Anniversary Celebrations

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By Cindy Edwards

My 27th wedding anniversary is next month, and I am pondering a way to make it special without it being extravagant.  At this point in our lives, my husband and I really enjoy just spending a night at home with a good meal and time to reflect on our life together. 

It is actually easy to have a relaxing date night at home and still make it romantic and a bit different.  If you have the right menu—one that is as easy as it is good—it just takes a few extra ideas to make the evening memorable.

1. Prepare your meal ahead of time.  A simple meal with a special appetizer will limit cleanup.

2. Select a new place to enjoy your date.  Perhaps you can set up a card table in a different part of the house or on your patio.  The right tablecloth, flowers and candles will transform the ordinary into extraordinary.  And, be sure to use your wedding china to really enhance the sentimentality of the occasion. Select some of your favorite music to set the tone of the night.

3. Dress to impress! It is actually fun to dress up in your own home, and it really sets an elegant mood.

4. Get things off to the right start with a special (but simple) appetizer and a glass of bubbly.

5. Pull out your wedding album or video.  It is always fun to share happy memories with your spouse. 

6. Consider making or ordering a very small wedding cake for dessert.

7. I do not believe that the focus of the occasion is a gift, but it is fun to follow the traditional anniversary suggestions.  You can find a list of some gifts from the kitchen by clicking here. Also, a sweet card or note is always a good choice.

I would like to share my special appetizer recipe that I will be serving prior to my anniversary dinner. It is simple and can be prepared ahead of any event.  It is one of my husband’s favorites. 

Cheese-stuffed Dates

12 pitted dates
4 ounces goat cheese, at room temperature
6 strips of bacon, cut in half
12 small wooden picks or skewers

Put softened cheese into a pastry bag or use a small spoon to stuff each date with cheese. Wrap a half-piece of bacon around each stuffed date and secure with a wooden pick.  Broil in the oven until the bacon is cooked (about 10 minutes). You may prepare earlier in the day and store in the refrigerator until ready to cook and serve.

Whether you are a newlywed or celebrating your golden anniversary, it is nice to stop and appreciate your spouse and the life that you have created. 

As always, thanks for reading.

Properly yours,
Cindy

Cindy Edwards embodies everything pretty, perky and proper about the South. She's a wife, mother, volunteer and freelance writer. Cindy volunteers enough hours to exhaust most by serving on the Board of Trustees for the Telfair Museums, the Savannah Book Festival Board of Directors and the University of Georgia Honors Advisory Board. She has also served on the Boards of the March of Dimes and Young Life Savannah. Cindy has been married to her college sweetheart, Dr. Joe Edwards III, for 25 years and is the proud mother of two sons: Joe IV, a senior at the University of Georgia, and Jack, a freshman at Ole Miss. No matter how busy, Cindy always makes time for a competitive game of bridge.
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Cindy, love these ideas! We do tend to forget after many years of marriage that we need to continue to make our anniversary special. Thanks for the ideas!

By Susan L on August 23, 2013

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As always, great ideas!!! Cindy, thanks for always bringing to us things that we know, but need to read or hear to bring to mind. Happy Anniversary! I remember that wedding day.

By Carolyn Nowell on July 20, 2013

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I loved the blog, there were some great ideas.

By kanda daniel on July 20, 2013

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As always, I enjoy reading your blog. Happy anniversary!

By Viki on July 19, 2013

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I am getting ready to make my second batch of Paula's Ice Box Bread and Butter pickles because everyone loved them so much, they didn't last long. Thank you Paul. Much love to you and your family. Linda

By Linda O'Brien on July 19, 2013

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Congratulations to both of you! And a very good picture of you and your husband. Wishing you happiness for many more years. The appetizer sounds great. Thanks for the recipe.

By Sandra on July 19, 2013

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I am looking forward to making your appetizer!! It sounds so yummy! Happy Anniversary to two of my favorite people!! Love, Suzanne D.

By Anonymous on July 19, 2013

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Once again, you have a great article!

By Linda Parton on July 19, 2013

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Congratulations, Cindy,on your 27th wedding anniversary!! Both of you look wonderful and happy. A nice dinner at home is a simple and great way to celebrate. The appetizer sounds delicious. Love your blog and this is great post.

By Anne on July 18, 2013

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Great ideas for a nice celebration with the one you love. Thanks again for sharing your great ideas.

By Michelle on July 17, 2013

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love the table paula would look good on my new patio. so glad you are back. I hope to get there to see you in person one day.i will start tomorrow to find the patern form the tablecloth.
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