An anniversary party is an excellent way to honor a couple’s time together and recognize their love and commitment to each other. By gathering loved ones together, you can show your support for the couple and create cherished memories to enjoy for years to come.
If you’re looking for an anniversary party venue in Harrisburg, you can trust Colonial Golf and Tennis Club. Located in picturesque Central Pennsylvania, we have everything you need to achieve the feel you want for your anniversary party.
Anniversary Party Ideas and Tips
When hosting an anniversary party, there are many details to consider. Check out these trusted ideas and tips for how to throw the perfect anniversary party:
1. Set a Date and Time
When you begin to brainstorm an anniversary party, it’s wise to set the party date in advance to allow ample planning time. For a more formal party, you can set the date four to five months in advance to allow loved ones to make lodging and travel arrangements. It is also essential to figure out what time you want to hold your party. A daytime party may feel more casual compared to an evening party.
When you’re hosting the party for the couple, you can consult them for an ideal date. You can also choose a party date close to their actual anniversary date to allow the couple to reminisce.
2. Choose Your Location
Your party’s venue is essential to the experience. Renting an event space is a great way to create an elegant and memorable anniversary party, and couples celebrating 10 years of marriage or more tend to opt for more formal venues. Remember to book ahead of time to ensure you have plenty of time to plan and can secure your date.
Colonial Golf and Tennis Club is an anniversary party venue in Harrisburg, PA, that can exceed your expectations. We can accommodate small, intimate groups and large-scale gatherings of up to 300 people in our gorgeous outdoor settings, mid-sized rooms and large ballroom. Our scenic views are sure to complement your anniversary party’s decor.
3. Consider a Theme
It can be helpful to choose a theme around which to base your party’s decorations. A great theme will be fun and reflective of the couple’s personalities or interests. It may even borrow from decoration ideas dating back to the decade of the couple’s wedding. The theme you choose may also influence the kinds of gifts people may bring for the celebrating couple.
Another effective way to organize your party’s theme is to reference the couple’s specific anniversary milestone gift, flowers and color. Once you research the traditional symbols associated with their anniversary year, you can build a color scheme around them for a cohesive look. You can also play with a more rustic, natural or garden party theme — whatever you think the couple might enjoy!
4. Gather Your Decorations
Once you’ve identified a theme you would like for your party, you can choose from a range of decoration ideas to transform your event space. Hanging decorations such as fairy lights, paper lanterns, garlands and festive bunting matching the theme’s colors are an excellent way to tie a party space together. Balloons are also a classic and hassle-free decoration option that adds a simple, elegant touch.
Floral arrangements that correspond with the party’s theme make for stunning centerpieces, which you can elevate further with flameless candles or tealights. You can also add some personal touches such as a guestbook where partygoers can leave personalized messages, photo collages and tasteful photo luminaries that highlight the couple’s history.
5. Send Out Invitations
To allow enough time for your guests to plan their schedule and RSVP, aim to send out any save the date cards and printed invitations four weeks in advance. It is helpful to include pertinent information such as the name of the couple, the number of years they are celebrating, the date and time, the location of the venue and the RSVP instructions. For more formal anniversary parties, you can include information about the party’s dress code or the policy regarding plus ones.
You can also consider setting up a Facebook event group to notify guests of your party and any details that may change.
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6. Determine Your Catering Options
Offering a meal and drinks gives your party guests the chance to mingle and spark conversation. Fortunately, Colonial Golf and Tennis Club provides delicious on-site catering to service your event. Our renowned chef and team of catering specialists conduct all our catering in-house with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
We can alleviate any work and worry regarding catering with our classic dishes, seasonal specialties and careful attention to dietary preferences. We also offer flexible options for formal sit-down dinners, banquet-style meals or luxurious buffets to suit the feel and theme of your anniversary party.
7. Choose Your Entertainment
If you’re planning to have dancing at your anniversary party, you’ll want to arrange for live entertainment. Be sure you secure any entertainment far in advance to avoid last-minute booking.
By hiring a band, you can elevate your party for your guests. You can also hire a DJ to play a set full of classics and keep the couple’s favorite songs in rotation. You can leave room in your entertainment timeline for guests to offer tributes and share their sentiments with the celebrated couple.
8. Book a Photographer
Hiring a professional photographer is a great way to commemorate your anniversary party without having to stop and take the pictures yourself. A photographer makes it easy to capture all the special moments of your party and can offer meaningful pictures for all attendees. Your guests will be focused on the celebration and enjoying themselves, and you will have a lovely collection of memories to look back on.
Celebrate Anniversaries With Colonial Golf and Tennis Club
When you want to honor a beloved couple in your life, choosing Colonial Golf and Tennis Club as your venue can ensure a beautiful and memorable anniversary party. With our gorgeous Central Pennsylvania scenery, flexible indoor and outdoor event spaces and fresh in-house catering options, we help your party rival the beauty of the couple’s wedding day.
Contact us today to plan your next event at Colonial Golf and Tennis Club. You can fill out our event contact form to schedule a tour or check our availability to book your anniversary party.