10 Last-Minute Anniversary Ideas
By definition, anniversaries are extra-special events. Whether you’ve been together a year or 50, an outing to commemorate the experiences that you have shared together is more important than any typical date. And yet, some years, we look at the calendar with a shock and become gripped with anxiety, racking our brain for last-minute anniversary ideas. “Oh, no! Is that today?” you think. “I didn’t get them anything, and I don’t have anything planned!”
Considering how much time we have all spent indoors lately, it’s definitely key to go out and do something together and make new memories that don’t involve watching your favorite show—again. Have no fear—we are here to save the day with these 10 last-minute anniversary ideas.
1. Cook a romantic dinner at a fabulous Peerspace venue
Race to the grocery store and gather quintessentially romantic food, like steak, oysters, chocolate, and strawberries. Next, visit Peerspace and book a gorgeous venue with a kitchen, like this adorable pink Atlanta apartment fully equipped with luxury chef gear and fun décor like no other.
If it’s not the very last minute, you could even use Peerspace’s Concierge service, which can connect you to caterers who can bring a private dinner straight to your rented venue. For example, this event space in Seattle donates all proceeds to charity and includes a stunning industrial-style kitchen for your caterer. The host even lights candles throughout the space prior to your arrival.
Renting a space like this is one of the best last-minute anniversary ideas. Be sure to check local alcohol laws if you’re planning on enjoying a celebratory bottle of champagne.
2. Go to the theatre
Since they are so special, anniversaries deserve to be celebrated with an elevated experience. Not a lot of people know that most theater companies offer last-minute rush ticket sales for shows that haven’t sold out. It’s often best to call the theaters to acquire these seats.
However, there are also online ticket sales agency dedicated to last-minute events. You can improvise a cocktail hour beforehand, if there’s time, and plan an after-show dinner somewhere nearby.
3. Hop on a flight
If you’re up for something super-adventurous and romantic, and you both have the luxury of free time, one of the absolute best last-minute anniversary ideas is to jump on a flight out of town and enjoy a couple’s getaway. It’s possible to score impromptu tickets at the airport or just get them online like any other fare.
Sometimes it is shockingly inexpensive to purchase last-minute tickets; other times, the opposite is very much the case. Make dinner and lodging plans on the tarmac, or just ask your driver to surprise you with a favorite spot upon arrival. Be sure that you both have your passports on hand!
4. Enjoy a redux
Anniversaries are all about rekindling romance, or at least reminiscing about times past while looking forward to the future. A favorite last-minute idea is to head back to where you had your very first date and re-create it.
Maybe it’s a kitschy café or a fountain in a park—as long as the site still exists, it will warm both your hearts to see it again together after all this time. Heading back to that first date spot really is one of the best last-minute anniversary ideas. It can even become an annual tradition.
5. Find common themes
By now you have acquired at least a couple shared favorites, whether it be a restaurant, a film, or a bookstore. If you’re lucky, at least one of these will be available for your last-minute anniversary celebration. And it would be absolute fate if your shared favorite band was playing in town, and you could find tickets to see them.
However, if your mojo isn’t that strong, just clear a space in the living room, cook their favorite food, and dance to your favorite songs. Make it all about your personal story.
6. Watch a movie
Since so much is streaming these days, going out to a movie is becoming something of a rarity. Find out which current film features the sappiest love story and take them there as if it were planned all along. Afterwards, head to a diner and share a chocolate malted milkshake, or maybe savor some spaghetti in a local Italian restaurant a la Lady and the Tramp.
7. Sing your hearts out at a karaoke bar
For the daring couple, a fun last-minute anniversary date is to head to a local karaoke joint and to sing to one another like the crooners you know you are. Gain bonus points for singing their favorite song to them or belting out Elton John’s “Your Song.” If neither of these are options are appealing, or you’re a newish couple, just stammer through the lyrics of the most romantic song you can possibly remember.
8. Indulge in a staycation dress-up adventure
Pretend to be a tourist in your own town, especially if you’ve lived there a long time. Dress up in formal clothes or something else out of your wardrobe wheelhouse and stroll the streets as if you’ve never seen them before. Fresh eyes tend to freshen up anyone’s love story, and you might even share some laughs in your regal attire. If you run into someone you know, all the better.
9. Plan a picnic
Be like the French and grab a baguette, some cheese, and perhaps a bottle of bubbly and head to an idyllic natural spot. Spread the blanket you thoughtfully packed and prepare a simple picnic as if you had thought of this months ago. It doesn’t have to be fancy.
Even an urban picnic can be a fun way to share your special day. Or more rugged folks could take a trek and improvise a lunch spot on the way. There’s a reason picnics are a classic romantic date idea—they work.
10. Get a tattoo
Edgy, truly spontaneous couples can commemorate their important anniversary by getting a tattoo together. Generally, at least one parlor in town will take walk-ins, so you don’t have to worry about the fact that this wasn’t planned.
The tattoos don’t have to match, because that might be a little overboard, but the shared experience of pain will bring you even closer together. Plus, the permanent art emblazoned on your skin will remind you of your love. Every. Single. Day. Forever. While it’s arguably a controversial last-minute anniversary idea, it is definitely one to remember.