The one sure way to create a colorful and festive vibe for your event is with anniversary party decorations. Any ordinary venue will be instantly transformed into a special place to celebrate the happy couple and their many years of marriage. We’ve got the complete list of everything you’ll need to ensure that your anniversary décor is complete.
Indispensable Anniversary Party Decorations for a Perfect Event
No matter what type of celebration you’re planning, there are a few essential décor items that simply must be included.
These are the indispensable elements that can turn any venue into the ultimate party place:
Balloons & Balloon Weights
From bunches of latex balloons to creative tin foil designs, there are tons of options to add a bouncy and vibrant vibe.
Use number balloons to mark the anniversary date and show how many years of marriage you’re celebrating.
To keep them all in place, you’ll want to use cheerful balloon weights. Not sure about your balloon options? Check out our handy guide on how to select the best party balloons!
Hanging Decorations & Streamers
Whether you send them streaming from doorways, windows, or just cascading down walls, colorful streamers are a must.
They pair perfectly with hanging decorations that can come down from ceilings, light fixtures, and doorways.
Wall Décor & Cut-Outs
Don’t leave walls as white space. Cover them with cool wall décor and cut-outs that match the party’s theme.
Happy Anniversary Banner or Garland
A big banner is the perfect way to remind guests what they’re there to celebrate! Wish the happy couple a special anniversary with a banner or garland. Place it over a main area, such as the food serving station or by the table where the couple will sit.
Signage (Indoor and/or Outdoor)
Signs make for great party décor for a few reasons. First, outdoor signage can help guests locate the celebration.
Next, signs are great for indicating specific areas in the venue, such as food station, gift table, etc.
You can DIY signs to go with the color scheme or theme of the wedding anniversary bash.
Anniversary Table Décor for the Win
Tabletops play an important role in the design for any party place. They’re perfect for décor and can be both functional and fun.
Here are the essential items that can also be used as decorative touches for your anniversary party:
Wedding Anniversary Centerpieces
Choose matching or coordinating centerpieces to place on each table.
You can use flowers in a sleek container or come up with a creative DIY centerpiece that goes with the theme.
Plates (food & cake)
Whether you opt for paper, plastic, or ceramic plates, you’ll want to stick with one color or design for a cohesive look.
Cups/ Glasses/Drink ware
For an elegant event, use real glassware or disposable options that mimic the appearance of glass. For casual affairs, you can use colorful plastic cups.
Forks, Spoons, Knives
Choose from colorful plastic ware that matches the party theme or a disposable type that looks like real silver.
For sit down meals, cloth napkins are an easy way to add style. Be sure to offer guests cocktail and dinner napkins, and choose a color or design that plays up the party’s design.
Whether you choose disposable or fabric, tablecloths are a great way to play up the chosen colors for the party décor.
Give tables a little extra something with colorful skirting.
A colorful table runner can be used over a tablecloth or on its own to enhance the color scheme.
Another great idea, is to use photos from the couple’s wedding day and make a DIY Photo Table Runner!
Place Cards & Place Card Holders
Place cards and holders can easily be made to match the party theme. They’re ideal for parties with assigned seats for meals.
Add a little more color and sparkle by sprinkling confetti on tables.
Serving Up Anniversary Party Decorations that WOW!
Party food, whether it’s a full meal, appetizers, bite-sized snacks, or dessert, plays an important part at any get-together. That’s why it makes sense to use the food serving items as part of the playful décor, coordinating the colors and design to match.
Here are the serving items to include as functional decorations:
Serving Knife (Cake Cutter)
A cake cutter can make for a handsome and special wedding anniversary gift. It can be engraved or printed with the anniversary date to make it a special keepsake for the couple.
Serving dishes can be disposable or ceramic, but the key to including them as décor is choosing a color that matches. Keep them all the same but in varying sizes to accommodate the foods being served.
Chaffing Dishes or Buffet Server/Warming Tray
Chaffing dishes and warming trays should in some way complement the color scheme and go well with the style of serving dishes.
Apothecary Jars for Sweet Table or Candy Bar
Create a cute candy bar or add candies to the dessert table by using apothecary jars. With see-through containers, you can choose candies that come in specific colors to match the color scheme of the party.
Make cleanup easy by using disposable serving utensils in a color that matches the silverware or serving dishes.
Deck out the anniversary cake with adorable toppers. Choose something that has a special meaning for the couple and that matches the party theme.
Cake and/or Cupcake Display
The party cake or cupcakes should incorporate the party’s theme in some way, whether it’s with the toppers, icing color, or embellishments.
Beautiful Wedding Anniversary Floral Arrangements
Flowers are a beautiful touch for any event and they can be used to add color, texture, and vibrancy. When it comes to wedding anniversaries, there are specific corresponding flower types to match the number of years being celebrated.
We’ve compiled a list to help you find the flowers that symbolize the anniversary that you’re celebrating:
1st Wedding Anniversary: Carnations
Carnations represent young, passionate love.
2nd Wedding Anniversary: Cosmos
Cosmos represent a transformation from love to a deeper understanding of one another.
3rd Wedding Anniversary: Fuchsias, Sunflower or Lily of the Valley
The Sunflower signifies the strong foundation that has been built during the 3 years of being married.
Fuchsia represents the Amiability the couple’s Marriage.
Lily of the Valley is meant to showcase the couples Happiness and Purity.
4th Wedding Anniversary: Geraniums or Hydrangea
Geraniums signify the silliness and foolishness a couple comes to expect from one another.
Hydrangea flowers represent the couple’s gratefulness for one another.
5th Wedding Anniversary: Daisies
Daisies are about the couples Innocence, faith and Fidelity in one another.
6th Wedding Anniversary: Calla Lilies
Calla Lilies symbolizes the couples continued growth and beauty after 6 years of Marriage.
7th Wedding Anniversary: Jack-in-the-Pulpit or Freesia
The Freesia flower is symbolic of the couples friendship and trust in one another.
Jack-in-the-pulpit carries the meaning of Shelter and protection of the marriage.
8th Wedding Anniversary: Clematis or Lilac
Clematis is embodies the couples intellectuality.
Lilac symbolizes the couple’s youthfulness and the emotions that come with lovers at a young age.
9th Wedding Anniversary: Poppies or Bird of Paradise
Poppies represent the couple’s extravagance.
Bird of Paradise is the couples brilliance and splendor.
10th Wedding Anniversary: Daffodils
Daffodils signify the joy and friendship that the couple has with each other and new beginnings are just around the corner.
11th Wedding Anniversary: Morning Glory or Tulips
Here’s to 10 more years to come! The Tulip blooms in spring and represents a renewal of commitment.
12th Wedding Anniversary: Peonies
The Peony is about good health, prosperity and reminds one another to appreciate the sophistication of your spouse.
13th Wedding Anniversary: Hollyhocks or Chrysanthemum
The Chrysanthemum is a flower associated with Royalty and Luck.
The Hollyhock is a flower that represents Ambition and fertility.
14th Wedding Anniversary: Dahlias
Dahlias represents that there are still lots of exciting moments waiting to happen!
15th Wedding Anniversary: Roses
Roses symbolize the Love and passion in the marriage and to always remain romantic and sensual.
20th Wedding Anniversary: Day Lilies or Asters
Aster is representative of the knowledge and wisdom the two have accumulated over the past 20 years of marriage.
The Day Lily represents the couple’s playfulness.
25th Wedding Anniversary: Iris
Similar to the Chrysanthemums, the Iris is a symbol of royalty and Sophistication.
28th Wedding Anniversary: Orchids
Orchid’s represent the couple’s refinement, wisdom and strength gained over the years.
30th Wedding Anniversary: Sweet Pea or Lilies
The Sweet Pea flower means, lasting pleasure and thankfulness for the life that was shared together.
The Lily is about passion and the sense of adventure will always be part of the marriage.
40th Wedding Anniversary: Nasturtiums or Gladiolas
The Gladiola is a symbol of the beautiful memories, and stories that has defined the couple’s lives.
Nasturtium is the symbol of conquest.
50th Wedding Anniversary: Yellow Roses and Violets
The sole anniversary which uses two flowers, yellow roses and violets look good on their own but better together.
Yellow Rose is about the celebration of a long successful marriage.
Violet represents simplicity and affection.
Don’t Forget about Anniversary Party Lighting….
Lighting sets the mood and creates just the right atmosphere at any party. The lighting types you choose can play an integral part in the overall anniversary party decorations.
Be sure that you capture the vibe of such a special celebration by choosing the right types of lighting throughout the venue.
From the tabletops to the serving stations to the open space, there are many simple ways to add the right brightness and color to every area.
Here are anniversary party decorations for lighting to consider using throughout your party place:
Flameless LED Candles
Add to the ambiance with candles. A safe alternative to regular candles are flameless LED styles. You can find them in a variety of sizes and colors to match your specific needs.
Hanging Paper Lanterns
Paper lanterns are easy to DIY or purchase pre-made. They can fit over light fixtures or you can use flameless LED tealights to brighten them up.
Add a delicate and magical look to any small area with fairy lights. They work well on tables and as a part of centerpiece designs.
Mini lights can be added to specific spots to bring a little extra sparkle. You can also string them up around other anniversary party decorations, like banners and wall signs.
String lighting offers a fun way to enhance the atmosphere. They’re perfect for indoor or outdoor use and can be found in many colors and designs.
Uplighting can transform any venue into a party-ready place for fun. It’s essential for dance floors or dining rooms that can benefit from mood lighting in the evening.
Led Light Curtain
For a fun and funky look, use an LED light curtain to draw attention to a certain area of the room. It can be placed behind the serving table, DJ booth, or near the dance floor.
Candles & Tealights
If you prefer the flicker of natural candlelight, you can use them on tabletops or in glass lanterns. Tealights are perfect for creating a specific ambiance on tabletops. Candles of all sizes can be incorporated into centerpieces.
Have fun with these Anniversary Party Decorations
Anniversary party decorations aren’t limited to what you hang up or place on tabletops.
Bring a lighthearted and playful vibe to any party with these exciting accessories and fun anniversary décor ideas:
Big Head Cut Outs of the Couple
Print out over sized photos of the couple’s heads and glue them onto sturdy sticks. They’re perfect for laughs and for taking fun group photos.
Or how about a life size cutout of their wedding picture? Love this idea!
Fringed Door Curtain
Transform an ordinary doorway with a fun fringed door curtain. Choose a color and style that matches the theme you’ve picked for the party.
Blowouts & Noise Makers
Encourage everyone to make some noise for the married couple with blowouts and noise makers. Simply leave them around the venue or on tables so guests can grab them as they go around the party.
Dessert or Buffet Table Backdrop
Bring attention to the dessert or buffet table, arguably the most important area of the event, with a festive backdrop. You can create one using streamers, lights, and balloons, or choose pre-made décor items to hang from the wall.
Photo Booth or Scene Setters
Depending on the party theme, you may want to enhance it with a scene setter. Another fun option is to have a photo booth rental or to create one in a specific area of the venue. Be sure to add props and a colorful background to make photos especially memorable!
This works best for 25th or 50th Wedding Anniversaries as it lends to the nostalgia effect! You will need a dress form to display and may want to consider having the dress dry cleaned if it has been stored away for a long time.
More Anniversary Party Decorations to Consider
Let’s take a look at a few more fun ideas for wedding anniversary decorations to enhance the venue and add to the celebratory mood:
A “Welcome” Table
Set up a table just before or at the entrance to the party to welcome guests. Include pictures of the couple through the years. This is also a perfect place to collect gifts or to set out a guest book.
Envelope Box for Anniversary Cards
Decorate a box that can be used to collect cards that guests want to give the happy couple.
Photo Garland or Photos of the Couple
A creative way to decorate with photos is by making a photo garland with favorite images from the many years of marriage. Another idea is to choose a photo from each year to frame or display throughout the party place.
Take the time to go through photos or ask guests to send you their favorites of the couple so that you can create a retrospective poster.
Choose photos of the couple to create beautiful photo luminaries. Add flameless candles for safety.
Drape tassel garlands along walls or the front of tables for an added touch of color and texture.
Giant Wall Flowers
You don’t need a floral theme to add colorful and charming wall flowers throughout the venue.
A simple guest book can mean so much to the couple. They’ll enjoy reading through the special messages once the party is over.
Sound the Party Horns!Anniversary party decorations play an important role in creating a fun and festive atmosphere for the happy couple. Give the celebration just the right look with charming, colorful, and sweet décor items that will transform any space into a special spot.
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