January 8th, 2018 by Arunima

One of the most marked occasions in the life of a couple is the day when they are celebrating their 50 years of marriage. Isn’t it exciting! Living together in every situations, being with each other in every thick and thin moments, and most amazing is that completing 50 years of successful marriage. Our generation should definitely need to learn some lessons from their parents.

50th anniversary is a milestone to achieve for any married couple. Though many couples throw a party by themselves in a best banquet hall or any other special venues or some are lucky enough to get surprised on this special day by their children or grandchildren.

With such a long time in their marital life, you can gift your parents memories that they will cherish from their time spent together or can throw an equally smashing party. With the availability of number of venues for anniversary party, you may plan out some really exciting ideas that will revive their cherished memories and make this occasion unforgettable for both of your parents.

Top 10 Golden 50th Anniversary Surprise Ideas

  1. Start with some Lovely Invitations
  2. Go with a Particular Theme
  3. Walk down the Memory Lane
  4. Choose a Perfect Venue
  5. Food & Drinks
  6. Create a Slideshow Video Full of Memories
  7. Plan the Entertainment
  8. Appropriate Gifts for Couple
  9. Party Favours for your Guests
  10. Special 50th anniversary Décor

1. Start with some Lovely Invitations:

Whether you are planning a grand affair or casual get-together among close friends and family, begin by sending them creative invitations that will symbolize the integrity of their marriage. You can set up some theme by using their favourite picture on the card or by using golden coloured hue to decorate the card or use digital invitation to do it.

Do not leave out their grandchildren out of their ceremony. Try out the digital invitation from which you can show their entire life journey with the voice over inserted for them.

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Do not leave out the grandchildren out of your ceremony. Prepare a seating arrangement that will seat up the entire family within that. You may also ask your parents to be in the receiving line for greeting guests. Though no need to be a push over if they are reluctant to do so. 

2. Go with a Particular Theme:

Gold is the symbol of 50th anniversary for worldwide occasions. Thus, having the same colour for your party theme would be wonderful indeed. Gift your mom and dad with gifts in gold colour say a gold watch or bangle or decorate the venue with gold colour drapes. Moreover, Violets are the official flowers for 50th anniversary.

This alluring combination of violet and gold will bring out a charming look in your venue. But, that’s not all. You may pick out some old movie theme they both are fond of. Or decorate the venue with their wedding shots and the succeeding photos of their growing years with each other. This would create a cosy ambience within the venue and will conjure up precious memories to last a lifetime in your family.


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Apart from that you can pick up the theme according to the choices of your parents. The colour, the movies, the songs which type they like, this will definitely make them really surprised and emotional at the same time.

3. Walk down the Memory Lane

What could be more exciting than remembering of vows? Surprise them with this ceremony where they get to exchange the rings or garlands, again with each other. This would be an excellent idea to revive their marriage day with joy and contentment.

4. Choose a Perfect Venue:

A venue matters a lot when you are organizing such a remarkable party for your parents. Let it be your house, a restaurant, Local Park, recreational building or some 50th Wedding Anniversary Venues like a perfect wedding banquet hall where you are going to throw a party on a much grand scale.

Or you can just trick them and try to let them speak about their choices and how they wanted their wedding or venue to be. According to that you can just fulfil their dreams by arranging exact venue or marriage which they wanted and they couldn’t.

5. Food & Drinks:

Cakes should be prepared with care. Top up the cake with 50th candle. Try to customize the cake in gold and ivory colour combination. Picture Cakes are equally on rage. So prepare the cake with a picture from past years.

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This may sound strange but some couples have distinct choice in food and drinks that they enjoy the most. And it would surely be known to you. So, put up all these items in your drafted menu. This would be like honoring their relationship with their favourite delicacies.

6. Create a Slideshow Video Full of Memories:

How beautiful it would be when you plan to revive their precious memories with a slideshow with the images from their past. From their wedding day till the present, make it a combination of black and white images, to showcase the liveliness of their life in the images. Do not forget to include your pictures as well. Because you are the most important part of their life. Put on some old melody of their time and play the slideshow during dinner party or you can just prepare some amazing voice- over be it a message or feeling or a poem dedicated to them.

7. Plan the Entertainment:

Make a musical background and keep it low so that people can interact among themselves easily. It would be very nice if you could play an old song that they used to hum in themselves. If possible, call some of their friends. They can raise the toast and share some of those old memories that he/she has shared with them. Make sure that your wedding photographer captures these moments with the right props and lighting’s.

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You can settle a scrapbook during the entrance where your guests can share their moments with the couples or you can just make a list of their best friends and just ask them to make a video message, this will make your parents happy yet emotional.  This would be like a treasure for both of them. If your parents are not too shy about facing audience, you can encourage them to speak about their marriage life, their ups and downs and can even suggest something useful to the newly married ones or singles as well!

This interactive atmosphere would definitely make your event successful. Entertainment can also include a live band who will play out their favourite song. A solo amateur singer can also get the job done with absolute flourish.

8. Appropriate Gifts for Couple:

The most typical of tasks arise when you are deciding over the type of gift for them. You might feel like your gift is lacking in one way or other. First of all banish the thought! They are your parents and will always love your gifts however small or big, the gifts are!. Prepare a photo frame collage with their photos of younger years.

Gift them a holiday package to their desired destination or a coffee maker with cups, if they both love coffee. How about gifting some books or e-readers that they both like. Gifts are always loved by all, they kind of shows affection for that person and brings a smile on their face.  So, you can even prepare some handmade gifts to depict the peculiarity of the moment for your guests.

9. Party Favours for your Guests:

While your guests will be coming with gifts of their own, it would be memorable if you could return some party favours as well. This will definitely signify that you are overjoyed with their presence. Give them a box of chocolates or some personalised trinkets like the couple’s photo with them to commemorate the day.

10. Special 50th anniversary Décor:

Though as discussed before, if you are preparing a theme, then you may choose from the above ideas,  but, if not then you can put up with these décor ideas

  • Custom printed napkins with an imprinted mark of 50th
  • Set up a photo booth with the couple’s marriage photo in the background. It would be great for selfie people or some quirky moments for our couple, to fulfill their fun-loving moment in front of everyone.
  • Decorate the venue with gold and silver balloons or drapes.
  • Settle some candles as the centerpieces for your table tops with a mark of 50 on them.
  • You can set up a story station with all their previous photos arranged in some specific timeline to show the passage of time.

These are some of the awesome and absolutely successful ideas that you can adopt for your upcoming party. Plan out your budget and choose the ones that are suitable for your party. And surprise your parents with this wonderful memory for their lifetime.

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