Step 8: Plan the Anniversary Party Food
Plan in advance for the type of food and drinks to serve your guests. Avoid serving what most people are not used to – stick with the popular Nigerian party food and drinks (alcoholic and/ or non-alcoholic). Popular non-alcoholic deinks in Nigerian parties include malt, juice and the good ol’ water. Wedding and anniversary food ideas include jollof rice, fried rice; side dishes include moin-moin.
- Think of how the food will be served – will it be a buffet or sit-down meal served by servers? If you want your guests to be able to mingle with each other and converse during your party, buffet-style meal will make that easy.
- Will you cook it or do you prefer to outsource the catering? If you plan to hire a catering (food) vendor to handle your wedding anniversary food, it is best to book them in advance – at least two months before the date of your event.
- Don’t forget to plan for your anniversary cake – book early. Ask the cake vendor to use a cake topper that tells something about you and your husband/ wife as a couple – either choose the cake topper in advance or buy it yourself.
Step 9: Plan for the Party Music and Entertainment
If you’re having an informal party at your house, use your home sound system and play your favorite music during the party – there are lots of great Nigerian party music – the new ones and the oldies too. BUT If you’re going to throw a big anniversary party, then we highly recommend hiring a DJ and/ or a live music band to ensure that your guest enjoy themselves at your party.
Whether you decide to hire a DJ or play the music yourself, it is a good idea to plan your music in advance – write down a list of your favourite dancing music, plus a list of the popular music that you think guests would be thrilled to dance to. And, a warning here – if you’ll hire a DJ, you have to let them know examples of music/ songs that you absolutely hate, so that they don’t accidentally play it at your party.
If you have a small budget, or just for fun: You can have a music-loving, gadget-loving family member DJ for you at your wedding anniversary party. This person can be your son if you have a grown boy. And, if you have time, ask them to make a playlist for the party and later run it by you, before the party day.
Other Entertainment Stuff to Plan in advance:
- Print or write the programme of events (you don’t have to give this to every guest, but if you can afford to print many copies, that is okay);
- Hire an MC (Master of Ceremony) or ask a smooth-talking friend to be the MC. You need to tell or book this person at least 2 months in advance, so that they can add your party to their schedule. Be sure to run through the program of events with your Master of Ceremony, a few days to the anniversary party – agree on the timings (what should happen when, and how long the event will last).
- Speeches: You’ll have to give a vote of thanks -so start preparing it. If you want an old friend, or one of your groomsmen or bridesmaid, to give a speech, tell them in advance so they can have it prepared.
Step 10: Plan your Party Venue Decoration
Your party size and venue will determine whether you need to decorate the venue of your wedding anniversary party.
- A small, informal or intimate anniversary party at home may not require any or elaborate venue decoration. If at all, you may just put up a few balloons, hang banners with the event name and a picture of you and your husband/ wife, or pictures from your wedding, and other small décor items – again, this is optional.
- If your anniversary party venue will be outdoors, such as in a garden or park, you may want to do some decoration – either yourself with a few friends or hire an event planner that does decoration to help you out.
- If your party venue will be a restaurant or hotel, most of such places already are beautiful and decorate the tables centerpieces with fine tablecloth and flowers – usually, they don’t need additional décor. Besides, they won’t allow you to bring your own décor – so, if you’ll be renting a venue, choose one that has a beautiful, non-cluttered surrounding.
In any case, if you plan to have your party venue decorated, consider incorporating a dash of the traditional colours for your wedding anniversary year:
Venue Decor Colour Scheme Guide for Wedding Anniversary Celebration (optional):
- 1st anniversary colour is Gold or Yellow
- 5th wedding anniversary colour is Blue or Turquoise
- 10th wedding anniversary colour is Silver or Blue
- 15th anniversary colour is Ruby Red
- Twentieth wedding anniversary colour is Emerald Green or White
- 25th anniversary colour is Silver
- 30th anniversary colour is Green
- 35th wedding anniversary is coral
- 4oth anniversary colour is Ruby Red
- 45th anniversary is Sapphire Red
- 50th anniversary is Gold