The Anniversary Song Platinum Anniversary

It’s 70 years since the film The Jolson Story was released which makes this year (2016) the Platinum Anniversary of it’s release.

The Anniversary Song by from the Jolson Story

Included in the film was a musical score entitled ‘Anniversary Song’ penned by Al Jolson and Saul Chaplin. The original song  was adapted from Losif (aka Ivano or Jovan) Ivanovici’s Romanian Waltz ‘Waves of the Danube’ first published in 1880 (136 years ago.) An accomplished composer which a few nations like to  claim as their own. The tune is also claimed to be at the root of KPop as a Korean recorded a song based on the tune in 1926.


The film covers Al Jonson’s life and career although some scenes were pure fiction, the film  contains a number of well know Jolson songs along with new material such as the Anniversary Song, well known songs including ‘My Mammy’ and Swannee, Toot Toot Tootsie, Ma Blushin’ Rosie were some of the highlights.
The film was a tremendous financial success for Columbia Pictures, and won three Academy Awards for
  • Best Music,
  • Scoring of a Musical Picture,
  • Best Sound Recording,
and was nominated for seven in total including
  • Best Actor in a Leading Role for Larry Parks,
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role for William Demarest,
  • Best Cinematography, (Colour)
  • Best Film Editing.
The Anniversary Song music score sheet
The Lyrics are a wonderful tribute for an anniversary.


Oh How we danced on the night we were wed.
We vowed our true love, though a word wasn’t said.
The world was in bloom, there were stars in the skies.
Except for the few that were there in your eyes.
Dear, as I held you so close in my arms, angels were singing a hymn to your charms .
Two Hearts gently beating were murmuring low “My darling I love you so.”
The Night seemed to fade into blossoming dawn.
The sun shone a new but the dance lingered on.
Could we but relive that sweet moment sublime.
We’d find that our love is unaltered by time.
The Lyrics as sung on the film vary from the sheet music however there are a number of variations available from various international Crooners using the actual penned prose.

Who celebrates a Wedding Anniversary?

30th AnniversaryTo mark Travelodge’s 30th anniversary, they’re giving away a free night’s stay in any one of their hotels in Britain to any couple celebrating their Pearl wedding (30th anniversary) in 2015, if anyone is intending to give this as a gift to their spouse don’t expect to be celebrating your 31st anniversary!

Travelodge also carried out research on wedding anniversaries. The research surveyed 3,000 couples about their views on celebrating an anniversary with the following findings:

Are you one of the majority who celebrate (Just)

It seems unbelievable, but according to their survey, just over half (54%) of British couples mark their wedding anniversary in some way.

Pleasingly, 72% of the respondent’s actually remember when their special day is.

Who spends most (and least) on gifts?

When buying gifts, 25% of adults responded that they alone are their partner’s gift and about one in ten (9%) will try and surprise their partner on their anniversary.

The research found that on average £111.11 was spent commemorating their anniversary. From this, £41.14 is spent on a gift and £69.97 on an experience to celebrate the event such as a meal out or going away.

Men tended to spend more, £124.49 as opposed to £99.47 by the women surveyed which is about 25% more.

The amount spent rose in London, where the average lovebird spends £153.00, ahead of Newcastle (£150.84) and Cambridge (£143.04) it’s not really clear if this is purely a reflection of increased costs in these areas or if indeed the spend is a reflection of an increase in their romantic persuasions.

The lowest spenders are in Gloucester (£48.57), Wrexham (£61.17) and Worcester (£61.66).

How do you celebrate anniversaries?

When it comes to celebrating, 41% of adults who mark their anniversary do so by going out for a romantic meal, whilst a fifth (20%) go all-out and whisk their partner away on a romantic UK break.

Pearl is the traditional gift theme for the 30th AnniversaryAs for the gift, just 14% of adults will buy a present that matches the theme on one of the Anniversary Gift Lists to mark a specific anniversary (such as silver to mark a 25th anniversary or pearls to mark the 30th anniversary). Which surprised us as we have lots of people buying (and searching) for gifts that match one of the gift lists.

Shakila Ahmed, Travelodge’s spokeswoman said, ‘To help celebrate our 30th anniversary, we thought it would be fitting to offer couples who are also celebrating their 30th anniversary this year a free night stay in any one of our 504 UK hotels.

For the great romantic getaway, we have hotels right across the UK in city centres, coastal hotspots and romantic locations such as York, Durham, Bath or the Cotswolds. We also have hotels in Grade II-listed buildings right across the UK, in locations such as London, Edinburgh, Brighton, Leeds and Liverpool.’

If you’re celebrating your 30th Wedding anniversary in 2015 see more of their offer at:

Experience delivers the Perfect Gift

Researchers have found the components needed to deliver a perfect gift and they are all to do with actions rather than physical items!Expeience makes the perfect gift

Gifts that involve the recipient in an action or event tend to be talked about more than when a gift is just a possession albeit a prized one. Being able to talk about the gift helps give the recipient an extra bonus (often known as Bragging rights) to the gift which in turn makes it more memorable and pleasurable.

The research has shown that gifts which involve the recipient in an experience (an Adrenaline challenge, Romantic Holiday or Day out for example) brings more happiness than a purely material purchase (e.g. a commemorative gift or Flowers).

One potential explanation of this difference, research suggests, is that experiences can prompt storytelling more than mere possessions. The telling of stories has long been seen as a pleasurable experience and facilitates the re-living of the actual event in question; telling stories encourages embellishment, and foster greater social connection, all of which assist to enhance enjoyment of the original gift.

Experience a perfect giftResearcher’s further studies demonstrate that people are more inclined to talk about their experience than a material purchase and they derive more happiness from doing so. They also confirmed that taking away the ability to talk about experiences (but not the material goods) could diminish the enjoyment they bring.

In one significant test the participants were told they may keep one gift, either the best gift purchase but without being able to talk about it or the second most important purchase and were allowed to talk about it. Those taking part that recalled experiences were more likely to choose a less significant purchase they could still talk about compared to those who just recalled buying physical gifts.

I must admit sitting thinking about gifts I have given and been given I can easy recount those that involved an experience and although can remember great physical gifts I have received I struggle to recall them easily.

What do you think; are gifts you participate in better, let us know?



Ten cheap anniversary gifts for him

Now to clear this up straight away we mean low to no cost gifts not bawdy gifts that you’ll look back at later and wonder what was I thinking.
We know people who spend thousands on their wedding anniversary gifts however it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg to show that your loved one means the world to you. Here are a few tips for an anniversary gift that will show you care without breaking the bank.

  1. Everyone knows the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. However avoid the traditional and probably tried heart shaped chocolates; give him heart shaped pizza or heart shaped bacon. Now we are talking.
  2. Make a playlist/mixtape. It’s very old skool but who doesn’t want to feel like a teenager for a while. Pick your favourite songs (you remember your first dance song right?) or songs with some meaning (e.g. The Power of Love or I Will Always Love You) and let all those memories come flooding back. If you’re stuck for some ideas here’s the top 50 love songs of all times:
  3. Give him the gift of quality-time. Turn off your phone, step away from your laptop, stop tweeting your BFF, give the dog a bone and cart the kids off to weird Aunt-Julie; just talk to each other for a change. When was the last time either of you did that?
  4. Make him a trophy or a medal, make it meaningful but don’t expect him to wear it if it has even so much as one heart on it.
  5. Give him the day off. Check when your anniversary falls on this year and pull a sneaky one by booking him a surprise day off from work then spend the day together. An unexpected lie-in is a feeling that can’t be matched.
  6.  Writing love notes isn’t just reserved for teenagers. Write out all the reasons you like his cute …(insert his best bit here) and hide the notes in obvious and less obvious places.
  7. Be less romantic – in all seriousness, don’t be too soppy, take the pressure off him and expect nothing. You’ll be surprised by the results.
  8. Avoid giving him socks. Step away from the socks. This isn’t Christmas. This is sexy-time day. There is nothing sexy about socks. Never, ever.
  9. Alcohol is always an answer and if you want to put a romantic spin on it- track down a bottle of something from your anniversary year. Although remember get ‘romantic’ drunk rather than ‘you-think-I’m-getting-fat’ drunk to ensure a great time.
  10. If none of the above reach the spot then fall back to the classic gift ideas; turn up naked with beer. Rarely (if ever) a wrong choice.


Five romantic things to do together in the UK during the month of June

Romantic Ideas to do together in JuneWith thousands of romantic things to do with your partner in the UK during (hopefully) a warm and sunny June, where do you begin deciding where to spend time cuddling, smooching and enjoying each others company?

Here are five suggestions that will give you some ideas and make the month of June a memorable one for you and your favourite person.

1. Dorset–Cerne Abbas Giant

Thought to be an ancient pagan symbol of fertility, the Cerne Abbas Giant in Dorset has attracted (and aroused) couples for years because of the giant’s “upstanding” attribute and erotic appearance.  The giant has also been likened to Hercules, a Roman figure usually drawn or sculpted as a well-developed figure entering battle totally naked–except for a lion skin draped over his shoulder.

Located near the charming village of Cerne Abbas, the well-endowed giant of a man has been carved into chalk rock on Giant Hill and may be thousands of years old–or several hundred years old, depending on which historian you believe. Folk beliefs about the Cerne Abbas giant claim that women who sleep on the giant are “blessed” with a strong sex drive. It is also said that infertility can be reversed if a couple make love on top of the giant–or, more precisely, directly on his phallus.

2. Cardiff, Wales–the Llandaff Ghost Walk

What could be more romantic than clutching each other close during a ghost walk and returning to the warm, comfy safety of your bed and breakfast room and the glow of a lovely fireplace? Take this walk through an ancient village alive (or dead!) with abandoned graveyards, dusty ruins, darkly wooded lanes and the possibility of sinister phantoms moaning in you and your lover’s ear.  A guide bearing a torch leads you through the spooky ghost walk while telling tales of past ghost sightings and strange doings in the village.

3. Scottish Highlands

Scenic trails, sparkling streams, impressive visuals of lovely meadows and dramatic mountain peaks will awake the romantic souls in any couple visiting the Scottish Highlands in June. Hold hands while exploring majestic castles, embrace each other while taking boat cruises on Loch Ness or Loch Shiel and stroll through the picturesque villages of Plockton and Loch Carron. Romantic accommodation is also available in the Scottish Highlands that include the Westhaven B&B and the Ryeford B&B, which is less than a mile from downtown Inverness.

4. Stratford-Upon-Avon

Book a room at the luxurious Arden Hotel and let the romantic ambiance of this beautiful boutique hotel warm your hearts (and your bodies) as you snuggle in a big, soft bed and watch Casablanca on a giant, flat-screen television. The Arden also hosts jazz music on Sundays, food and ale evenings and themed holiday weekends. There’s also a champagne bar where you can toast your soul-mate with glasses of bubbly while whispering sweet nothings into his or her ear.

Across from the Arden is the famous Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre where you might catch a showing of “Romeo and Juliet” before heading back to that wonderfully chic Champagne Bar.

5. Belfast, Northern Ireland

Intimate, romantic Darcy’s Restaurant in the heart of Belfast offers delicious British dishes as well as an impressive wine list and candlelight dining. Feed your partner fresh grapes and apply chutney or Darcy’s famous “Pavlova Stack”, a delectable serving of ice cream, chocolate sauce and nuts and fresh cream. After dining, explore Cave Hill Country Park and its walking trails and breathtaking views of quiet, misty Northern Ireland

Celebrating 50 years of marriage with Music

CDcard, top music from 1964Many parties are thrown to celebrate a Golden Wedding Anniversary whether they are formal, informal or just slung together we can help with the right music to celebrate 50 years of marriage.

Get our CD gift card for 1964 which has a CD  inside with a multitude of top hits from the year they were married with many love songs that will bring the memories of yester-year flooding back.

The complete playlist is as follows with a brief synopsis as well to help you.

    • 1. Roy Orbison – Oh, Pretty Woman. Reached No. 1 in the official charts on 8th October 1964 spending 15 weeks in the top 40 during the year.

  • 2. Simon & Garfunkel – The Sound Of Silence. Penned originally in 1964 by Simon & Garfunkel this eternal classic is covered by many artists, this is the original author’s version.
  • 3. Elvis Presley – Viva Las Vegas. This could be classed as a bit of an anthem nowadays however it is hard to believe that when first released in 1964 it only made it to number 17 in the UK top 40 and 29 in the Billboard top forty!
  • 4. Tony Bennett – Nobody Else But Me. Originally released on his album When Lights are Low recorded and released in 1964.
  • 5. Doris Day – Move Over Darling. From the film with the same name which was release in the UK on 24th February 1964. This reached No. 8 in the top forty on 30th April 1964, spending 14 weeks in the charts.
  • 6. Duane Eddy – Rebel Rouser. This is a classic tune popular now as a line dance tune.
  • 7. Pete Seeger – The Bells Of Rhymney. Recorded live in 1964 an absolute classic folk tune.
  • 8. Bobby Vinton – When I Fall In Love. A re-recording of the classic Nat ‘king’ Cole hit from 1957, it sums up the genre of love songs from the time.
  • 9. Jim Reeves – I Love You Because. This song reached No. 5 in the official charts on 2nd April 1964 spending 37 weeks in the top 40 in total this year, although a beautiful song it is also marked with sadness as Jim Reeves sadly died this year (31st July 1964) in a plane crash.
  • 10. Aretha Franklin – But Beautiful. It’s Aretha in great form, as ever,with a wonderful soulful love song.
  • 11. Mongo Santamaria – El Pussycat. With riffs from Sesame Street, Who’s the mad cat lady now then eh!
  • 12. Vic Damone – The Second Time Around. Howmanytimes do you fall in love with your partner in 50 years, more than twice I bet.
  • 13. Percy Faith – Blue On Blue. Lovely Orchestral piece ideal for a bit of ballroom dancing.
  • 14. Maureen Evans – I Love How You Love Me. A great love song this hit the top forty on 27th February 1964 spending 11 weeks on the charts.
  • 15. Roy Orbison – Pretty Paper. Entering the charts on 19th November 1964 this reached number six spending a total of 11 weeks in the top forty.
  • 16. Major Lance – Um Um Um Um Um Um. This reached number five on 26th November 1964 spending a total of 13 weeks in the top forty.
  • 17. Henry Mancini – How Soon. This reached number ten on 22nd October 1964 spending a total of 12 weeks in the top forty.
  • 18. Andy Williams – A Fool Never Learns. A lovely song however this only reached number forty on 20th February 1964 spending 4 weeks in that position.Track list of the 1964 CD incorperated within the card
  • 19. Dave Brubeck – Upstage Rumba. Get your dancing shows on missus it’s time for a rumba.
  • 20. Lorne Greene – Ringo. Entering the charts on 17th December 1964 this reached number twenty-two spending a total of 8 weeks in the top forty.

You could complement this with the number one for the week they got married (check what song here or if you want a longer playlist then how about a montage of number ones from their anniversary for every year since they wed.

Security update – Heartbleed exploit

We have checked and we are unaffected by this exploit.

Anniversaryideas is aware of the vulnerability, dubbed “Heartbleed”, which is a security concern for users of OpenSSL, a widely-used opensource cryptographic software library. It can allow attackers to read the memory of the systems using vulnerable versions of OpenSSL library (1.0.1 through 1.0.1f). This may disclose the secret keys of vulnerable servers, which allows attackers to decrypt and eavesdrop on SSL encrypted communications and impersonate service providers. In addition, other data in memory may be disclosed, which conceivably could include usernames and passwords of users or other data stored in server memory.

To be clear, this is a vulnerability of the OpenSSL library, and not a flaw with SSL/TLS nor certificates used by

2nd Anniversary Gifts

Second Wedding Anniversary GiftsIt is two years since your wedding (doesn’t time fly) and your second wedding anniversary is fast approaching; here’s the facts on what the material or symbol is appropriate for 2nd anniversary gifts:

Cotton is the traditional 2nd anniversary gifts theme

A Traditional Anniversary gift should be themed around Cotton or Straw or for a more contemporary gift idea the modern list shows China as the appropriate theme.

Rose Quartz is the second anniversary gemstone themeYou could also look to the Gemstone Anniversary list which suggests Rose Quartz (although some variance is possible with Garnet also quoted) and if this is still not your ideal theme the appropriate flowers are Cosmos, of which there are many varieties.Comos are the appropriate flowers for the 2nd wedding anniversary

For 2nd anniversary gifts, Cotton themed presents are relatively easy to find with Handkerchief gifts sets or personalised Mr and Mrs Robes/ Towels a great choice. If your looking for a getaway break why not theme it to match the second anniversary. Something like a trip to the cotton fields in America or with straw you could look to have a picnic in a hayloft or simply arrange a hoe-down party with authentic straw bales.

We see a lot of Rose Quartz items purchased for the 2nd Anniversary both Necklace/Pendant sets and a lovely double Rose Quartz heart which is great for the 2nd year anniversary

We’ve got many more 2nd anniversary gift ideas on our main web site styled not only on the traditional material and the other lists that have been published but the ideas are drawn from lots of popular gift sites.

Themes for 2nd Anniversary Gifts recap

  • Traditional Anniversary Gifts: Cotton or Straw themed
  • Modern Anniversary Gifts: China themed
  • Gemstone Anniversary Gifts: Rose Quartz themed
  • Flower Anniversary Gifts: Comos themed


Guest Post from Tree2mydoor

There is always something so magical about the Golden Wedding, it must have something to do with all those loving years together. The Golden Wedding or 50th Anniversary is like a shining beacon in the long tradition of anniversaries which, if reached does show just how beautiful the power of marriage can be. Not every marriage reaches this milestone, and we are here to help you celebrate every blissful second.

Golden Wedding Anniversaries are celebrated the world over and the gifts become more and more special with each and every year. At Tree2mydoor we pride ourselves on providing the perfect gift for the moment, making this Golden Wedding one to remember and cherish forever.

The history of the Golden Wedding is detailed and extensive, it is written in some of the earliest historical texts that men would gift their wives with Golden Wreaths or Necklaces to mark this wonderful occasion. In recent years gifts that are slightly less traditional are the norm, for instance we have seen the rise of Gold being given, as well as Roses.

We will be showing you just how amazing some of our Golden Wedding Gifts can be and how they can provide a lasting and loving gift to remember the happy times for year to come.

The Golden Wedding Rose

Golden Rose Bush gift for Golden AnniversaryThe perfect Rose Gift to send on the Golden Wedding Anniversary. The Golden Wedding Rose is a Hybrid Tea Rose that has a delicate scent, the perfect understated gift that will give back year after year. The beautiful Yellow Roses will bloom mid spring bringing to life this gorgeous gift. Just because a 50th Wedding Anniversary has past does not mean we can celebrate every year. The Golden Wedding Rose will do just this, perfect, personal and different. We are that passionate about our gifts each rose of beautiful gift wrapped in colours that mirror the occasion.

The Golden Wedding Camellia.

golden anniversary camellia giftNow, Golden Wedding Roses will look stunning in the Spring and Summer but if you’re trying to celebrate a Winter Wedding then look no further. The Golden Anniversary Camellia Gift is shimmering delight, with deep emerald foliage that provides a stunning backdrop to those beautiful Golden Wedding Flowers. Did you know the Camellia is a relation of the Rose? You can now send a Golden Wedding Flower all year round to bring some yellow prettiness to the occasion.

Golden Delicious Apple Tree

Golden Delicious Apples on  TreeThe Golden Delicious Apple Tree Gift is a Golden Wedding delight. This beautiful apple tree will be a lasting statement for all those long and happy years shared. A Golden Wedding is a shining light in all marriages that everyone looks forward to achieving, planting a Golden Delicious Apple Tree Gift will make the occasion so much more special. This loving gift will provide lots of golden fruit and will look stunning either planted out in the garden or kept inside a pot. What more could you ask for in a Golden Wedding Gift?

Castlewellan Gold Tree Gift

castlewellan gold tree gift for golden weddingTrying to think outside the box when buying a gift for a Golden Wedding Anniversary? The Castlewellan Gold Tree Gift is the perfect choice, the gorgeous gold foliage will really bring a statement to the occasion. The Beautiful Castlewellan Gold Tree really will stand the test of time so you can celebrate a golden wedding year after year.

As you can see we have a beautiful selection of gifts available to celebrate a Golden Wedding in style. Regardless of how you want to celebrate this momentous event, we have a gift that would be perfect for you. Nothing says Golden Wedding like a Golden Gift!

Not Celebrating a Golden Wedding Anniversary?

If you’re not celebrating a golden wedding anniversary don’t worry, here at Tree2mydoor we have an amazing selection of gifts for all occasions. You can find many garden related gifts for Silver Anniversary, Pearl Anniversary, Ruby Anniversary or even Diamond.

We also have every anniversary in between, what’s not to love about sending a gift that is forever lasting yet so beautiful at the same time!

So there you have it, our very best gifts for that very special  occasion.  Remember Tree2mydoor is always here if you need any advice or gift ideas.

Lots of Love,