It is very bittersweet to plan a retirement party. Even when you have been in the party scene for such a long time, this kind of party can still bring tears to your eyes, especially if it has been planned in a light-hearted and sentimental way.
Before attempting to plan a retirement party, you must first understand the emotional side of retiring. Any person who has been working for a long time in the same company will be looking forward to that day when they can finally retire. “I can finally go to Switzerland”, says one man who is nearing retirement age. However, during the retirement party, the celebrant may feel nostalgic because he wonders if his coworkers would even talk to him again. Retirement may feel like leaving a familiar place where one is loved.
The working men and women of today love to discuss retirement plans with friends and co-workers. An employee will keep a poster of his favorite beach getaway near his PC and will daydream about owning a property there someday when he’s particularly stressed with work.
Your job as a party planner is to ask about the retirement plans of the celebrant, as well as the details of his job. Why should you ask about these things? Someone who’s putting together party planning ideas for the retirement party can use these details to conceptualize the party theme, the giveaways and the design on the invitation. The best retirement party will include elements of the person’s retirement plans and the memorable moments in his career.
Here are some recommended party planning ideas for a retirement party
1. Create invitations that depict his first stop after retirement. If he’s an avid golfer, the invitations can contain graphics of golf clubs and golf balls. If he’s a teacher, the invitation can be shaped like a graduating student’s toga.
2. Ditch the “traditional” party planning ideas and go for unique ones! The banner over the hallway where you are holding the party should convey a message of appreciation. A banner saying “Thank you, teacher Bob!” is more personal than a generic “Happy Retirement” banner.
3. Ask his friends and former co-workers to prepare speeches. Then, you can distribute personalized medals among his friends. The medals will be engraved with words that the giver remembers the retiree by. For example, a retiring fireman can receive personalized medals with words like “valiant fighter”, “true hero” and “unforgettable save”. His friends and co-workers will give the medals to the retiree after a short speech.
4. Prepare a song number or ask some people from his workplace to prepare a short parody of a funny incident at work. Remember that this is more than a retirement party; it’s a send off to a life of relaxation and fun. Let the retiree know that his family and friends want him to start this “life” with a heartfelt laugh and a glowing disposition.
5. One of the best party planning ideas for a retirement party is to adopt a fan club party vibe. Prepare “fan club” tee shirts that guests can wear. You can even create fan banners and pompoms that his “fans” (family and co-workers) can wave as he enters the event hall.