I'm going to use the not-so-traditional holiday calendar to help me achieve that.
Here's one that looks like fun. Did you know that Sherlock Holmes' birthday is January 6th and Cookie Monster's is November 2nd? Popcorn day is the 19th of this month and there is even a Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day, which I think must have been created for my daughter.
You don't have to spend a lot of money to make the evening fun and memorable. Pull out the creative stops. And celebrate!