With people encouraged to stay in their homes, planning an anniversary date night might be difficult. You might have thought about recreating your first date, but that doesn’t seem possible unless your first date was in either of your homes. Don’t worry, lovebirds. There are more creative ways to celebrate your special day from home.
Recreate Your First Date
Yes, it’s possible to do this at home. Anniversaries are a celebration of love, comfort, hardships, and time you’ve spent together. So why not take it back to the beginning? You don’t have to go to the same place to do this; try to remember at what point of your lives did you meet, what you ate during that first date, and who you were with.
If you met in college, try to dress up the way you did back then. You can also try to think of what dishes you ate that time and recreate them from scratch. Making them together will be a good way for you and your partner to bond, and it’s sure to bring back some memories. If you were with friends the first time you met, invite them for a group video call and have them join in on the fun.
If you want to surprise your partner, give them a gift that shows how much you know and love them. It can be that personalised high-end necklace gifts for womenshe mentioned she wanted while you were out window shopping or that high-end espresso maker he’s interested in getting.
Take a Virtual Trip
Travel isn’t the best idea at a time like this, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pretend.Travel virtuallyto revisit the places you’ve previously been to or somewhere you’d like to visit in the future when the pandemic is over. Make an itinerary with two to three places and try to recreate the ambiance by playing fitting music and whipping up your own versions of dishes and drinks that you can only find in those destinations.
Have a Movie Night
Put a twist on this common date idea by streaming or renting a movie that you watched early in your relationship or your favourite movies growing up. Instead of watching it from your bed, why not set the scene with a cozy set-up by putting a lot of blankets and pillows on the floor? Depending on what you both like, recreate the feeling of being in a movie theater by bringing snacks that you both like to eat while watching a movie on the big screen. It could be popcorn, M&Ms, Twizzlers, etc. If you want to go for a fancier movie night theme, prepare a smallcharcuterie boardand bring out your favourite bottle of wine.
Redo Your First Wedding Dance
Get a little goofy and redo your first dance but this time, in your pajamas. Not only is this an easy and inexpensive idea, but it’s one that’s sure to bring laughter, fun, and maybe even tears as you reminisce all the time you’ve spent together. If you want to put in a little more effort, try adding new dance routines or change the choreography entirely. You can record your new dance and see how much of it has changed compared to the original.
Take a Trip Down Memory Lane
After your wedding dance, why not dance down memory lane by looking at old photo albums? Look through your old wedding albums or even just old photos of the two of you together. If you’re both the creative type, get your creative juices flowing and make a scrapbook filled with photos, memorabilia, and short notes that you can open up in a few years.
Try Your Hand at Relationship Trivia
Challenge each other to relationship trivia by coming up with a series of personal questions to see how much your partner knows or remembers about you. You can start with easy questions that get harder down the line. If you want to put something on the line, you can make the loser do whatever the winner wants for half a day. Just a note: don’t take it too seriously if your partner doesn’t remember everything.
Have a “Sip and Paint” Session
For a more chill and relaxing date night idea, try having a “sip and paint” session. Find your favourite photograph (it can be of your partner or a thing or place that’s meaningful to both of you) and paint it, with a few sips of wine in between! No artistic skill is required, but you and your partner can judge (or make fun of) each other’s work.
Whether it’s your first year together or if you’ve been together for ten years, the most important part is that you spend this time together. At the end of the day, it’s about the love, understanding, meaningful conversations, and the bond that you’ve created.