How to Celebrate 50th Wedding Anniversary with Family

The old couple sitting on the bench.

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.

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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.

Golden 50th wedding anniversary invitations

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.
Group of people sitting around the table

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!

50th Anniversary Photo Yard Sign Wedding Anniversary Party

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.

50th Wedding Anniversary Party Ideas || Golden Anniversary Decorations

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.

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