Dear Aunt B: Our 11th wedding anniversary is coming up, any suggestions to make our celebration special on a very limited budget? ~June Bride
Dear June Bride:
Some of the best times my husband and I have enjoyed were overnight getaways locally and romantic vacations at home alone. If you have kids, it is easier to get childcare since the volunteers know you are within reach should an emergency arise. You could enlist friends/family to volunteer and plan something special with your children (such as going to the zoo, park, or a play place). This way, the kids have something to look forward to and you don’t feel guilty about leaving them. You and your husband can be free to act like newlyweds, having the house all to yourself! You can decorate, watch uninterrupted movies, go on day trips, eat out in romantic locations or order in from the kind of places that don’t offer kid’s meals. Then you can sleep in late in your own bed without the expense of lodging, the question of who slept in this bed previously, or the worry of having to be checked out of the hotel by 11 a.m.
Another great time my husband and I once had was spending the night away in a really nice local hotel while living in the Bay Area. Creatively I pulled out all the stops and put a lot of thought into making it meaningful. Ahead of time, I packed a romantic picnic and a basket, with individually wrapped gifts, then hid them all over the hotel room before he arrived. I also decorated the room with candles, chocolates, and trail of rose petals.The last step was to drop off a key with the receptionist at his work. He was so surprised and thrilled that I would go to this extreme to spend time alone with him and give him my undivided attention. Both of us loved every minute of our short, but meaningful time away, it seemed like a full vacation! When we picked up our son, he was happy and had enjoyed being entertained by our friends!
With all the comparative shopping on-line for hotel booking, and restaurant deals, like Living Social, Priceline, etc., you could feasibly slip away somewhere fancy for a couple of days at a steal of a deal. Just make sure and do your homework ahead of time to spare expenses.
Whatever you choose to do, I hope you have a wonderful time. The cost of the getaway is not nearly as meaningful as the thought and love you plan into every detail of it. Just make it fun, add a little mystery, include things that you would both enjoy, and choose to exhale! 11 years of marriage is something special to celebrate on any budget!
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