Here are some unique and creative ideas for an anniversary party that are sure to elicit joy and appreciation from the guests of honor as well as the party guests!
· Include the couple’s wedding picture on the front of the invitation. If it isn’t available, any picture from the early days of their relationship or marriage will work beautifully.
· Ask each guest to come prepared to share a favorite memory of time spent with the guests of honor.
· Keep it simple, but elegant. Sticking with a color theme helps pull a ‘finished’ look together. Of course, a silver theme is for 25th anniversary and gold for a 50th anniversary are the standard.
· A banner on the front door such as “Happy 25th Paul and Lisa” is a lovely and welcoming touch to the couple and the guests.
Whether you decide to have a sit-down dinner, just appetizers or just dessert – plan an activity to honor the couple. Having each guest briefly share a favorite memory of the couple will be very meaningful. Be sure to assign someone to bring a video camera to record all of the comments.
Gifts to Give:
· Gift certificates in the same denomination as the couple’s years together. For example, a $ 25 gift certificate to the movies, a $ 50 gift certificate to a restaurant, etc.
· A gift that is comprised of the same ‘amount ‘ as the couple’s married years together. For example, 25 lottery tickets, a 50 minute couples’ massage, a beautiful flower bouquet of 25 flowers, etc.
As the Party Ends:
· If gifts were opened at the party, provide the couple with a list that notes each gift and next to the gift the person(s) that gave it.
· Give the couple a list of who attended so that if they want to follow-up with a thank-you to those guests they can easily do so.
Cool Party Favors, Copyright 2009
Deb Rosenberg is a party planner and recommends these terrific anniversary favors.