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Yesterday, I celebrated 2 years of marriage to my amazing husband.

We had the most wonderful wedding weekend I could ever have imagined and I love reliving the day by looking at photos and watching our wedding video. I will have to share photos with you all soon … since it’s been two years and all …

I always wanted to follow the “traditional” anniversary gift list of gifting rules. Year 1 – paper. Does a card count? Year 2 – cotton. I’ll have to get creative. But, as you know I live for tradition so don’t let me fool you into thinking we don’t have a tradition each year.

I am lucky enough to have been passed down china from my grandmother and great grandmother, so needless to say this was not something we registered for. This did give us the opportunity to register for one of my most favorite things of all – Match Pewter. Oh, the patina is to die for and there is really nothing I love more than a good serving piece.

My husband-to-be gifted me a gorgeous platter as a wedding day gift and from that day forward we vowed to spend the rest of our lives together, and to continue our collection. We love to entertain with family & friends and these make a great, memorable addition to the party.

Year 1 – fork + spoon.

Year 2 – a gravy boat.

What piece will we celebrate with next year? I’m open to your thoughts – but might have my mind set already …

grandma-grandpa-honeymoonIn honor of Valentine’s Day, thought we’d discuss the tradition of gift giving on your anniversary.

I’d be safe to say that every girl loves chocolates and flowers, but why not shake things up a bit this year and get back to the basics. I found this wonderful list to share of the “traditional” anniversary gifts. I love this. I think this is simply a wonderful thing to follow – it makes you focus on things that are more meaningful and makes you be creative with such things as “paper” for the first year! Careful!

Another wonderful idea to consider creating as a tradition for your next anniversary, as a gift alternative, is one I’ll share from April. Plan a trip to celebrate each anniversary. It doesn’t have to be a week-long vaca to Europe (though nice …) it could be a simple weekend road trip to some quaint B&B that you’ve been meaning to checkout by the beach.

The photo is one of my Grandmother & Grandfather on their honeymoon, traveling around & having fun! Whatever the traditional anniversary gift is, just ensure it’s a meaningful one.

1st Paper
2nd Cotton
3rd Leather
4th Fruit, flowers
5th Wood
6th Sugar
7th Copper, wool
8th Bronze, pottery
9th Pottery, willow
10th Tin
11th Steel
12th Silk, linen
13th Lace
14th Ivory
15th Crystal
20th China
25th Silver
30th Pearl
35th Coral
40th Ruby
45th Sapphire
50th Gold
55th Emerald
60th Diamond

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