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|Anniversary Party Etiquette
- Parties are usually held for milestone anniversaries: first, tenth, fifteenth, twenty-fifth, fiftieth and seventy-fifth (congrats!).
- The couple’s children and their families often host anniversary celebrations; however, it is perfectly fine for close friends to host and arrange the shindig; and many couples host their own parties (you certainly get exactly what you want that way!)
- If a space is rented for the party, consider contracting with the hotel, restaurant, club or other rooms 6 months to one year before (this depends on local demand for this type of space).
- Send party invitations out three to six weeks in advance (even more if many guests will be coming in from out of state).
- A cocktail party, buffet, dinner dance or most any other kind of party is appropriate, but some elements should be considered:
- Décor: This can be as beautiful and simple as vases of flowers or bunches of balloons or as extravagant as life-sized posters of the couple plastered all about the room. Decorations often reflect the traditional colors of the anniversary: silver and white for the twenty-fifth and gold for the fiftieth.
- Music: To the taste of the celebrants and their guests: a DJ, a grandson overseeing the CD player, a jazz quartet or a single piano player.
- Guest book: A guest register allows guests to make warm comments and makes a nice keepsake for the couple. On the same table, place a photo of the couple, a scrapbook for browsing or a poster board with photos on a tripod stand.
- If the anniversary party is hosted by the couple’s children or close family members, they are obligated to pay for everyone present.
- Toasts always add to the festivity of the occasion. The host should be prepared to toast the couple and should invite others to do so.