When you are
doing the retirement party planning, you want to honor the
retiree, acknowledge the person's
contributions and give everyone a few laughs. An occasional tear is
okay too since you're saying farewell to a good friend.
parties can be as elaborate as a banquet or as simple as an office
party or after-school reception. There's no need to break the bank to
have a fun, meaningful send-off. Below are some basics of retirement
party planning to make that
party special for a departing employee, boss or
that salutes the retiree's interests or the nature of the organization.
The theme can be used to tie together invitations, party napkins and
table decorations. Think about simple objects that might be whimsical
but can generate conversation:
the guest list.
- a report card for a retiring teacher
- golf balls or a creative spreadsheet for a
- picture postcards, suntan lotion or makeshift
tickets for a retiree who wants to travel
- open handcuffs or whistles for a retiring
- small flags for a retiring soldier.
If your retirement party includes more than just those in the office,
you should invite the spouse and close family members of the retiree.
You may also want to include former colleagues and bosses.
people to leave messages.
Have a guestbook or other way
that people can sign in and write wishes for the retiree.
memorabilia to display.
Videos are popular at larger retirement parties but they are not
necessary. You can arrange a table displaying photos
or mementos that mean something to the
person being honored. You might create a book or album with pictures
from the retiree's work and encourage guests to write notes on a page
that best matches them and their relationship to the retiree.
about a program.
You don't necessarily need a handout with an agenda but you should
have some special speeches. Someone will need to act
as host and welcome those attending. Give co-workers, the boss or
others a chance to speak or offer toasts. Allow time for the retiree to
say something to the group.
Remarks generally begin about 30 minutes
after the start time of the reception or during dessert if dinner is
For a roast, you
might write a song, a poem or
about the person. There are loads of retiree
and I've collected some of my favorites here
about the big picture.
You can often get public officials to write letters of congratulation
that can be read at the retirement party. If you plan ahead, you can
probably get something from the mayor, your local congressman or
senator. Most public officials are happy to comply if you give
great deal of lead time. If there are other people who are significant
to the retiree -- past bosses, company officials, members of the
associates, the governor, the president -- consider asking them for a
congratulatory letter. Go to their web sites or call their
stress over details.
The important thing for a retiree to know is that he or she is
appreciated for what they have contributed to the organization and that
they will be missed. It's really that simple.