Planning a Special and Affordable Anniversary

For all of you creative (and romantic) thinkers out there, I could use some ideas for planning an Anniversary date for my husband. We have been married 11 years and have two very young children. I need to stay within $50. It does not have to be an extremely romantic date since we are not really into all of the "violins and roses" kind of dates, but I want him to feel special and want it to be fun. Thanks!



November 20, 20030 found this helpful

I think you could work around the number 11. Have eleven special little cards where he is able to pick 9 no peeking and receive whatever is on your card. What is on the card need not cost a cent to be special. If you drink wine, paste a pretty handmade label on the bottle with Happy 11th Anniversary written on it. As it is your anniversary too, order food in that you both enjoy and finish off with a tiny Happy 11th Anniversary cake. Do indulge in two pretty candles to put on the table as it will set the mood for a beautiful evening. Happy Anniversary!

- Bevies

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November 24, 20030 found this helpful

If possible, arrange to have an entire evening (and the next morning) without children. I surprised my husband with a hotel downtown on our last anniversary and I let him decide how to spend the evening from there. He loved getting his wife for an evening alone. Even if your budget doesn't allow a hotel, you can make him the center of attention for the night and he won't care how much (or little) you spent. Congratulations on eleven years!

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April 16, 20110 found this helpful

If you are thinking of the hotel idea use a site like I would opt for the 4 star hotel, you will probably get the most bang and luxury for your buck. They will not reveal the hotel until you book, but the rates are amazing. I can usually get a beautiful 4 star hotel for under $70 (ie The Westin Hotel that I have booked, photo attached). Another thing to watch for is it if says "things you need to know before you go", if you pick a downtown hotel, there may be a parking fee. You could consider a popular suburb. Also when you get to the hotel ALWAYS ask for an upgrade to a King size bed. If they have one they WILL give it to you.

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