50 Anniversary Party Recipes For An Extra-Special Celebration
Love is always worth celebrating, but it’s especially special on a wedding anniversary. No matter how many years it’s been, a milestone year can transport you back in time. While it’s always sentimental to dust off the ole wedding album to commemorate the occasion, there’s no better excuse for party in your honor. It doesn’t matter if it’s been 10, 25, or 50 years since the Big Day. You’ve accomplished (read: survived compromises on) a lot together. If that’s not worth celebrating, what is?
Treat friends and family honoring that long-ago walk down the aisle to something tasty. From heavy hors d’oeuvres and appetizers to decadent desserts and treats, we’ve rounded up our best anniversary party food ideas. There are even a few single-serving cake ideas that may give your original wedding cake a run for its money. Trust us. One plateful from a buffet table with these recipes and you’ll be ready to say, “I do” all over again.
Potato Puffs with Toppings
Recipe: Potato Puffs with Toppings
A fancier version of tater tots, these poppable hors d’oeuvres are party ready and prepped for all sorts of toppings.
Garlic Butter-Roasted Shrimp Cocktail
This warm, butter-roasted recipe blows a cold shrimp cocktail out of the water.
Molten Red Velvet Cakes
Recipe: Molten Red Velvet Cakes
Celebrate your love with a single-serving molten cake that proves sharing is overrated.
Creamy Feta-and-Herb Dip
Recipe: Creamy Feta-and-Herb Dip
Surround this tangy, homemade dip with colorful baby vegetables.
Blue Cheese-and-Pecan Stuffed Cherry Peppers
Sweet, hot peppers, rich blue cheese, and pecans make for a one-bite treat with great texture.
Buttermilk-Lime Mini Cakes with Vanilla-Mascarpone Buttercream
Reminiscent of a white wedding cake, this miniature cake it sure satisfy sugar cravings.
Warm Cheese-and-Spicy Pecan Dip
Recipe: Warm Cheese-and-Spicy Pecan Dip
Cheese dip takes a trip down South with cream cheese, mayo, and a crunchy, cayenne-spiced pecans for a show-stopping finish.
Queso-Filled Mini Peppers
Recipe: Queso-Filled Mini Peppers
Melty queso meets mini sweet peppers in an appetizer that will make you forget the tortilla chips.
Ultimate Dark Chocolate Brownies
Recipe: Ultimate Dark Chocolate Brownies
Rich dark chocolate mixed with bourbon and espresso feels as right as your wedding vows.
Mashed Potato Bar
Recipe: Mashed Potato Bar
You'll be hard pressed to find a guest who doesn't love a mashed potato bar.
Mini Tomato Sandwiches With Bacon Mayonnaise
It's not a Southern celebration without a bite-sized tomato sandwich.
White Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
These white-chocolate covered strawberries are served best with a side of romance.
Recipe: Potato Skins
Fully loaded and ready to party, these potato skins pile on cheddar cheese and crumbled bacon for an undeniable hit every time.
Recipe: Chocolate Trifle Recipe
The crowd will be smitten with these single-serving layers of pudding, brownies, whipped cream, and crushed candy bars.
Smoky Black-Eyed Pea Hummus
Recipe: Smoky Black-Eyed Pea Hummus
This Southern take on classic hummus blends a country-cooking staple with a traditional Middle Eastern recipe.
Recipe: Bacon Bites
Bacon is the hero in these toasted, bacon-wrapped breadsticks that are just as tasty as they sound.
7-Layer Elvis Dessert Dip
Recipe: 7-Layer Elvis Dessert Dip
Seven layers collide to create a magical treat that would make Elvis himself say, "Thank you. Thank you very much."
Cream Cheese-and-Walnut Stuffed Celery
Celery sticks have never tasted better. In this easy bite, cream cheese, honey, and walnuts combine for a party-worthy taste each could never achieve on its own.
Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad
Recipe: Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad
Flavorful and fresh, this update on the classic caprese is meant for big-batch serving.
Valentine's Day Sugar Cookies
Recipe: Valentine's Day Sugar Cookies
Their name might say Valentine's Day, but these pretty heart cookies can share the love at any celebration.
Mini Mushroom-and-Goat Cheese Pot Pies
Everything tastes better bite-sized, but a delicious mushroom, goat cheese, and sherry filling doesn't hurt either.
Baked Brie Bites
Recipe: Baked Brie Bites
They might look a bit fancy, but this five-ingredient appetizer is ready in less than 20 minutes.
Cream Cheese Brownies
Recipe: Cream Cheese Brownies
A swirled top gives away to a rich and gooey inside for a brownie that's sure to stand out from the rest.
Youngins and adults alike won't be able to resist piling these sliders on their plates.
Recipe: Cocktail Meatballs
Jazz up the appetizer table with an iconic recipe that won't last long unless you prepare a second batch.
No-Bake Peanut Butter-Fudge Ice-Cream Pie
This mile-high peanut butter pie is something to behold. Did we mention there's no baking involved?
Goat Cheese and Gouda Pimiento Cheese
Once you switch to Goat cheese and Gouda, you may never look back. Try this cheese twist for a dressed up take on the classic spread.
Mini Shrimp Rolls
Recipe: Mini Shrimp Rolls
These fresh seafood rolls are as fun as they look. Everyone will devour these cute little sandwiches made with shrimp, celery, and pickled jalapenos.
Recipe: Strawberry-Lemonade Cake
Lemony layers tango with a strawberry-lemonade jam filing and strawberry frosting in a cake that will leave the whole crowd in love.
Recipe: Cornbread-Stuffed Zucchini
Slice up this stuffed veggie recipe for a hearty appetizer that proves it's what's on the inside that counts.
Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies
Recipe: Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies
The romance of red velvet without the hassle, not one will believe these chewy cookies start with a box of cake mix.
Mini Black Bean and Cheese Enchiladas
Recipe: Mini Black Bean and Cheese Enchiladas
Turn enchiladas into a snack-size party favorite in three easy steps.
Party Puffs with Ham Salad
Recipe: Cheese Puffs with Ham Salad
These cheesy party puffs are good on their own, but they're even better filled with our tangy Ham Salad.
Warm Spinach-Sweet Onion Dip with Country Ham
The hardest part about this classic dip with a Southern twist is making sure you keep the chip stocked.
Tres Leches Cake
Recipe: Tres Leches Cake
Similar to angel food cake, you can make this light and spongey dessert into adorable miniature cakes by using a round cutter for pretty presentation.
Meatball Sliders with Tomato Sauce
Slow cooked and satisfying, this saucy recipe was made for a crowd.
Lemon-Coconut Chess Bars
Recipe: Lemon-Coconut Chess Bars
Tangy bars with a smooth filling perfect for entertaining.
Artichoke and Crab Meat Dip
Recipe: Artichoke and Crab Meat Dip
Crab meat will soon be your guests' new favorite artichoke pairing.
Grilled Garlic Bread
Recipe: Grilled Garlic Bread
It's not a buffet spread without garlic bread, and this version adds a nice smoky char from the grill.
Mini Confetti Cakes
Recipe: Mini Confetti Cakes
Delight guests with stunning cut round cakes they'll never guess were sliced from a simple vanilla sheet cake.
Tomato and Feta Dip
Recipe: Tomato and Feta Dip
A tomato based dip with a cheesy feta taste guests will fall for after just one bite.
Strawberry-Rhubarb Pretzel Pie
Recipe: Strawberry-Rhubarb Pretzel Pie
Turn your favorite strawberry-pretzel salad into a delicious pie in this twist on a classic.
Crispy Pork Meatballs
Recipe: Crispy Pork Meatballs
Guests will have a hard time turning down these Asian-inspired meatballs, especially when dipped in spicy mayo.
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
Recipe: Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
Crisp on the outside and gooey on the inside, these crinkle cookies are so tender you just might mistake them for an exceptionally chocolatey brownie.
Homemade Onion Dip
Recipe: Homemade Onion Dip
You'll quit serving onion dip from a packet ever again after making this simple recipe.
Recipe: Homemade Pretzels
Guests will agree. Soft pretzels taste even better straight from your own kitchen.