20th Wedding Anniversary




Day Lily

Traditional 20th Wedding Anniversary Symbol - China
Modern 20th Wedding Anniversary Symbol - Platinum
20th Wedding Anniversary Gemstone - Emerald
20th Wedding Anniversary Flower - Day Lily

The traditional symbol of the 20th Wedding Anniversary is China. It symbolizes the beautiful and elegant yet delicate and fragile nature of love.

Because it is fragile, China is a reminder not to take your marriage for granted, but to nourish and care for it each and every day.

Platinum is the modern symbol of the 20th wedding anniversary. Because it is resistant to tarnish and wear, it symbolizes endurance, strength, and overcoming obstacles.

Together, china and platinum create the perfect picture of what a 20-year marriage should look like. Your marriage has withstood the test of time.

The gemstone for the 20th anniversary is Emerald and the flower is the Day Lily. So make sure to incorporate these symbols into your special day!

Are you looking for fun and creative ways to celebrate this milestone anniversary?

Look no further! We have some great 20th wedding anniversary ideas that will make yours an occasion to remember!


20th Wedding Anniversary Party Invitation
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Do you want to be the couple that everyone remembers for your ingenious and classy style?

Try this invitation idea for an anniversary party and you're sure to make a lasting impression! We've combined the idea of "china," meaning fine tableware, with "China," the country in Asia.

Purchase inexpensive (oven safe) plates at the dollar store to symbolize china.

Write the invitation details directly on the plates with a black sharpie marker. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes at 300 degrees to make permanent.

For added flair, write "Happy Anniversary" using Chinese characters on the top rim of the plates. It's easy since the phrase is only 5 characters in Chinese. Just click on the picture to enlarge it to help you write the words.

Or write a different word, phrase, or sentence that is meaningful to you in Chinese; use Google Translate to see how (free - just do a google search) .

You could also write "Happy Anniversary" using fancy stencils along the bottom and side rim of the plates.

Mail or hand deliver the invitations to your party guests. No doubt, everyone will be talking about you!


20th Wedding Anniversary Table Setting
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Wooden Fan Table Decoration

Okay, now for the decorations...

You will, of course, want to use your best China to serve your dinner guests. And since the traditional symbol for the 20th anniversary is China, how about a Chinese theme for a fun twist?

Decorative Chopsticks
  • Hang Chinese paper lanterns over the table
  • Create a fortune cookie centerpiece by filling a hurricane vase with fortune cookies. Tie a ribbon bow around the vase or a piece of twine/cord and stuff with chopsticks.
Chinese Horoscope Placemat
  • Place wooden folding fans on or near guests' plates
  • Set Chinese scrolls with individualized "thank you for coming" messages next to guest place settings
  • Use decorative porcelain or ceramic chopsticks with rests (engraved with guests names would be even better!)
Chinese Character Stones Table Decor
  • Use Chinese horoscope calendars as place mats for great conversation starters (Are you a rat or a horse?)
  • Place Chinese character stones around the table
  • Add oriental cocktail umbrellas to drinks
  • Set Chinese vases filled with flowers on the table (hint: the Day Lily is the 20th wedding anniversary flower)
Oriental Cocktail Umbrellas

For some more 20th wedding anniversary party ideas, try these party favors:

  • Red good luck money envelopes filled with Chinese coins or currency
Good Luck Money Envelope Party Favor
  • Favor boxes with oriental patterns
  • Oriental bookmarks
  • Fortune cookie keychain
20th Anniversary Party Favor
  • Chinese Yo Yo
  • Chinese symbol/charm bracelet
  • Chinese character necklace

When choosing colors for your decorations, consider the color red as it is a symbol for good luck in China.

Also remember that the gemstone for the 20th wedding anniversary is emerald, so green is a good color choice too.

Another great idea
for a 20th wedding anniversary party is to have children serve as waiters/waitresses dressed in kimonos.

Also, play oriental background music for some terrific ambiance.

Fortune Cookie Centerpiece

20th Wedding Anniversary Fortune Cookie Centerpiece
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An easy yet creative, idea for a masterful centerpiece is to add fortune cookies to a hurricane vase.

For additional decoration, you could wrap a ribbon bow or cord around the vase and insert a decorative set of chopsticks into the bow/cord.

A fun idea is to make your own homemade fortune cookies with special, customized messages inside.

This is a great family activity, a way to include the children in celebrating this special milestone anniversary!

When sending invitations, you could include a strip of paper (approx. 8 cm X 1 1/2 cm) for guests to return with an RSVP to be stuffed inside a cookie.

Or you could write your own messages to put inside the cookies. For example:

  • John & Jane Smith, 1994-2014
  • Happy 20th Anniversary
  • Here's to another 20 years
  • You are the love of my life
  • You are my everything

Making fortune cookies is super easy and only takes about 30 minutes. Here is a sample recipe that makes about 1 dozen (12):

  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 8 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons white sugar
  • 3 teaspoons water
  • Fortunes (8 cm X 1 1/2 cm strips of paper)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. (175 degrees C.)

2. Grease cookie sheet

3. Beat egg whites, vanilla extract, and almond extract in bowl

4. Sift flour, cornstarch, salt, and sugar in a separate bowl; stir in water

5. Add flour mixture to egg white mixture and stir until smooth

6. Place level tablespoons of batter onto greased cookie sheet about 4 inches (10 cm) apart

7. Move cookie sheet side-to-side to create circle shapes 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter

8. Bake 10-15 minutes until edges are golden brown and easy to remove from sheet

9. Working quickly while still warm, place fortune paper in the middle of the cookies, gently fold cookies in half, place over the rim of a cup and gently pull the edges downward over the rim

10. Place cookies in the cups of a muffin tin or egg carton to keep shape

Tip: You only have about 20 seconds to form the shape of the fortune cookies after baking or you risk cracking/breaking the cookie, so you may want to bake only a few at a time or have helpers!

Optional: Add 1/2 teaspoon of food coloring to the batter during Step 5 for colored fortune cookies. Red or green are great choices as red symbolizes good luck in China and green is the color of the 20th wedding anniversary gemstone. Of course, any color that complements your decor would be fantastic!

Activities/Date Ideas

Murder Mystery Dinner

20th Wedding Anniversary Party Game

Chinatown at midnight... a gun shot... the screeching wheels of a car speeding away... someone's dead!

Do you love a good caper? A whodunit murder mystery that keeps you guessing right up to the end?

Add mystery, intrigue, and excitement to your 20th wedding anniversary party by hosting a murder mystery dinner!

Murder mystery games are immensely popular at dinner parties.
Choose a Chinese-themed game like "Chinese Tea House Take-Out" by Host-Party.com.

Your guests will have a blast dressing in costume and acting in the role of their chosen character. The menu will be easy for you as the recipes are provided. You will have hours of fun and it will truly be an evening to remember!

Chinese Table Games

Chinese Checkers

Looking for something a little more low key? Perhaps something quiet to enjoy with only a few guests or perhaps just the two of you?

Then table games might be a little more your style. How about a game of Chinese checkers for the "China" anniversary?

For 2-6 players, it's so easy to learn even young children can play! Yet it involves skill and strategy, so it's also fun for adults.

20th Anniversary Game - Chinese Checkers


Ever played the hugely popular Chinese game Mahjong?

It's a 4-player game very similar to Rummy but with tiles. The object is to create sets by drawing and discarding tiles.

According to Chinese legend, it was invented by Confucius in 500 B.C.

20th Anniversary Game - Mahjong


Do you prefer cooperation over competition?

Tangram is a Chinese puzzle made of 7 pieces that are put together to form familiar objects.

Over 6,000 shapes/pictures are possible. What pictures will you and your spouse come up with?

20th Anniversary Game - Tangram


The Chinese game Go is one of the most popular board games around the world.

It is also one of the oldest games as it has been played in China for at least 3,000 years.

A highly strategic game for 2 players, you can spend hours of fun playing this game with your love.

20th Anniversary Game - Go

Ping Pong

Although Ping Pong did not originate in China, due to the dominance of the sport by the Chinese, it is often associated with China.

For some exhilarating fun, add this game to the enjoyment of your anniversary.

20th Anniversary Game - Ping Pong

Broken-China Mosaic

Broken-China Mosaic

For a fun and unique 20th wedding anniversary date idea, create a broken-china mosaic together.

It can be an enjoyable project to share with your spouse.

You can create a garden stepping stone, kitchen backsplash, tabletop, or chair seat. The only limit to what you can do is your imagination.

Find inexpensive China pieces at antique stores, second-hand stores, flea markets, and yard sales. Then follow one of these methods:

Method 1


  • China
  • Towel
  • Hammer
  • Bucket
  • Mold
  • Cement
  • Mixing stick
  • Toothbrush

1. Wrap china in towel and lightly tap with hammer to break the China.

2. Arrange pieces on paper template cut to the size of the mold.

3. Empty dry cement into bucket and mix with water in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.

4. Pour cement mixture into mold and smooth the surface with mixing stick.

5. Transfer your design one piece at a time to the surface of the mold, fitting the pieces together like a puzzle, leaving some space between them.

6. Let set for 24 hours then gently clean the china pieces using a toothbrush and water.

7. Let set an additional 48 hours before removing from mold.

Broken-China Mosaic Teapot

Method 2


  • China
  • Towel
  • Hammer
  • Tile snips
  • Tile glue
  • Grout
  • Spatula
  • Sponge

1. Wrap china in towel and lightly tap with hammer to break the China.

2. Nip sharp points with tile snips and trim for better fit.

3. Arrange pieces on template cut to the size of the surface to be used.

4. Adhere pieces to surface with tile glue in accordance with manufacturer's directions (space pieces about 1/4" apart).

5. Let dry 24 hours.

6. Prepare grout in accordance with manufacturer's directions.

7. Spread grout over the mosaic using a spatula or grout spreader making sure to get enough in between the pieces.

8. Wait 15-20 minutes then remove excess grout using a moist sponge.

9. Allow grout to dry then polish mosaic with a dry towel.

20th Wedding Anniversary Vacation Idea

Trip to China/Chinatown

The 20th wedding anniversary is the perfect milestone anniversary to splurge on a big vacation with your spouse.

Your marriage is worth it!

This year take a trip to China and enjoy oriental pleasures. If a trip to China is not feasible, drive to a
nearby Chinatown. Stroll the streets and window shop, take in the sights, and experience authentic Chinese cuisine. 

Happy 20th wedding anniversary!

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