Free Anniversary Party Invitations Templates and Ideas

If you're planning an anniversary party, you've come to the right place! Below you'll find six free wedding anniversary party invitation templates, plus a wealth of party ideas and a list of anniversary symbols that will tell you which gift goes with which anniversary year.

I started out just creating templates, but I realized that people who are throwing anniversary parties could probably also use some party ideas. So I found some free videos that will help. If you need to know how to pick champagne, or ice a cake and make marzipan flowers to decorate it, you're covered. There's also information on how to make two floral centerpiece arrangements that are beautiful but very easy to make. Additionally, I've included a list of links to party appetizer recipes, because in my experience the appetizers you serve at your party can leave a lasting impression.

I hope you find these free designs and party ideas helpful. And if you're here because your anniversary is coming up, congratulations!

Page Contents

You'll find the following on this page:

  • Free anniversary invitation templates you can download and print
  • Video tutorials that teach how to ice a cake perfectly, make marzipan roses, choose champagne to fit your budget and make two different types of floral centerpieces
  • Links to appetizer recipes
  • List of anniversary symbols for specific anniversary years
  • Links to more free images
  • Terms of use


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whimsical blue floral
whimsical blue floral
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regal red

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regal red
sage floral
sage floral
almond floral
almond floral
spring flowers
spring flowers

Instructions

1. Download the design you prefer

Click on a thumbnail of any of the vertical or horizontal images in the right column and a larger size will appear. When you see the larger version, double-click it and an even larger version will appear. If you have a Mac, control-click on that image until you see an option to save it to your hard drive. If you use a PC, right-click on the image with your mouse to save it to your hard drive.

2. Paste the template into software

These invitations are sized to fit standard "A4" or "A7" envelopes. To make sure they fit, the printed versions should be 3 1/2"x 4 7/8" (A4) or 5" x 7" (A7). If you'll be distributing them by hand, though, you can create them any size you want.

If you own InDesign, Microsoft Publisher, Quark or another publishing program, you probably know how to prepare artwork for printing. If you don't have a publishing program, MS Word (or an equivalent word processing program like OpenOffice) can be used instead. The instructions below will explain how to put one template image onto a page in MS Word. You can also put more than one on a page through the use of a table or text boxes. If you don't know how to use one or both of those methods, you can learn about them from MS Word's help menu or finding a tutorial through an Internet search for the terms "Word tables tutorial" or "Word text box tutorial".

To begin, locate the invitation that you downloaded in step 1 and insert it into a new document using the picture insertion menu. In Word 2007, you would select the Insert tab and then click the Picture icon. (Consult Word's help menu if you have a different version of Word.) When you click on the Picture icon, a pull-down menu will appear that will allow you to find the template on your computer and them insert it into the document.

Once the template is inserted into your document, click on the image to make it editable. You can then size it by dragging one of the corners with your mouse until the image measures one of the standard 5" x 7" or 3 1/2"x 4 7/8" sizes, or whatever size you want. (Be sure to drag the image from a corner, not the side, or the image will distort. If you make this mistake, just delete the image and insert the image again. This will save you a lot of time, because once it's distorted, it's very difficult to get it to look right.)

It can be challenging to measure the template on a computer screen, so it's a good idea to get close to the right size and then print a draft copy. You can then measure that printed copy with a ruler to check the size. If you don't get it right on the first try, keep printing and making adjustments until the template is the perfect size.You may want to do this in black-and-white and draft mode on regular bond paper to save your color ink and cardstock.

3. Print onto card stock

Once you're satisfied with the size, print the invitations on the heaviest card stock your printer will take. Check the manufacturer's Web site or read the printer manual to find out the maximum weight allowed for your printer.

4. Cut

A paper cutter will give you the best results. If you don't have one, you can take the printed invitations to a a copy center or an instant print shop to be cut. If you cut them yourself, be sure to look at the measurements on the paper cutter carefully before cutting. Be prepared to print additional copies to make up for any cutting mistakes.

Best of luck, and I hope your anniversary party is wonderful!

Please scroll down to read the terms if service for these images, take my poll and see all the great stuff in my party resource center!


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Anniversary Party Resource Center

You'll find the following anniversary party resources below:

  • Video tutorials that teach how to ice a cake perfectly and make marzipan roses
  • Video tutorial that advises how to choose champagne to fit your budget
  • Video tutorials that demonstrate how to make two kinds of floral centerpieces
  • Links to an extensive number of appetizer recipes that will make your anniversary party special
  • List of anniversary symbols and suggested gifts for specific anniversary years
  • Links to more free anniversary and invitation images


Learn to Make Your Own Floral Centerpieces

Foam Method

Tape Method

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Appetizers Recipes That Will Impress Your Guests

Multiple delicious brie en croute recipes fromPuffPastry.com

Spinach artichoke dip in a cabbage or bread bowl (my own recipe!)

Appetizers from the expert chefs at the Food Network

Appetizers from AllRecipes.com

Appetizers from Cooks.com

Party appetizers from GreatPartyRecipes.com

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How to Choose Champagne for Any Budget

Learn to Ice a Cake and Make Marzipan Roses

Anniversary Cake Resources

Wedding Anniversary Symbols

You probably already know that a 25th anniversary is known as a silver anniversary and a 50th is known as gold, but did you know that the 10th anniversary is known as tin or aluminum? At least it used to be. The 10-year-milestone has come up a bit in the world and is now known as the diamond jewelry anniversary. (Not to be cynical, but what do you want to bet that some international jewelry council came up with that?)

Similarly, most anniversary symbols have been updated for more modern tastes. Here is a list of what they used to be and what they are now:

Anniversary Year
Traditional Meaning
Modern Meaning
1st
Paper
Clocks
2nd
Cotton
China
3rd
Leather
Crystal or Glass
4th
Books
Electric Appliances
5th
Wood
Silverware
6th
Sugar and/or Candy
Wood
7th
Wool and/or Copper
Desk Sets
8th
Bronze and/or Pottery
Linens and/or Laces
9th
Pottery or Willow
Leather
10th
Tin and/or Aluminum
Diamond Jewelry
11th
Steel
Fashion Jewelry
12th
Silk and/or Linen
Pearls and/or Colored Gems
13th
Lace
Textiles and/or Furs
14th
Ivory
Gold Jewelry
15th
Crystal
Watches
16th
N/A
Silver Holloware
17th
N/A
Furniture
18th
N/A
Porcelain
19th
N/A
Bronze
20th
China
Platinum
25th
Silver
Silver
30th
Pearl
Diamond
35th
Coral
Jade
40th
Ruby
Ruby
45th
Sapphire
Sapphire
50th
Gold
Gold
55th
Emerald
Emerald
60th
Diamond
Diamond
75th
Diamond
Diamond
80th
N/A
Diamond and/or Pearl

There are also symbols for the 85th, 90th, 95th and 100th anniversaries, but I doubt too many people make it that far!

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Anniversary Party Poll

Are you planning an anniversary party for yourself or for someone else?

  • For myself
  • For a relative
  • For a friend
  • For a client
  • Other
See results without voting

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Terms of Use

You're welcome to use these free wedding anniversary party invitations to make invitations for yourself, or your family or friends. But you may not sell these invitation templates in any form, either digital or printed; group them into a collection and give them away for free; or incorporate them into for-sale products without permission. If you would like your site or blog visitors to see the free invitations, please post just one (or use a screenshot to post more than one) and provide a link to this page. Please don't post an image without a link. Also, please don't paste any of the text from this page onto your site or blog. Thanks!

These anniversary invitation templates were created in the free Web graphics program offered at Picnik.com. The overall invitation designs are copyrighted by PrintablePartyKits.com, but the individual illustrations used within the invitations are subject to the Picnik terms of service, viewable from a link at the bottom of the Picnik site.

If you have any questions, please contact Carla at Carla [@] B2BContentSolutions [.com].

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Image Credits

Champagne and flowers clip art and anniversary cake clip art by WordPlay

Appetizers image by Michal Zacharzewski, SXC

Champagne image by Pascal Thauvin

Cake image by Benjamin Earwicker

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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

More great ideas. The reminder about which year means what gift is very useful


Maria Castro 5 years ago

These are so cute, thanks a lot!!


Boots 3 years ago

You have wonderful ideas. Thank you so much for sharing.

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