- Anniversary Party Supplies,25th Anniversary
Decorations,50th Anniversary Decorations
Party Resource Guide
Presented by Event & Wedding Planners
Memorable occasions can be
celebrated with 2 to 400+ guests. Whether celebrating one year or
fifty years, make sure your Anniversary Parties are special.
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tableware, decorations and favors to enhance your special day. Happy
Celebrating an anniversary is a fun and exciting time! Whether it is the first anniversary or the
50th anniversary, this day is a very special event. Start your planning by selecting a theme. A themed anniversary party provides the opportunity to let your couples
personalities and interests shine through.
The key to pulling off a
coordinated anniversary reception: Evoke your theme throughout
the affair, it should be the subtle thread that ties everything
together. Your reception location, invitations, flowers, menu,
cake, and favors should all cleverly reflect one common concept.
Then, get as creative as you can!
Themes can be the number of years (for a 50th Anniversary the theme would be 50th with traditional gold colors) or the
theme can be more specific like a Western theme, Fifties theme or something similar. If the couple has special interests, the theme can be focused on these interests. For example, if the couple got married in Las Vegas, you might have a Casino theme, or if the couple loves to spend vacations at the beach, have a Beach theme.
Use your imagination! Once the theme is selected, the invitations, decorations, food, and other details are much easier to plan.
If you prefer to use
your own handmade invitations, a simple idea is to gather an old
wedding picture of the guests of honor and scan the picture into
your computer. Print off the invitations in black and white with
the picture on the front. Lightly add some color to the photo
with colored pencils for an elegant yet simple look. Print out
the details of the party on the inside of the invitation.
When decorating for a wedding anniversary party, choose a color scheme that works well for your setting.
The list below shows the traditional anniversary gifts associated with each year of marriage. The
Anniversary Gift Guide (right) can help you choose your color scheme based on these gifts, but other combinations can work just as
Place a personalized
anniversary banner on the door or make a banner
with a big number 50 (or whatever the year of celebration is).
The wedding day isn't the only time to decorate a
car. Why not decorate the car of the anniversary
couple. Add Streamers and Balloons to jazz it up.
Create a special walkway leading up to the door with luminaries
with glowing candles inside. Luminaries create a stunning
entrance to a grand event!
Around the party site have
mementos from the year they got married. Old bikes, toys, and
clothing are just some ideas to get you started. If you can find
a car manufactured that year, that is an excellent focal point
either inside or parked outside the building.
surrounded by flickering candles
is a sure "fire" way to boost the mood. A room in any condition
will look great illuminated by the glow of candles. Use a themed
decorative candle to match your chosen theme. Use a combination
of different sized pillar, taper and votive candles down the
center of the table or accent with votive candles at each place
Looking for a fun
and easy way to transform your reception site? Try using
gossamer! It's an extremely light, non-woven "fabric"
that can be used to create wonderful ceilings and walls, to wrap
with, and to create gorgeous bows. Gossamer drapes and swags
beautifully, and is a decorating must-have for creating a number
of different stunning looks. Gossamer is available in a wide
array of colors, patterns, and metallic's, and in widths and
lengths to suit any decorating need! Shindigz carries a Book
that gives you step by step directions on how to achieve the
look you want using Gossamer.
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Twinkle lights look lovely when strands are placed down the center of a tabletop, or twined around centerpieces and glassware. While
white cord blends well with most color schemes, if you want to stick with your color theme, try spray-painting the cord to match your theme color. Tape dangling light cords to the underside of the table or to the floor.
Colored Twinkle Lights
the power of decorating with Balloons.
Decorating with balloons,
is an inexpensive but powerful way to transform your party area
into a festive space in minutes. Balloon arches are ideal for
photo backdrops, entryways, and to hi-light different areas
around your party room and are easy to make. Visit our
decorating pages for instructions on how to
make balloon clusters, balloon garlands, balloon arches, balloon
columns, and balloon flowers.
At some point during the planning stages of your event the subject of linens will arise. When it does stop and think of all the possibilities available to you before you go with standard issue white polyester tablecloths. Remember the tops of the tables provide you with a very large surface area and covering them with a beautiful tablecloth is the easiest way to change the feel of a room. It is also the most cost effective way to decorate.
paper goods, plates, cups, napkins, tablecovers, table skirting,
centerpieces and more to enhance your special day.
A simple, yet
appropriate centerpiece for any anniversary celebration consists
of fresh or silk flowers surrounding large numbers representing
the year the couple is celebrating. If the anniversary is the
50th, cut out large numbers on Metallic Gold Corrugated Paper.
Fill 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.
To create a vibrant
and colorful look. Place different sizes of glasses down the
center of the tabletop. Fill glasses to the top with colorful
sports drinks (food coloring stains glass). Add colored glass
plates. Use large glass marbles as the finishing touch on top of
napkins tied simply in ribbon.
Light up your tables with glowing ice cubes, mugs, pilsners, Martini Glasses, Margarita Glasses and other drinking glasses.
Take plain glass
cylinders & line them with paper, cover the outside of the
glass cylinders with stickers (dots, geometric shapes &
etc.). Add an oasis cage to the top of the cylinder (a size that
fits down into the top of the cylinder) to create a funky vase
for masses of carnations. Just cover the oasis cage with
carnations. Tie feathers together with wire, top each
arrangement with the feathers for a whimsical touch.
Cover a terra-cotta pot by
overlapping artichoke leaves (use a hot glue gun to secure each
piece), add flowering herbs to each pot for a gorgeous
centerpiece. Tuck sprigs of herbs into a folded napkin for
subtle scent and use whole artichokes as place card holders.
To create a garden-themed
tabletop, use several sheets of wheatgrass (available at health
food stores) as a runner down the center of a banquet table. Pin
wide ribbon around the base. Tuck a single flower (daisy,
sunflowers) inside a water tube, stick water tubes down into the
For the buffet table, nothing
displays more elegance than an ice sculpture. Have a giant 25
carved out of ice if the couple is celebrating 25 years
together. An ice sculpture in the shape of a vase can be
beautiful when filled with flowers similar to the bride's
bouquet from years ago.
Bring color to the
table via cloth napkins. Give each person two napkins slipped
into one napkin ring. Use two different colors, two coordinating
patterns or one patterned and one solid-colored napkin. A
colorful setting can be achieved with little effort this way.
Napkins and have them imprinted with with event
date, name (s) and a design of your choice. The napkins will
serve several purposes – great decorating in disguise and a
treasured memento for a scrapbook.
Add personalized items such as a
Mugs, Flutes, CD Cases, Frames, Albums & Custom Bubbles, to
each place setting to let the guests of honor know just how
special they are. These items will stir fond memories for many
years to come.
Create fun and
unusual placemats from old photos. Visit a local print shop that
can enlarge color photos or black and white photos. Enlarge them
on the copier and have them laminated. Place a different picture
at each guest's place for a lifelong collage! Another idea is to
use old love letters, newspaper articles, and have them
laminated. Whatever you use, these placemats will make a great
Confetti is a great extra touch to add to any table. Scatter it
down the center of the table to tie in the number of years,
colors, or theme. If you plan ahead, insert a few pieces of
confetti in the invitations and then sprinkle the same confetti
on the table to connect the two.
Add elegance to your affair by creating Place cards 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.
Wedding Anniversary Party
Send your guests home with
something that will make them remember this special celebration
for years to come.
Here are a few party favors to consider!
Custom Imprinted Glassware
like: flutes, goblets, mugs, and snifters in a multitude of
sizes, shapes, style and colors. Guests can drink water, soft
drinks, etc. from a special glass, then take the glass home and
fondly recall the party every time they see the glass.
Parfaits, dessert dishes, and candy dishes. All will add a
lovely, elegant touch to your tables. Tie a small piece of
Curling Ribbon, Gossamer Streamer, or even a party horn to each
stem (attached with Metallic Garland) for a festive look. The
glassware can also hold a gathered cloth or paper Napkin to
create a tall dramatic look at each place setting, or on a
buffet table. Glassware filled with candy, mints, or chocolate
treats or with metallic shred to match your theme colors also
creates a terrific table accent.
Give guests photo frames imprinted with special party
details. Frames are available in a wide array of sizes, colors
and styles. If your budget is limited, try an imprinted Acrylic
Frame. When the party is over, the frame can be filled with a
photograph. Either use a Polaroid™ camera to send a picture
home with each of your guests, or mail souvenir photos at a
later date with thank you notes for gifts. Make sure that you
have plenty of film on hand, so that you can take lots of
pictures of the couple with each family/couple/ or individual in
Let each guest feel the same warm feeling they experienced as a
child looking with wonder at a newly shaken snow dome.
Snow domes can be imprinted with a special message in a
color to match your chosen color theme, and some can hold a souvenir photo of your guest. Using the same concept as
outlined for frames above, the Snow domes make wonderful
place cards or an ideal holder for a special poem or drawing.
Favor Boxes also provide an economical table accent. They
can be filled with candy, mints, nuts or toy trinkets for each
guest. If you are filling the boxes with candy, select candy in
a color that complements the colors you will be using for your
other decorations. To save money on the volume of
"treats" you will need to fill each box, start by
filling each box with some Metallic Shred or a little Gossamer
"puddle" in a coordinating color.
Wedding Anniversary Party Activities
The Wedding Story. There is nothing more nostalgic than creating 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 colorful perspective.
Here are some other activities for the celebration:
Photo Backdrops. A nice
touch for any celebration would be to set up a photo backdrop
area - either with Columns, a
Balloon Arch or a
- so that the couple can have their picture taken with either
individuals or groupings of their choice.
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.
Dance 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!
Warm Memories. Place disposable cameras on tables and
encourage guests to use them. You'll have plenty of warm
memories captured to pass along to your appreciative friends.
Guess the Year. 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.
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 - but everyone will
have fun reliving the past!
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 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 their
Anniversary Food & Cake Ideas
Your food options for an anniversary party are limitless! You
can go very formal and have a sit-down dinner, or you can serve
party foods via a buffet line. You may also decide to go with a
theme and serve food that compliments your theme. For example,
BBQ chicken for a Western theme or Teriyaki Chicken for a Luau.
Here are some suggestions for types of food to serve if you are
having a light, finger food buffet line:
Crab Dip with Crackers
Salsa and Chips
Chicken Skewers with Dipping Sauces
Pigs in Blankets
Spinach Dip in a Bread Bowl
Cheese and Crackers
For dessert, you may want to consider replicating the couple's
original wedding cake.
Faux display cakes are a cost-effective alternative to the traditional wedding cake, whether purchasing or renting from a local vendor. They are perfect for an outdoor events, as heat, humidity and small flying insects are no problem. Your guests can then be served from economically priced sheet cakes. One tier of the faux cake can be replicated by your local bakery for use in the cake cutting ceremony.
It has been a common trend lately to forgo the large cake and serve small individual wedding cakes or petit fours. If your reception is taking place in the afternoon, a full fledged dessert buffet line is quite exciting and will leave your guests talking "sweetly" about your anniversary party.
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Third- Traditional: Leather; Modern:
Crystal / Glass
Fourth- Traditional: Flowers / Silk / Linen; Modern:
Traditional: Wood; Modern: Silverware
Candy / Iron; Modern:
Seventh- Traditional: Wool / Copper/
Traditional: Bronze / Pottery; Modern:
Linens / Lace
Traditional: Pottery / China/ Crystal; Modern:
Tenth- Traditional: Tin / Aluminum; Modern:
Eleventh- Traditional: Steel; Modern: Jewelry
Traditional: Silk / Nylon / Linen; Modern:
Traditional: Lace; Modern: Textiles / Furs
Traditional: Agate / Ivory; Modern: Gold
Fifteenth- Traditional: Glass / Crystal; Modern:
Traditional: China; Modern:
Twenty-Fifth- Traditional: Silver; Modern:
Traditional: Pearl / Personal Items;
Traditional: Coral; Modern: Jade
Traditional: Ruby / Garnet; Modern: Ruby / Garnet
Traditional: Sapphire; Modern:
Traditional: Gold; Modern: Gold
Traditional: Emerald; Modern: Emerald /
Sixtieth- Traditional: Diamond; Modern:
Traditional: Diamond; Modern: Gold