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Wedding Anniversary Parties
Celebrating an anniversary is fun and exciting! This day is a very special event,
whether it is the first anniversary or the 75th anniversary. Start by selecting a theme. Then
invitations, party supplies, decorations, food, and other details are much easier to plan.
Themes can be the number of years or the theme can be more specific like a
Western, Fifties, Roaring Twenties or something similar.
The theme can be focused on guests of
honor and their hobbies or interests. If they got married in Vegas, have a Casino theme, or if the
couple loves to go to the beach, have a Luau or Beach theme
Wedding Anniversary Party Invitations
Once you've decided a theme, you want to choose the invitations.
They can range from do-it-yourself Anniversary Invitations, to luxurious,
For handmade invitations - scan a wedding picture of the guests of honor. Print off the
invitations in black and white with the
picture on the front. Lightly add some color to the photo with colored
pencils. Print out the details of the party on
Wedding Anniversary Party Decorating
To decorate for a wedding anniversary, choose a color scheme
that works with the year, your theme, or the favorite colors of the guest
of honors. The list below shows the traditional anniversary gifts
associated with each year of marriage. This can be a guide to help you choose
your color scheme based on these gifts, but any colors work well.
Second: Cotton, Calico, Straw
Fourth: Flowers, Silk, Linen
Sixth: Sweets, Iron
Seventh: Wool, Copper, Bronze
Eighth: Bronze, Pottery
Ninth: Pottery, China, Crystal
Tenth: Tin, Aluminum
Twelfth: Silk, Nylon, Linen
Fourteenth: Agate, Ivory
Fifteenth: Glass, Crystal
Thirtieth: Pearl, Personal Items
Thirty-Fifth: Coral, Jade
Fortieth: Ruby, Garnet
Fifty-Fifth: Turquoise, Emerald
Sixtieth: Diamond, Gold
Seventieth: Diamond, Gold
Once you have chosen a color scheme, use Gossamer to create a beautiful and
intimate atmosphere even in a large reception hall.
Balloons can turn
any area into a party space in minutes at a low cost. Use balloons anywhere
and everywhere. Helium and non-helium filled work great.
Place a large sign on the door with a big number 50 (or whatever the year of
celebration is). Try a
Personalized Anniversary Banner!
Use mementos from the year they got married. Bikes, toys, clothing,
Create a special walkway leading to the door with
Use Twinkle lights
down the center of your tables, or twined around centerpieces and glassware.
Create a simple anniversary centerpiece with fresh or silk flowers surrounding large numbers representing the
year the couple is celebrating.
crystal bowls or vases with brightly colored glass ornaments (silver for
25th, gold for 50th) and place them on the table in a bed of Metallic Shred.
Personalize your table decorations to your guests of honor. For example, one
table could display the bride's cheerleading poms from when they met and
another table could show the groom's baseball glove from his college years.
Try an ice sculpture on the buffet table. Have a large anniversary year
number carved out of ice, or an ice sculpture in the shape of a vase. Fill with flowers similar to the bride's bouquet from years ago.
Create placemats from old photos. Enlarge color or black and white photos and have them laminated. Place a different picture at each guest's
place for a lifelong collage! Or use old love letters and
newspaper articles (also laminated).
Scatter confetti down the center of the table to tie in the number of years,
colors, or theme.
Create placecards for your tables. If the
group is small and well connected, make copies of old photos of each guest
with the honored guests. Adhere them to a heavy cardboard "tent". Let each
guest find their seat by locating the old photo of themselves.
Car Decorations: The wedding day isn't the only time to decorate a car.
Paint on the
car with car paint, " 12 years ago today Marco hit his first Homerun!" Add
streamers and balloons
Special walkway: Create a special walkway up to the door with
metallic luminaries. Match the year color theme
with silver or gold, or use metallic black.
Wedding Anniversary Party Table Ideas
Imprinted napkins: Add a personalized message and a giant 50th to beverage
and luncheon napkins.
Centerpieces: Cut out large numbers or draw them on shiny gold paper.
Surround the numbers with fresh or silk flowers.
Table Ensemble: If your event isn't too formal, use paper or plastic plates
etc. This will make clean up a snap.
Wedding Anniversary Party Activities
Start/continue a tradition of retelling the
wedding story. Have the guests of honor include as many details as possible.
Story telling is a traditional way to pass on information from one to another
and it keeps the memory alive. If there are several generations, have each
tell the story from their own viewpoint. What important details and funny
things did Grandpa see at the wedding? Ask the same questions to the siblings
of the bride and groom because each personal will have a different, yet
Here are some other activities for the celebration:
Guess the price game: Have guests work as individuals or teams to guess the
prices of key products dating back to the date of the event. What did people
pay for a gallon of milk 50 years ago? What was the price of a new Ford
truck? The team or individual with the closest guesses wins; however,
everyone will have fun reliving the past.
Name that year: Visit the library and get copies of newspapers (front pages)
of the date of the event, 5 years later, 10 years later, you select the
dates. Type of a list of events from the front page of each and have the
guests determine what year it was. Select some newspapers with dates far
apart and some close together to make it harder.
Dancing through the years: Not everyone likes to dance, but most like to
laugh and remember. Select different types of music from different years.
Have each couple pull a style of dance or music from a hat and have them
perform the dance. The other couples have to determine which dance they are
"attempting" If you have the time, prepare music for each possible selection.
Story Time: If the anniversary is a wedding or a first step, create a
tradition of retelling the story. Include as many details as possible. Story
telling is a traditional way to pass on information from one to another and
it keeps the memory alive. If there are several generations, have each tell
the story from their own viewpoint. What important details and funnies did
Grandpa see at the wedding, what about the Bride and Groom, Sister, etc. Each
will have a different, yet colorful perspective.
Create a video presentation that spans the life of the bride and groom. There
are many services out there these days that can take all of your old photos
and put them into video form with background music of your choice. Be sure to
include holidays, vacations, births, and other special events for a complete
tribute to their lives together.
Place disposable cameras on tables and encourage guests to use them. You'll
have plenty of memories captured to pass along to your guests. Set up a photo backdrop
area - either with Columns, a balloon arch or a metallic curtain - so that
the couple can have their picture taken with either individuals or groupings
of their choice.
Visit the library and get copies of newspapers (front pages) from the wedding
day, 5 years later, 10 years later, etc. Type a list of events from the front
page of each and have the guests determine what year it was. Select some
newspapers with dates far apart and some close together to make it harder.
Create a Christmas Tree Keepsake. No matter what time of year you are
celebrating an anniversary for a special couple, this keepsake can be
presented at the party for a new seasonal tradition to begin. First, purchase
an artificial Christmas tree of any size. Gather old and present photos of
family members, special events, homes, etc. Create small ornaments by
mounting these photos (or copies of photos) onto our Flat or Corrugated Paper
cut into stars, ovals, or any other shapes. Use a hole punch to make a hole
at the top of each ornament and tie ribbon through it for hanging. Have
special guests present the ornaments to the couple that night by hanging them
on the tree and saying a brief word about the photos. Each Christmas season
after that, the couple will be proud to display their meaningful tree in
Wedding Anniversary Party Favors
Parfaits, dessert dishes, and candy dishes; photo frames imprinted with special party details.
Imprinted Acrylic Frames; snow globes,
Personalized Bubbles; Favor Boxes
Wedding Anniversary Party Food & Cake Ideas
Your food options for an anniversary party are limitless! You can have an
extravagant, sit-down dinner, or simple appetizers and drinks. The choice is
really up to you and your budget.
If you are going with a theme party, choose foods that fit that theme. For
instance, if you are throwing a Western party, make ribs, burgers, beans,
coleslaw, and other "cook-out" foods.
For dessert, you may want to consider replicating the couple's original
wedding cake. Most brides keep their cake topper, so be sure to ask her for
that as well!
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