Anniversary Games
Are Important To Help Your Guests Get To Know Each Other And Have Some Fun.

Anniversary games are a great way to add fun to any anniversary party, especially when it's a special year, such as a 25th wedding anniversary or a 50th wedding anniversary.

Let me help you get the most out of your party celebration, and learn what you can do to ensure a happy anniversary party with these wedding anniversary ideas and tips.



Anniversaries come in all shapes and sizes, to make sure that the anniversary games are suitable, decide upon and write down the answers to the following questions:

  • What is the budget?
  • How many guests?
  • Age range of guests?
  • Venue details, (Indoor, outdoor, how much space is available?)
  • How much time is available?


  • Anniversary Games

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    The anniversary games should be tailored to suit the age range of the guests and they should have simple, easy to understand instructions.

    The wedding anniversary is all about going down memory lane. By keeping this in mind, I have selected a number of games that can help you do this in a fun way.

    Find out what year the original event took place. You can theme your party, and the games, around that year. Have you considered doing a costume party? Guests could wear costumes from that era or dress as a popular person at that time.

    Examples:

  • 1950's Rock and Roll, Elvis, Bill Hayley, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Poodle skirts, Jeans and leather jackets.

  • 1960's Beatles, Bob Dylon, Rolling Stones, Girl in pants, shorts and culottes.

  • 1970's Abba, Fleetwood Mack, The Eages, Queen, Punk Rockers, Mini skirts, Hot pants, Platform shoes.

  • 1980's Madonna, Wham, Prince, Michael Jackson, Clothing with layers, Big hair.
  • It is usually the children of the couple celebrating their anniversary, that plan the party. A beautiful way to mark the occasion is to put together a slide show of photographs of the couples years together. Especially the early years when they first met. People love a story and the slide show can tell the love story of the couple which can be played along with music of the time.

    The 25th Wedding Anniversary

    This is synonymous with Silver, you could plan your party theme around this. Guests could wear silver, decorations such as silver balloons, streamers or silver candles can be used. Prizes for party games could be silver colored.

    50th Wedding Anniversary

    This is synonymous with Gold. Guests could wear gold, decorations such as gold balloons, streamers or gold candles can be used. Prizes for party games could be gold colored.

    Tailor your party invitations to your theme, and use the invitation to explain to your guests what they need to wear or bring with them.

    Don't forget to take plenty of photos of your guests enjoying the anniversary games. A great idea is to buy some disposable cameras for your guests to take their own photos of the party. You can collect them at the end and publish them to a web site.

    Do you have your own favorite anniversary games and activities or would you like to share your anniversary photos on this site, you can share them here.

    Anniversary Party Games

    Getting to Know You - Pin Game

    This is a great anniversary games ice breaker game for an anniversary party, especially when the guests don't know each other. It gets everyone talking.

    You will need: A safety pin for everyone, a small prize.

    Object of the game: Apart from getting to know each other, the aim is to collect as many clothes pegs from the other guests as possible.

    Instructions:

  • Hand out a safety pin to all the guests on arrival.
  • Ask them to attach the pin to their upper clothes.
  • Tell the guests to mix and mingle around the room asking and answering questions with each other.
  • They are not allowed to use the couples names or anniversary or any variation of these words.
  • If anyone uses the forbidden words, they must hand over their pin to the other person.
  • The winner is the person with all the pins at the end of a set time or end of the anniversary games section of your party.


  • Anniversary Trivia Contest

    You will need: A list of questions about the couple. For example, how did they meet? When are their birthdays?Where was the honeymoon? What are their occupations? How did he propose? Favorite restaurant? Favorite food etc. List questions based on what you already know about the couple and that they are happy to share. Pens and paper. A Scoreboard.

    Object of the game:For the guests to learn more about the couple. Points are scored for correct answers. Each team must give an answer even if they don't know the true answer. Points can be scored for creative answers as judged by the couple themselves. Small prize, (Chocolates).

    Instructions:

  • If there are many people you could group them into teams, alternatively individual or pairs will suffice.
  • Explain the objective of the game.
  • Ask the question and have each team/person write their answer down.
  • Once all the questions have been asked, go round the room and have each team/person read out their answers.
  • Award points accordingly, the team/person with the highest score wins.
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    Name That Tune

    Adapt a TV game show, one of my favorite anniversary games. Choose an era suitable to the celebration.

    You will need: Pre prepared recording of a selection of the songs of the era. (30 sec for each song). A small prize.

    Object of the game:For the guests to name that tune and identify whether it is the couple liked the song. A fun addition to this game is where the couple have to dance to each of the songs as they are played. A noise making item for each team e.g a bell, a whistle, a horn, a rattle, clackers. Option, guests could shout out "happy anniversary".

    Instructions:

  • If there are many people you could group them into teams, alternatively individual or pairs will suffice.
  • Explain the objective of the game.
  • Play the first song and have the couple get up and dance (optional).
  • The first team to to sound off their noise making item can have a chance to name the song and the artist singing. If correct they get a point.
  • If they are wrong, they lose a point and a another team can have a go, once they have used their noise making item.
  • For extra point they have to know if it is the bride or the grooms choice of song.
  • Repeat with all the songs.
  • The team with the most points at the end wins the game.


  • The Year That Was...(insert specific year)

    A trivia quiz to test everyone's memory of the year. Anniversary games will make your party memorable.

    You will need: A list of questions. (Try grouping the questions into categories for e.g, music, fashion, famous people, news events), pens and paper for guests, music of the time, small prize.

    Object of the game:To answer the questions correctly, the person or team (if large group), with the most correct answers wins.

    Instructions:

  • Read out the instructions
  • Ask the questions by category
  • Play music of the time while guests think and write the answers.
  • Tally the scores and award prize for winner/s.


  • How Much Did It Cost?

    Some anniversary games can test your memories, this one certainly does.

    You will need: Pens and paper for guests, A list of items and their cost at the time of the original event. Music of the time. Small prize.

    Object of the game:For the guests to write down the correct cost of each item as it would have been back in the year that the couple were married. Play music of the time while the guests think and write down their answers. This can be done as a team game if the group is large.

    Instructions:

  • Explain the objective of the game to the guests
  • Hand out the paper and pens to the guests.
  • Ask each of the questions, allowing enough time for the guests to write the answer to each question.
  • Tally the scores and award prize for winner/s.


  • Anniversary Bingo

    Use anniversary games when there are lots of guest and you want them all to get involved. Base around the year of, or the era of the original event e.g. 1960's

    You will need: Bingo cards for each guest,(9 squares). On each square, write an event that happened in that year/era. Vary each bingo card so that no card is identical. Pens or pencils for each guest. Names of the specific events for the era must be also written separately on individual pieces of paper, a box. A small prize.

    Object of the game:The first guest to get 3 specific events in a row either vertically, horizontally or diagonally wins.

    Instructions:

  • Hand out the bingo cards.
  • Explain how the game works.
  • The couple or the facilitator, pull a slip of paper out of the box and reveal the event type that's written.
  • If the guests has that event on their card, they can cross it off.
  • The first guest to cross off 3 events in a row either vertically, horizontally or diagonally wins.
  • This game can continue another round if a winner is found too quickly.
  • Anniversary games can turn a good party into a fantastic party. You don't need too many, just choose the right one for your guests.



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