10 Year Wedding Anniversary

What's the perfect way to celebrate your 10 year wedding anniversary?


The traditional symbol for the 10 year wedding anniversary is tin, which offers lots of ways to show off your culinary skills. From tin cans to tin cookie cutters, tin foil, and pie tins, the kitchen provides a treasure trove of ideas for celebrating this anniversary in style.

You'll need invitations, decorations, activities, and of course great food. You might want to split up the list of ingredients among your friends and have everyone bring something. This really adds to the fun and excitement and helps to keep the cost down.

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10th Anniversary Invitation
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First things first. You will need to mail or hand deliver invitations to your guests. Since the traditional theme for the 10 year wedding anniversary is tin, consider using gray-colored invitations.

Attach tin foil to the back of the invitation using tape or glue. Using a black sharpie, write a personalized message or instructions on the foil.

Or instead, attach tin foil cut outs of hearts or other shapes to the front or back of the invitation.

As an extra, attach something tin to the invitation
using a hole punch and some ribbon. For example, a tin cookie cutter or tin measuring spoons.

Make sure to tell your guests what cooking ingredients or supplies to bring (see recipes below).


Tin Anniversary Table Setting
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Now at this point you must be asking, how in the world am I supposed to decorate with tin for a 10 year wedding anniversary? Glad you asked. Lots of ways!

  • Use tin pie pans as plates. You can find them at the dollar store. Substitute tin foil pie pans (grocery store baking aisle) if you can't find inexpensive metal pans.

  • Use tin lunch boxes as an alternative to tin pie pans. Due to their popularity, they can usually be found at party supply stores.

  • Set tin "plates" on tin chargers.

  • Tin mugs or tin cups can be found at camping supply stores. Substitute a tin-colored metal if you are unable to find actual tin.

  • Tin serving trays are perfect for serving food. Substitute another tin-colored metal if necessary.

  • Purchase aluminum candlesticks and tin-colored candles for romantic and elegant lighting.

  • Mini tin photo frames can be purchased at the dollar store and used as place holders. Or put a picture of the anniversary couple in a tin photo frame as a centerpiece surrounded by tinsel.

  • Add "tin" Hershey's kisses to metal tins as party favors and place by each plate.

  • Cover the table with a "tin" tablecloth (i.e., gray).

  • Place votive candles in tin cans and line the driveway, porch, deck or patio.

  • Arrange daffodil flowers (the 10 year wedding anniversary flower) in tin pails, tin coffee cans, or tin milk canisters.



Pears with Candied Walnuts & Gorgonzola

Pears with Candied Walnuts & Gorgonzola
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  • 1 1/4 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 4 pears, halved lengthwise, cored, and cut into wedges
  • 8 ounces Gorgonzola dolce

Preheat oven to 375°F. Stir sugar and salt together in a small bowl. Bring butter and maple syrup to a boil in a large saute pan, then remove from heat. Add nuts, and toss to coat. Transfer nuts to a rimmed baking sheet, and sprinkle with sugar mixture; toss to coat, and spread in an even layer. Toast in oven until fragrant, about 7 minutes. Transfer sheet to a wire rack; let nuts cool completely.

(Martha Stewart recipe)


Filet Mignon in Red Wine & Grape Sauce

Filet Mignon in Red Wine & Grape Sauce
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  • Five 8- to 10-ounce filet mignons
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced onions
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 pound red seedless grapes, divided
  • 1/2 quart beef stock
  • 1/2 cup red wine (Zinfandel)

Place the steaks in a nonreactive container and season with salt, pepper, garlic, onions, and olive oil. Marinate in refrigerator at least 2 hours up to 24 hours. Preheat grill to medium-high. Puree half of the grapes in a blender. Cut the remaining grapes in half. In a small, heavy saucepan, combine the pureed grapes, beef stock and wine. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 10-15 minutes. Stir in the halved grapes. Place the filets on the grill and cook to taste. Top filets with sauce. Serve with asparagus and red potatoes.

(Costco recipe)


Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Mousse
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4 Servings

  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup chilled heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • whipped cream and chocolate shavings, for garnish

Bring about 1 inch water to a simmer in a saucepan. Put chocolate and butter in a heat-proof bowl and set over the pan, without it touching the water. Stir with a wooden spoon until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Remove bowl from heat and let mixture cool slightly. Whisk and beat the egg yolks into the chocolate one at a time, beating until smooth after each addition. Set aside. In separate bowl, beat egg whites until foamy. Add cream of tartar and beat until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in 1/4 cup sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks form. In a chilled bowl, beat heavy cream until it begins to thicken. Add remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar and vanilla, continuing to beat until cream holds soft peaks. Stir a spoonful of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture to lighten it, then fold in the rest. Fold in the whipped cream, taking care not to overwork the mousse or it will be heavy. Divide the mousse into 4 glasses. Cover and chill until ready to serve. Garnish with whipped cream and chocolate shavings before serving.

(Tyler Florence recipe)


So you've enjoyed cooking with your friends and sharing a meal together. But the night is still young, so what is a happily married couple to do?

Tin can bowling is the answer! Stack cans one on top of the other and have fun throwing a ball, bean bag, or water balloons at the stacked cans.

Tin Can Bowling

Be sure to keep score as the competition can be quite fierce!

For true enjoyment after a large meal, nothing beats the thrill of Plinking. Never plinked before? It's target practice using tin cans.

Tin Can Plinking

If your venue is not zoned for firearms, try BB guns, airguns, paint guns, or super soakers. Seriously, this is great fun.

But if you're looking for something more mellow, a nice, nostalgic, movie is a good choice.

Two great "tin" movies are The Wizard of Oz (starring the Tin Man, of course) and Tin Cup (Kevin Costner and Renee Russo).

A movie is the perfect ending to a perfect night. Happy 10th anniversary!

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