For my parents 25th anniversary my husband and I went all out. At
the time they had one child at home and lived in Central Washington.
We had them reserve a full weekend on their calendar and told them
we wanted to come and spend the whole weekend with them and didn't
want them to make ANY plans. Meanwhile we went to work arranging a
great adventure weekend.
They had a Fed Ex message delivered the Thursday before we were
to arrive telling them that something came up and we were not going
to be able to meet them after all, but they were to pack their bags
( we gave suggestions) and were to go to their friends place in the
As prearranged they left their youngest with this family and the
family gave my folks an envelope that gave them directions to a
hotel. At the hotel a friend of ours met my folks with an envelope
that had tickets, money and more directions for the next day. They
rode the jet ferry to Vancouver Island in Canada. The directions
they received took them to yet another hotel on the Island.
Meanwhile; my husband and I had gone ahead and were running a step
ahead planning their weekend and leaving notes. The folks at
the desk were happy to greet them with a note and prepaid suite. The
folks at the restaurant were excited to help us out and explain that
their dinner and the rose left at the table was all paid for.
The driver of the horse drawn carriage had fun listening to my
father in particular, who explained in detail all that had happened
and that now he didn't know what more to expect because every time
they went somewhere it was paid for and an envelope was waiting for
We met up with my folks on Sunday morning and took them to church
with us and then drove them back to Seattle where they had left their
car.....prearranged by of us course.
This was a bit elaborate, but we had a blast doing it and we figured
that after 25 years of marriage and raising 5 kids they deserved a bit
of fun! This same idea could be used on a small scale and still be a lot
of fun and Romantic!