Anniversary Theme Ideas


Couples often celebrate their yearly wedding anniversaries with family and friends by throwing a party. Using a theme for the party is a creative way of making the celebration even more fun and festive for everyone. Some party themes include a casino theme, a Mardi Gras party and a Mexican fiesta, among others. Make your next anniversary memorable by using one of these party ideas.

Casino Theme

  • Sending invitations containing a few poker chips can help set the tone for a casino theme anniversary party. The theme of the anniversary party could be something like "Betting on us." During the party, guests can play commonly known games of chance such as blackjack, roulette and poker. Food served buffet style may work best to allow the guests to keep playing and having fun. Some foods ideas include smoked salmon, bowls of nuts, chicken wings and cheese chunks with toothpicks. Drinks can include martinis, beer and mixed drinks.

Luau Party

  • Decorating ideas for a luau theme anniversary party can include blow-up palm trees, pineapples and crepe paper exotic birds. Serving guests drinks from tiki cups with little umbrellas or pieces of fruit, and playing a CD with island music will help keep with the theme. Also, plates of fresh tropical fruit, sliced ham or pork, and pineapple upside down cake help to continue the Hawaiian theme.

Ah, Paris

  • Using Paris as the theme of an anniversary party allows you to use both formal and informal ideas. For example, you can cater the special event with a formal French meal including hors d'oeuvres, a fish dish, main course, salad, various cheeses and dessert. Filling wine glasses with french wine or champagne also will add a nice touch. For a more casual anniversary party, the hosts can cover a banquet table with French items such as French cheeses, quiches, pastries, truffles and pate de foie gras.

Mardi Gras

  • The theme of Mardi Gras brings an air of lightheartedness to an anniversary party. Wearing beads and party masks, which are staples of the New Orleans version, will add to the party atmosphere. Serving dishes such as gumbo or jambalaya makes the party easier, as they are made in one large pot, conveniently allowing the revelers to serve themselves.


  • If you wish to keep the celebration informal, opt for a western barbecue theme. In keeping with this casual theme, guests can wear their blue jeans, cowboy boots and cowboy hats. Use paper plates to hold the chicken, ribs, cole slaw, corn on the cob and apple pie that are served at the barbecue. Provide entertainment for the guests with square dancing, horseshoe tosses and other games.


  • A 1920s theme anniversary party can have flappers in boas swinging their pearls along with gangsters as guests. Beverages should reflect the times to include "bathtub" gin, whiskey, martinis and cocktails. Oysters on the half shell, canapes and jazz music by Louis Armstrong all assist in keeping roaring 20s theme going.


  • Decorating for a fiesta anniversary party means placing colorful desert flowers around the room and the music of a mariachi band playing either live or from the stereo speakers. The food and drinks can include hot chili peppers, tortillas, tacos, black beans and margaritas.


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