An anniversary party is the perfect way to celebrate a couple’s time spent together with family & friends. Whether you’re organising your own or a friend’s anniversary party, it can sound a little daunting, but it really doesn’t need to be. With this in mind, we’ve broken it down into seven simple steps to ensure you have everything you need to throw the perfect anniversary party.
1. Set a Date
2. Choose A Location
3. Choose a theme
4. Send out Invitations
5. The Party Supplies
6. Food & Drink
7. Capture the moments
Step 1: Set a Date
The first and most important step is to decide on a date for the celebration! You’ll want to make it as close to the wedding anniversary date as possible and give the guests at least a months’ notice to make sure they can attend and to allow yourself enough planning time. Whilst you’re deciding on a date, you may want to consider the time of the party too, are you planning a daytime party or an evening celebration? Make sure if you’re planning it on behalf of the couple you ask for their preference here.
Step 2: Pick a Location
Choosing a location to host the anniversary party really depends on a few details such as, are you having a daytime or evening celebration, will it be a formal or an informal occasion, how many guests have you invited? Once you’ve answered those questions it’ll make it a lot easier to come to a decision on the venue. For a small get-together then you have the option to host the party at the couple’s house or another member of the family’s. If you can rely on the weather, an outdoors get-together maybe in the park or a garden could be a lovely touch. It’ll feel more personal but also keep costs down too.
On the other hand, if you’re planning to go all out for this big occasion then you may want to consider renting a larger venue i.e. country club lounge, hotel, church hall or restaurant. Either of these would work well but just make sure to book the venue out sooner rather than late to avoid disappointment.
Step 3: Choose a Theme
Now this is where the fun part begins, choosing a theme! Generally, you want the theme to be fun and reflect the couple you’re celebrating and/or the type of occasion you’re hosting. For formal occasions there is normally a colour-based theme in place to ensure the anniversary party decorations match and everything looks cohesive. Whereas, for casual parties you don’t need to worry too much about sticking to a strict theme. You’ll have a little more freedom to choose a range of anniversary party decorations within your theme, for example a rustic anniversary party or a floral anniversary party.
Another popular choice when deciding on the décor is to build the theme around the couple’s wedding anniversary symbol. For instance, the symbol and colour for a 40th Wedding Anniversary is Ruby, so you can expect majority of the décor including tableware to be red. The theme will also influence the anniversary gifts people buy, so keep this in mind.
Step 4: Send out Invitations
Sending out invitations isn’t always necessary. For a formal event where the invitation includes information such as dress code, children, plus ones then its advised to send out printed anniversary invitations around 4 weeks in advance to ensure everyone can make it. It’s also worth noting, the venue may require an idea on how many guests to expect to make sure they have enough seating etc so you’ll need to allow enough time for your guests to RSVP.
If, however you’re keeping it low key, then you might consider setting up a Facebook event group where it’s easy to keep everyone updated with times and key information around the day. Alternatively, sending everyone an online invitation could be an option too. Read below for our top tips on the information you’ll need to include on your anniversary invitations:
- Name of couple
- The number of years your celebrating
- Date & Time
- RSVP information
- Any additional info they may need to know, i.e. dress code or plus ones.
Step 5: The Party Supplies
Nothing transforms your party more than the decorations. We’ve put together a short list of all the party supplies you’ll need to transform your venue into the perfect anniversary set up!