Most couples celebrating their wedding anniversary will have children, do you include the kids in your anniversary celebration or do you just enjoy the time together?
There are no rules about this and children can of course be included. Most wedding anniversary ideas leave the kids out of the picture. However in many cases, it might not be easy to find a sitter on short notice. So if your kids are five years old or over, why not make use of their enthusiasm to have a truly creative anniversary party?
Five year olds
Wedding anniversary celebrations need not always be about the best and most expensive. With very young children you could take them out for the day to a petting zoo and capture the day on video to share with them when old enough to understand.
Take them on a picnic to where you proposed if possible of course, it might be too expensive to take them back to London, Paris or abroad for example. You are a family and including the children on your wedding anniversary will add special memories to reflect on as you celebrate more in the years to come.
Eight year olds
If you have kids aged say eight years and older they may want to be part of the celebrations and help arrange a party you may be having. Ask them to lay the table and decorate the party room as best as they can. If they are older, they could even pitch in with preparing the dinner.
After the preparations are over, act as a special couple, which you are, whom they have to attend to, let them do things like opening the door as you come in, handing over the ‘menu’ and helping you to choose the ‘specials of the day’. Your kids will feel special and included and best of all, you will all feel closer as a family.
Teenagers and grown ups
Older children or grown up kids can plan a surprise party at their parents’ favourite restaurant. Invite friends and family in secret so they have a great surprise when they arrive. Book a local venue like a community hall or club, invite family and friends for a great knees up. If they are into music, book a local band to play music from their era. This will take some planning and even more of a challenge, especially trying to keep it secret. The more people know of the party plans, the more chances it will be leaked and could spoil the surprise.
Booking a holiday with family can be a great way to celebrate, children enjoy being part of any celebration and if you have a large group with grandparents, aunts, uncles as well it all adds to mark the occasion. You also have sitters to watch the children when you want to spend some romantic time together.
It’s once a year and hopefully you will have many more wedding anniversaries for years to come, plan your day so both partners are happy with or without kids.