A 20th anniversary definitely merits a large celebration, and you'll probably want some ideas to get your party on the right track. If it's been twenty years since you walked down the aisle and promised to love, honor and support each other for a lifetime, this is a wonderful anniversary milestone that symbolizes a successful marriage with much more to come. What a perfect moment to celebrate a past and a future full of love, hope, and memories made and yet to come. Here, you will find some helpful ideas to make this a truly special anniversary party.
The first step is to select a venue for your party. This can be your home, a banquet hall if the party is to be more formal, or, if the season allows, a lawn party. Consideration needs to go to the number of guests and to whether or not you want to have live music at your party. Banquet halls or country clubs have party planning staffs that will take much of the burden off of you but which will add significantly to the expense. A lawn party can be elegant and beautiful on a nice summer night but might require tenting to ensure that rain and wind don't arrive as unwanted guests. A home party places the celebration right where all the love has been for the years that you have lived there.
The next step is to consider the decorations. A traditional gift for the 20th anniversary is chinaware, so a Chinese theme can be appropriate. Other themes can embody anything from formal elegance to down home comfort and should reflect the couple's lifestyle and taste. Remember that this is a celebration of twenty years of marriage so photos and other memorabilia should abound to enhance the nostalgia of the event and serve as conversation pieces for the guests. Indoor parties should have an abundance of floral decorations to ignite memories of the wedding. Outdoor parties allow for decorating of plants and trees, especially with tasteful lighting displays.
Putting together your guest list and organizing the party can be a wonderful process that brings back cherished memories of your life together. Select a menu for the event based on your taste and what is realistic for your budget. No matter where you throw the party, it should be catered so that you are free to enjoy the evening. At a more informal party, a buffet is a perfect way to go. It's simple and allows your guests more choice of foods and amounts. If your choice is a formal dinner party, then work with the caterer to establish several choices for your guests and ask them to specify when they RSVP. And, choose a cake that reflects your style and sense of fun. Remember this is as much a work of art as it is a dessert. Select party favors for your guests as they will become their keepsake of your wonderful occasion.
Because couples are so different in their tastes and experiences, non-traditional party ideas range from group vacations with a hotel party to shared experiences like a sporting event or concert with an after party. The important thing is to remember to make your celebration personal and memorable for you and your guests!