I had always wanted to do something extra special for my parent’s 50th anniversary. But, I have become a terrible procrastinator!! With only a week or so until their anniversary and a little mental push from my cousin, I got on the ball. And, with 3 weeks to get a party going, I went into action.
I quickly came up with a theme of “Then and Now” and knew I would use gold and ivory as my base color theme. (I know, not so original of an idea!!) But, I knew with such a small amount of time, I HAD to get focused on the invitations.
I kept the invitations simple. I used 1/2 sheet card stock paper. Two photos, a then and a now, were printed at the top with the party info at the bottom. I then folded them in half to make it like a postcard. The photos were on the front side and the info was on the back side. I struggled with etiquette …can you have a potluck or not?!? From my research I found, it is ok to do a potluck if the party is being held at the couple’s church. (Which ours was!) So, I added this to the bottom of the invitation …
“Please let the joy of your presence be their present! However, do feel free to bring a potluck dish.”
After the invites were done and on their way to their destination, I was able to move on. And, in 3 short weeks, I had accomplished the goal. A decent golden anniversary celebration for my parents!
While it took me a while to get here, now to the point of my post. On my search for ideas, I found very few photos of the actual decorations at other’s parties. Now, I am not a florist or a party planner, so my decor is not perfect. But, I hope that the photos may spark some idea for those who may be searching for 50th wedding anniversary ideas.
I wanted sheets of paper for the guestbook so that I could combine these into the scrapbook I will be making them after the party. So, I placed a sign in table near the door…
On this table, I also included one of the many framed photos I had of my parents through the years, confetti, flowers, ink pens and the programs. My future DIL “manned” the table, trying to photo each couple as they came though the door.
I had a food table …
I kept it simple with ivory table cloth, confetti and a simple decor on the end.
I loved the idea of a memorabilia table. At first thought, I could not imagine what I wouuld put on it. But, after starting it, I had too much to go onto one table. 🙂 We included a tv / vcr for old home movies (not playing in the photo), scrapbooks, photo albums, framed photos, etc…
I felt the focal point was the cake table! I had ordered cupcakes from Walmart
and my brother got an actual cake made by a co-worker of his.
They were both a big hit!
And definitely the focal point that I wanted!
Here are some close – ups of how we set up the table …
For the guests tables, we chose to decorate every other table with a different look.
The first design included a candle, two gold framed photos and of course more confetti!
The other design included flowers and one framed photo.
My take home idea for the guests was simple …
two little hershey’s nugget candies wrapped in tulle and tied with matching burgundy or gold ribbon. The guests loved them and snatched up all the etras that I had!
I had many compliments on the colors I chose … burgundy, ivory and gold.
I purchased the frames at dollar tree, the flowers at hobby lobby, the glass candles and pen dishes at a second hand store, the paper goods at a party store & the balloons at a wedding store.
In hindsight, I wish I had more time to prepare so that I could check out renting tableware, tablecloths, etc vs. buying paper & plastic wares. I could not find anyone willing to blow up my balloons – so think of that prior to purchase! Turns out, our local wedding store would do it and made the lovely balloon bouquet in the process for less than $15 for both!
I took most of my ideas from the internet. But, I do hope the photos help add to those ideas! As I stated, I am not an epert, but I would be happy to answer any questions you might have in preparing for your party!