Friday, April 8, 2011

Retirement Party 101: Tips and Ideas

A retirement party should be fun for the guests and the person being honored. After all, that person deserves to be rewarded for years and years of hard work. These retirement party ideas and tips can help you plan everything from the guest list to the party theme.

As always, if you've hosted a party and have comments, recommendations, or ideas to share with other readers, don't forget to tell us about them in the comments!

Retirement Party Theme Ideas

  • Decade Theme: Choose a decade and make the party totally 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s or 90s. Pick the decade that the guest of honor started working or pick the retiree's favorite decade. Then plan your decor accordingly and invite guests to dress in costume for the event.
  • Location Theme: Turn the event hall, park shelter, or backyard into a fun retirement destination. Some happy sunny locales could include Florida, Aruba, Mexico, Arizona or the Mediterranean. Just ask the special guest this one question: "If you could retire to any destination in the world, where would it be?"
  • Lasting Memories Theme: The idea here is to get everyone to contribute a fond memory or humorous story the past. You can collect them in a scrapbook with snapshots or compile them digitally to make a memorable video montage.

Creating a Guest List

Depending on the size of the party you may want to include the following guests: family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors. If you're inviting people from out of town, be sure to mail invitations or save the date cards so that your guests can plan ahead.

Retirement Party Decorations

Retirement party decorations have a tendency to be dark but humorous. That's okay if your guest of honor has a sense of humor, but we recommend lightening things up a bit. After all, retirement should be fun—a well-deserved treat for a lifetime of work.

You can lighten the mood with decorations and foods that inspire fun and play. Pinwhirls pinwheels, games, toys, and bright colorful balloons, and table settings can be a nice alternative to decorations that pick on the reitree's age.


Drew said...

Planning a retirement party is one of the best times of retirement life. When it's time to retire, it's good to see all your friends surrounds you and wish you all the best. :)

-> Drew Harrison

Cara said...
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Cara said...

I agree with Drew, the presence of the retirees’ loved ones will make them feel that they’re truly special. It would do great if there’s a video, slideshow, or even mini clips that pay tribute to the retirees.

Cara Larose