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Plan a Wedding Anniversary Party: Decorating, Entertainment, and Food for an Anniversary Celebration

Throwing a wedding anniversary party honors a couple’s commitment and brings far-flung friends and family together. You can host a grand celebration or a backyard barbeque, but keep the focus on the couple for this event.

Decorating

Include plenty of photos from the couple at various stages of their marriage. You can place framed photos on each table, and you can enlarge your favorite photos for a display board.

Make photo party favors to place at each table setting. You can make photo ornaments if the couple has a December anniversary, or take a cue from the couple’s favorite hobby and make photo golf balls, photo bookmarks, or photo playing cards.

If the bride saved her wedding gown, display the gown on a mannequin at the party. Include any other wedding souvenirs like printed napkins, invitations, or a preserved bouquet on a nearby table.

Entertainment

Rent a karaoke machine for a couple who loves music, singing, and dancing. The host or hostess of the party can open the mike for singing by offering a rendition of the couple’s first wedding dance song.

Make some mix CDs of music that was popular when the couple married. You can make copies with a customized photo CD cover to hand out to guests.

Consider a magician or clown if many children from extended family plan to attend the party. A less expensive alternative for young children is to set up a few craft tables in the corner of the party room.

Food

Consider creating a small replica of the couple’s wedding cake, which can serve as a centerpiece as well. If the couple is game, they can repeat the ritualistic feeding of the first bite of cake to one another for a perfect photo opportunity. If you want to put a proverbial "cherry" on the cake, serve cake on something special, for example on this personalized black plate or something similar.

Place the food on a buffet table rather than serving a sit-down meal to encourage mingling. Serve heavy hors d’oeuvres and finger foods adequate to replace a traditional meal.

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