30th Anniversary Party Guide

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The party guide helps plan a themed 30th Anniversary event with ideas, tips in the food departments, creative crafts, and clever conversation chats, menus, recipes, cookies, cakes and food labels. Free printable games, puzzles, place name cards and coloring pages.


When selecting songs for your 30th anniversary themed party, there are two things you must keep in mind. Remember these dual factors at all times in the planning process. The first things are to remember that just like all the party supplies and decorations, the music selections have to be age appropriate. After all, people of all ages will be in attendance. Secondly, there should be a distinct theme about the playlist.

Great 30th Anniversary Themed Songs
The Temptations – My Girl
Aretha Franklin – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Etta James – At Last
Trisha Yearwood – How Do I Live
Percy Sledge – When a Man Loves a Woman
Frankie Valli – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You

If you will be entertaining a younger crowd as well, there are some songs you can mix into the list that will keep them entertained as well. The kids will probably want to get up and dance. Giving each guest music to identify with is always a good idea. By doing so, all your guests will feel engaged to the event.

Beyonce – Crazy In Love
LL Cool J – I Need Love
Dido – Thank You
Celine Dion – My Heart Will Go On
Coldplay – Fix You
Plain White T’s – Hey There Delilah
Enrique Iglesias – Hero

The 30th Anniversary is represented by a pearl. If you are looking to tie in the theme even farther, you could select some songs that include pearl in the name of the song or versus in the song that people will identify. This surely will add a creative accent to the proceedings. And it will tickle the musical fancy of all guests. A box can serve a dual purpose by first being able to hold supplies, but also be decorated on the outside for decor use. Don't be hesitant about asking parents to help out at a celebration for children. With a little imagination and white poster board, crayons, coloring pencils, tape, staples and printed photo images that can be cut, kids can create their own paper hats.

Handmade 30th anniversary party supplies is a great way to celebrate such a momentous occasion. Not many people make it to the big 3-0 today! What does someone give a happily married couple for their 30th anniversary? For starters, finding out what the couple’s interests are is a way to go. The more you know then the more things will flow. The 30th anniversary is the anniversary of pearls. While purchasing quality pearls is always an option, making homemade pearls might be a better option. For the women, a homemade pearl necklace is appropriate while homemade pearl cufflinks for the man is appropriate. Compare faux pearl prices to ensure to save money. Pearls made with one's hand are always the most beautiful.

Handmade 30th anniversary party supplies can easily be made with few materials. 30th anniversary party supplies are not as common as 25th and 50th anniversaries. Since this is the case, making homemade party supplies is the next best option. A large, 30th anniversary banner can easily be made with bright, festive colors. For a more elegant look, use a cream colored banner paper with black letters. The 30th anniversary is the pearl anniversary; therefore, use pearl colored balloons. The pearlesque opportunities for decorative beauty are truly endless.

Additional party supplies include handmade 30th anniversary collages of the happy couple. Cut out the number thirty from large white or colored paper. Take pictures from the couple over the years and paste the pictures over and around the cut-out number thirty. The couple will love to see this pictorial record of their lives.


If choosing to create a traditional 30th anniversary cake and party décor, you will need to utilize pearls and the color green in all of your party supplies and decorations. Translating these two elements into a 30th anniversary cake is not as hard as it may seem at first. All one needs is a little creativity and a lot of spirit.

A number of ideas and concepts are available to help. Idea 1 – Make the cake a sage green color is during the summer and a Kelly green during the summer. For fall and winter, use more of a hunter green. Adorn this special cake with the colors of the season.

Idea 2 – Make the cake white and use flowers with multiple shades of green. Ivory, after all, is a classic and lovely ceremonial hue. A beautiful and common 30th anniversary flower is the sweet pea flower for some color but Green Zinnia or a Conflower “Green Envy” would also be a wonderful addition.

Idea 3 – With any color cake, you could drape edible pearls or plastic pearls all over the cake. This adds a beautiful touch to every angle. It can transform a common cake into a thing of beauty. This idea can be combined with the above two as well.

Any combination of green and pearls will work wonderfully. The 30th anniversary theme also sets up nice to be an outdoor garden party as well. Tying in nature to a themed party such as this creates an amazing result. Add a few string lights for an evening party and it will be one guests will never forget.

The 30th Anniversary is traditionally celebrated with the gem of pearls or ivory and the flower of sweet peas. Wow! That combination can make it really quite difficult to come up with a functional party or gift idea. However, it really is not as totally hopeless as it first may appear. For example, the theme of pearls lend itself nicely to an ocean or sea related party theme. Consider how the clam takes a piece of sand and as a result of the irritation it feels, turns that piece of sand into an exquisite pearl. Is marriage really that much different of a concept? Two people start their life together and despite a great deal of love undergo difficult and often irritating experiences, and yet, after thirty years one has to see the value and wealth of the relationship – it has developed into a pearl. Consider throwing a beach party, or an under-the-sea, themed party to celebrate the couple’s accomplishment. You favorite on-line party supplier should have lots of great decorations and accessory ideas to help design the perfect wedding Anniversary party look.

For something a little less traditional or quirky, have a time capsule party. Invite your guests to come in costume from popular culture thirty years ago. Decorate based upon televisions shows, novels, movies, fashion or household design techniques that were popular thirty years ago (remember the bright orange everything?!?). Put together music CDs that reflect the top hits from all genres thirty years before making sure to put the anniversary couple’s own personal “song” in the mix. Consider laying out board games and other little discussion or play areas for guests to try as they relive their own life experiences and memories from thirty-years before as well. Invite everyone to share their own memories from the time period and of their various relationships with the couple via written thoughts in a guest book that the celebrating couple can look back upon time after time and remember the night’s festivities. This will be one 30th anniversary party that will stay with both the couple of honor and the guests for many years to come.

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30th Anniversary History, Facts and Educational Resources

Add an educational twist to any birthday party, holiday celebration, or theme party.  Share the history of the 30th Anniversary theme to the guests.  Play some free printable educational party games.  Shhh don't tell the kids that they are learning!

The 30th anniversary is a newly acknowledged milestone of wedded bliss; a monument to a life spent together, one celebrated at a 30th anniversary party. Not many people make it this far in this age.

Before the 1930s, only the 25th and 50th wedding anniversaries were honored with public parties. Yet with time people finally began to acknowledge that any amount of time spent legally married was indeed a good thing!:) This is most definitely a milestone to honor and acknowledge.

Traditionally, pearl was the gift of choice for 30th anniversary parties. Yet the times are definitely changing, and changing up! Now diamonds are the order of the day; when the 30th anniversary couple exchanges gifts, and when they accept presents from friends, co-workers and relatives who gather for their anniversary party, they might receive diamond jewelry (necklaces for the wife, diamond cuffs for the husband, rings for both), diamond miniatures, statues and other collectibles, commemorative 30th anniversary plates, etc. For those on a smaller budget, rhinestones could suffice. Anything that truly glitters and glows is sure to work.

In this age of escalating divorce rates, people are placing more significance on milestones such as the 30th anniversary. Honor those with the staying power to beat the odds. Many of these 30th anniversary festivities feature food, drinks both soft and hard, music, frivolity and good times. The host might bake a cake in the shape of the number “30,” and decorate the party room with shiny diamond-hued banners, flags, ribbons, confetti, and streamers.

When a couple spends three full decades together, especially in this day and age, it’s a definite cause for celebration. If a parent, sibling, boss or dear friend is about to celebrate this diamond milestone, then it’s time to plan the ultimate 30th anniversary party today. Gather up some leftover brown packing boxes, wrap them in a matching theme color design and place them throughout the event space for instant decorations. Everyone does not drink alcohol, be inclusive when planning a get-together and have a choice of drinks that include non-alcoholic opinions. Gather up some leftover brown packing boxes, wrap them in a matching theme color design and place them throughout the event space for instant decorations. The history of 30th Anniversary has different interpretations by each person, so use your own judgement. Share these facts with friends at a celebration.
The Party Supplies Hut has more free elementary educational teacher resources for 30th Anniversary to use in the classroom for active learning to create lesson plans with trivia questions, games and fun activities.

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