More Tips for Planning a Retirement Party
With the guest list, party venue and catering services taken care of, you can begin thinking about ideas for making the party a fun, memorable event for the retiree as well as the guests. Below are a few to help get you started:
Will the party have a theme? A few popular retirement party themes include Hire Year (decorations, entertainment and guest attire are based on the era when the guest of honor first became employed), Company in Mourning ( a “funeral” theme in which guests, dressed in black, pay their respects to the company losing a valued employee), and Permanent Vacation (a vacation-themed party).
Who will speak? Retirement parties usually include at least one speaker, so decide in advance if the person leading the event will be you or someone else. Whoever is doing it should prepare a small speech, one that welcomes guests and makes the guest of honor feel special. You can also give other guests the option to speak. If you plan to do so, tell them in advance so they can think about what they want to say. Make the speeches lively, humorous and fun. Most importantly, honor the retiree.
Create a video keepsake. Gather photos of the retiree’s life and career and create a video to run continuously during the party. After the party, give the video to the retiree to keep.
Prepare a bucket list. What will the guest of honor do after retiring? Ask party guests for ideas. For this fun activity, you will place a bucket on a table with paper and pens. As they arrive, invite guests to write their ideas on the paper and put them in the bucket. Later, someone reads a few of the ideas and presents the bucket to the retiree.
You can find many more ideas to help with planning a retirement party online. With good planning and a little help, you can make the party a memory the retiree will treasure forever.