My husband and I celebrated our sixth anniversary recently, and leading up to the date I racked my brain on what to do. The only other time we formally celebrated our anniversary was year number one, with a one-night camping trip up the Poudre Canyon. Our five-year anniversary came and went without much fanfare, so I thought we should make up for that oversight this year.
I looked at nearby B&Bs (average $130 per night), researched a few fine-dining restaurants ($150 tab, easy) and even considered gifting my man with an adventure package from Cloud9Living ($99 and up — way up). Despite my efforts, these high-priced options failed to click and we awakened on the morning of our sixth anniversary without a plan.
And that was the best idea ever.
We started the day by planting another plant in our fledgling vegetable garden. We then hopped on our bikes, traveled from midtown to downtown and put our name in at a local breakfast place I’d been wanting to try. We tooled around downtown for a while, calling on the friend who married us exactly six years ago to join in the celebration. He showed up just as we were seated, and we treated ourselves to gourmet egg bennies and I splurged on a couple mimosas ($48).
We then biked to a local brewery for a pint ($8), before heading to the river to splash about like children for a couple hours ($0). From there, we biked home and enjoyed a light dinner of caprese salads with basil from our garden ($12), and finished off the evening with our favorite red wine ($12).
All in all, we spent $80 — less than my lowest-cost planned option, and we both concurred it was one of the best days we’d had in a while. So, the next time you find yourself racking your brain and emptying your bank account for a planned event, consider what a little spontaneity can do for celebration — and your checkbook.