For couples that have been married for a while, it's often hard to come up with their own personal anniversary date ideas. With the pressure to plan ahead and make the date perfect, most people tend to make a list of possibilities and then settle for what they think they already have – unless they're trying to surprise their soon-to-be spouse.
If you want to go all out, you might choose to plan a unique and special anniversary celebration. You know your one year wedding is probably the only one that elevates the bar again, so you know your anniversary should be that much bigger. Have good news though, because it can still be easier than you thought when planning your one year anniversary. Instead of dreaming of a grand wedding with a great reception, you can instead focus on a more intimate gathering with just the two of you.
One of the best things about anniversary party ideas is that there are no rules. What would be ideal in the past may not be the most fun now. So you could actually use the time you've saved from the wedding to throw the best parties possible. You can invite everyone who was invited to your wedding but it's really up to you to fill it up with all of the other members of your family.
For example, you can throw a good party where everyone eats whatever you want to give out. You can serve a buffet style or serve a meal and then have desserts afterwards. You can also get the whole family together to have a cake and a reception. You can also set up a games area for your friends and family to enjoy. You could have card games and puzzles as well, so you have something to do during the day that they'll remember. Or you can let them pick one of your favorite games that they can play to pass the time. A lot of people love to play pin the tail on the donkey, but it's always fun to have a little bit of fun too.
Anniversary cake cutting is another idea that you should definitely include in your celebration. It's always fun for the bride and groom to cut the cake together as a way to celebrate their union, even if it's just for one night. If you do decide to do this, make sure you do it early enough that both of you get to eat the cake before everyone else, because it's usually served cold.
Anniversary theme parties are always a big hit because everyone gets to share in the moment and bond over the time that you have spent together. It can take a little more time and planning to get everything going and the celebration will be a lot more fun for the bride and groom too.