You guys are going to love this fun 30th anniversary party from Kate Headley and Pineapple Productions! The couple wanted to do something fun and different, so they asked their guests to wear “bride and groom attire,” and an invitation insert gave suggestions like Wear your old wedding dress, you’ll look fabulous! and Consider fashions from a past decade. The result was a variety of fabulous costumes, from Downton Abbey garb to a hippie bride and groom. Love it!

The colors of the invitation suite were inspired by the idea of nostalgia and warm memories: sepia, black and white, and gold foil.

Waiters passed mason jars of “Honeymoon Shine” (honey simple syrup, bourbon and grapefruit juice served over ice) with gray and white straws and cocktail flag stirrers.

Upon arrival, guests were greeted by a traditional string quartet that played modern music – everything from Lady Gaga to Bruce Springsteen to The Beatles. Waiters passed French 76 cocktails (mandarin orange and lemon juices shaken with vodka and ice, topped with champagne and garnished with a lemon twist), and then guests were ushered in for a photo op moment. Costumes included a Cinderella and Prince Charming, Gatsby-inspired bride and groom, bride of Frankenstein, Hawaiian bride and groom, ball and chain, 1980s bride and groom, among many others.

Guests enjoyed several delicious catering stations with some of the couple’s favorite foods, from an Artisan Bacon station to a Farmers Market station (see full menu below).

From the couple: “We thought an offbeat, almost tongue in cheek concept would set a festive party mood that would lead to much laughter and warm memories. Instead of renewing our vows and making the party solely about us, we wanted to bring family and friends together to celebrate the idea of marriage in a creative and fun way. We are fortunate to have so many friends who are as creative as they are supportive – we encouraged everyone to approach the costume aspect of our party with a sense of humor, and our guests really had a great time figuring out their attire for night!”


Passed Hors d’Oeuvres: Fried Oysters and Bloody Mary Shots / Olive and Goat Cheese Beignets / Noisettes of Lobster with Tangerine Beurre Blanc / Mac-n-Cheese Bites topped with Carolina-Style Pulled Chicken Barbecue / Fried Chicken and Biscuits / Tropical Mini Fish Taco // Artisan Bacon Station: Bacon Burgers / Miso Glazed Pork Belly on Momofoku Buns with Hoisin Sauce and Quick Pickles / Caramelized Onion and Bacon Alsatian Tarts / Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Sandwiches Made to Order with Choice of Artisan Bacon // Chophouse Station: Grilled Strip Steaks with Steak Sauce / Strip Loin Steaks with Crispy Onion Rings / Seared King Salmon Steaks / Beef Tartare / Creamed Spinach with Chèvre / Fries with Trio of Sauces / Bite-Sized Iceberg Lettuce Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese Foam, Crumbled Blue Cheese, and Bacon or Tomato Dust // Farmer’s Market Station: Butternut Squash Cappuccino / Chicken Boudin Blanc with Braised Cabbage / Sweet Corn Ravioli with Tarragon Cream / Red and Golden Beet Salad with Pancetta Crisps / Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Fresh Walnuts and Pecorino / Fried Green Tomatoes // Dessert: Pecan Pie Cake / Tiramisu Cake / Carrot Cake / Wild Blueberry Pie Pops / Gingered Pear Pie Pops / Apple Cinnamon Pie Pops / Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Pops // Parting Snack: Warm Soft Pretzels / Boylan’s Sodas


See more photos from this fun 30th anniversary costume party in the gallery.

Photographer: Kate Headley / Planning, Design: Allison Jackson, Pineapple Productions / Venue: Potomac View Terrace / Stationery: Cheree Berry Paper / Calligraphy: Arney Walker Calligraphy / Floral Design: Jack H. Lucky Floral Designs / Catering: Occasions Caterers / Cake: Charm City Cakes / Pendant Shades, Linens, Furniture: Beehive Events / Music: Dexter Lake Club Band
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  1. Megan Clouse

    Completely awesome!!!

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  2. Polly Alexandre

    OMG, I love this! Such a cool idea and love all the white going on…..

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  3. Lindsay

    This is absolutely fantastic. I love it!!!!!!

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  4. Plum Pretty Sugar

    Sooooo much fun!!


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  5. robyn @ the freckled pie

    SUCH a darling clever idea. saving it in my back pocket for my parent’s 30th. i’ve aways wanted to throw an anniversary party.

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  6. Em

    That menu sounds AMAZING!

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  7. Caribbean Wedding Events

    Wow…so much fun…right down to the menu! Congrats to the creative couple~

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  8. Trix & Trumpet

    This is a fantastic idea for an anniversary theme. It looks seriously fun, and the palette of cream and gold created a really magical feel. So beautiful.

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  12. BridesBubbles&Bliss

    Love this! How fun and magical indeed : )

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