Planning the perfect retirement party can be stressful but is such an important job. After someone has worked hard for a company for a long time, they deserve to be rewarded and leave the world of work with a bang. Read on for what to consider when planning the perfect retirement party, or any party for that matter.
Set a Budget
The first thing you’ll want to do before any planning takes place is set your budget. Often, a budget will be set by the company. However, in some businesses, the employees will also fundraise to ensure there’s enough money for a special send-off.
Create a Guest List
The guest list for a retirement party is likely to be long, so it’s advisable to do this as soon as possible. These days, we all lead busy lives, so the sooner you get the guest list done and the invites sent out, the more chance you have of everyone turning up. Make sure to invite everyone from the office and some friends and family of the special guest.
Choose a Theme
If party planning doesn’t come naturally to you, it’s worthwhile picking a theme. Having a set theme makes it much easier to pick colors, foods, and decor. Themes can be super simple, like beach bbq, The Great Gatsby, or under the sea. The theme you pick should reflect the interests of the retiree.
Book Your Venue and Catering
Finding the perfect venue to hold private events is key. You’ll need a venue that is large enough to handle the guests, yet also feels intimate and cozy. To avoid added stress, it’s also worthwhile ensuring the venue you choose can also take care of the catering and drinks. A venue that can adapt to your needs, offer exceptional hospitality, and can support you with attention to detail in all areas, is sure to make the party one to remember.
Organize a Personal Gift
You’ll want to show the guest of honor they’re going to be missed. So, before the big day, find some time to send a card around the office and get everyone to sign it. It’s a great way for people to add personal messages and say their goodbyes. In addition to this, you may want to club together in the office to buy a gift. This doesn’t have to be big or expensive, but simply something personal they can keep as a memento. A framed photograph is a great option here.
Now the party is almost ready to go ahead. The last thing you need to do is think about activities. Having something for the guests to engage with stops people from getting bored. For a retirement party, a great option is a quiz about the guest of honor. It’s a fun way to get people talking and in the party mood. This can be followed by speeches and food and drinks.
With a beautiful setting, great food and drinks, fun activities, and personalized touches, it’s sure to be the perfect send-off for the retiree.