40th Wedding Anniversary Party Ideas: Planning

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40th anniversary party ideas should really always be about the people in the couple's life. For those who choose to host an anniversary party there are not currently too many anniversary party ideas that are easily applied to wedding anniversaries for those celebrating forty years of marriage.

40th wedding anniversary party planning should start with the guest list. For this reason, a "surprise" fortieth wedding anniversary is even a worse idea for 40th wedding anniversary parties than they are for other parties because simply grabbing a telephone book or holiday card mailing list is likely to miss the important quality and status changes in relationships among people over the course of forty years.

After consulting with the couple about the guest list, the host of the anniversary party can take charge by considering traditional party criteria including date, location, budget, anniversary party games, 40th wedding anniversary party food, and 40th wedding anniversary party supplies. Photographs put together into a montage or slide show that include music are a great idea because they are not expensive and can be either a mood setter or an activity depending on the approach of the host.

Toasts made by close friends and family members should be either sentimental or funny with the caveat that "roasting" is not usually a good idea. Such toasts can be made after everyone is seated and can even be a form of entertainment during the dining experience. Food always sets a tone for an occasion.

40th Wedding Anniversary Party Ideas:
Catering Tips

For the 40th wedding anniversary party, avoid cheap buffet food and choose a central "wow" dish that can be complemented with other dishes. Spectacular cakes for dessert often qualify for the "wow" food moment, but this can eat into a budget and other ideas such as a fantastic main course can often provide 40th wedding anniversary party food that guests and the couple will remember for many years to come.

40th wedding anniversary party supplies should always include cameras. If the host and the couple are picture takers, fairly inexpensive disposable digital cameras can be purchased and personalized with the couple's name and can serve as a take away item for guests. For this reason, disposable cameras are a great 40th wedding anniversary party supply. Silly hats, sunglasses and blow ups are not necessary for the 40th wedding anniversary party and the money saved on these supplies can be used for camera purchase.

In addition to music, anniversary party games are a great way to keep the room moving. Such games can include a version of the old-time Newlywed Game where couples participate in answering questions that are supposed to indicate how well they know one another. Asking for volunteers in such a game is better than requiring the anniversary couple to be good sports and play the game unless they want to play the game. Other games can be a "this is your life," style game which can be easily decided after responses to anniversary invitations are tallied and the host considers how many "old" friends are attending the party.

40th wedding anniversary party ideas should always be about the people, not only the couple but their guests of whom many have been a part of their many decades of living together. Money saved on gimmicks and toys can even be used to help some distant individuals to travel to the party site.

Editors Tip: Always a good to brainstorm 40th wedding anniversary party ideas with the host, anniversary couple and a few others to have the best possible ruby party!

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