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How to plan for a golden (50th) wedding anniversary

Fifty years of marriage is a milestone worthy of praise and celebration. Do you know a happy couple that’s going to be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary soon?

Maybe you are the one with the upcoming 50th anniversary? The 50th anniversary is also called the Golden Anniversary and is oftentimes represented with gifts made of gold.

But let’s face it, the couple celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary is likely in their 70s and beyond, and they probably don’t need any more “stuff” – be it gold or not – to clutter their space.

I think that experiences and personalized presents make the best gifts. They provide lasting memories and show the happy couple how much you care. Do you need some thoughtful gift ideas for an upcoming 50th wedding anniversary? I’ve got you covered with this list.

The happy couple may have been dreaming of traveling to a specific place for years but never got around to it or didn’t have the means to make it happen. This can be a group effort where you can pool money from friends and family and send them off to their dream destination.

You can also surprise them with a secret destination. Why not make it a family event and send the couple off with their family members. Cruise vacations make an excellent choice because they are all-inclusive and effortless.

Note: Stick to travel adventures in your country of residence during periods where international travel health risks are a concern (such as the Covid-19 pandemic). Check with current health and safety travel advisories before purchasing travel tickets.

At this point in our lives, we tend to enjoy family time more than ever. The kids and the grandkids are probably spattered all over the place, and we don’t get to see them as often as we would like.

Why not plan a get-together and gather as many family members as you can? This takes quite a bit of planning, but the happy couple will definitely appreciate the gesture and the memories that will be created.

Treat it like a wedding of sorts and hire an event planner. A 50th wedding anniversary is quite an achievement and is worthy of a big celebration. You can pool money from family and friends to fund the party.

Another way to create memories is to offer a personalized portrait photoshoot for the couple. You can hire a local professional photographer or do it yourself if you have some photography skills.

A fun idea is to recreate their wedding photos. Try to set up the photoshoot in the place where they got married and choose attire that resembles what they wore on their happy day. Print out the photos and mount them in gold picture frames so they can enjoy them in their home.

Put together a basket of their favorite things if you know them well enough. It can be food items and special treats. Some companies create exquisite gift boxes and offer to deliver straight to the receiver’s door.

Classes – online and in real life – are quite trendy at the moment. It’s never too late to learn something new. Maybe the happy couple always wanted to learn about photography? Maybe they’d like to learn creative writing?

Help them learn from the masters at Masterclass. How about learning French Pastry Fundamentals from Dominique Ansel or Creative Writing with Margaret Atwood. These classes are offered online and can be completed at an individual pace.

Who doesn’t love to be pampered!? I know I do. Booking a spa day for the Golden Anniversary couple makes a great gift if they normally avoid splurging on these types of treatments for themselves.

Get them a gift card so that they can choose the treatments that they want.

A half-century of communal living will automatically generate lots of memories. Births of children, birthday parties, anniversary trips, family get-togethers, holidays, and so much more.

You can gather some of the photos taken at special events during their lives together and create a personalized photo book. Websites like Shutterfly will create a custom book for you or you can design it yourself and have it delivered to their home.

Ask around among family and friends for photos of the couple. Maybe you will discover photos that they have never seen before.

Alternately, if money is an issue, you can get crafty and create the photo album yourself. Adding some personal words and thoughts to the album is a warm gesture and sure to melt the happy couple’s hearts.

Do you know of someone who celebrated or is close to celebrating their Golden Anniversary? What do you think will make a thoughtful gift for them? Have you celebrated your 50 th wedding anniversary? Which of the gifts you received did you like best? Which ones did you absolutely hate? Do you have some personal ideas or experiences for a Golden Anniversary that you want to share with the community? Please use the comment box below.

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How to Plan For a Golden (50th) Wedding Anniversary

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A couple celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary certainly deserve to celebrate. They have managed to survive a half century of life’s ups and downs together. Over that period of time a couple builds a legacy that can’t be measured in material possessions, but rather the lives they have touched through their union. Whether you host the party at home, make it an intimate gathering in a restaurant, or decide to throw a large catered event, most of these tips can be used for this very special occasion.

Guest List

You won’t have to look too hard to assemble your guest list for the party. The reach of their lives together includes family, friends, work associates, neighbors, fellow church members, community groups, and more. You can either invite as many of them to the celebration as your budget can afford, or keep the guest list to a more intimate number if you believe the couple would prefer a smaller gathering.

Before the party, ask guests to submit in writing their favorite memories of the couple. This will also allow participation by those who can’t come to the party. Assemble these in the scrapbook as a gift for the couple.

Be sure that the venue is accessible for any guests who are mobility-challenged. Even if the guests of honor are hale and hearty, they are likely to have friends and relatives who the years have not treated as well.

Setting the Stage

The traditional symbol for a 50th wedding anniversary is gold, giving you the perfect element for setting a beautiful stage for this party. Here are some ideas for how you can incorporate gold into your party decorations and table settings.

Begin by setting the table with ivory colored linens. Then add any of these golden accents to make the room shine:

  • Golden paper doilies under plates.
  • Tie golden ropes with tassels around the backs of chairs.
  • Use white china with gold trim.
  • Serve drinks in crystal that has gold accents.
  • Tie napkins with golden ribbon.
  • Light the table with candles in gold candlestick or votive holders.
  • Gather photos from throughout the couple’s marriage, and place them on display in golden frames.
  • Write place cards with gold ink.

Food, Drink, and Music

Select a memorable menu for the not-so-newlyweds. This could be a meal based on the menu they shared on their first date. Consider recreating the menu from their wedding day. Or perhaps it can be their favorite meal—only this time they don’t have to do the cooking. Keep dietary restrictions in mind so you are offering appropriate choices for those who need them.

Top the anniversary cake with the topper from their wedding cake if you can sneak it away from them. Otherwise, create a cake topper from golden balls, gold leaves or even golden cupids.

Don’t forget to toast the guests of honor. You, as host, should have special words to say to them. But encourage everyone to share their fondest memories and wishes with the couple. Coach a person or two in advance to kick things off and break the ice. Have non-alcoholic choices available, such as sparkling cider, so those who do not drink alcohol can still give a festive toast.

For musical background, play songs from the decade the couple was married. Alternatively, if their preferences tend toward a different style of music, by all means choose songs according to their taste instead.

Party Favors

Consider any of the following as party favors for guests:

How to Plan For a Golden (50th) Wedding Anniversary

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The golden anniversary is one of the most celebrated wedding anniversaries, by both the married couple themselves and by their friends and family. And rightly so!

Spending half a century in love with one person is a wonderful statement about the gift of married life.

These are some 50th wedding anniversary ideas and symbols to help you choose gifts associated with the 50th golden marriage anniversary that will be both personal and meaningful.

50th Anniversary Traditional Gift: Gold.

50th Anniversary Contemporary/Modern Gift: Gold.

50th Anniversary Gemstone: Gold or Imperial or Golden Topaz.

  • Optimism and wealth are often associated with gold. Not only is the metal gold beautiful, but it is also strong, and resistant to corrosion.

50th Anniversary Color: Gold.

50th Anniversary Flower: Violets.

If you want to give a rose symbolic of the golden anniversary, here are a few to check out:

  • Gold Symphonie
  • Golden Anniversary
  • Golden Beryl
  • Golden Celebration
  • Golden Future

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Ways to Celebrate Your 50th Anniversary

  • Use sparkly gold glitter on flowers, cards, centerpieces, gift wrap, balloons, etc. Set the table with a paper gold tablecloth, rent china, and crystal with gold trim, use gold looking votive candles, place flowers in gold colored vases.
  • For those in the United States, request a greeting from the Whitehouse.
  • Renew your marriage vows.
  • Toast one another with a golden colored sparkling wine such as a Chardonnay.
  • Plan a picnic with paper gold-colored plates and cups.

Gift Suggestions for Your Loved Ones’ 50th Anniversary

When considering gifts for the 50th anniversary, think twice before purchasing anniversary plates, jewelry, knick-knacks, etc. as many senior citizens are trying to reduce clutter and possessions in their lives. A dinner at a special restaurant, a trip, coupons to help with chores, etc. will probably be more appreciated.

50th wedding anniversary planning can seem rather daunting as it is such a special day and celebration. A celebration that you will want to be perfect. The key is to plan and get as much help as possible!

  • First, think about how your anniversary couple would like to celebrate. Do they love a big party or will they be more at home staying at home and having a more intimate get together.
  • Knowing who you are going to invite and the number of possible guests will help when you are looking for where you are going to have your party. With 50 plus years together there will be a lot of family and friends!
  • When you start looking for a venue you will also need to think about the type of party you want to have. Are you planning a sit down dinner with dancing, a tea party, a buffet as this will have a big influence on the room that you will need. Plus it will have a big impression on the budget too!
  • If you have a number of guests that will be travelling to your party it would be helpful to find accommodation to suit all budgets. It will be nice to have as many people to celebrate with you as possible, you don’t want them put off by the cost of coming.
  • When you have decided on your venue you will need to secure it with a deposit.
  • Look to choosing the food you are going to serve. This may be as easy as choosing from the choice of your venues menus or you may have to think about hiring a caterer. Or you may be looking to cater the party yourself!
  • With all the plans in place you can look at sending out your invitations.
  • And now you have time to do all the fun bits like choosing an anniversary cake and organising flowers and decorations.

Printable Checklists

I have found that having a checklist when you are planning any type of party really helps to ensure you don’t forget anything. I have put together the checklists that I use for anniversary parties. The timeline is good for when you are not sure where to start!

If you need any party planning help please drop me a line in the help section at the top of the page and I will get back to you.

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The 50th wedding anniversary is a very special one. It is common for this anniversary to be celebrated not only with your spouse, but also with friends and family. The half century milestone in a relationship is really something, and it should be cherished and celebrated accordingly.

This is why I have decided to make a list of golden wedding anniversary ideas that will help you decide what to do and how to celebrate this special occasion.

Choosing the Perfect Gift

For the 50th wedding anniversary, some special gifts are in order. You have a lot of options here, but no worries; experts have put together a list of gifts by year of anniversary. Since it is a golden anniversary, something golden will really compliment the occasion. Gold is one of the most resistant metals and it will stand, symbolizing your beautiful and strong relationship that has resisted the perils of time.

When you’ll give your gift is completely in your hands. You can place it on the platter when you bring the golden breakfast to you darling who’s still lying in bed, or you can give it during the party. Make sure to make a little surprise out of it. A little bit of happiness can go a long way.

Plan a Trip

How to Plan For a Golden (50th) Wedding Anniversary

A great idea for a golden anniversary is going on a trip. This really depends on how good your physical health is. A beautiful and relaxing trip doesn’t have to be a long lasting one that will take you far away from home. You can organize some weekend getaway in any of the romantic places that are in your near vicinity.

On the other hand, if you are both feeling well and energized, it might be the right time to get on that cruise that you have always daydreamed about. Get on the cruiser and enjoy all the commodities it has to offer to senior passengers – non-alcoholic cocktails by the deck pool, romantic sunsets on the deck, and classical music performances during a delicious dinner.

Organize a Renewal of your Marriage Vows

The golden anniversary is a perfect occasion to renew your marriage vows. In order to make it magical, make sure to check if the original place where you two got married is still available. Invite your family and friends, write the vows down and don’t forget to add something new that will show your partner how you appreciate the life you two had together.

Throw a Party

A party would be a nice addition after the renewal of your marriage vows. All of your friends and family are there, so why not continue off to a nice restaurant where you can enjoy good food and pleasant conversation. It would be nice to ask one of your siblings to write a speech for this occasion. After raising a glass and thanking everyone for coming, ask your loved one for one dance. It is a perfect way to make a statement of how you feel. It will definitely be a day worth remembering.

Go on a Picnic

A picnic is always a good way to spend your anniversary, just the two of you. In order to make it special, make sure to get special dishes for this occasion. If you have gold-colored ones, you should definitely bring them. A nice bottle of champagne and crystal glasses are also a must have for this occasion.

You can make a suggestion to your loved one to write love letters that you will exchange or read to each other while you are enjoying nature’s peace and quiet.

Revisit Your Bucket List

How to Plan For a Golden (50th) Wedding Anniversary

If you want to spice up your 50th anniversary and really make it special, have a sit down with your partner and revisit both of your bucket lists. There must be something in there that you can still do together. No matter how old the wish is, fulfilling it will mean a new experience for both of you. A new thing to add to the “things we’ve done together” list.

As you can see, the 50th wedding anniversary leaves you with a lot of options to choose from. After all, you have spent half the century with your loved one and you are the one who knows him/her best; make sure to use this knowledge and experience from the life spent in marriage to choose something that is personal and meaningful.

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How to Plan For a Golden (50th) Wedding Anniversary

Are you looking for ultimate yet simple 50th wedding anniversary ideas for your parents? Then read on!

For any couples, every year of marriage is always treasured. But reaching 50 years is a huge milestone and deserves to be celebrated big time!

In many cases, children host anniversary parties for their parents when they reach the amazing 50-year mark. Or sometimes, the couple themselves!

But no matter who hosts, planning a big party is no small task, and coming up with 50 th wedding anniversary ideas for parents is often a struggle. Do you need ultimate yet simple tips and hints to help you create a party to be proud of? Then read on!

What Do You Call A 50 th Wedding Anniversary?

This 50-year mark is known as a Golden wedding anniversary. The name Golden for this milestone comes from many, many years ago. As a result, a gold party theme is often used. And it used to be a tradition for a husband to gift his wife a golden garland, wreath, or necklace on this momentous occasion.

Who Hosts A 50 th Wedding Anniversary Party?

You might be wondering whose job it is to come up with the party ideas and host the event. Traditionally it is the couple’s children that would be responsible for searching 50th wedding anniversary ideas for their parents, planning and organizing the grand celebration. But in today’s world, this isn’t always the case. The job could fall onto friends, other family members or the couple themselves.

Regardless of the host, often thinking up ideas and planning such an event is a huge task. So it is worthwhile recruiting various close friends and family members to help the party run smoothly.

50 th Wedding Anniversary Party Ideas: 10 Steps To Success

How to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary?

Planning and hosting a large party such as a 50 th wedding anniversary requires careful thought and preparation. There are a few steps to take to ensure the celebration goes well for your parents and their guests:

1. Save The Date

The very first thing you should do when planning a 50 th wedding anniversary party is to set a date. Many couples try to pick a date that is close to the actual wedding anniversary, which can help bring back memories of the wedding day. However, if you want to make sure everyone can attend, consult close friends and family for a day that works best for everyone. Whenever you plan the party for, make sure to give everyone plenty of notice so that they can make travel and accommodation arrangements.

2. Decide Your Venue

Next, you will need to arrange a location to host the party in. When it comes to 50 th wedding anniversaries for parents, there are loads of different venue options available to you. Think about the number of guests you want to invite, and then plan a venue that can easily accommodate everyone. This could be yours or a relative’s house, a private room in a restaurant or a hotel event space.

3. Send Out Invites

Once the date, location, and guest list are all confirmed, you need to send out invitations. Try to send invites a few months in advance to give guests plenty of notice and include as much information as you can. Include a prompt for guests to RSVP so that you know how many people to expect at the anniversary party.

4. Choose The Menu

Whether you’re planning a grand celebration with hundreds of guests or a more intimate affair, an occasion like this deserves the very best catering. Decide if you are having a sit-down meal or a buffet-style banquet.

Once you know the type of food you want, you can begin planning how to prepare it. You could hire caterers to manage the food on your behalf. Or if you have time and want to make the task more personal and fun, enlist the help of friends and family and make the meals yourselves.

5. Plan The Decorations And Colour Scheme

You will need to plan and purchase all the required decorations well in advance. Pick a relevant color scheme before you go balloon shopping and keep it consistent throughout the party. You could choose the couple’s favorite color, the color of their favorite sports team, or the color scheme they had at their wedding all those years ago. Then you can include a bit of golden touch here and there. But for the golden 50th wedding anniversary, many simply choose gold!

6. Think About Gift Ideas For Your Parents’ 50th Wedding Anniversary

What do you give for a 50th wedding anniversary?

A Golden anniversary deserves something special, and gold jewelry and gifts is a common favorite. For something unique and sentimental opt for personalized anniversary canvas gifts or even something homemade. It should be something that the couple can display proudly and think of their achievements every time they see the gift.

Also, refer to our gift guide on the best 50th wedding anniversary gifts for your parents.

7. Tributes and Toasts

For a real personal touch at an anniversary party, plan for some toasts and tributes. Choose some close friends and family members to share a few special words about your parents and how wonderful their marriage has been over the 50 years.

8. Prepare Your Soundtrack

The music ideas for your 50 th wedding anniversary party will depend on the vibe you are trying to create. Either make a personalized playlist of your parents’ favorite songs over the years or hire a musician for something really memorable.

9. Capture Those Precious Moments

Your parents will surely want to remember this special commemoration for years to come. Hence, you could hire a professional photographer for the day. Alternatively, set one family member the task of taking some lovely pictures for the photo album.

10. Don’t Stress, Enjoy The Day

No matter how many 50th wedding anniversary ideas for parents you come up with, and how carefully you plan the day, there will be little bumps along the way. So don’t sweat the small stuff! You already did a wonderful job throwing the celebration. It’s time to relax and enjoy the event with your parents and loved ones.


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Celebrate your parents’ or grandparents’ golden anniversary by organizing a 50th wedding anniversary ceremony in their honor. At the ceremony, the couple reaffirms the vows spoken at their wedding. A renewal of vows allows the couple to look over their years together and verify, before family and friends, their determination to continue loving one another over the years to come. Whether you plan a small, intimate ceremony to take place in front of family, or a large production, you are honoring the couple’s love and commitment.

How to Plan For a Golden (50th) Wedding Anniversary

Step 1

Inform the anniversary couple you want to organize their 50th wedding anniversary ceremony. Tell them, instead of buying a gift, you would enjoy watching them renew their vows.

Step 2

Create a guest list with the help of the anniversary couple. The guest list is vital to setting an accurate budget and selecting a location for the event. Once the guest list is created, select a date for the ceremony.

Step 3

Select a location for the ceremony and hire a judge or reverend to lead the ceremony. If the couple is religious, ask their pastor if the ceremony can be held at the church. Nature loving couples may prefer to renew their vows in an outdoor ceremony. Decide if an anniversary party will follow the ceremony at the same location, or relocate to a different venue.

Step 4

Mail invitations at least four weeks prior to the ceremony. Include the time, date and location of the event, as well as a phone number or email address where would-be guests can verify or decline attendance on the invitation.

Step 5

Arrange for a photographer or videographer to memorialize the ceremony.

Step 6

Buy decorations. Traditionally, 50th wedding anniversaries are represented by the color gold. Pair the gold with glass or crystal for a sophisticated appearance. Use the “bride’s” favorite flowers and colors to make flower bouquets and table centerpieces.

Step 7

Choose food and beverages for the anniversary reception. Hire a catering company to prepare and serve a sit-down meal, or set up a buffet table filled with appetizers and finger foods to allow guests to mingle. Place diet and regular sodas, tea, coffee, bottles of water in buckets of ice. Discuss serving alcoholic beverages with the couple. They may be satisfied with having wine or champagne, and adverse to serving beer and hard liquor.

Step 8

Plan the entertainment. Make a slideshow of the couple’s life to project on a big screen while the couple dances the first dance of the night. Play the couple’s favorite music. Invite married couples to answer questions posed in a re-creation of the Newlywed game.

Step 9

Ensure the “bride” has a dress and the “groom” has a suit to wear to the ceremony. Ask if they want to write their own vows or if they want to exchange new rings. A 50th wedding anniversary ceremony must be personalized to the couple.

Few things warrant a big celebration as much as reaching 50 years of marriage. A 50th wedding anniversary reception may be a stand-alone event, or it may follow a renewal of vows ceremony. Whether you are planning your own golden anniversary, plan to host a reception in the couple’s honor or have been invited to share in the celebration, there are certain rules of etiquette that should be considered.


It’s common for a 50th anniversary reception to be hosted by an adult child or children in honor of their parents. However, it’s not an obligation, and siblings, grandchildren, friends or the couple themselves can also host the celebration.


Depending on how formal the 50th anniversary reception will be, invitations should be received by invitees between two and eight weeks before the event. For formal affairs, six to eight weeks is standard. Casual invitations can be sent by mail or digitally at least two to four weeks before the event. Invitations should include the name of the couple, the date, time and location of the reception, dress code (if applicable), and RSVP information. Traditionally, unless one or both holds a professional or military title, the couple’s name is written in the format of “Mr. and Mrs. William Smith.” It is also acceptable to write both given names out in the modern format of “Jane and William Smith” or “Ms. Jane Jones and Mr. William Smith,” if a surname is not shared. Note that when both given names are used, the wife’s name is first.

The traditional color for the 50th wedding anniversary is gold, and the color is commonly featured in the design of the invitations.

Gift registry cards or gift requests should not be included with an invitation. While adding “no gifts, please” is traditionally considered inappropriate, it has become acceptable to make such a request on the invitation.

Invitee Protocol

Upon receipt of an invitation to a 50th anniversary reception, the invitee should respond within a day or two in the manner stated on the invitation: if by phone, use the number given with the invitation. If an RSVP response card has been included, fill it out and mail it back.

Dress according to the formality of the event. More formal events require dinner jackets, suits or tuxedos and long or cocktail dresses. For a more casual event, sport jackets for men and sundresses or blouses with skirts or slacks for women are appropriate. If there is any uncertainty, ask the host when responding to the invitation.

Gifts are not obligatory for a 50th anniversary reception, though guests frequently choose to honor the couple with a gift.


Appropriate gifts for a 50th anniversary reception include sentimental gifts such as items related to the marriage year, restaurant gift certificates and charity gifts in the couple’s honor. The traditional 50th anniversary gift theme is gold. Gifts of gold jewelry are customarily given from one spouse to the other, though sometimes very close family members such as grown children give gifts of gold as well.

Gift registries are not customary for a 50th anniversary; it is appropriate, however, for the guest to inquire about gift preferences when responding to the invitation. If the couple does have any needs or preferences, the host shares that information with the guest at that time.

If the couple has requested no gifts, guests should honor that and refrain from bringing a gift to the reception. If the guest chooses to give a gift in this case, it should be given at a different time or mailed to the couple’s home.

Party Protocol

Speeches and/or toasts are customary at both formal and casual 50th anniversary receptions. Brief speeches are usually given by the couple; having one half of the couple speak for both is acceptable. Additional speeches may also be given by one or more of the couple’s grown children or grandchildren, members of the original wedding party, siblings and/or close family friends.

Food and dancing are commonly a part of an anniversary reception. If food will be served, the host should be mindful that many older guests–not least of all the guests of honor–may have special dietary requirements, and plan accordingly.

We have put together some of the classic golden anniversary party ideas to share with you.

50 years…A half of a century together…A milestone indeed. Now it’s time to plan a party! This page focuses on the traditional golden anniversary theme. However, if you are looking for other great golden anniversary party ideas, themes and step-by-step planning advice please go to our anniversary party planning/ideas page , you will find every thing you need there.

How to Plan For a Golden (50th) Wedding Anniversary

This is usually a very nostalgic time and a time when people will want to make toasts , speeches , tell jokes and read a poem or two in honor of the anniversary couple.

You may also want to include a 50th wedding anniversary quote.

This is a party where you want to encourage as many family members (of all ages) and friends to share unforgettable memories and stories of the anniversary couple through the years. This can be done orally or they can put their thoughts and memories in writing to share with couple and their guests. The party organizer(s) can ask for a page or two from each friend or family member who would like to contribute (don’t forget the little ones!). The party organizer(s) then place all submissions into a binder or have them made into a book to put on display prior to the party.

The 50th wedding anniversary is also known as the golden anniversary. Traditionally the classic party theme includes weaving the color gold everywhere possible to signify this great milestone.

Suggested uses of the color gold include:

Gold anniversary party invitations

Gold decorations (party stores usually have a great collection of silver balloons, confetti, streamers, candles, doilies etc.)

Gold themed anniversary cake

Gold themed favors (candles…photo frames)

Place gold ropes with tassels on the backs of chairs
China with gold trim

Crystal glasses with gold accents

Gold napkin holders

Photographs placed in gold frames

Place cards written with gold ink

A gold cake topper

We have many more 50th anniversary party ideas and step-by-step planning advice on our anniversary party planning/ideas page.

How to Plan For a Golden (50th) Wedding Anniversary

Not everyone has the privilege of celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary, or what’s known as the famous Golden anniversary. Therefore, it’s an event that should be celebrated in style, ensuring that it remains an unforgettable memory of a cherished moment. Perhaps you have the opportunity to organise this 50th wedding anniversary for your parents or for yourselves. If you’re unsure about how to go about it, we’ll give you some tips about how to celebrate a 50th wedding anniversary party.

Before starting the preparations, start to compile the guest list. This isn’t like a wedding itself, so if you want to save money, just invite the important people who you’ve known over the years. Children, grandchildren and other relatives, as well as those special friends who have been important during your life. These are the ideal guests to celebrate a 50th anniversary with.

A golden anniversary celebration can be held in many different venues. You can choose a restaurant of your choice that has the capacity to fit all your guests. A perfect place to celebrate with those nearest and dearest.

Also, if your house is large enough, you can choose to host the celebration there and hire a good catering company. If you have a garden and the weather is right, there’s no better option than moving the party outside.

How to Plan For a Golden (50th) Wedding Anniversary

Another possible option for celebrating a golden anniversary is at a special venue. They offer a complete service for these type of events. So, if you decide to host the party there, they’ll manage all of the details. The venues have special menus to celebrate 50th anniversaries, so just ask for them.

If you need others’ help with the planning and organization, hire an event planner. They will take care of everything to the last detail, following your directions. It’s a little more expensive, obviously, but the outcome is well worth it.

If you want to have an unforgettable celebration and you’d like to have memories of that time, be sure to hire a good photographer and a band if you’d like to dance.

How to Plan For a Golden (50th) Wedding Anniversary

For this type of event, there’s usually a small ceremony where the couple can symbolically renew their vows. It’s a very emotional moment when both the bride and groom can give a speech. Remember the years you’ve spent together and share this joy with all the guests. 50 years of marriage provides many memories and stories, so mention some of them.

Apart from the vows a good idea to decorate the room of the venue is to place several photos of the couple’s finest moments and those shared with the people attending the celebration.

As for the attire, many people use their wedding dress and adapt it for the occasion. The original fabric can be used to make a new dress and this can be quite touching. The groom, meanwhile, can wear the cuff links or tie he wore at the wedding, if he still has them.

However, there is no need to be too formal, the bride and groom can decide to play it low key and choose smart dresses. Just make sure to tell the guests what kind of ettiquette is required.

Rings or a wedding cake are also common for this type of 50th wedding anniversary celebrations.

How to Plan For a Golden (50th) Wedding Anniversary

After this special celebration, the couple can take a short getaway to celebrate their anniversary. Many choose to go to the same place where they celebrated their honeymoon, but you can also choose another destination, one that grabs your attention and where you’ve never been before.

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Preparing for a 50th wedding anniversary party can be fun and simple to do. Since you’re celebrating the love of a couple, you can ask for help from friends and family. Delegating is important for this kind of event. Don’t be afraid to ask others for help in planning and executing tasks on the big day. You can also hire a professional planner to do most of the work for you, if you can afford it.

How to Plan For a Golden (50th) Wedding Anniversary

Things You’ll Need

Step 1

Plan for the day with your budget in mind. Rental halls and event centers can be a wonderful but pricey option. Choose a decorated home or the couple’s church hall to save money. Think about how many people you would like to invite.

Catered food, tables, chairs, linens and other items can rack up your budget costs. Decorations and the length of your guest list are also determined by your budget and the personality of the couple.

Step 2

Send out invites early. This way you will know how much space and food you need for your party. Create a list that includes both family and friends of the couple. Ask the couple about guests, as there may be people they would like to attend that you may not know about.

Step 3

Decorate the space on the day of the party or the night before. Gold is the official color of the 50th wedding anniversary, so you can choose gold balloons or streamers to hang in the room where the party will be held.

Frame photos of the couple over the years and moments with their family members and friends to place around the room and on tables. Leave out a book that guests can sign, listing their favorite memories of the couple. Hire a DJ, organize a playlist of CDs or hire a band to play music from the decade when the couple was married.

Step 4

Cater food that the couple will like or ask guests to bring a covered dish. Find out what foods were served on the couple’s wedding day and recreate them yourself or hire a chef. A cake is appropriate for this event. Check with the couple to see if there is a flavor or design they prefer.

Communication with the couple is very important. Since it is their day, it’s best to defer to their wishes. Guests may be elderly and have specific preferences about food and activities.

How to Plan For a Golden (50th) Wedding Anniversary

Quarantine anniversary ideas: If your wedding anniversary falls during the lockdown period, you must not panic as we have got you covered. Read below to know how to celebrate anniversary during lockdown.

How to Plan For a Golden (50th) Wedding Anniversary

We all know that wedding anniversary is important not only for the ‘newlyweds’ or the ‘fresh in love’ couples but also for those who have spent the majority of their lives together. Wedding anniversaries are made of love, care, and immense respect and just to show gratitude of this togetherness, we all want to celebrate this day with our loved ones. We all want to make wedding anniversaries special for our partners.

As the nation is on complete lockdown, you cannot just put on that beautiful dress or that favourite shoe and walk out to celebrate your anniversary. We are going through a pandemic right now and it is best to follow social distancing and keeping ourselves away from the COVID-19 infections as much as we can. But does that mean we will have a boring anniversary? Absolutely not!

Make your partner feel special and relate to these amazing tips to have an amazing wedding anniversary inside your beautiful homes.

Tips to make your wife happy

Gentlemen, if you haven’t figured out how to make your woman feel good this anniversary, don’t shy away and back out by making things boring. Try these suggestions and thank us later

  • Breakfast in Bed

Well, they say that the start of the day is key to making sure how the rest of your day goes. Well, breakfast would be the best place to start! Wouldn’t it be? Set up an alarm and wake a little bit earlier than your wife to surprise her. Cook her favourite breakfast and start the day with the right tone.

Victor Hugo proudly said, “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” Well, there is no denying to that, why back out on showing your emotions to your partner and play her some amazing hits back from the ’80s or groove into the likes of Linkin Park or Billie Eilish to show some love.

Photos are the best way to relieve back the moment that we already spent by capturing them on a piece of paper. It is so simple but yet so outstanding. We live with these photographs and this brings back memories to us. Dig into those very old albums from your wedding days or your favourite polaroid clicks from your good times and make her a handmade photo chart or just put them on the wall in a fancy manner. I am sure she would get impressed by this.

Be humble and nice and help her out with those little small things that you would miss out on a usual day. Definitely help her set the dinner table and later with the dishes and why not suggest a movie that you always liked and wanted to watch but never could because of your daily schedule. You surely would win some charm out of this and make your wedding anniversary even more special.

Tips to make your husband happy

Ladies out there, even we are disappointed by the fact that this lockdown will not let you wear your ‘months before planned’ gown for your anniversary or let you go out to that first ice cream shop where you met. But don’t let this get boredom to get onto your nerves instead pamper your man with some simple tips.

An anniversary card would be the best place to start. Keep it nice and simple. Pour in your wishes and thoughts with some images and some handmade art if you are good at it. This will be sweet and simple.

  • Gifts and surprises

Surprise him by wearing that pretty dress he gifted to you last summer and gift him by picking out some really nice shirts from his wardrobe that never in a million years he could have imagined that it existed. Keep it easy and don’t forget to appreciate his newfound treasure.

  • Candlelight dinner

his is the hack of a good life. Plan up for a nice candlelight dinner and prepare some specialities that your partner would like. Talk about your good times and appreciate the existence of each other and never ever miss out to bake a small dessert or a cake for him. Live your wedding anniversary through beautiful moments and try these tips to make your wedding anniversary even more special.

Anyone who is hoping to plan a 50th anniversary party in the Poconos will want to be organized as they begin the planning process. This checklist will help you plan a memorable and exciting celebration for your important anniversary.

Begin the Planning Process with a Theme

The 50th anniversary is known as the Golden Anniversary, but you can still get creative when it comes to choosing a theme for your event. It’s important to select a theme early in the planning process because every other decision you make should stay in line with the overall theme. These are a few unique ideas that you might consider for your 50th anniversary party:

The Golden Oldies

Select a theme that is based on the decade that you were married. Encourage people to dress in themed attire, and make sure to play the same type of music that would have been played at your wedding reception.

A Golden Sunset

This could be a beach party theme. Encourage everyone to wear their favorite tropical gear, and host a beach-themed party in the heart of the mountains.

Black, White and Gold

This is a unique take on a black and white party. Encourage your guests to come dressed in their best black and white attire, and accent the hall with plenty of glittering gold decorations.

When it comes to selecting a theme, you can get as creative as you want. Choosing a unique and distinct theme is what will make your anniversary party stand out from all the other more traditional events.

Make a Checklist of All Vendors That You Need to Hire

Once you have decided on a theme for your 50th anniversary party, you will want to create a plan for hiring vendors. Planning a full-scale anniversary party is very similar to planning a wedding. You will need to find a venue, hire a caterer, secure the help of a photographer and a DJ, partner with a florist and make sure that you have a baker to create a customized cake. When you are in the process of hiring vendors for your event, make sure that you are honest with them about what you want and what you are expecting. All vendors need to work together as a team to make your anniversary party dreams come true.

Start Thinking About Ideas for Decorations

After you have selected a theme and secured a venue, you will want to make a plan for party decorations. These are just a few ideas you might consider for your Golden Anniversary party:

Floral Centerpieces

This is a very traditional decoration idea, but there’s a reason why people almost always resort to flowers when it comes to decorating their parties. Floral centerpieces are elegant, and they complement nearly any space. A florist will be able to create a centerpiece that works with your color scheme for the event.

Vintage Wedding Photographs

You may want to consider displaying prints from your wedding 50 years ago at the event. People love to look back in time and see what your wedding was like. To incorporate gold into this decoration idea, consider displaying the photographs in gold frames.

Balloon Displays

This is a party after all, and what party is complete without balloons. Gold, white and black balloons can be used to add a touch of fun to your party.

Nostalgic Decor

Bring the past back to life with unique nostalgic decor items, such as vintage wedding cake toppers or paper banners and lanterns.

Consider What to Serve Your Guests

In many respects, the meal is the most important element of your 50th anniversary celebration. As you create the menu, you will want to consider the people who will be coming to your event. A few thoughts to keep in mind:

  • Some people may have dietary needs or concerns. Be sure to request that guests contact you with any special dietary needs that they may have. A qualified venue and caterer will be able to make accommodations.
  • Your menu should complement the theme of the event. If you opt for a beach party celebration, for instance, you may want to consider tropical components, such as ham and pineapple.
  • If you have invited families who have young children, you may want to have an extra meal option available. Many young children are particular and would prefer a meal of chicken nuggets or macaroni and cheese. This makes the event more enjoyable and less stress-free for families.

Most people who host a 50th anniversary party at a banquet hall will offer their guests appetizers, a salad, bread rolls, an entrée, and dessert. Serving a complete and delicious meal puts people in the mood to celebrate with you for the rest of the night.

Don’t Forget About Party Favors

While certainly not required, party favors do allow you to express your gratitude for your guests and give you an opportunity to extend the celebration for the days to come. Party favors for a 50th anniversary party can range from simple to elaborate. Some top ideas for party favors include gourmet chocolate truffles, chocolate bars wrapped in a golden wrapper or a small bottle of champagne. Another idea to consider is an alternative favor. Rather than gifting a physical object, you may want to make a donation to a charity that is special to you in honor of the guests who attended your party.

In addition to making a list of all the supplies that you will need for your party, you also will want to start thinking about where to host your event. Skytop Lodge is a premier resort in the Poconos that offers meeting space and celebration venues. If you are hoping to bring in family from out of town, it is the ideal place to throw your 50th anniversary party. Even if you are a local resident, Skytop Lodge is a special place to commemorate a milestone occasion. It showcases the best that the Poconos has to offer while allowing you to host an event that highlights your personal style.

For more information about booking an event at Skytop Lodge, contact us today.

Traditional & Modern Anniversary Gifts

Traditional Gift – UK Gold
Traditional Gift – US Gold
Traditional Gift – Spain Gold
Traditional Gift – Germany Gold
Traditional Gift – Russia Gold
Traditional Gift – France Gold
Traditional Gift – Italy Gold
Flower Gift Yellow Rose
Gemstone Gift Gold
Modern Gift Gold

About 50th Wedding Anniversaries

What is the 50th wedding anniversary name & symbol?

The 50 th golden wedding anniversary is one of the most celebrated wedding anniversaries. And rightly so! The golden anniversary symbol is the metal gold beautiful, strong, and resistant to corrosion, wealth is often related with gold.

How to celebrate 50th wedding anniversary

This golden anniversary has been celebrated for hundreds of years. Spending half a century in love with one person is a wonderful statement about the gift of married life.

Don’t let your 50 th wedding anniversary get swallowed up in everyday life or the plans your friends and families make for a big to-do. Make sure you and your spouse get some romantic alone time together.

If you are lucky enough to be able to celebrate your parents, grandparents 50 th wedding anniversary you should do your best to make it special and show your parents how much you appreciate and admire them.

Have you booked a luxury boat cruise together or with some friends around the Med or Caribbean and now getting ready to set sail on a holiday of a life time? Family members may make a DVD slideshow of the couple’s years together.

Regardless of their financial situation, any couple married for 50 years would love to gather with their family and friends and watch a DVD showing the history of their marriage. A great idea is to begin the show with pictures of your parents as children and work your way through births, holidays, vacations, etc. to the present. Make sure to include some of their favourite songs from over the years.

What is 50th wedding anniversary gift for Him, Her, Parents & Grandparents?

50 th anniversary gifts of gold jewellery or flowers both symbolic of fifty years, with the flower being yellow roses – inner joy, light, happiness, “The beauty of a long prosperous marriage,” friendship, true love and the violet symbolising modesty, humility, faithfulness, I’ll always be there.

50th Wedding anniversary gifts for Him

What can I buy my husband for our 50th wedding anniversary?

On a Budget. Traditional & Modern

  • Gold leaf personalised embossed wallet.
  • Special interest gift, based on husband’s interest & hobbies.
  • New pen with gold trim.
  • Newspaper from the date you got married.
  • Theatre or sports tickets (put in a gold envelope).

50th Wedding anniversary gifts for Her

What should I buy my wife on our 50th wedding anniversary?

On a Budget

  • Personalised golden wedding anniversary frame and print.
  • Golden coloured bouquet of flowers.
  • Golden eternity rose.
  • Golden anniversary chocolate.
  • Gift basket (there are some great ideas out there).

50th Wedding Anniversary gifts for Him & Her

Travel & Experience Gifts

  • Location visit (short or long term, you have earned that special break).
  • Travel & Activity Gift Vouchers.
  • Hotel breaks (many locations to choose from).
  • Food & Drink (Luxury dinning for 2).
  • Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Trip for Two from London.
  • Escape to the Country (We have many locations to choose from).
  • Luxury Spa Day for Two.
  • Cotswolds escape for 2.
  • Steam train experience with lunch.

Jewellery. Traditional gem is Gold

  • Earrings.
  • Pendants.
  • Rings.
  • Necklace.
  • Tie Pin.
  • Cufflinks.

Something Different & Unique

This is truly a very special anniversary so enjoy the celebrations and memories of the past 50 years together.

Planning a 50th wedding anniversary celebration is an exciting undertaking. This event marks a milestone commitment between two people—the “golden anniversary” of a couple’s marriage. Though there is much to keep in mind throughout the 50th anniversary party planning process, there’s no need to feel overwhelmed. Make planning a 50th anniversary party easy by following these helpful tips. Remember that as long as you focus on the couple’s happiness, you’ll have a great time planning a 50th wedding anniversary.

Here are a few pointers for how to plan a 50th wedding anniversary party:

  • Plan ahead: The key to 50th anniversary party planning is to clear your head and get organized. Give yourself time to plan all the details. Start thinking about when it’s going to be, what the budget is, etc. well in advance. This way, you can remain organized throughout the 50th anniversary party planning process.
  • Get organized: Go to your local office supply or convenience store and grab a couple of folders (or a multi-pocket folder) to maintain order while planning a 50th anniversary party. You’ll likely get many packets and information sheets when meeting with venue coordinators, vendors, etc. Get a folder for each component of your party (i.e. “entertainment”) to help you stay prepared.
  • Make decisions: Big or small, surprise or not—the first thing you should do is envision the kind of 50th anniversary party that you plan to have. This way, you can estimate approximately how much time will be involved in planning it. Don’t try to figure out all of the details right away—that is unnecessary and far too overwhelming. However, it is a good idea to come up with an initial checklist of things to do and get (that you can conveniently file away in your folder). As you figure out the details, you can add to or subtract from this list.
  • Draft a guest list: Be sure to invite family and close friends as well as friends whom you haven’t seen in a long time or who live far away. When planning someone else’s party, make sure to invite whoever they would want to be there. If you are planning a sit-down dinner, it’s a good idea to assign seats. This way, people who have not seen each other for a long time will have the opportunity to catch up. It’s also a good idea to determine who you want to invite far in advance so that you can fix a date that works for as many guests as possible. Of course, you won’t have to send out invitations until later, but you should begin to spread the word or send out save-the-dates.
  • Determine a date: You might think that the date should be on the actual anniversary, but it doesn’t have to be. In fact, if you are planning someone else’s 50th anniversary party, keep in mind that the couple will probably make their own plans for the actual day. So, if you are trying to keep the celebration a surprise, the day of the anniversary is probably not a good idea. What’s more important is that the date is convenient for guests, because the more guests attend, the more fun the event will be. Weekends are usually better for people, especially if they will have to travel in order to attend. Stay away from holiday weekends, though, as people usually plan vacations far in advance on these days.
  • Pick a venue: This should be somewhere important to the couple. This could be the park where they first met, a restaurant they frequent, or the place they got married. Wherever you choose, just make sure that it accommodates your guest list. Find out what kinds of services the venue offers. Many times, venues will be able to make or suggest places to buy food, book entertainment, etc. which can make your job much easier.
  • Entertainment: Musical entertainment is definitely a good idea and you should decide whether you want to hire a DJ or a band. If you hire a DJ, make sure he or she has a good selection of music. It would be a good idea to brainstorm a list of songs ahead of time that you will definitely want to have played, like the couple’s wedding song. Send this to the DJ before the event to make sure he or she is prepared to play those songs. If you hire a band, think to book one that can play many songs. Usually, it’s a good idea to hire a band that will take requests rather than one that only plays its own songs, unless the band is a favorite of the couple’s. Other than music, feel free to hire other entertainers like photographers, caricature artists, etc.
  • Vendors: You’ll need to find vendors for things like cake, decorations, favors, etc. The key here is reliability, as you want to make sure everything will be ready in time for the day. It’s a good idea to work off of referrals. To do this, browse local vendors on Punchbowl, then reach out to vendors and ask for references you can contact.
  • Invitations: Make sure you plan your invitations well in advance of the date of the celebration. If you want to save time and paper, opt for an online invitation (like Punchbowl’s!)

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How to Plan For a Golden (50th) Wedding Anniversary

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Celebrating 50 years of marriage is a truly special event – an amazing milestone that marks a myriad of memories and stories that you share together as a couple. It is no wonder that this landmark occasion is traditionally symbolized with gifts of gold.

However, organising a fitting event to celebrate something this big can prove just as stressful as planning a wedding, therefore you might wish to hire an expert to plan the celebration for you. Find a good party planner and establish a great working rapport to make sure s/he is guided by your ideas and suggestions of how the big day should unfold. Here’s how to get started.

Who to invite?

You and your husband should sit down and make a list of family, friends and the people you both know who you would like to see at your event. You should also check with family members if they’d like some of their friends to attend.

Whether your golden anniversary party is going to be traditional, formal, or casual, you’ll want to make sure the invitations match the tone. Gold embossed lettering works well and you could even include a blown-up picture of you and your husband on your wedding day.

There’s really so much you can do, and your event organiser will be able to suggest some wonderfully creative invitation designs.

Where to celebrate?

Throw a party at home or hire a spectacular venue for the day. If your budget allows, you could take everyone away for a party of their lives – a large chateaux in France, perhaps, a country farmhouse in Umbria, or a yacht in the waters of Greece. The only limitation is your imagination.

For a home hosted event, a marquee in the garden may be just what’s needed. More than just a tent, you can hire luxury marquees in many shapes and sizes. Why not go the whole hog and surprise your guests with a beautiful Arabian tent, complete with food, music and belly dancers for an immersive themed experience?

And talking of themes, here’s another couple of ideas that might spark the imagination.

Go for gold

For a more formal celebration in the garden, why not go all out and hire a gold marquee? Stick with the theme throughout and include traditional décor, such as:

  • Ivory table cloths
  • Centrepieces of ivory-coloured pillar candles, set upon golden plates. Tied around the base of the candles could be a ring of golden tulle and tiny violets.
  • Gold and silver balloons in bunches could be placed around the room. To add to the effect, why not hang gold and silver streamers on the walls?
  • Your old wedding photos could be presented on a table.
  • Pictures from the years could be used as place mats or left on the tables.
  • If you still have it, your old wedding dress could be on display.

How to Plan For a Golden (50th) Wedding Anniversary

Old Hollywood glamour

For class, elegance and glamour, you can’t beat Old Hollywood style. Treat your guests to the glorious music of Barbara Streisand, Dean Martin, Perry Como and Frank Sinatra. How about a red carpet rolled out for you and your husband when you arrive?

Decorate the marquee in classic Hollywood colours of red and black, which would add a chic and sophisticated atmosphere to the event. You could even ask your guests to wear Hollywood-inspired outfits and props, like feather boas, and carry cigarette holders. The waiters could also be dressed in a classic Hollywood look, while serving chilled bottles of champagne.

Capturing a lifetime of happiness

A great way to recall happy memories of the past 50 years is to have a slideshow or video made and show it during the event. This presentation can be projected onto a plain wall throughout the evening, so everyone gets to see it.

Of course, don’t forget to capture your golden wedding celebrations on film too. That way, you can make the memories last a lifetime – and beyond.

Five golden wedding anniversary gift ideas

Finally, no golden wedding anniversary celebration would be complete with suitable gifts for the (still) happy couple. But what do you give two people who seem to have it all? Here are five ideas that may just work:

1. Perfect pictures

Find an old favourite photo of the golden couple and give it the special treatment. You could have a painting made from it, or have it blown up on canvas, or simply buy an ornate frame to set it off perfectly.

Alternatively, why not organise a professional photographer to take a family portrait that can be presented in a gold frame or even canvas printed? Just imagine the years of pleasure this will bring.

2. Newspaper nostalgia

How about sourcing an original newspaper from the date of the wedding 50 years ago? It’s a beautiful reminder of what happened on the big day and will bring back lots of happy memories.

3. Family history

Why not shed some light on the family tree going back generations, or the history of the couple’s surname? Genealogy is hugely popular, and not just among the older generation. There are many companies specialising in family search services and you can have a family booklet, chart or poster printed with the results – including your very own family crest – which would make a very special golden wedding anniversary present indeed.

4. Garden joy

Flowers are always a beautiful and thoughtful gift, but if you are looking for a plant-based gift that keeps on giving, how about something for the garden? If the happy couple are keen gardeners, roses are always a favourite. Rosa Golden Wedding is the perfect choice – it’s a vigorous compact plant with clusters of large, well-formed golden yellow flowers and a light fragrance.

5. Making memories

Material gifts aren’t always the right solution, but what if you could give the couple a memorable experience? Whether you go for fine dining followed by tickets to a West End show and an overnight stay in a plush hotel, a spa weekend in the country or a trip of a lifetime to somewhere they’ve always wanted to go (or back to), there must be something that will make the heart sing.

How to Plan For a Golden (50th) Wedding Anniversary

Being married for 50 years is quite a time, right? How time flies when you are spending it with somebody you love the most. This is a milestone that every couple wants to achieve and celebrate with their families.

If you are a member of the family or a couple that is celebrating their 50th anniversary, first of all – congrats! In this article, you will find how to organize a party that you will never forget.

The Significance of the 50th Wedding Anniversary

The 50th wedding anniversary is called golden. We were wondering where that term came from, so we reached for historical sources to find out. The tradition dates from Ancient Greece. In that time a husband gives his wife a golden wreath, garland, or gold necklace for their 50th anniversary. Some say that this tradition origin from Northern Europe and Germany as well.

The fact is that the 50th anniversary is a milestone that not many couples achieve. It means they marked half of a century together, sharing love, being committed, and strong. That is absolutely lovely.

How to Plan For a Golden (50th) Wedding Anniversary

Planning an Anniversary Party

A couple that celebrates 50th anniversary is likely to be approaching old age, if not already in the elderly age. If you are planning a party, just be considerate of this. We have gathered some ideas for you to get inspired – from invitations to the anniversary games and decor. Even if you think there is not so much planning going on, you should be prepared. Make sure to check out our suggestions.

Set the date

Every party should have a date first, right? If you are planning to celebrate this golden anniversary with your family, make sure they are available for a certain date. You can start by asking them in an email or by the phone and move the party date if some important family member can’t be there.

Send an invitation

After picking a final date, you should send invitations. You should think about something personal and creative. Think about funny sentences that you can put inside the invitations so your family and friends will laugh when they read it. If you like, you can also send digital invitations. There are many apps, such as Canva that offer you to make your own invitation online.

Choosing a Gift for the 50th Wedding Anniversary

The traditional gift between spouses at the 50th anniversary is surely gold. You can pick anything from jewelry to a vacation spot with Gold in the name of the hotel. It is on you to be creative. If you want to buy something that your partner will definitely use, then go for:

  • A flat TV screen
  • Cotton bath towels
  • Kindle
  • A tablet or iPad

If you are buying a gift for your parents, family members that are celebrating their anniversary, then you can be even more creative. You don’t need to spend a fortune on gifts. Many of them can be hand made.

  • Put together a CD with the music that was popular 50 years ago.
  • Assemble a photo album with all the photos you can find, even those that were created 50 years ago.
  • Make a wish tree and fill with the important things that occurred in life.

How to Plan For a Golden (50th) Wedding Anniversary

Plan Food and Drinks

Food and drink is the main part of all parties. So it should be planned with care. For food, you can organize a catering, or prepare favorite dishes. Both couple that is a celebration and family members can participate in cooking.

Make sure to top a cake with 50 candles or a 50th-anniversary sign. It should be in gold so it matches with the anniversary.

Special 50th-Anniversary Decoration

You can think about making a themed party or simply add some special decor details that will highlight the whole event. If you are not opting for the special theme, then you can choose from these items to add to your party.

Create a special photo booth. You can include photos of the couple in the back, and make everyone at the party take photos and be quirky.

For the tables, you can add napkins with the number 50 on them, decorate the plates and tablecloths in gold, add some flower centerpieces with golden candles. Don’t forget golden balloons as well!

How to Plan For a Golden (50th) Wedding Anniversary

Plan the Entertainment: Host Couples’ Games

There are many games that you can plan for the anniversary party. Make sure all of them are suitable for both elders and younger guests.

Organize a dance contest. You can write songs on paper and put all the pieces in a box. Every couple is blindly choosing their own dance song. This can be interesting and very funny since couples are dancing unprepared.

Karaoke is another idea that is great for the anniversary party. Make sure to include the songs that were popular 50 years ago. 50 kisses and hugs is a popular game that will make everybody laugh. You can also include kids, granddaughters, and grandsons. They can make a paper tie for their grandfather or girls can make a wedding dress of a toilet paper for grandma.

Trivias are always a good idea. You can make a trivia about the year the couple got married, or about their life.

Find your partner is also one of the games that are typical for wedding anniversaries. Put on a blindfold on all married couples and let them find their other half.

Tell the Love Story of the Couples with Photos

Organize a slideshow with all the couple photos. This can be one lovely walk down memory lane for both celebrating the couple and for all guests. You can make a collection back from the wedding day, combine black and white photos with the ones in color and add some nice music in the background.

Relax and Enjoy the Family Party

After all, don’t forget to relax and enjoy with your family. It is the most important task that you need to fulfill. Enjoy good food, drinks, and most of all good company. You will create even more memories together.

Golden 50th Anniversary. A most important anniversary for anyone to celebrate and remember. What more fitting way to mark this occasion than with beautiful golden roses.

Ideal for beds and borders, this repeat flowering rose produces beautiful clusters of fragrant blooms on attractive foliage from May to September.

  • Height – 80cm
  • Position – Will thrive in most well drained soils on an open sunny site.
  • Planting – Water thoroughly or stand container in water for an hour before planting.
  • Dig a hole twice the size of the pot, mix compost and fertiliser with the soil from the hole, remove pot, place plant in the hole so that the top of the root ball is level with the surrounding soil, back fill and firm down to prevent air pockets.
  • Watering – Water well after planting and for the first growing season.
  • Aftercare – Roses benefit from a mulch of organic material, around the base of the plant after planting. Mulching keeps in moisture, prevents weeds and adds nutrients to the soil.
  • Dead Heading – Remove spent flowers after flowering, this will encourage repeat flowering.
  • Pruning – Lightly prune in autumn to prevent wind rock over winter. In spring prune down to good, strong, outward facing buds to produce an open wine glass shaped frame. This will allow good light and air movement into and around the plant.
  • Feeding – Feed in spring after pruning and again in midsummer , with a general rose fertiliser.

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Over the holidays I had the privilege of being a part of a very momentous occasion: my grandparents’ 50 th wedding anniversary Gift. Celebrating 50 years of love, triumph, children, tears, and joy was such an overwhelmingly wonderful feeling, and one that I hope all of you can experience in either your own milestone anniversary, or through the celebration of others’.

For the occasion our family all chipped in and threw a party with 120+ guests (a couple meets many friends and acquaintances over 50 years of marriage!) We basically threw a second wedding, complete with a DJ, mini-bar, food and slide show. We did not set an overall budget; however, each of us found very effective ways to keep the costs under control. Below are some suggestions for how to throw a successful anniversary party for someone that you love.

Divide and Conquer

The first step is to decide who can chip in with money, and how to delegate the tasks. For our family the daughters and sons took care of the food/bar, cake, DJ, location, while the grandchildren (we are all in our 20s or older) all chipped in for the favors and decorations. After reading through the rest of this article, and getting an idea of what you want the party to be like, sit down with the people who can chip in and figure out a loose budget to work with. Instead of setting a budget, you could also get a commitment from everyone on how much they can contribute, and plan the party from there.

Food for an Army

Perhaps for their actual wedding our grandparents had their food catered, but to save on costs each of my aunts and uncles cooked a dish with enough servings to feed 120+ guests. Two long tables were set up for a buffet, and we borrowed catering heating trays to keep the food warm. Dishes that are inexpensive to make, will fill up a hungry crowd, and just plain taste great, include: macaroni and cheese, meatballs and fresh parmesan cheese for meatball sandwiches, turka cabbasta (okay, that is phonetically spelled; it is a traditional Hungarian dish in my family that is basically pigs in a cabbage blanket with ground up meat, rice, tomato sauce, etc.), potato salad, pasta salad etc.

A three-tiered cake was purchased at a grocery store bakery for a fraction of the cost of a comparable cake from a bakery (and yes, the icing was real and not imitation whipped). A way to save even more money on the cake would have been to get a sheet cake versus the tiered cake.

Decorations on a Budget

The traditional 25 th anniversary color is silver, and the traditional 50 th anniversary color is gold. Both of these colors are abundant around Christmas time, and thus decorations in these two colors are severely discounted each year in January. We took advantage of an abundance of discounted votive candles, gold pillar candles, gold Christmas balls, gold charger plates, and tulle fabric. The centerpiece for each table was the charger plate with candles, gold balls strung and clustered together then wrapped with tulle fabric to soften the gold color. White plastic tablecloths were purchased at the Dollar Store.


The only flowers that were purchased were the boutonnieres for our grandparents. The morning of the party we went to Wal-Mart and purchased two red roses. Gold leaves were hot glued to the backs of each of the red roses to frame them, and each was pinned onto the guests of honor when they arrived.

Music and Entertainment

In order to keep costs low, a friend of my parents offered to bartend the event, and another friend of my parents offered to play photographer for the night. Even though a DJ was hired, it is also an option to set up an iPod or MP3 player, borrow some speakers or a sound system from someone’s home, and play special music all night long.

We also had two DVDs made from photos representing 50 years of memories. This movie of photos played on a wall throughout the party. Periodically during the year you can find sales at drugstores such as Walgreens or CVS to make these types of DVDs cheaply. You can collect photos from family members, or snag the photo albums from the couples’ home (like we did). To create a screen, you can tack white sheet paper or even a white sheet onto a wall.

The Thought That Counts

No matter what time, energy, and money you are able to put into this, remember that it is truly the thought that counts. Your friends, parents, grandparents, or other family members will be absolutely surprised and feel loved when they find themselves in a room surrounded by people who want nothing more but to celebrate their love, and the family and lives they have created. Enjoy!

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Plan a fiftieth anniversary trip to celebrate your momentous occasion. (Photo: Old couple sitting on a bench, watching at the landscape image by Eric Isselée from )

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The first consideration for a golden anniversary trip is how active you can or want to be. The answer will naturally lead to correspondingly appropriate destinations. For active trips, pick a spot to snorkel. For a quiet, slow-paced getaway, choose a restful setting. For a mixture of activity and rest, select a place offering a variety of attractions the two of you will enjoy. Spend your days and nights enjoying each other’s company.

Belizean Shores Resort on Ambergris Caye, Belize, Central America

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Belizean Shores Resort is an idyllic tropical island destination complete with white sandy beaches and coconut palms. There are many different types of activities for all types of travelers. You can snorkel or scuba dive in the Caribbean or take a leisurely cave tubing tour. If you enjoy archaeological exploration, consider exploring the nearby Mayan temples of Xunantunich and Lamanai. If you are a nature lover, don’t forget to check out 200 species of birds in the Mayflower Bocawina National Park or tour Port of Honduras Marine Reserve, where seven jungle rivers meet the sea amid 135 landless mangrove islands.

Boulder Brook on Fall River, Estes Park, Colorado

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Located two miles from the stunning Rocky Mountain National Park, Boulder Brook is a small lodge surrounded by tall pines. Each room faces the tumbling waters of Fall River. At dusk you might see a fox, deer, turkey or elk wander by while you sit on the deck or relax in the outdoor hot tub. Wildlife watching is a favorite pastime at Boulder Brook, yet you are less than five minutes from bustling Estes Park’s shops and attractions.

Hotel California, Paris, France

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Consider visiting Paris if you are looking for a great idea for a romantic fiftieth wedding anniversary. A great place to stay is at the cozy Hotel California situated two blocks from Champs Elysees and within easy walking distance of many restaurants, shops and the Arc de Triomphe. If you want to go a check out more of Paris, you can always grab a taxi or bus to the Eiffel Tower, Place de la Concorde or Louvre Museum. If you want to travel like the locals, try the Georges V Metro station which is only a leisurely 10-minute walk from the hotel’s front door. If you don’t want to go too far, the 1925 era hotel also features an extensive art collection in its diminutive gallery. Lastly, don’t forget to sample the sumptuous French breakfast buffet.


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Don’t let that super-milestone Golden Wedding Anniversary go uncelebrated! Remember our drive-by birthday parade post? Well, why not a drive-by 50th wedding anniversary, too! It’s a creative way to still get family, friends and neighbors in on the festivities, even from a distance.

Just set up a fabulous golden anniversary garden sign or banner, like these we found. Or decorate your porch or front door. That way everyone will know about the happy occasion. Then, wellwishers can shout out their greetings or honk their car horns as they pass by—or even leave an anniversary gift, flowers, or a home-baked treat on your doorstep! (*this post contains affiliate links)

Front Yard Signs and Decorations for a Drive-by Golden Anniversary Parade

Whether it’s for your parents, your grandparents, or for yourselves, marking 50 years of marriage is truly a reason to celebrate. Shout out the news with decorations like these!

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Photo Banners – Make it truly personal with a yard sign or banner customized with the couple’s photos—either then, now, or both!

2 – Personalized Anniversary Party Photo Banner – from Personalization Mall

Large Yard Signs – These striking banners with over-sized lettering make sure no one misses where to shout out their greetings or honk their car horns for the anniversary parade!

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4 – Just Married 50 Years Ago Yard Sign – from Card My Yard (yard sign rental company)

5 – Large Cheers to 50 Years Banner – from Amazon

Gold and Champagne Decorations – Say it with glamorous symbols, using giant balloon decor, tinsel, confetti and more!

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6 – DIY Black Gold Balloon Garland Arch Kit with Balloons – from Amazon
A sure attention-grabber that includes a gold tinsel curtain for your front entryway or garage door

7 – Champagne Balloon Garland Arch Kit – from Amazon
Includes 2 pcs 40-inch champagne bottle balloons, pearl gold and silver balloons, gold confetti and clear balloons

Drive-by celebrations for a golden wedding anniversary parade are a stroke of party genius, wouldn’t you say?!

How to Plan For a Golden (50th) Wedding Anniversary

Last Updated on June 23rd, 2020

If you know a couple who are celebrating their anniversary, you might be wondering how to find meaningful 50th anniversary gift ideas for friends. A 50th anniversary calls for a huge celebration, and a sweet, thoughtful gift only makes the occasion better. But, choosing a gift for a married couple isn’t easy. How can you make sure each member of the couple enjoys the gift equally? Luckily, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s how the lowdown on choosing the best 50th anniversary gift ideas for your friends.

How to Choose 50th Anniversary Gifts for Friends

Choosing a 50th anniversary gift for a couple can be quite the challenge. You want to get something both of your friends can enjoy, but that can be especially hard when you’re dealing with two very different people. It might seem easier to get two separate gifts, and yet, this can feel a bit disjointed for an occasion that celebrates the union of your loved ones as a couple. Luckily, it is possible to get one gift that satisfies two people.

First, think about the things they like to do as a couple. Do they spend their time traveling? Get them something travel related, such as a new carry on bag or a pair of passport holders. Or, if they prefer watching movies at home, get them a cozy blanket they can use to cuddle up under. You can also get them something sweet and sentimental that commemorates 50 years spent together, such as a photo collage or their wedding song on canvas. Another important thing to remember is that gold is the traditional gift for a 50th anniversary. Anything that has gold accents or is made of gold can make a big impression to help celebrate their “golden anniversary.”

Top 10 50th Anniversary Gifts for Friends

If you’re looking for some inspiration on what to get your friends for their 50th anniversary, here are ten great ideas. You can snag one of these options or use it as inspiration to come up with something of your own:

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This bundle is packed with sweet treats for your friends’ anniversary. It includes chocolate covered strawberries and cake batter-flavored white chocolate covered strawberries. A sweet balloon and plush teddy bear top off the collection.

Cost: $88.99

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What’s better than chocolate covered strawberries? Chocolate covered strawberries paired with a collection of chocolate confections, including nutty clusters, buttercreams, chewy caramels, and so much more. It’s the perfect pair, just like your friends.

Cost: $101.98

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With love and patience, the couple in your life has woven together their marriage. This sweet blanket is also woven with a soft cotton blend, and can be embroidered with the names of the happy couple, their wedding date, and the phrase, “50th Wedding Anniversary.”

Cost: $55.99

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Celebrate their marriage with a commemoration of their family tree on this American grown, sustainably harvested engraved wooden family tree. It can include multiple generations and can be completely customized in three different designs.

Cost: $60.00

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Upgrade your friends’ bathroom with this towel set. It’s embroidered with gold thread, commemorating their 50th anniversary and can be customized with the names of the happy couple and the year of their wedding.

Cost: $65.95

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Add a touch of gold to your loved ones’ decor with this canvas. It recreates their wedding song (or another song that’s important them) in a bold and beautiful way.

Cost: $129.00

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Celebrate the timeless love of your friends. With beautiful engraving, this table clock is elegant and classic and can be personalized with the couple’s names, along with their wedding date.

Cost: $49.99

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50 years of marriage deserves an extra special gift. This plate features gold accents and can be personalized with their names and wedding date. It also comes with a stand so they can place this treasured keepsake on any table or shelf.

Cost: $129.95

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This sweet figurine depicts a couple sitting together and holding hands with the sentiment that love always endures. You can personalize the bottom of the figurine with your friends’ names and a special message.

Cost: $40.00

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Celebrate their 50 years of wedded bliss with this one-of-a-kind photo collage. It features 12 personal photographs and four photos that represent the year they were married.

Cost: $64.00

If your friends have a 50th wedding anniversary coming up, don’t stress about finding that perfect gift. You can use these gift ideas to help you come up with the perfect present for their special day.

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28 Jun How To Get A Free Anniversary Greeting From The White House

Here’s everything you need to know about requesting a free Presidential greeting for a special milestone wedding anniversary.

Did you know that married couples celebrating their 50th, 60th and 70th milestone anniversaries can receive a free anniversary greeting from the White House? The White House greeting, signed by the current President and the First Lady, makes a unique anniversary keepsake gift that will be cherished for generations. The best part is that it’s completely free, although it does take a bit of planning and patience.

Here’s how you can get a free Presidential greeting for a milestone anniversary.

Sending In Your Presidential Greetings Request

The only requirement for a Presidential anniversary greeting is that the recipients are U.S. citizens celebrating their milestone 50th, 60th or 70th wedding anniversaries.

The key to sending in your White House greetings request is to allow plenty of time for it to be processed and returned by the date you need it.

Your request should be polite, courteous, succinct and direct. Be very clear about the greeting type you are requesting and when you need it. Be respectful and include a note of thank you in your request.

Above all, make sure that you include all of the information that is required for your request to be processed. Requests that don’t meet the requirements or contain all of the necessary information will not be fulfilled.

Double-check your letter before sending to ensure everything is correct and in order. The last thing you want is for the request to be denied because you missed crucial information or even worse, if there is an error in your greeting because of a spelling error or typo.

Here’s an example of what the greeting might look like:

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Note: You can also send in a request for other White House greetings, such as a wedding, the birth of a child and for 100th birthday celebrations.

What To Include In Your White House Greeting Request

Your White House greeting request must include the following:

1. Recipient’s Names – Who is receiving the greeting and how the greeting should be addressed (i.e. Mr. & Mrs., first names, etc.)
2. Anniversary Date – The month, day and year of the anniversary and how many years the couple has been married
3. Mailing Address – Where the greeting should be sent to (directly to the couple or to you)
4. Requesting Person’s Info – Your name, phone number and email address

Where To Send Your Presidential Greetings Request

There are a number of different ways to request your White House greeting. You can send in your request directly to the White House or go through your Senator or House Representative. But no matter which method you choose, factor in enough time for your request to be processed and returned.

1. Email The White House

Probably the easiest and quickest way to send in your request is to contact the White House by filling out the online contact form at Make sure to include all of the details of your request, as outlined above, in the Comment section of the online form.

2. Mail Your Request To The White House

You can also send in your request through mail directly to the White House. If you decide to mail in your request, it’s suggested that you type your letter on a standard 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of paper and address it to:

The White House
Attn: Greetings Office
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20500

3. Contact Your Senator Or Representative

Finally, you can send in your request directly to your Senator or House Representative. The advantage in going this route is that you can also request a greeting from them. You can find your Senators here and your Congressmen and women here.

When To Expect Your White House Greeting

Although there is no guarantee that your White House greeting will arrive by the date you need it, most greetings are mailed out approximately 14 days prior to the event.

Send in your request as early as possible and make sure to include all of the required information to ensure your request can be processed.

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A couple that has made it up to their 50th wedding anniversary rightly deserves a splendid party with a lot of fun and frolics in the presence of their friends and family. If you are planning to organize a huge or even a small Golden Jubilee celebration, then there are few things that you need to plan.

Since this anniversary is termed as “Golden Anniversary”, thus, the organizer could try to plan the whole event around the golden theme depending on the likes, dislikes and preferences of the couple. The party could be arranged at the couple’s house provided that you have enough space.

If not, then it could be orchestrated at some restaurant, hall, etc.

The stage of the party holds the centre of attraction hence it should be decorated beautifully representing the couple’s personal style or the theme of the party.

All the ornamentations should be planned in accordance with the theme of the party; a touch of golden adds a zest of elegance to the overall look of the function. Therefore, the invitation cards, crockery and dinner tables could have a hint of golden in them.

In order to honour the couple, few old photographs of their wedding day, honeymoon and kids could be collected and presented in the form of a scrap book or PowerPoint presentation. This will make the couple as well as the guests to recall their pleasant old memories and cherish them.

To make the 50th wedding anniversary party more enjoyable, try playing some nice music to keep the guests entertained.

A music band could jazz up the evening with some classical as well as dance numbers. Playing the couple’s favourite music from their era is also a great idea.

As far as the food is concerned, try treating the guests and the couple with their favourite food instead of opting for the traditional one. Moreover, the likes and dislikes of the couple should also be kept in mind since it will be going to be their day totally.

Hence, the food should be exquisite and served with the finest quality of wine. In fact, dedicating a specific time after the dinner for a toast in the honour of the couple’s anniversary could really make them happy.

In the end, an ideal host should thankfully see off the couple and all the guests who came to celebrate and finish off the party.

A 50th wedding anniversary reception is going to be a bit more formal than a 50th anniversary party, they are just as much fun but they may follow a renewal of vows or a blessing and so you will want to make sure you have a celebration to remember.

There is no set format to an anniversary reception, it is not a wedding reception, but you may want to follow a similar plan to ensure you fit everything in!

Start by writing the guest list, from the numbers you will be able to work out where you will be able to hold the reception! Or start with booking the date at your venue if that is really important, it may be where the original wedding reception was or your favorite place. Either way works!

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When you have your date and your venue booked you can send out your 50th anniversary invitations, they could be traditional golden anniversary invites or something more you.

When you first decided to hold a 50th wedding anniversary reception you hopefully worked out what your budget would be! Your budget will help you decide the style of your reception, whether it is a sit down formal dinner or a buffet, and also whether you will have entertainment or provide your own.

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The plan for the day may go something like this.

  1. Arrival drinks and photographs
  2. Guests called in for the meal – you may want to have a seating plan to avoid any confusion.
  3. 50th anniversary couple announced in for the meal
  4. Meal is served After the meal the 50th anniversary cake can be cut
  5. Speeches Dancing, chatting and entertainment

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You don’t have to do it all, there is nothing compulsory for a wedding anniversary reception, you could do it all the other way round if you want to!

To make the venue even more special you may want to have golden decorations, which could be banners and balloons, or you could be more subtle with golden colored flowers, gold linens and gold candles. Having photos from the wedding day is also a lovely way to remember their special day. And don’t just stop at the photos, if you have the original wedding cake topper you could use that and any other bits and pieces.

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Fifty years of marriage is certainly a milestone that should be celebrated. If you are planning a golden anniversary party, consider these menu ideas to help make the party memorable and enjoyable.

Appetizers and Finger Food

Traditional appetizers are always appropriate for every occasion. Classic options like antipasto platters will always please as well as deviled eggs and crab cakes. But if you want something different, more specifically themed for a fiftieth anniversary party, or friendly to guests’ dietary needs, check out these suggestions.

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  • Diabetic-friendly appetizer options – Serve yummy herbed garlic bread, dill and onion dip or fruit salad for those guests who might be in need of a diabetic diet.
  • Low-fat appetizers – Many people think of fruit platters and vegetable trays when they are looking for low-fat appetizers. Instead, make recipes like Garden Quesadillas and Cheese-Stuffed Baby Vegetables for an alternative option.
  • Mediterranean-inspired appetizers – Mediterranean foods are often a part of a healthy lifestyle. These yummy appetizers will not only appeal to guests’ taste buds but will also help them stay on their diet. The Tzatziki Sauce or Dip is a good tasty and healthy choice to serve with salad or as a dip for fresh vegetables.

A fun way to celebrate fifty years together is to serve fifty of the couple’s favorite snacks. This is a great option for an afternoon party where you don’t need a full meal. Include Chex Mix, chips, crackers, cookies, fudge and other candies, and a variety of salty and tangy snacks like spicy popcorn and garlic bagel chips.

Main Dishes for a 50th Anniversary

Main dishes are the stars of the meal. There are a lot of different options depending on budget, size of party, and personal dietary preferences. Delicious options include:

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  • Smoked Pork Crown Roast – Smoked pork crown roast may take a little longer to prepare, but the visual impact and delicious taste is worth the extra effort. This dish looks impressive on a dish and is special enough to be a part of a golden anniversary celebration.
  • Orange Chicken – Orange chicken is not only a tasty treat, but is a healthy choice. Perhaps the couple has traveled to China or had a first date at a Chinese restaurant. Incorporate dishes from their life together to create a great meal. Orange chicken is loved by a lot of people and is tasty.
  • Turkey Meatball Casserole – Casseroles are often good choices for parties. They are easy to make and serve, and appeal to a wide range of taste buds. Additionally, casseroles were a staple for American potlucks and parties from the 1950s through the 1980s and are probably familiar to these older couples.
  • Vegetable Lasagna – If you have a vegetarian on your guest list, consider these vegetable lasagna recipes. It is a hearty meal that will help fill tummies and is liked by a wide spectrum of people.

Side Dishes

Pair yummy side dishes with your main course to make the meal even more special. Choose the sides based on the main dish so they pair well together.

  • Baked Potatoes – A common side-dish that is usually a crowd pleaser is the baked potato. It goes with a variety of meals, but is particularly yummy with meat dishes.

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  • Baked Stuffed Tomatoes – This is a great alternative to the traditional potato. It allows you to serve something familiar, but also special.
  • Oven Roasted Cauliflower – A healthy side-dish is the oven-roasted cauliflower. Choose from a variety of spices to create a side dish perfect for any meal.
  • Cold Chicken Pasta Salad – Add a cold chicken pasta salad to your favorite main dish. Chicken pasta salad is perfect to add to a variety of meals including the smoked port crown roast above.

Celebratory Desserts

Desserts are an important part of any meal, but are particularly important at celebration dinners. Consider using edible gold glitter to enhance chocolate covered strawberries or as part of the decorations on a special cake. The celebrating couple should cut the cake similar to the way newlyweds do, and then open up the dessert table to everyone. Add some festive desserts like:

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  • Mini dessert bar options – A variety of small desserts can be the perfect way to end a large meal. Seniors may want only a small treat and a dessert bar full of tiny treats is the perfect answer. Popular dessert bar recipes include Petit Fours and French macarons. They are small, pretty, and are typically served only on special occasions.
  • No Bake Low Carb Cheesecake – In keeping with dietary restrictions, consider this low carb treat. It’s also nice and cool for a warm summer anniversary party.
  • Fruit Recipes – Refreshing fruit is a good and healthy way to end a meal. It will also help those with restricted diets be able to enjoy a treat with the rest of the guests. Some fruits like raspberries or strawberries can be paired with chocolate or served alone. Also consider serving fruits such as peaches or apricots with whipped cream for a refreshing treat.
  • Chocolate Mousee – A small cup of chocolate mousse is a nice, smooth way to end a meal. The portions are small and are often enough for older guests.


No meal is complete without a yummy beverage. Beverages that are perfect for a golden anniversary party include:

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  • Non-Alcoholic Punch – Your 50th anniversary party is likely to include guests of all ages. For a party in the summer or with a tropical theme, consider punch with a Hawaiian or Caribbean twist.
  • Mimosa – Mimosa is a trendy drink that’s perfect for a brunchtime celebration. It will add a touch of class to your special meal.

Old Fashioned – The Old Fashioned is a classic cocktail recipe that many seniors might remember from their younger years. The drink had all been forgotten in modern times, but has come back into the limelight mainly due to being featured in the television show, Mad Men, a retro-based program.

Frozen drinks – If you would like to offer a dessert beverage, frozen alcoholic drinks will fit perfectly. The Grasshopper is a yummy mint dessert drink that incorporates ice cream and other tasty ingredients.

Pulling It All Together

The meal is an important part of most parties, but so are the theme and decorations. Use gold-toned tableware and flatware and adorn the table with the type of flowers used at the couple’s wedding to set up a serving or buffet table worth of the anniversary celebration.

This 50th Wedding Anniversary Venue Print with Foil would make a unique gift for a variety of landmark anniversary’s. This fabulous watercolour portrait of the wedding venue in a simplistic design.


This 50th Golden Wedding Anniversary Venue Print with Foil would make a unique gift for a variety of landmark anniversary’s. This fabulous watercolour portrait of the wedding venue in a simplistic design. You can include names, venue location, wedding date and wedding anniversary in a metallic foil colour of your choice. The venue portrait will be printed on a premium smooth white paper and a variety of foil options are available.

Perfect Anniversary Gift Ideas for these celebrations;

  • 1st wedding anniversary – Paper Print
  • 7th wedding anniversary – Copper Foil Print
  • 8th wedding anniversary – Bronze Foil Print (rose gold)
  • 25th wedding anniversary – Silver Foil Print
  • 40th wedding anniversary – Ruby Foil Print
  • 50th wedding anniversary – Gold Foil Print

Many more wedding anniversary’s can be chosen for this print design, simply select which anniversary it is for an we will work our magic.

The photograph will depict what colours will appear in the illustration, please send us an image that has bright, light colouring so you watercolour illustration will be clear and light. Please get in touch if you’re unsure or if you’d like a proof before printing.


I wonder if you could help me with cheapish ideas for my parents 50th wedding anniversary. I would really like to make it very special for them for lots of reasons.

I have come up with a treasure hunt with their grandchildren, a wedding photo on canvas. (with a code of course). Maybe a video.

Any help would be greatly appreciated as I am not the most creative person.


For mum and dads 40th anniversary, us 5 siblings got our photo taken professionally and got one framed for the living room wall. They had no clue we were getting it done and the both of them were totally speechless! Will never forget my mums face!
(also, part of the reason was so that they could replace the professional photos that were taken for their 25th anniversary! )

For OHs 40th birthday I ‘stole’ his girls away for a day and got their photo taken for a big canvas (he was seriously lacking in recent photos round the house!!)

Lovely idea for sure. Maybe one of all the kids and grankids together?

I will investigate photographers :T

If they’re not that well off, or – like many of their age – reluctant to treat themselves, you could make up a ‘golden’ food hamper, featuring items like Terrys All Gold chocolates, Golden Syrup, Golden Delicious Apples, Gold Roast coffee or just items in gold packaging etc (this isn’t an orignal idea, so if you google something like ‘golden anniversary’ hampers you may well get a load of other suggestions as to what to put in it).

I imagibr it could be fun if you have youngish kids – get them to cover a box in gold wrapping paper, look out for suitable items and pack the hamper.

You’re welcome.
Out of curiousity I’ve just been on the Tesco website and searched on the word ‘gold’ and got over 300 hits – some include.

Nescafe Gold Blend coffee
Lenor Infusions Gold Orchid fabric conditioner
McVities Gold Biscuit Bars
Fosters Gold lager
Yorkshire Gold Tea bags
Green and Blacks Maya Gold Chocolate
McGuigan Gold Chardonnay wine
DEl Monte Pure Gold Pineapple Juice
Gold Label Barley Wine

and if you put in ‘golden’ you get another laod of items with things like ‘golden grahams’ cereal

and I meant to add – the good thing about this is if you start far enough in advance, you can almost ‘lose’ the cost by just adding an item to each of your normal shops.

Sadly, my dad died before my parents reached their 40th, but for my grandparents 50th, my grandmother was adament that there was to be nothing done, so it all had to be done on the hush hush.

Consequently, all we did was have an open house. Most got there when they could (it was a weekday, so there were obviously alot working), everyone had agreed beforehand on what food we were taking and we simply had a relaxed family day, with all of the neighbours coming also.

Highlight for me, being the first to arrive and as we were not expected, having to send my grandmother into the bathroom as she had just finished the milking and the cows had lifted their tails!

Higlight for her, having a conversation with 3 of my young (at the time!) cousins then suddenly questioning where they had come from as they didn’t live in the same country! Plus having so many of her family in one go.

Whatever you do, don’t stress about anything and you will enjoy it.