Tying the Knot in a Meaningful and Memorable Way (Without Losing Our Savings or Sanity)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Anniversary Traditions

Matt and I celebrated our anniversary this past weekend. Here's how our traditions work:

One of us writes a letter to encapsulate our year together, while the other person plans some sort of date. We alternate who does what each year.

This year, I was in charge of writing the letter (thanks for indulging me in my brainstorming process!), and Matt was in charge of planning the date.

On Sunday, he informed me that I needed to leave the house for a couple hours. I asked if I could instead sequester myself in our office/craft room, to which he responded in the affirmative.

When he gave me permission to emerge, I walked into a beautiful backyard picnic. He had covered a folding table with one of the tablecloths (er, vintage sheets) from our wedding, put up Christmas lights in the shape of a heart, and had set up flowers, music, drinks, and a menu for our three-course meal. Even the dog was wearing a tie. (Apparently, he made ties for the chickens to wear, too, but they weren't having it.)

We dined, chatted, played Scrabble, and flipped through our living, growing scrapbook, which included the letter I wrote to him this year.

I'm growing very fond of our little anniversary tradition. It's something to look forward to every year without being overwhelming. If you're looking for more anniversary inspiration, check out John and Sherry's ideas over at Young House Love.

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Catherine said...

I am picturing Matt running around trying to put ties on the chickens! HILARIOUS! More proof that an evening doesn't have to be expensive or elaborate to be special and meaningful.

SMK said...

How super sweet!I too would have loved to see chickies in ties...that would be brilliant. But Hoss is rocking his with style.

I really love that you two do this, and am already trying to brainstorm with Andy what our traditions will be; I love the idea of beginning our own family traditions and always having that root/foundation to come back on.

Do you have any photos of your living scrapbook?

Ms. Bunny said...

Awww how cute. I think picnics are incredibly romantic.

And I now have the funniest mental image of Matt trying to put ties on chickens. Hilarious.

Angie said...

shucks, you two are lovely. what a sweet little shindig going on in your backyard!

Sarah said...

Super cute! Congratulations.

Gretchen said...

I LOVE the tradition you have created. What a wonderful way to commemorate each year you spend today.

Bonnie Joy said...

what a gorgeous tradition...we may have to start something like this after we get married :)
Congrats you guys!

Amanda said...

oh that sounds like so much fun! what a great tradition!!

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