50th Wedding Anniversary Ideas for a Party

There are countless 50th wedding anniversary ideas out there to honor a special couple on their big day. Fifty years is an incredible milestone for any relationship, and it deserves a memorable celebration!

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Are you throwing your parents a surprise party to celebrate 50 years of marriage? Or do you know a happy couple gearing up to plan their own Golden Anniversary party? No matter who is hosting the gathering, get ready for a day to remember with these fun ideas that’ll help the party go off without a hitch!

The Details

In any relationship, it’s often the little things that mean the most. Help the guests-of-honor celebrate half a century of marriage by honoring all those little details that make their love story so special.

Party Invitations

Golden 50th Wedding Anniversary Invitations


One detail that can’t be overlooked are the invitations. Keep it classy and elegant with these gold 50th anniversary party invitations that are perfect for celebrating a Golden Anniversary!



Seal the envelopes before you drop them in the mail with a 50th anniversary sticker for a nice little detail that guests will appreciate.

Memory Tree Guest Book

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Display a pretty memory tree at the entrance of the party to greet guests as they walk in. This is a great alternative to a traditional guest book that will just collect dust on a shelf! Have guests write their sentimental or funny memories of the couple on a tag and then hang it on the tree for the couple to reminisce over after the party.

50 Facts About the Couple Timeline

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A unique way to celebrate their love story is to set it to a timeline. Think of the years and numbers 1-50 that are most important to the couple: their wedding date, number of children/grandchildren and their ages, or the number of vacations they’ve taken to their favorite spot. This will be a fun and interactive display at the party that may help guests learn a thing or two they never knew about the couple.

“Story of Us” Photo Display

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Everyone loves looking at old pictures and the happy couple will be proud to show off the “story of us” to all their family and friends. Collect a dozen or so photos before the party and frame them nicely for a beautiful table display that can also double as a gift the guests-of-honor will cherish forever.

The Golden Details

Gold 50th Anniversary party favor stickers Golden Wedding 50th Anniversary Mini Candy Bar Stickers


Set up an entire candy buffet for the guests and children to enjoy during the party. Decorate Hershey’s Kisses, miniature chocolate bars, and other small candies with these 50th anniversary party favor stickers to match any Golden Anniversary theme.

Gold 50th Anniversary Party Water Bottle Labels


Don’t forget to keep the guests hydrated with these easy peel-and-stick 50th anniversary water bottle labels that can also be used as party favors for the guests to take home!

How Many Kisses Game

easy 50th wedding anniversary party games

Get the party started as soon as guests arrive with this fun guessing game. Ask friends and family to write down their guesses for how many kisses are in the jar and surprise the closest guess with a prize!


The Anniversary Game

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This fun game is a new trend in weddings and couples’ showers everywhere, but it also makes an entertaining game when the focus is on a married couple who have known each other for over half a century!

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What’s an anniversary party without an amazing cake at the center of the food table? Try to recreate the original wedding cake or go with a modern style and a beautiful cake topper to celebrate 50 years of wedded bliss!


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Deck out the food table even more with stylishly decorated cookies like these that are almost too pretty to eat!

Budget-Friendly DIY Centerpieces

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All it takes for some special Golden Anniversary centerpieces is a can of gold spray paint and a steady hand! You won’t believe all the ways you can make beautiful DIY centerpieces without breaking the bank. Just look at these stunning centerpieces made with spray-painted tree branches and recycled bottles of wine!

Party Favors

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Celebrate the lovebirds with a clever party favor that guests will remember. Just tie up little bags of birdseed and top it off with a cute little note as a way to say thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate the happy couple.

Golden Wedding 50th Anniversary Party Round Labels Favor tags


These 50th Anniversary large party stickers and thank you stickers will make the perfect addition to your party favors and favor bags! 

White and Gold 50 Years Thank You Wedding Anniversary Stickers


Gift Ideas

A special gift is a wonderful way to celebrate the golden couple as they reach this major milestone in their relationship.

Photo Collage

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Give the happy couple a beautiful personalized photo collage that they can display in the home they’ve built together. These collages can be customized with words and photos that are special to the couple for a truly meaningful gift.

Cheers to 50 Years

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A golden couple deserves a classy gift, and a chance to unwind. These 50th Anniversary etched wine bottles will do just that. They can even be customized with the couple’s names and anniversary date for an added touch.

Matching Shirts

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Give the couple something fun that they can wear with pride! These matching “Married Since” shirts will catch everyone’s eye when they spot the couple strolling hand in hand on the street, or even in the grocery store.

Family Portrait Session

For a memorable gift the guests-of-honor are sure to love, purchase a gift certificate for a family photo session. A typical family photo session captures large group photos in a quaint and beautiful setting. You could also request that the package include individual shots of the children and their families as well as some of the grandkids with their grandparents. Not only will this experience be a fun memory for each family member, it’ll also give the happy couple a chance to soak in what their 50 years of love has built- one big happy family!

Are you planning a Golden Anniversary Party? What are your favorite 50th Wedding Anniversary ideas? Leave us a comment below or share your photos with us on our Facebook Page or Instagram with #distinctivs!