It’s hard to believe it has been years since you tied the knot!
You’ve come a long way since your wedding day. You and your partner raised kids, built careers, and experiencing life adventures together.
Celebrate this momentous anniversary milestone by throwing a fabulous party at home.
Browse through these 21 show-stopping ideas for inspiration. Guests will love your creativity and thoughtfulness!
wedding anniversary party ideas at home
1. Get creative with your invitations.
Check out websites like minted.com. It has anniversary party invitations that you can customize and send out.
It’s a great way to save money and time on invitations.
2. Invite your close family and loved ones only.
Keep your anniversary party small and intimate.
Invite only your closest family and friends.
Your anniversary party will make the party feel more special and meaningful.
Inviting them will also help you out if you’re trying to throw your anniversary party on a budget.
Are you celebrating your anniversary with your kids?
Check out my blog post on anniversary ideas with kids if you need more inspiration.
3. Choose an anniversary party theme with your partner.
Choosing an anniversary party theme together, not by yourself Picking a party theme can be a great way to incorporate anniversary ideas you both enjoy.
Some popular anniversary party themes are a wine and cheese party or a roaring 20’s themed party.
4. Send out anniversary party reminders.
If you’re using electronic invitations, be sure to send out reminders a few days before the party.
It will help ensure that everyone can make it to your anniversary party.
5. Throw your anniversary party in your backyard or patio.
Transform your backyard or patio into a luxurious lounge area for your guests.
String up fairy lights or paper lanterns to create a festive look and feel.
6. Create a Photobooth.
Set up a photo booth with props and backdrops for fun anniversary party photos.
Your guests will love dressing up and snapping selfies!
Make sure the props and backdrops relate to your anniversary theme.
7. Be selective with upgrades and party extras.
Be selective with the upgrades and party extras you choose when planning your party.
Rather than using dinnerware to serve your guests, opt to use party-themed paper goods.
Selecting a few party extras will save you money without sacrificing any fun!
For your anniversary party, it’s okay to splurge a little bit – after all, it’s a special occasion!
But, be mindful of your party budget, and don’t go overboard.
8. Cook a gourmet meal for your guests.
Impress your guests with a delicious and thoughtfully-prepared meal.
You can cook your favorite meals from when you and your partner started dating.
Whether you choose to cook it yourself or hire a caterer, make sure the food is top-notch.
If you are throwing your anniversary party in a small apartment, cook your meals earlier in the day.
That way, you can reheat food before your guests and avoid an overheated apartment.
Wedding anniversary decorations at home
9. Rearrange the furniture.
Rearrange the furniture in your living room to create a more intimate space for your party.
The furniture arrangement will help encourage conversation and connection among your guests.
Make sure to light a few candles and have a table designated for fun anniversary food and snacks.
10. Make a memory board.
Set up a memory board for your anniversary party.
Encourage your guests to sign and write messages to you and your partner.
Encourage your guests to go all out by providing different colors.
It’s a great way to capture memories from your party.
A memory board with guest signatures makes a great party decoration too!
11. Display your favorite photos.
Display your favorite photos of you and your partner on a photo wall or in a photo album.
Hanging up photos is a great way to share your love story with your guests and capture memories from the party.
Personal photos make fabulous anniversary party decorations as well!
12. Hang up rom-com movie-inspired anniversary decorations.
If you’re a big rom-com fan, why not decorate your anniversary party with a movie-inspired theme?
Hang up streamers, balloons, and posters to set the mood.
Offer your guests popcorn or snacks inspired by your favorite rom-com movie.
Pick your favorite rom-com films and play some in the background.
It can be a great way to set the mood and get your guests.
If you or your partner are not into rom-com movies, choose a tv, a movie, or music genre you both enjoy.
Whatever you decide to do, make sure it goes well with your anniversary party theme.
Anniversary party entertainment ideas
13. Plan a fun activity for your guests.
Instead of having a traditional anniversary dinner party, plan a fun activity.
You could do anything from a casino night to a painting party.
Make sure you plan an anniversary activity ahead of time and have everything ready to go when your guests arrive.
Planning will help your anniversary party flow and keep your guests entertained.
14. Play games at your party.
Set up some fun games for your guests to enjoy. Have your guests play a Couples Trivia game or board games.
Anniversary party activities are a great way to break the ice and get everyone laughing.
15. Add an Anniversary scavenger hunt.
Create a fun scavenger hunt for your guests to complete. Your scavenger hunt theme can relate to your anniversary or general anniversary trivia.
16. Have a dance party.
Turn on your favorite tunes and get the party started with a dance party! You and your spouse can lead the way or get your guests to show off their best moves.
Be sure to take some anniversary party photos while you’re dancing!
Food for an anniversary party
17. Create a dessert decorating station.
Set up a dessert decorating station where guests can design their anniversary desserts. Make sure you serve a variety of frosting flavors and toppings.
Create a DIY dessert table if you’re hosting an anniversary party on a budget.
Buy a boxed cake, brownies, and cookies to bake and let them go crazy making their sweet party treats.
18. Spruce up your soft drinks and water.
If you’re not serving alcohol at your anniversary party, use garnishes.
Garnishes are great for elevating the look of your food and drinks.
You can add mint, cherries, or citrus fruits.
Add pieces of fruit like pineapple, orange, and lime slices to any drink you serve at your party.
19. Give out DIY anniversary party favors.
Send your guests home with DIY anniversary party favors.
Traditional anniversary party favors are always a hit.
But, the DIY anniversary favors you make are unique and meaningful.
You can also get creative and give out party favors to represent your unique love story.
Your guest will appreciate it and are more likely to save it as a keepsake.
20. End your anniversary party with a bang!
End your anniversary party with a bang by setting off some anniversary sparklers!
You or your partner can buy firework sparklers at most stores or online.
Pass them out before the end of your party and have everyone light them around the same time.
Lighting firework sparklers is a memorable way to end your anniversary party.
Another way to end your anniversary party on a good note is to end with a special gesture for your spouse.
You can do a heartfelt speech, a song dedication anniversary toast, or even a simple kiss.
Whatever you do, make sure you leave a lasting impression on your guests and spouse!
21. Send out thank-you cards.
After your anniversary party, don’t forget to send out thank-you cards to your guests.
Mailing out thank you cards is a great way to show your appreciation for their attendance and gifts.
These are a few ideas to help you plan the perfect anniversary party at home.
Planning your anniversary party is a great way to show how much you care.
You can choose the party theme, the food, and the decorations.
It can be as simple or extravagant as you want it to be.
Throwing a wedding anniversary party at home is an inexpensive option too!
I hope my blog post helps you throw an unforgettable anniversary celebration at home.
What ideas from this list did you like best?
Let me know in the comments!
Happy anniversary, and as always,
Hey, I’m Satarra, an Accredited Event Designer who loves coming up with creative ways to celebrate milestone events for less (coin)! In my previous career as a licensed social worker (LMSW), I supported many clients with reaching their personal milestones. Now, I want to help people like you to celebrate them!