Ideally any couple would want to go out and have a kid-free evening, but that’s not always in the cards. A minimal budget, lack of babysitters or even just one sick kid can ruin your plans- but that doesn’t have to mean you be stuck in just watching tv! These 10 ideas for fun ways to celebrate your anniversary at home require very little time, energy or funds to make your anniversary night a special one- no matter what!
I know the “lack of a babysitter” issue has plagued many an anniversary in this house. Living so far from family, we often are left to be more creative when it comes to finding a special way to celebrate our anniversary. To help anyone in our same boat, I’ve come up 10 fun and simple ways to celebrate your anniversary at home after the kids are ion bed! These are really great for any night that you are feeling mom and dad need some “mom and dad ONLY time” too.
1. Classic Movie Night
This is the most common “at home date idea” but always a good one. Pick any movie you wish and cuddle up on the couch together but don’t forget all of your movie theater favorites. Don’t forget the popcorn, boxed candy, and low lighting.
2. Wine and Cheese Night
If you’ve ever read my blog before, you KNOW this one is my favorite! Pick up a few different bottles of wine, some artisan cheeses, and set up your own wine tasting. Get a variety of wines from different places, cover up the labels on the bottles to create a blind tasting and try each, discussing the wine’s appearance, aroma, taste, and finish. Pour each other small sips so you can enjoy a few different wines. Don’t forget the crackers and fancy cheeses to clear your palate in between sips!
Any good wine and cheese night needs an awesome cheese board! This “and sign” cheese board from UncommonGoods is my absolute favorite. It’s beautiful, fun and funky and functional too.This beautiful piece is handmade from North American maple and features a teak oil finish. When it’s not smartly displaying your feast of brie, gouda and crackers, this fancy design makes an artful addition to your kitchen sideboard or bar tabletop- and quite a conversation piece too!
Fill up your board with any variety of cheeses, crackers or specialty meats and pair each with your varietal wines to make your wine and cheese date night even more authentic. Each of these beautiful boards is made locally in Dorset, Vermont and will truly last a lifetime. If you need some cheese board inspiration, check out these 3 absolute stunning (and amazingly delicious looking!) cheese board ideas from Hearth and Kin. You will NOT be disappointed!
3. Spa Night
This is a great one too. Indulge yourselves in a night of relaxation by using candles or scented oils to create a spa-like environment as you take turns giving massages, pedicures, or facials to each other. Try your hand at home make at home scrubs, creams or treatments, or stock up on some from your favorite store instead. No matter what you use, you both will feel so relaxed at the end of your wonderful spa night in.
4. Game Night
Who doesn’t love game night? Grab some of your favorite two-person games and have fun sinking each other’s battleships, spending fake money, and coming up with creative words. One of your favorites is just the classic game of Scrabble- it’s always bound to be a fun time!
5. Video Game night
Seriously! Tuck the kids into bed,be sure they are asleep and turn on their favorite games and see what all of the fuss is about! Play some classic games like Mario, or try your hand at building something together in Minecraft. No matter what you play, you’ll have fun- and maybe even surprise your kids the next day with your “new found” gaming skills.
6. Have a theme night
Choose a theme and center everything you do around it. For example, if you choose an Italian theme, you could eat spaghetti and gelato, then watch a movie like The Italian Job or Life is Beautiful. Some other fun theme ideas: Mexican, Asian, Christmas, or your favorite movies from when you were a kid. This takes the classic movie night to the next level of FUN.
7. Have a romantic candle light dinner
It doesn’t matter if you are eating hot dogs and macaroni and cheese . . . anything eaten by candlelight is romantic. Make any meal and sit together like you are out at your favorite restaurant- just don’t forget the wine!
Make sure to fancy up your evening by gifting your special someone these beautiful cedar wood Neighborwoods coasters! They are not only gorgeous and extremely versatile, they are perfect to gift to someone to remember your favorite city. Once my husband got his new bar, I knew these Philadelphia coasters would be absolutely perfect to go in it. They are great to replicate that”restaurant” feel at home, and reminds you that you also deserve to use real glasses every now and again indeed of just kid-friendly plastic!
On your romantic candle light dinner at home, mix up your favorite cocktail or pour yourself some wine and take that dinner to the nest level. These charming coasters are hand drawn to celebrate your favorite cities neighborhoods- and from east to west coast, you are sure to find a city near yours!
8. Have a snowy night party
This one is perfect for the winter! Sneak outside after the kids are in bed and build a snowman or have a snowball fight. Come back inside when it gets too cold, make spiked hot cocoa and warm up under some big blankets.
9. Bubble bath night
This could be an extension of the spa night or just be it’s own date. Fill up the tub with the warmest water you can stand, drop in a few drops of your favorite essential oils and make sure you have extra bubbles. Relax together, discussing the day and enjoying each other’s company.
10. Have a Just Dance Marathon
If you don’t have any of these games, I sightly suggest them! Not only will your kids love them by day, but at night, you and your spouse can get your funky dance moves on by following along and dancing. You’ll get in some serious exercise and laughs while you are at it.
Being stuck in doesn’t have to mean the end of your anniversary fun. Take any of these ideas and turn anniversary night into a special one that you two will remember forever! If you loved the anniversary present ideas I shared here, don’t forget to check out UncommonGoods! You’ll be surprised at the awesome assortment of incredibly unique gift ideas for anyone on your list- and at every price too. My husband is notoriously hard to shop for and I found at least a dozen things he’d LOVE here! Each of the products in the Uncommon Collection meet five important standards for design and social responsibility too. Each piece is an original design, comes from a place that uses responsible business practices, is made with environmentally-friendly materials and uses resourceful packaging. Each piece can also only be found at UncommonGoods, so you know your gift is truly a one of a kind. For more gift inspiration, check out their whole anniversary collection here.