It doesn’t matter whether it’s your first anniversary or your twentieth you want your party to be amazing. That’s why you need these anniversary party tips and tricks to help you plan a party you and your guests will remember forever. You can use this party planner to help keep you organized.  

Pick Your Venue

One of the first steps to planning your perfect anniversary party is to pick your venue, or where you would like for your party to be held. When considering your venue you need to think about how large your party will be, whether or not you want the party to be indoors or outdoors, and any other amenities you might want to have. 

Pick Your Date 

Pick a date for your anniversary party when your venue is available. If you are having your party at home, you can of course choose any date that you like. Many people plan their anniversary party for the weekend before or after their anniversary. 

Pick A Theme For Your Party

Pick a theme for your anniversary party. Do you want your party to be formal or casual? You can plan your theme around the anniversary year, or you can pick a different type of theme entirely like a luau or a casino night. Examples of designing your theme around the anniversary year are for the 5th year using wood accents to decorate, and daisies for your floral arrangements. 

Choose And Send Your Invitations 

Now that you have chosen your venue and your date, it’s time to send out the invitations. You can print your own invitations or pick some at the local party store that goes along with your theme. Not big on mailing invitations? Send your guests an e-vite instead! Just make sure that you have a way for your guests to r.s.v.p so you know how many to expect. 

Choose Your Menu

It’s not a party without amazing food and drinks now is it? You can serve similar foods to those that you had at your wedding reception or come up with a completely different kind of menu. Many couples choose to have a small recreation of their wedding cake as part of their menu. If you want to shake things up a bit from the traditional you could serve cupcakes or cake pops. 

Another thing to consider about your menu is whether or not you plan to have your food catered or do you plan to prepare most of it yourself? If you want to prepare it yourself do you have a way to hold the food at a safe temperature until serving time? Consider the costs of catering versus doing it yourself, and make sure that you factor in the amount of time you will have to spend preparing food if you go the do-it-yourself route. 

Make a Video Slideshow

No matter how many years of wedded bliss that you are celebrating you will want to share those memories with your guests. You can start your slide show from when you started dating or from your wedding, whichever suits you best. 

Choose Your Entertainment 

In addition to the slide show, you will need to decide on any other entertainment that you would like to have at your anniversary party, like a DJ or a live band. If your party is more of the backyard BBQ variety you could have some outdoor games set up like corn hole or horseshoes. If your party is indoors you can play games like the “Not So Newlywed Game” a variation of the Newlywed game show, or “Who Am I” where everyone has a sticker on their back of a person and must ask questions to figure out who they are. 

Create Your Hashtag 

Create a hashtag for your anniversary party. This way when your guests post photos of the fun on social media you can follow the hashtag and see them all. If you plan your hashtag in advance you can even put it on your invitations, and create a social media event page. Once the party is over you can go through and print your favorite pictures for an anniversary album. 

Now you are ready for the perfect wedding anniversary celebration! What kind of anniversary party are you going to have small and casual, or big and formal? No matter what size or style you choose your anniversary party is sure to leave you with fabulous memories that will last a lifetime.