are a mixture of sweetness and sorrow.
who have worked together for a while become acquaintances and then
Leaving a familiar place and starting a new life is wonderful...
gifts and themes for the party depend on what's ahead, and who's hosting. If it's a bunch of friends who have been with the retiree for years, a retirement roast (with all the requisite gag gifts and retirement jokes) might be just the thing. If it's a formal affair, a luncheon or fancy dinner party may be more fitting.
Get everyone on board with decorations and party food that center around the retiree's favorite hobbies or future destinations. For some of the best ideas, contact family members if possible, and invite them to party along (don't forget the grandkids!) to make it even more special.
Depending on their interests, make it a golf party, an Hawaiian luau, or how about making it a 60's party theme blast from the past? Besides a retirement roast, consider a humorous PowerPoint presentation including photos, or ask colleagues to email fitting tributes to the guest of honor and print them out for display at the party,
No matter what the venue, speechifying is next on the list of memorable retirement party activities, along with a playlist of songs suitable to the occasion.
Make the party last with photos and video posted to your favorite social media site.
Retirement song ideas:
If you're the one doing all the party planning, why not fire up the DVD player with a suitable music playlist to play in the background:
• The Best is Yet To Come
• I Can See Clearly Now
• You're Still The One
• One (Chorus Line)
• We Are Family
• Nobody Does It Better
• Stayin' Alive
• Takin' Care of Business
• Simply The Best
• I've Had the Time of My Life
• As Time Goes By
• 9 to 5
• Happy Trails to You
• Take This Job and Shove It
• Seasons in the Sun
• I'll Be Seeing You
• My Way
And, try these memorable quotes to add to a greeting card, party banner, or a funny or touching retirement speech:
• "The trouble with retirement
is that you never get a day off.".
When all is said and done, the big finale can be just as memorable as the party itself! If the budget allows, how about an outdoor fireworks display for an extra memorable sendoff?
Party favors or gift bags can include company pens, cups, or other regalia. Also be sure that guests receive the retiree's email address, social media contacts, or the url address of their personal blog or website so everyone can keep in touch after the final farewells.