The First Year Anniversary Ideas Guide to Planning an Amazing First Year Anniversary Dinner, Party, or Date Night
60 Awesome First Year Anniversary Ideas and Activities
What happens only once a year, and as the years pass you’ll find it hard to remember??
For you newlyweds out there, we know this might seem impossible. But a relationship is much like a garden -it needs care, attention and nourishment to thrive. Let us start by saying your anniversary isn’t the one day a year for a special effort – what would happen if you only watered the garden once a year? Even if you SOAKED it, you still wouldn’t have the same results as someone who took a little time each and every day to make sure it thrived.
So while this post is full of anniversary planning advice, tips and ideas – don’t limit these to your anniversary! With 60 different ideas, you can even take em and plan a series of date nights that will take you all the way to next year!
and with that little intro over, its time to get into it!
How to Plan an Amazing First Year Anniversary
Step One – Give yourself lots of time! When planning your first year anniversary day or any other date, its always best to give yourself lots of time to prepare. Certain activities, restaurants etc all need to be booked well in advance.
Step Two – Make it thoughtful & make it personal. Thoughtful gifts and activities mean the most – whether they’re expensive or not really doesn’t matter as much as showing your spouse how much you care!
Step Three – Consult our handy list of anniversary activities, and select a few that will make for the dream day. Some of these are all day adventures, some would only take an hour or two. We suggest taking a full day together, but if you can’t, make sure its at least an afternoon/evening :)
Ready? Time to start planning your anniversary with our Awesome First Year Anniversary Ideas Guide:
First Year Anniversary Ideas #1. Date night at home – cook a romantic dinner and watch your wedding film!
First Year Anniversary Ideas #2. Make a book of the highlights of your life together. Paste in pictures, starting with your wedding day, followed by trips, holidays, and moving into your first house. Fill it in with candids and cute quotes. Leave blank pages in the back so you can load up with new memories next year.
First Year Anniversary Ideas #3. Picnic at the spot where you got engaged. If it’s so unique that you can’t go back in a day’s trip, re-create the moment closer to home. Proposed in France? Pack up a baguette, brie, and olives, and head to a secluded spot. Said yes at a vineyard across the coast? Order one of its wines online and toast to another happy year.
First Year Anniversary Ideas #4. For the ultimate foodie couple, skip an overpriced dinner out and take a cooking class together. Not only is it a fun way to bond, you’ll walk away with tons of recipes you can make for special occasions.
First Year Anniversary Ideas #5. Take a fitness class together you’d both enjoy. Or, buy a workout DVD, a challenging one (or even this!) to try at home.
First Year Anniversary Ideas #6. Grab inflatable tubes and spend an afternoon on a river. (Cold weather alternate: go ice skating, sledding, or spend the afternoon at a cider mill.)
First Year Anniversary Ideas #7. Spend the afternoon at the beach.
First Year Anniversary Ideas #8. Go on a road trip for the day. Map out your route, stop at anything fun on the way, and return home by nighttime.
First Year Anniversary Ideas #9. Go thrifting: visit garage sales, flea markets, or estate sales and see who scores the sweetest deal.
First Year Anniversary Ideas #10. Play paintball! (This is nearly free if you have your own equipment; if not, opt for a water gunfight instead.)
First Year Anniversary Ideas #11. Hit up the arcade with handfuls of quarters.
First Year Anniversary Ideas #12. Go on a second “first date”. Get dressed up, drive separately, and pretend you’ve just met. Hold hands. Ask questions awkwardly. Get butterflies.
First Year Anniversary Ideas #13. Go on a Geo-caching treasure hunt. Or, grab one of these gadgets. I’ve never done this, but it’s on my to-do list.
First Year Anniversary Ideas #14. Go hiking.
First Year Anniversary Ideas #15. Go dancing. Okay, it doesn’t have to be Dancing With the Stars, but twirling and dipping can make you feel like a bride and groom again.
First Year Anniversary Ideas #16. Score a weekend away at a secluded Bed and Breakfast that’s close enough to home that you don’t spend hours traveling in the car.
First Year Anniversary Ideas #17. Hightail it to an exotic locale. Your honeymoon shouldn’t have to be your only romantic vacation!
First Year Anniversary Ideas #18. Spend the afternoon at your local farmer’s market.
First Year Anniversary Ideas #19. Have a theme night. “Schedule a theme dinner and movie night at home.” Create a menu based on the movie you’re watching (i.e., spaghetti for a Francis Ford Coppola flick)
and make it together before watching
First Year Anniversary Ideas #21. Go to a cooking class. “Go to Williams-Sonoma and attend one of their cooking demos.” You’ll have some new recipes to try instead of going to a restaurant, so you’ll save even more money.
First Year Anniversary Ideas #22. Fly kites or RC planes (if you have one). It’s a nice way to get fresh air and feel like a kid again.
First Year Anniversary Ideas #23. Go to a drive in movie.
First Year Anniversary Ideas #24. Have a water gun fight. ‘Nuff said. (Winter alternate: have a snowball fight.)
First Year Anniversary Ideas #25. Teach the other how to do something they’ve never tried: the guitar, a new card game, how to bake an apple pie, just as a few examples.
First Year Anniversary Ideas #26. Make reservations for dinner at a restaurant you’ve always wanted to go to. Get deals and save even more money.
First Year Anniversary Ideas #27. Tandem Skydiving This isn’t something to enter into lightly, but with a good instructor and proper equipment, it’s entirely safe. And hey, what other activity is there that so nearly replicates the rush of falling in love?
First Year Anniversary Ideas #28. Playing Paintball Rent the equipment you need and square off against your spouse (or, if you’re feeling merciful, pair up with your sweetie against another team).
First Year Anniversary Ideas #29. Camping! It’s your chance to truly get away from it all — give the iphone a well-deserved day off — and just savour nature and each other.
First Year Anniversary Ideas #30. River Rafting. Determine whether you want a leisurely drift or a white-knuckle thrill ride; then bon voyage.
First Year Anniversary Ideas #31. Rethink tool time. Cooking stores aren’t the only places with free how-tos: “Hardware stores like Lowe’s and The Home Depot have DIY seminars. You can both learn to fix things, and it’s fun and free!”
First Year Anniversary Ideas #32. Go to a local amusement park or carnival. (Local church festivals or carnivals are free to get in; just pay for what you’d like to do like play games or eat.)
First Year Anniversary Ideas #33. Find a bar with karaoke – and do a (likely hilarious) duet.
First Year Anniversary Ideas #34. Learn how to brew your own beverage: try your hand at making cappuccinos, a flavoured ice tea, or your own brewed beer. Become a coffee connoisseur and learn how to use a french press. You may find a new favourite.
First Year Anniversary Ideas #35. Go on a restaurant tour – on the cheap. Stop in for an appetizer at a few different locations to try out some new foods.
First Year Anniversary Ideas #36. Recreate your honeymoon. Say you went to a laid-back island. Cook up seafood and kick back with tropical drinks. Went to Europe? Craft a “Tour of Europe” meal: Have
Spanish tapas, an Italian entree, and a French dessert. Put on your most stylish outfits and listen to the Gypsy Kings or Hotel Costes: Best of Costes.
First Year Anniversary Ideas #37. Training for a Marathon. There are few greater rushes than completing those 26-plus miles (okay, or 2.6 miles). Why not train together so you can celebrate times two?
First Year Anniversary Ideas #38. Rock Climbing! K2 is likely outside your reach, so give your gym’s indoor climbing wall a try. As you gain confidence, you can graduate to scaling the great outdoors.
First Year Anniversary Ideas #39. Bowling. Between the $5 pitchers and the rental shoes, it’s perfect for taking a break from your daily life and enjoying some low-key fun.
First Year Anniversary Ideas #40. Rollerblade at your local rink or around town.
First Year Anniversary Ideas #41. Visit the zoo or aquarium. (Too pricey near you? Volunteer at an animal shelter and play with the pets.)
First Year Anniversary Ideas #42. Break out the board games for an indoor game night.
First Year Anniversary Ideas #43. Find an outdoor concert with cheap lawn tickets + grab your lawn chairs for a fun summer date night.
First Year Anniversary Ideas #44. Grab tickets to a local college sports game (baseball, football, basketball).
First Year Anniversary Ideas #45. Go to a jazz club. (Or make your own at home.)
First Year Anniversary Ideas #46. Get hooked on a new TV series and have a marathon.
First Year Anniversary Ideas #47. Go to a club and dance your you-know-whats off.
First Year Anniversary Ideas #48. Plan out your dream vacation. Spend the evening talking about where to go; once you decide, surf the internet to find attractions and things to do while you’re there.
First Year Anniversary Ideas #49. Go to a local museum. (If too expensive near you, head to a local historic marker and learn about your town. It’s all about learning something about history together.)
First Year Anniversary Ideas #50. Bike ride around town.
First Year Anniversary Ideas #51. Plan a patio date in the summer: barbecue, add beverages (wine, iced tea), and enjoy the warm air.
First Year Anniversary Ideas #52. Play putt-putt golf. Winner buys ice cream!
First Year Anniversary Ideas #53. Learn a new outdoor activity together (kayaking, gardening, canoeing, hiking, horseback riding, or sailing). Who knows – you may just find a new hobby you’ll love to do together!
First Year Anniversary Ideas #54. Take an art class together at a local parks and rec or community college near you. (Too expensive near you? Grab two canvases and paints and get to work. You may even create some pretty amazing artwork for your home.)
First Year Anniversary Ideas #55. Go-karting. So. much. fun.
First Year Anniversary Ideas #56. Work on a (fun) project together. Buy supplies, figure out instructions, and get to work!
First Year Anniversary Ideas #57. Volunteer somewhere. You’ll spend quality time together – and help out someone else. Cool.
First Year Anniversary Ideas #58. Have a bonfire complete with marshmallows ready for toasting.
First Year Anniversary Ideas #59. Test-Driving a Sports Car You may not be able to buy a Ferrari just yet — the mortgage and student loans get in the way — but you can still take a dream ride.
First Year Anniversary Ideas #60. Take a stay-cation. You don’t even have to leave the city limits. Be a tourist in your own town!
And last but not least – First Year Anniversary Ideas #61: Hire a Photographer/Cinematographer for the day to capture those memories. Every anniversary is different, and each year is a brand new stage of life you’ll never experience again -so savour those moments, and catch what you can :) Click here to head to tailoredfitphotography.com to book your anniversary photography,
You’ve just learned how to plan an amazing first year anniversary in 3 easy steps. Plus you have 61 more anniversary ideas in your back pocket. Not bad for a days work eh? We hope your first year anniversary is incredible – and that these anniversary ideas help you out for years to come!
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