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Celebrating Wedding Anniversaries: Paper

Martha Stewart Living, January 2002

Paper is the first of a few years' worth of anniversary gift themes that suggest a young couple's modesty of means as well as inexpensive ways to celebrate. Symbolically, paper also signifies fragility; a new marriage is a blank page, a tabula rasa, on which to print reassuring words -- a favorite poem, say, or a love letter.

Use paper to propose a new adventure to your beloved.

At top, a folded-paper boat heralds a cruise. Slip game tickets into a sports section. Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking and a recipe card announce enrollment in a gourmet-cooking course. The handy medium for exchanging phone numbers for many a couple who first meet in a bar or restaurant -- a matchbook -- bears an invitation to meet again where that first encounter took place. Tuck concert tickets into an envelope made from photocopied sheet music.