Entertainment creates the atmosphere of excitement and romance that really makes an anniversary celebration special.

For the cocktail and dinner portion of the party, choose background music that sets the mood and encourages guests to relax and "mingle." A jazz combo, a classical group or a soloist will create just the right touch.

For dancing, a live band or disc jockey will get people out of their chairs and having a memorable time. Be sure to request dance music appropriate to the age range of the couple being honored. Rule of thumb: a live band generates the most excitement and drama, and will be more of a change of pace for guests and honorees. On the other hand, a disc jockey can play a wider variety of music, and costs less.

For the most sensational results at an anniversary party, consider a celebrity entertainer. A nationally-known act is an great way to really get people's attention, and create a memorable party in one bold stroke. Hint: If you have the help of a professional entertainment company such as Paragon, you don't have to be an expert to successfully book celebrity entertainment. (But you can take the credit!)