April 11, 2012
The Martha Show: Wedding Anniversary Ideas
Posted by Darcy Miller
At The Martha Show with Martha and my parents, Madge and Martin Miller.
When I threw a party for my parents' 45th wedding anniversary, I found myself going to all my favorite wedding vendors to plan the details. So many of the sources I look to for wedding inspiration are great for any type of special celebration, whether it be an anniversary, rehearsal dinner, or shower.
We recreated the party on The Martha Show to give you a closer look at how I pulled together a personalized party using my favorite wedding sources. My parents even came to the show and were able to relive the party all over again!
1 These glass glitter letters and white doves by Wendy Addison were the exact set displayed for my parents' 45th wedding anniversary. (Both available at http://www.tinseltrading.com)
2 The centerpiece at the dining table was a vintage cake topper flanked by two macaron pyramids from Ladurée (www.laduree.com).
3 I always love a classic wedding cake topper, and for an anniversary party, it doesn't have to be on a cake. This one sat on a bed of dragees from Crossings French Food (http://www.crossingsfrenchfood.com/) which I think is a cool idea.
4 For the menu cards, I sent a few of my designs to wedding stationer Cheree Berry (www.chereeberry.com). I set the table with gorgeous Elizabeth Gold china from Royal Crown Derby.
5 What's a party without a few noisemakers? These gold horns from www.OrientalTrading.com sat one at each place setting and matched candy-filled Cake and Bake gold round crown cups, available at www.NYCake.com.
6 Mini cups full of silver and gold almond jewels and gold pearlesscence almonds from Koppers Chocolate (http://www.kopperschocolate.com/) were scattered around the table, plus more white dragees from Crossings.
7 For the candy bar, I chose bundles of baby's breath for the centerpieces since it's affordable and versatile -- It's also one of my favorites.
8 I submitted one of my parents' wedding photos to www.Prints-On-Chocolate.com to create these photo-screened candies.
9 Sparkling chocolate bonbons from Bedazzle My Bonbons fit the gold and silver palette perfectly (http://bedazzlemybonbons.com).
10 Gold and silver chocolate stars from The Madelaine Chocolate Company (http://www.madelainechocolate.com/) sparkled in a silver dish, and half-dollar gold coins from www.GroovyCandies.com were topped with photo labels.
11 Many of the vintage cake toppers that decorated the candy bar were from my personal collection. Fancy Flours (http://www.fancyflours.com/), however, is a great source for building your own collection.
12 Cupcakes from One Girl Cookies (www.onegirlcookies.com/) were wrapped in custom wrappers and topped with mini toppers from www.Photofetti.com. I gave designs to both vendors to keep the details cohesive.
13 Dainty meringues from www.OneGirlCookies.com.
14 White heart marshmallows also from www.OneGirlCookies.com.
15 Custom cocktail napkins and coasters foil-printed with my artwork from www.ForYourParty.com.
16 The invitations by Cheree Berry Paper were extra special since they featured wedding photos -- each was a trip down memory lane. This is also a fun idea for a save-the-date.
17 This accordion-style centerpiece from Paper Cup Design (http://papercupdesign.com) featured photos that created a family timeline -- starting with my parents' wedding day all the way to photos of their grandchildren.
18 These cards featuring a photo on one side and a clever prompt for toasting the guests of honor on the other were a hit. The "toast cards" were actually my mothers favorite party detail. (www.chereeberry.com)
19 I worked with Denise Sharp (www.studiodsharp.com) to create this custom cake topper -- It's actually a box. This is a fun way to put personal spin on a topper.
20 Customized cootie catchers were fun for the guests to play throughout the evening. All the designs and instructions were inline with the party theme. Get the how-to here: www.marthastewart.com/cootie-catcher
21 Black-and-white wedding photos decorated the outside of the cootie catchers.
22 One Girl Cookies wrapped up individual cupcakes for guest favors.
23 The sweet favors were wrapped in metallic sheer ribbon from Raffit Ribbon (http://www.raffit.com/) and adorned with Avery (http://www.avery.com) labels featuring my bride-and-groom design.
24 This crystal decanter is great gift idea for a couple celebrating an anniversary. We had this one engraved with an "M," and everyone in the audience received a similar design from Things Remembered (www.thingsremembered.com/).
25 Garland from www.ConfettiSystems.com was strung over doorways.
26 All of the old photos put on display throughout the party were the most memorable detail for my dad. Here, easy-to-make photo medallions hung from the garland.
Get the full list of my go-to sources here.
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