40th Wedding Anniversary Party

40th Wedding Anniversary Party Ideas: celebrate the ruby anniversary with red and pink cherry bloosom decor, and a tea party reception.
40th Wedding Anniversary Party Ideas: celebrate the ruby anniversary with red and pink cherry bloosom decor, and a tea party reception.

Yesterday some friends celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary party, and I helped out with the decor and food.  I thought you might like some 40th wedding anniversary party ideas too.

The Ruby Anniversary

A 40th wedding anniversary is traditionally the ruby anniversary, so we tried to incorporate some red into the party and went with red and pink colour palette, one of my very favourite colour combinations.  You’ll also notice lots of little red gem accents here and there.  Since it was spring we went with a cherry blossom themed to the decor.

cherry blossom party centre piece

40th Wedding Anniversary Centre Pieces

We used a church hall for the party, and tried to give it some character with our decor. The round tables had simple white cloths, and beautiful organza pink table runners.

We used silk cherry blossoms, and put them in real water to weight the vases, and make them look more authentic. I wanted a grouping of three items on the table so we used a tea light in a simple glass tea light holder, and some roses. We originally thought of roses in silver julep cups, but they were a little over budget, so I had the idea of using silver creams and sugars which we were able to rent. It was eclectic, and vintage feeling and went great with our tea party theme.

40th wedding anniversary party ideas

Another fun detail, to tie in the ruby anniversary was that we hung some black and white family pictures on the cherry blossoms with red ribbon and decorated them with red gem stickers.

40th wedding anniversary party

4oth Anniversary Banner

We covered the room’s bulletin boards with some simple white table cloths to create a neutral background. At the front of the room I hung a beautiful banner to mark the occasion, created with red and pink scrapbook papers, and letters.

40th wedding anniversary banner

Above the banner we hung a gorgeous bouquet of paper lanterns. This was my favourite detail of the entire day – I love how the Japanese cherry blossom lanterns tied into our theme.

cherry blossom party decor

These were the background for the two food tables one was savoury and the other was full of sweets.

40th wedding anniversary party decor

More Cherry Blossom Details

We also added some red and pink roses to the washroom, along with Bath and Body Works cherry blossom foaming hand soap and hand cream. Love is in the details!

cherry blossom party ideas

We used lots of red and pink roses on the food, and drink tables, and various red and pink candles in silver and mercy glass candle holders.

40th anniversary party ideas

A fun detail on the coffee and tea table, which the couple added and I will definitely use again in the future was to add a tiny amount of coloured sugar to the regular sugar. Isn’t it pretty.

40th anniversary party ideas

40th Anniversary Tea Party

The food for the party turned out really well. For the savoury table we served a variety of tea sandwiches.

40th wedding anniversary

We served veggies and dip in a plastic cup, which the guests loved the ease of.

individual veggies and dip

There was also a large cheese tray. I lined up the cheese and crackers in rows, and thought it made for a really pretty presentation.

cheese tray

I made a variety of tea sandwiches.

tea party reception

There were toast cups with chicken salad and onion sprouts -find my recipe here, cream cheese pin wheels, ham and Swiss cheese with honey mustard, egg salad on mini croissants, salmon, and cucumber fingers.

tea party finger sandwiches

tea party 40th wedding anniversary

I made some cute pics and used them in some of the sandwiches.

40th wedding anniversary tea party

The Desert Table

There was also a sweet table.

40th wedding anniversary dessert table

The highlight of the dessert table was the cupcakes, looking so beautiful on their pink and white stands. 


I made the cupcake labels, and the pics for the sandwiches with a cherry blossom graphic I found on-line to tie back into our theme.

strawberry cupcakes on a pink cake stand

Along with the cupcakes, I made a large fruit tray. I placed the fruit in rows, like the cheese and crackers, for a pretty presentation. I was lucky enough to find toothpicks for the fruit with tiny hearts on theme. How fitting for a wedding anniversary.

large fruit tray

wedding anniversary tea party

The rest of the delicious sweets were made by the family and friends, and included lemon tarts, shortbread and chocolate spritz cookies. We also included mini chocolate eclairs, and some pink meringue kisses.

wedding anniversary dessert table

tea party desserts

tea party dessert table

It was a beautiful day for a beautiful couple. I loved all the cherry blossom and red and pink details. I think they’d be a beautiful theme for a shower, birthday, wedding or any spring party.

40th wedding anniversary party ideas

Congratulations Ian and Lois, 40 years married and still very much in love, sometimes life is a party!

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  1. I read lobster… Kim, I would like some lobster! 🙂

    This party was amazing! the pictures are beautiful but they don’t even do it justice

  2. So beautiful – I’d like to book you for my next birthday party. I’d like the theme to be tired mommy – any ideas?

  3. Lovely party, I would love to feature it on my blog if you are interested! Please let me know. The fruit tray has my mouth watering! 🙂


  4. OH, OH, OH – each picture gets better and better. What an OUTSTANDING celebration. And attention to detail – AMAZING! The food photos – inspiring, the decorations, incredible – wow, wow, wow

    NEW FOLLOWER (*actually ADMIRER!!!!)

  5. I absolutely ADORE cherry blossoms and this is stunning the way you pulled it all together. Thank you for stopping by The Howell Blessings , this way I got to peek at your lovely party!

    Miss Mindy
    The Howell Blessings

  6. This is very pretty! I absolutely love the idea of the veggies and dip in a glass!! Thanks for sharing that, I definitely will use the idea. Yummy food ideas as well.

  7. Dannyelle – This is such a great party. I adore the theme and the decor is very pretty! Fantastic job! Thanks so much for linking to The Sunday Showcase Party – I greatly appreciate it. I have featured this Sunday. Have a wonderful week.
    ~ Stephanie Lynn

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