Planning an anniversary party can get pretty expensive, but it doesn’t have to be! Sometimes it’s hard to think about an affordable anniversary party idea that you haven’t already done! Don’t worry because we got you covered! Below we provided a list of some affordable anniversary party ideas that can help you spice things up!
25th Anniversary Party Invitations
1. Handmade Invitations:
There are many invitation templates available online to help you with your affordable anniversary party. Take your time finding your favorite design and making it your own. This process will be a bit more complex than others, but if you’re not feeling too inspired or creative, this is the best, classiest way to go. If you don’t feel too confident about your invitation-making skills, look for a local calligrapher to make some for you.
2. Photo Invitations:
Memorable invitations make for the best invitations! Print out some copies of a photograph from the wedding, and make sure to get a fun one—this is a party, not a formal event! You can print it alone or with a design using any online photo invitation maker. If you’re looking to save time or save paper, you can also send your photo invitation without an envelope just like a postcard.
3. Kid-made Invitations:
Why not let the kids make your invitations? Quirky and handmade invitations are always a huge hit. Print out one sheet with the party details in the center of the page: when, where, and couple’s names. Don’t forget to leave plenty of white space around the information for the kids to decorate. At the bottom, include: “This card was made for you by (names of the children).” Then, gather the kids and have them decorate with anything from just writing “come to the party” to drawing colorful pictures.
You can also have them draw the same things on each design or let the kids decorate however they’d like. Since we’re talking about kids, it’s best for these “drawing parties” to be held over a couple of days if you’re sending out a lot of invitations. Your kids will be more patient when they aren’t expected to draw a lot for a long period of time. Of course, there’s no reason that adults can’t pick up a crayon and help, too!
25th Anniversary Party Decorations
1. Photo Decorations
If you have access to the wedding album or any other wedding memorabilia, try using these items as decor! You can purchase cardboard science fair project boards from any craft store to display the photos—these are perfect since they’ll stand up on their own. Surround the collage with several framed photos of the wedding. You can also purchase inexpensive candles and candle holders at a craft store and place them on the same table to add an elegant touch. If you can find any other wedding-related items either at home or at a store, incorporate them into your decorations for a fun and personal touch.
2. Hire a party planner
A friend or a relative with any experience will do just fine when planning an affordable anniversary party! However, it is beneficial to have professional party planners in some cases. It can even be less expensive because these professionals have experienced so they know how to get the cost low! The best place to find a professional planner for your affordable anniversary party is local!
3. Location and Food
These will often go together. If you’re looking to save money, search for restaurants that will give you a discounted rate for a large group. Also, ask each restaurant for several menu options so that you can pick and choose. If lunch at a restaurant is too costly, consider hosting the event at your home or a relative’s home and search the internet for delicious sandwich recipes or recipes for other finger foods. Enlist the help of a relative or friend and prepare all of the food yourself. This is certainly more inexpensive than paying for meals at a restaurant.
4. Getting Even Cheaper Decor
Visit your local thrift stores and hunt down some cheap options—you’ll be amazed at how many unused party decorations you can find. Glass vases and bowls are great to display with flowers and candles, too, so ask your friends and relatives if they have vases that you can borrow. If you have the option, go for a specific color or theme to unify the decor!
5. Special Playlist
If possible, try to find some of the songs that were originally played at the wedding. Make a playlist and play the songs as the guests arrive or when you cut the cake. The playlist doesn’t have to be too extensive, even a few songs will refresh your guests’ sweet memories!
6. Anniversary Attire
Ask guests to wear some of the things they wore during their wedding or the couple’s wedding, including anything from dresses to ties to jewelry. Again, the goal is to bring back memories from the day you’re celebrating, so pull out your old wedding outfit and reminisce with your loved ones!
7. Silver Décor
The traditional color of the anniversary decorations is silver. You can add elements of silver to the décor you have already chosen by using silver tableware or silver vases for your centerpieces. Or you can choose to have silver be your entire color scheme with silver tablecloths, balloons, and other decorations. Items like these can be found at your local party supply store.
8. Wedding Celebration
Celebrate the event that made your 25th anniversary possible by displaying memorabilia from your wedding. Showcase the wedding dress and decorate the walls with copies of your invitations and your wedding photos. You and your guests will enjoy looking back at this moment in your lives. You can even serve a re-creation of your wedding cake. Ask your local baker if they could recreate the cake from your special day.
9. Landmark Tables
Decorate each table according to a specific landmark moment, such as when you bought your first house or had your first child. Put photos of each keypoint in silver picture frames and use them as centerpieces. You can then decorate the table with objects related to that theme. This option helps both you and your guests reminiscent of amazing memories that have shaped your relationship into what it is today.
10. Iris Décor
If you’re trying to stick to a traditional 25th wedding anniversary theme, we recommend using the same flower: the iris. The iris is the traditional flower used to represent 25 years of marriage. It is a deep purple flower that can bring any party space to life. Place vases full of irises around the room or place a single iris next to each place setting. Check your local florist for quotes on arrangements!
There are many moments in your life that you could recreate at your 25th wedding anniversary. One idea is your first date. You could also recreate where you first met, where the proposal took place, the location of your first kiss, or your honeymoon. Or how about a mixture of all your favorite memories? Bring back those memories by recreating them with relevant décor.
12. Time or Location Themes
Remind your guests of your wedding by decorating according to the time or location you were married in. For instance, if your wedding was in October, decorate with fall decorations and serve seasonal foods. If your wedding took place on the sands of the Bahamas, use beach party decorations as the inspiration for your décor.
13. Wedding Keepsakes
Turn your anniversary celebration into a wedding commemoration. Dig up your wedding invitations and the wedding dress to display along with your wedding pictures. Serve a menu similar to that of your wedding and top it off with a recreation of your wedding cake. If you can’t find old invitations or menus, ask a local print shop if they can remake them for you!
Decorations are key to creating a space that is inviting and enticing for your guests.
25th Anniversary Party Food
1. Table Centerpieces
Plan and decorate based on the season. For a summer party, serve watermelon or colorful berries; for fall, try pumpkins, oranges, or sweet treats, etc. Arranging a few vases, glass bowls, and other pretty food holders together on the food table will give it more meaning. Top off each one with a candle in the center, and they’ll be beautiful!
2. Eating the Costs Away
You can buy take-out and present the food artistically on pretty plates for a buffet spread instead of hiring a caterer. For a fun and affordable option, try making some of the food yourself and ask the guests to bring a dish or two of their own.
It can be easy to spend a lot of money on drinks. Provide guests a supply of wine, beer, and champagne, or try checking out a few cocktail recipes yourself to cut down costs. Don’t forget to prepare plenty of alcohol-free options for your younger guests!
25th Anniversary Party Games and Activities
1. Anniversary Symbol Search
Print several lists of 25th-anniversary symbols and have guests scour the house/venue, cars, wallets, and purses to try to find something similar to the symbols that represent each wedding anniversary year. Who will find the most symbols? Other ideas for this game can be adult-type objects or a list of things around the room. If you have a large group joining you, have people split into teams so that everyone can get involved. One person is the host and reads out the different objects needed. When a team finds the object, have one person run to the host with it. The first team to deliver the object to the host gets a point. Be prepared for some fun, chaotic, and nail-biting fun!
2. Musical Chairs
Have your guests play musical chairs with a playlist of songs played at your wedding! It will surely stir up everyone’s competitive side. Hearing the songs played at the wedding will also bring memories of the wedding back to mind, making it very nostalgic. For larger groups, you can split into teams and hold different brackets until you get to a “finals round” between 2 people.
3. Famous Couples
Write down the name of a famous person who belongs in a pair and tape that person’s name to someone’s back. No one should know who is taped to their back. To complete the game, the person must find out who they are. Other guests can give hints as to who they are without saying the celebrity’s name. Once a guest thinks they have figured out who they are, they have to find their partner. Examples of pairs that can be used are Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, Sonny and Cher, Romeo and Juliet, Adam and Eve, and even Barbie and Ken. Once everyone thinks they’ve found their partner, be sure to double-check the results for accuracy.
4. Wedding Year
Make a list of real and fake events that occurred in the year the couple got married. Have people make guesses on whether or not those events occurred in the same year or not. Games like these are always fun because it is a blast to see what people remember. Have another guest act as a host for this event to make it more fun.
5. Never Have I Ever
Someone will make up a list of questions of common things that may have occurred to the guests and the couple. For example, you can ask if you ever ran out of gas, flew in an airplane, got kicked out of a restaurant, etc. The funnier the scenarios the better, especially if you know that someone playing has done one of them. Have people line up shoulder to shoulder. When a question is asked and a person is guilty of the thing asked, they take a step forward. See who can make it across the finish line first. These games make everyone feel young again!
After 25 years of marriage, it’s probably safe to say that your looks have changed. Have your looks changed so much that your friends and family can’t match your photos from birth, through grade school, or today? Gather as many pictures as you can of yourself, your spouse, and others and have people try to pull out all the ones of the married couple.
7. 25th Anniversary Picture Symbols
Have a list of the anniversary symbols, a dry erase board, and markers handy. Each person will pick a symbol to draw on the board for the others to guess. You can’t write any words, only draw pictures. The person who guesses correctly gets the next turn. Reward your guests with small favors.
Someone has to ask 25 questions to the anniversary spouse to find out what event they are thinking of. Ask the right questions to figure out what happened in the happy couple’s life. For example, you can ask: Was it during the summer? Were you living on Oak Street? etc. You can’t guess the event until you have asked all 25 questions. If guessed correctly, award your guest with a prize!
9. Famous Faces
Print out pictures of famous people and replace their faces with the anniversary couple’s faces. Have people take guesses as to who the celebrity is. You could even have some life-size ones with the faces missing for your guests to take memorable photos.
10. Wedding Snacks
If you’re thinking about holding a party, snacks and refreshments are definitely important. Make this fun by having snacks and refreshments that each partner likes as well as snacks/refreshments they both enjoy. Have guests guess which person likes what snack or refreshment by having them place printed out faces of the couple. In the end, those who have the most guesses correct wins!
Celebrating your wedding anniversary is an exciting way to commemorate another year of being together with your loved one. Hosting a party with friends and family is a fabulous way to do so. These fun games will help you have fun and celebrate together.
Creating a party that is fun, celebratory, and unique can be a difficult task. However, having a 25th wedding anniversary party that is both memorable and commemorative to your relationship can be easy if you follow these steps. We hope our ideas help you create a party that will impress each and every guest.
We hope that some of these affordable anniversary party ideas will be of help to you! One key takeaway for you to remember is that it’s the little things that count! You don’t always have to make an anniversary party a lavished event. It can be a smaller party that was planned with a lot of forethought about what your partner likes!
Written by Matvei Mozhaev, Jessica Bundy, Chris Kulesza, Alicia Bell, and Caitlin Connell 8/9/20