Published April 06, 2015 by
Every wedding anniversary is very special, but for those celebrating a milestone like your 25th wedding anniversary, you will probably be throwing a party for the couple of honor.
These parties have a lot to them. If you're in charge of the games and activities, and anniversary party favors here are some ideas to get you started.
Wedding Photo Guessing Game
Prior to the party, ask the guests who are married to provide you with a photo of them from their wedding. You should also get pictures of them as a couple now. The idea of the game is to have guests at the party guess who each couple is based on their wedding photos.
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It won't be so easy both for guests who have changed dramatically over the years (this is especially fun for 50th golden anniversary parties) and for those who don't know each other well. That's what makes the game fun. Provide an answer sheet along with photos of the couple as they are now.
You can have prizes available for the person who has the most correct. Make it even more special by going along with the theme and give out 50th wedding anniversary favors.
The Newlywed Game
Play a version of the Newlywed Game where couples sit on a panel and have to predict how their partner will answer questions. Comprise a panel with a mix of the couple of honor as well as younger and older married couples.
Guests will find it hilarious as spouses try to guess how their other half has responded to questions about how they met, favorite foods, places they've been, and other fun queries. Again, you can offer prizes for the winning couple.
Name that Tune
Everyone loves music. In reminiscence of that old TV game show "Name that Tune," have guests participate in your own version. Create a panel of contestants who will wager how many notes it will take to name the song that you'll play a piece of.
Have CDs on hand of music from the couple's wedding era as well as new and popular songs. Young and old will get involved in this game. You can offer musical themed prizes like CDs or gift certificates for music.
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Create a wedding-themed scavenger hunt. Hide objects that relate to the anniversary couple's lives, likes and era. You can do a 1950s themed hunt if that's when they were married and include records, a poodle from a poodle skirt, bobby socks, saddle shoes, or even a personalized vintage pub sign. For a 1970s you could hide a pair of platform shoes, a disco ball, etc.
Create a list with pictures of what everyone will be looking for. You can raid thrift stores for inexpensive trinkets from the era. The more authentic and wacky, the more fun the hunt will be. Set a time limit and award prizes for the most items collected.
Offer everyone a strip of wide gold ribbon as they come in to the party. Have permanent black markers available. Have each guest write down a memory they have of the couple.
During the party, have each guest say their memory aloud to the party and then place their ribbon on an ornamental tree in the center of the head table. The result will be a lovely memory tree filled with golden memories the couple can take home and read again and again.
Setting Up an Anniversary Party
Often at anniversary parties, there are many children and grandchildren present. You'll want to provide some games to keep them occupied. Enlist older siblings or cousins to monitor the games in a corner of the hall or at a special table in the restaurant.
Go all out with decorations and label it the "fun table" so kids will feel included. Have all sorts of board games, cards, trinkets, crayons, paper, etc. on hand so that children will be amused for the entire party.
You can plan to have the children make something for their grandparents or the special couple while at the table such as signature frames or a simple craft. Provide healthy treats for the children to snack on so you don't have to rush the meal.
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