Planning and hosting a great anniversary party does not have to be a chore. You should view this as an honor and have fun with it. The following tips will help you throw a great anniversary party without some of the stress that comes with it.

When you are putting on an anniversary party for a unique couple, you want it to be as special as the couple. However, if you have not hosted an anniversary party before you may not know where to start. Here are a few steps that you can follow when you are planning the event.

Casual or Formal

Think about the couple and how they typically would celebrate an important event. A family that typically enjoys a low key celebration is not going to like a big formal affair in most cases, unless this is milestone anniversary and even then keeping it low key will likely be the best option. The same goes for a family that typically celebrates in a formal style; they likely will not want a backyard barbecue.


As with every type of event planning, it is important to make sure that you have a budget in place. You will need to determine what your budget is so that you can plan the party accordingly. When considering the budget it is important to remember that it is not about how much you spend on everything, but rather the thought behind it.

How Many Guests

During the planning stages you will need to determine who you are going to invite to the celebration. Is it going to be immediate family only or do you also invite extended family and friends? The budget of the event may help determine how many guests are invited. Creating an informal guest list will help you decide on the location of the event, the invitations, and choosing food.

When and Where

An anniversary party can be held at just about any type of venue. The size of the party and the nature (formal or informal) will help determine the place. If you are planning a formal event consider a local ball room or a party room at a nice restaurant. If you want the event to be more informal a church’s banquet room or someone’s back yard may be a good option.

The date of the party should be as close to the actual anniversary date as possible.


At this point in the planning process you should have a rough idea of how many people you are going to invite. There are several options for invitations. If this is an informal affair you could print out invitations yourself. You can buy invitations at a store or order some online. For more formal affairs you may want to have them printed.

Food and Entertainment

The final step will be to determine the type of food and entertainment that you will have at the party. If you are holding the event at a restaurant the food can be provided there. A potluck or barbecue is a great informal option.

Entertainment can be as simple or complex as you want it to be. A band or DJ may be necessary for a formal event and simply stereo playing background music might be fun for a less formal event.


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