Decorating a Hall for a 50th Wedding Anniversary

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Decorating for a 50th wedding anniversary, traditionally called the golden anniversary, can be great fun. Many gold-themed party supplies are available, and some are manufactured exclusively for this special celebration. Whatever your budget, you will be sure to make this a golden event. Decorations with the guests of honor at center stage will focus the guests' attention on what they are there to celebrate. Whether you are planning it for yourselves, your parents or someone else, be sure to focus on the happy couple -- 50 years is a magnificent milestone.

Things You'll Need

  • Gold-colored tulle fabric
  • Gold curling ribbon
  • Gold fabric ribbon
  • Mylar balloons
  • Balloon weights
  • Gold votive candles
  • Small gold or crystal bowls
  • Gold picture frames
  • Pictures
  • Customized cardboard cutout of the couple
  • Gold ceiling centerpiece with "50" emblems
Fifty years together is worthy of celebration.
Fifty years together is worthy of celebration.

Step 1

Start by decorating the walls of the hall with swathes of gold tulle. Tie the swathes with gold curling ribbon and large gold fabric bows or large gold paper bells. If there are sconces already in place, use these to support the tulle and ribbon swathes. If not, create sconces out of drapery rings and attach them to the wall with removable adhesive. Add battery-powered gold-toned or clear mini lites.

Gold ribbons and lights make showy decorations.
Gold ribbons and lights make showy decorations.

Step 2

Keep the gold theme for the table centerpieces. Use a small crystal bowl or a gold brandy glass and place a gold votive candle in it. Place the bowl on a gold or gold-trimmed plate and add gold-colored confetti, glass beads, pearls, or whatever suits your taste. Finish by adding curled ribbon in a circle around the base of the glass. Place several centerpieces on the head table and add a ribbon bouquet next to the middle one, between the guests of honor.

Curled gold ribbon adds a festive touch to every table.
Curled gold ribbon adds a festive touch to every table.

Step 3

Decorate the food tables with pictures of the guests of honor in inexpensive gold frames. Place a copy of the original wedding picture on the dessert table, and a picture of the original cake on the cake table, if there is one. Scatter pictures of the couple over their years together around the room and in the reception area.

Use copies of the original wedding pictures as decoration.
Use copies of the original wedding pictures as decoration.

Step 4

Place a blown-up cutout of the couple, life-size if possible, at the entrance to the hall. Either a picture from the wedding, or one of them in the present is suitable. Friends can have their picture taken with "the couple" without them having to stand for hours. Supply decorated disposable cameras on each table, or hire a wedding photographer.

Portraits taken with the couple are a nice keepsake.
Portraits taken with the couple are a nice keepsake.

Step 5

Use cream plates with a gold rim for the serving pieces, and gold-rimmed wine glasses for the toasts. Party stores have disposable versions of these for the at-home celebration. If the event is catered, specify your choices to the caterers.

Gold-rimmed plates and imitation gold wedding rings can also be used as decoration.
Gold-rimmed plates and imitation gold wedding rings can also be used as decoration.

Step 6

Attach a large hanging centerpiece in the middle of the room, or directly over the head table. If there is a central light fixture, use this as the support, and embellish it with gold tulle and ribbons. If there is no central light, hang a larger version of the wall sconces from the center of the ceiling, or over the head table. Many beautiful centerpieces with gold themes or 50 themes are also available at specialty party stores or online.

Gold bells make good decorations for wall sconces and ceiling decorations.
Gold bells make good decorations for wall sconces and ceiling decorations.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Since your guests of honor and many of their friends may be elderly, ensure that there is plenty of comfortable seating.
  • Choose gold and cream balloons, and add a mylar balloon with a gold 50 on it to any central table.
  • Balloons can be held down with small bags filled with sand, or gold weights available at party stores.
  • Make copies of the pictures for framing, and avoid damage to the originals.
  • Place a customized newspaper "front page" of the couple in the reception area.
  • Ensure that the votive candles are in a bowl or glass deep enough to shield the flame. Do not place confetti or ribbon inside the bowls; adding gold glass pebbles or beads is safer.

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