Big anniversaries often feel like a bit of a cop-out if you don’t celebrate your anniversary with a bang. Sure, a table out at your favorite restaurant is lovely to raise a toast and spend some quality time, but as far as celebrations go, bigger is better.
However, once you become a mom and start progressing into your more mature years, your taste becomes more refined. Sometimes there’s room for a bit of tackiness when you’re hosting a big bash. So, how do you have fun, but with a more refined palate?
If you’re looking to keep your big event classy, then it’s only fair that you choose a suitably classy venue. Believe it or not, the world of rental homes and cottages doesn’t just stop at those reserved for family and couples’ anniversary vacations. You can actually rent elaborate stately homes and castles just for a one-off event like celebrating your anniversary. Something like the Big House Experience, for example, would be perfect for a ruby wedding anniversary, or a significant birthday where you want your nearest and dearest by your side.
Back when we were young, the themes were a bit more kitsch. As you get older, the themes become a bit more subtle and nuanced, or perhaps even high-brow. Here are a few ideas with where to take your them:
- Colors only: stick to binary colors, such as white and gold, or black and silver.
- Literary themes: The Great Gatsby has been the focus of many celebratory bashes, as it provides a chance to dress up but still feel great.
When it comes to executing these themes, the advice is to avoid cliches. If you want to keep the taste high-brow, then cheesy phrases that relate to the type of anniversary you’re celebrating will suddenly take the shine off.
The difference between a party that is composed of plastic table cloths and party poppers and one that feels a bit more mature is the small details. Having specially picked-out tableware, and maybe even themed flowers will really pull the whole look together so you can celebrate your anniversary in style!
Food and drink
The best way to add class to the food and drink at your party is to have a set menu. This doesn’t have to come out in courses in the same way it would at a wedding, but you can have little menus dotted about so people know what they’re putting on their plate. Having a cocktail menu is also a great way to add flare to your party. You could either serve these as punches or have someone making them to order.
Hosting a big anniversary party, the stylish way is all about leaving cliches at the door. Instead of opting for the usual tableware or party themes, pick out decorations and ideas that feel unique to you as a person. Choosing food and drink for its quality, rather than its mass-appeal, will also help to give your bash an air of sophistication.
Let us know how you chose to celebrate your anniversary in the comments below!