When planning a 40th-anniversary party, celebrate the longevity of the couple's relationship by featuring photographs, newspaper clippings and mementos that highlight the couple's 40 years together. Entertain anniversary-party guests with a glimpse of the past by displaying a well-organised poster board. Keepsakes put up on a poster board for guests to admire become a great conversation starter and a souvenir for the couple after the anniversary party.
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Family-Photo Poster Board
Show party guests how the anniversary couple's family has grown over the last 40 years. Whether you arrange family photographs in a collage or as a linear family tree, everyone will see the family structure the couple helped build. Include pictures of the couple's siblings, children, grandchildren and spouses of these relatives. For a large 40th-wedding-anniversary party that includes extended relatives, add short descriptions to the family-photo poster board. Include names, locations and dates so everyone can enjoy the visual trip down memory lane.
Wedding Photo Collage
Dust off the photo albums and make copies of photographs from the couple's wedding ceremony 40 years ago. Decorate the poster board with wedding-theme scrapbook paper and bridal stickers and embellish the board with stick-on ruby rhinestones -- since the ruby signifies 40th wedding anniversaries. If available, add a wedding invitation, ceremony program, monogrammed cocktail napkin or other memento saved from the couple's wedding.
If the anniversary couple regularly made the news, create a poster board highlighting their achievements. Articles announcing occupational promotions, awards or the family business that haven't been read in years will delight the couple while informing anniversary-party guests about the couple's past. If the couple wrote for the local newspaper or took photographs for a regional magazine as newlyweds, display these clippings on a poster board also.
A Look at the Past
If old photographs, wedding memorabilia or newspaper clippings don't exist, create a poster board that celebrates the year the couple married. In the past 40 years styles, trends, hot news topics and the price of everyday items have changed dramatically. Research the popular music of their wedding year and make a copy of the album cover to include on the poster board. Find out the price of a gallon of milk or a dozen eggs from 40 years ago and display that information next to a current grocery-store ad for the same items. The couple and guests alike will find the information interesting.
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