How to Create a 40th Anniversary Invitation

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How to Create a 40th Anniversary Invitation
Ruby is the 40th anniversary stone and colour. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Rubies are the precious stones associated with 40 years of marriage. To create a special 40th anniversary celebration invitation, incorporate the deep reds and medium pinks associated with this gemstone. If you're organising a 40th anniversary party for loved ones, consider using synthetic or costume rubies (the real stones are expensive), as well as ruby-coloured paper and personalised touches that are specific to the couple.

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Things you need

  • Invitation stock paper
  • Ruby satin ribbons
  • Synthetic, small nasturtium
  • Computer

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    Purchase ruby-coloured invitation stock paper, or off-white paper with a ruby border that is normal letter size (8 1/2 x 11), or invitation card size, which is usually either 5x7 or 4x6. Position the paper properly in the computer printer.

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    Type the intro for the invitation at the top centre of the invitation, right underneath the border if there is one. Start the invitation with something like: "40 Years of Love and Commitment" or "Come Celebrate With Us." You can also have the invitations professionally printed with gold writing to complement the ruby colour.

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    Type the invitation details in the centre of the invitation in column format, such as the date and time of the 40th anniversary party, and the location. Print each piece of information on a separate line, e.g. the date on one line, the time on the line underneath the date, and the location on a line under the time. Formal invitations are especially presentable in a font like Palace Script Semibold font. Casual or upbeat celebration invitations look great in Erbar or Barrista font.

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    Type an RSVP date at the bottom of the invitation, and include your e-mail address or phone number for guests to confirm their attendance.

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    Personalise the invitations by having the couple's family name professionally printed at the bottom of the invitation.

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    Hot-glue a ruby satin ribbon at the top of the invitation, or place it in the bottom right corner for a decorative touch that is in keeping with the theme. Add a small synthetic ruby to the middle of the bow, or accent the invitation corners with a few rubies. You can purchase the ribbon and "stones" at a local craft store, or a department store like Target. You also could glue a mini synthetic nasturtium to the corner of the invitation. Nasturtiums, round blooms that are red, yellow or orange, are the 40th anniversary flower.

Tips and warnings

  • If the couple has a particularly long last name, or you want to add some additional customised designs to the invitations, have the couple's cipher professionally printed on the invite. A cipher is the melding of both husband's and wife's initials to form one design, and will make the 40th anniversary invitation even more of a keepsake.

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