Start a shadow box—and a romantic anniversary tradition
On our first anniversary, I surprised my wife with a shadow box filled with reminders of our first few months of dating. I included items that brought back memories of those days: a matchbox from the sushi restaurant where we had our first date, an old photo of us taken at a friend’s party and several admission-ticket stubs from the museums we loved to walk around.
But the best part is that I accidentally started a tradition. For the background of the shadow box, I had cut a page from a decorative scrapbook. Every anniversary since then we’ve added a photo or handwritten note to that scrapbook. It’s fun to do together and has been such an easy way to capture memories.
Ready to create your own? Use these simple tips to start a shadow box—and a romantic anniversary tradition.
Create the giftChoose a shadow box that’s a few inches deep so you can include three-dimensional objects.
Start a traditionMake it a ritual. If you used a page from a scrapbook in your shadow box, you can decorate pages in the rest of the book on your anniversaries to come.