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Making your Anniversary Party Solid Gold

Updated on September 10, 2012

Ideas galore for your 50th anniversary party.

Here are some helpful articles about planning your wedding anniversary party. We have links, supplies and ideas for a 50th anniversary party, 40th anniversary or any other year. Naptime Productions makes beautiful anniversary invitations and photo anniversary centerpieces, like the one shown here. We have compiled a wonderful list of related anniversary party supplies and ideas over the years, and want to share these links with you.

Planning your anniversary party does not have to be difficult or frustrating! Take a look at all our articles, listed below, for anniversary ideas and inspiration. Save time, and make the event even more special.

Special Touches for a Special Anniversary

Love is in the details.

A wedding anniversary celebrates moments from many years of marital "bliss": homes and travel, family and work, grandchildren and play. For richer for poorer. For better or worse. This milestone in the marriage is worth a special party to bring together many of the people who's lives have been touched by this marriage.

So whether you celebrate with a dinner at home for extended family, or decide to hold a big bash at a local reception hall, complete your planning with special touches.

It is the special touches that make the party... meaningful and memorable toasts, decorations and symbols. What would make the anniversary couple feel like king and queen of the evening? Check out our planning articles for more ideas like these:

  • Offer several personal and heartfelt toasts throughout the evening. These do not have to be long, but can just tell what the couple has achieved and/or modeled for you with their long lasting marriage.
  • Allow the other guests to easily contribute to the good feelings of the evening by means of contributions to a scrapbook, memory cards jotted down during the event, a personal scrapbook-style guestbook where they write in a message, or by asking several special friends to say a few words, with warning in advance, of course.
  • Bring happy memories to the party via momentos and photos from the past. The actual wedding gown, or life-size photo cutouts, or a memory display table are fun for the honorees and the guests. Nostalgic music is a must.
  • Crown the husband and wife king and queen for the evening. A silly ceremony will bring lots of smiles.
  • Ask for help. The party will be special because of many special details. If you are doing the bulk of the planning, pass projects on to other family members. If Judy can handle the scrapbook, and Megan will bring the photos for the table, you are half-way there!

Photo Anniversary Invitation
Photo Anniversary Invitation

How to Customize Your Anniversary Invitation

A few things to check before ordering your invitations

Avoid invitation regret by using our checklist of things to check before printing.

  • Don't miss important details.

    It is best if you provide all the information your guests will need about your event: Full name of honoree, Day, date, time, location, address, host, and r.s.v.p. information or contact information. If you wish, it is helpful advise of dress code. If you have a ceremony with a reception later, be sure to include time and location for both.

  • Please Please be concise.

    Keep your text short and to the point. A side note: R.s.v.p. translates from French to "please respond." Please R.s.v.p. translates as "please, please respond."

  • Keep text in the same "person".

    If you begin your invitation in third person, end it in third person. For example, choose one of these two options, but don't mix them. Continue with the first or third person throughout the invitation copy.

  • Organize your Invitation Text Sequence

    You want to put the least important things last. This includes things that need to be said quietly. The order we normally include invitation details is

    "Please join us for..." or "Joel and Andrea cordially invite you to..."

    event name

    in honor of -or- for

    Honoree name(s)

    Day, date, time

    Location and address (zip code is not necessary)

    Hosted by (if not included in introductory line or R.s.v.p.)

    R.s.v.p., due date, phone, email

    Any mention of gifts, dress requirements, or bringing children, smaller.

  • Don't Put In Too Much Text

    As a general guideline, include only the details above, as shown on the sample invitation you viewed. Additional information can be included on a separate enclosure. Long lists of names, hosts or party details detract from the look of your invitation, and also make it harder to read. You can eliminate some text by not repeating details such as year, surname, and city/state.

  • Check Your Grammar

    Make sure you read your invitation copy out loud so you can hear how it flows. This often helps you notice missing words or information. Be sure your introductory phrase reads like a sentence.

Questions about your text? Check with the invitation specialists at Naptime Productions. We are happy to help you make the best invitation possible!

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      So far my husband and I have only gone on vacations for our anniversaries but when we had a really big milestone I think a party would be a great idea.

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      JuniperBerries 5 years ago

      Having our 25th this year. Thinking about a trip, but these party ideas sound fun, too. A time for our loved ones to celebrate with us.

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      allenpaul123 7 years ago

      That's very nice collection of Anniversary Poems

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      mrsnicolaray 7 years ago

      Great lens. Love your ideas and depth of information. There's also great ideas for wedding anniversary activities at Wedding Anniversary Solutions. e

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      NaptimeProducti 8 years ago

      Share your anniversary party ideas here!