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Golden Gala Ball

Posted on: July 30, 2012

THEME:  Golden Wedding Anniversary Ball, for a large group

INVITATIONS:  These should look formal, printed on parchment paper in gold lettering, if possible.  Be sure to tell the guests what type of dress and whether dinner will be served.  (A fun idea might be to make it a costume ball and have everyone try to dress in formal attire of 50 years ago.)

MATERIALS FOR ACTIVITIES:  You will need a ballroom or cultural hall, of course, and some type of music, preferably a band.  You will also need seating and tables for gifts and food.  If you are serving dinner, you should have tables for the guests as well.  Be sure to have a small table with a guest register.  You might have a specially decorated place for the guests of honor to sit, and you may need some props or instruments for the floor show.

FOOD:  If you are serving a dinner, it should either be the honored couple’s favorite food or food typical of the year they were married.  Use the same guidelines when serving simply refreshments, but also consider using gold color wherever you can, such as in a punch made with cider or ginger ale.  Whatever you do, be sure to have an elaborate wedding-style cake in gold and white.

DECORATIONS:  Keep them elegant and keep them gold.  Of course there are balloons and streamers, but perhaps you could also make flowers with gold tissue paper, or cut hearts and bells out of gold paper.  A mirror ball with golden lighting on it would be effective for the dancing.  If you have tables for the guests to sit at, cover them with simple white cloths, but let your centerpiece be gold.  Perhaps a gold rose or carnation in a clear glass vase, or a medium-sized box gift-wrapped in gold, sitting on a mirror tile and littered with gold curly or wired ribbon and gold confetti.  Or, if there is a particular subject or hobby that the couple is known for, try to use that in your centerpiece.  You may want an archway for the couple to walk through as they lead the Grand Promenade.

BLOW-BY-BLOW:   As the guests arrive, ask them to sign the guest register and add any comments they would like to make.  If you are serving dinner, start out with that, and when it’s time for the dancing, begin with a Grand Promenade around the ballroom, led by the honored husband and wife, followed by their children, grandchildren and other guests.  Then the honored couple leads off the first waltz (or whatever dance they prefer, perhaps “their song”).  During the dancing, refreshments are available, and when the band takes a break, the couple’s family members could give an entertaining floor show or present a special award to their esteemed progenitors.

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1 Response to "Golden Gala Ball"

We did something very similar to this for my parents’ golden wedding anniversary. The main difference was that we kept it a surprise! Through much late-night surreptitious sleuthing, we managed to invite all their old friends and the members of their church without them knowing. The look on their faces was priceless! My aunts handled most of the food–and Costco did the rest. We had an elegant spread of hors d’oeuvres, punch and cake. We hired a D.J. Our decorating colors were gold (of course), scarlet and cream. We had red roses in bud vases on the tables. Tied to the vases with gold ribbon were gold balloons with “50 years” on them. We had a lighted archway with roses and tulle on it. We also displayed a custom throw (with their pictures, wedding date, and picture of where they were married) which was the gift from the kids. Each of the kids said a few words of tribute, and some granddaughters sang Dad’s favorite song. Then we had the dance. They loved it! They even had some friends come from out of state. Those who couldn’t come sent cards. It was a moment to remember!

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