35th Wedding Anniversary Party Ideas

From a classic coral celebration to a disco bash and honeymoon-inspired parties

We may be parents, fretting about our college kids and young adults, but we're romantic souls too. And a 35th wedding anniversary is a big deal. So if you're looking for ideas for that 30th wedding anniversary celebration, look no further. Here are half a dozen great ideas for 35th wedding anniversary parties, from a classic coral celebration to a retro disco bash and honeymoon-inspired parties.

  • 01 of 07

    A Coral-Themed 35th Anniversary Party

    Photo courtesy of Craig Toron, Stock.Xchng Photos

    Traditionally, 35th wedding anniversaries are associated with coral, which is not only a gorgeous color but a motif that evokes the sea. So, why not use coral as a theme for an anniversary party? Here's how...

  • 02 of 07

    35th Wedding Anniversary Party: A Greek Feast

    Santorini, Greece
    Santorini, Greece. Photo courtesy of Chris, Stock.Xchng Photos

    A second honeymoon is a lovely way to celebrate a wedding anniversary, especially when it's a big one, like the 35th. But if you want to celebrate with friends and family, whisking everyone off to Greece, Tuscany or Hawaii is going to be more than a tad pricey. So why not use that honeymoon destination as inspiration for an anniversary party at home? This Greek feast includes wonderful small plates fare, a little sirtaki music - and perhaps some Abba - and plenty of fun.

  • 03 of 07
    Disco ball
    Photo courtesy of Victor Iglesias, Stock.Xchng Photos

    Celebrate with an anniversary party that recalls your dating heyday, back in those days of disco. The light-hearted, retro fun of a 1970's or '80s theme party evokes those days when hair was big, fashions garish and the music incredible - and you were falling in love. So moonwalk with your sweetie, groove to Madonna and remember that girls - and boys - just want to have fun.  Here's <a...MORE href="http://youngadults.about.com/od/graduationtips/ss/25th-Wedding-Anniversary-Parties-A-Retro-1980s-Party.htm">how to throw that retro disco party</a>.

  • 04 of 07

    An Italian Anniversary Celebration

    Italian Feast
    An Italian Feast. iStock Photo

    Ah, bella Italia... those days spent in Venice, Tuscany or Capri were divine on your honeymoon. Now they'll inspire this 35th anniversary celebration, from the food - salumi, antipasto and Prosecco, anyone? - to the music. It will be amore indeed.

    Continue to 5 of 7 below.
  • 05 of 07
    Hula dancers
    Hula dancers at sunset. iStock Photo

    Hawaiian shirts, grass skirts, coconut bras - and fabulous fruity cocktails. Is there anything more fun than a Hawaiian-style luau? Celebrate your anniversary in tropical style with tiki torches, teriyaki and ukulele tunes. Then bring on the hula lessons.

  • 06 of 07
    Las Vegas Sign
    The iconic Las Vegas sign. iStock Photo

    What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas? Well, not if you met there, married there or honeymooned in that dazzling desert city. Then that glorious love affair came home too. So celebrate your big 35th anniversary with a Las Vegas-style anniversary party at home, complete with casino games, eclectic soundtrack, and even a philanthropic twist.

  • 07 of 07
    Photo booth
    iStock Photo

    Remember photo booths? You climbed in, the camera flashed a few times, and voila, an old-school photo strip emerged with four funny images. Well, those retro booths are making a big comeback. They're popping up at weddings, grad night parties, proms, and other bashes, where they not only snap pictures, they provide hours of amusement. And they're perfect for 30th wedding anniversary parties too. You can rent one, but​ it's even more fun to make your own.