Tips for Planning a Retirement Party

Nobody likes getting older, but retirement is something many people look forward to. It’s nice to honor someone’s retirement with a party, especially to commemorate their accomplishments and celebrate their next phase of life. 

If you’re starting to plan a retirement party, then you’re in the middle of choosing venues, invitations, caterers, and more. It can be an overwhelming and complicated processwhich is why we’re here to help. If you are beginning to plan a retirement party, here are some tips you might want to consider.

Focus on the honoree

Make sure that the main focus of the party is on the person who is actually retiring. You can do this in several ways. One way you can show gratitude to the retiree is a speech about their achievements that shows off the highlights of their career. Another way you could recognize the person retiring is by showing a slideshow with photos of them throughout their career. You might want to think about a thoughtful tribute, like a photo album or a card signed by coworkers as a parting gift.

Select entertainment

Just because it’s a retirement party doesn’t mean it needs to be boring! While planning your celebration, make sure that you include entertainment. Think about using live music to spice up the ambiance. Consider games that are simple yet fun for everyone. Some fun ideas include playing Bingo or going bowling. Retirement parties are more fun and exciting for guests to attend when you include entertainment. 

Choose refreshments

Two of the most important elements for any party are the drinks and food. First, you’ll want to talk with your caterer about what options they offer and how many people will be attending your party. Then, you can select what appetizers, entrées, desserts, and drinks you’d like to serve. You might even want to get creative and talk with your caterer about making a cake for your retiree. Another idea could be to have a signature drink that guests can order. Choosing the right food and drinks for your party can help guests more fully enjoy their time at the celebration.

Set a theme

Setting a theme for a retirement party can be an enjoyable task. Think about the honoree and what they love to do or what they like. Try to select a theme that has the retiree in mind. Since it’s a retirement party, you could also contemplate using a nostalgic or humorous theme. Then, once you’ve selected a theme, you can start decorating! Decorations help a theme become a reality. Incorporate your theme by using colored streamers, table cloths, centerpieces, or balloons. 

Finishing touches

Sit back and relax while your caterer takes care of the food and drink preparation. You’ll want to confirm any last-minute details with them, like any dietary restrictions guests may have, or if there are any adjustments to guest numbers. Make sure you plan ahead with any gifts for the retiree, and you’re good to go. Now that you’ve finished planning, you’re ready to party! 

Ready to book your retirement party? Contact Viper Alley on our website or by phone at 847.499.5000.