Celebrate A Retiree’s Hard Work with a Retirement Party!
Retirement is a once in a lifetime event! A retirement party is a great way to celebrate a long “job well done.” The party means a lot to the retiree and let’s them feel special and proud of their accomplishments. If you are hosting or taking part in a retirement party, there are some rules you need to follow to make it memorable for the retiree.
WHEN SHOULD YOU HAVE THE RETIREMENT PARTY?
You should host a retirement party close to, or on the day of, their retirement. If you have the party several days or weeks after the retirement, people are less likely to attend. The day of the week and time of the party also has some effect of the number of people who will attend. Even if you are having the party at the office, a weekday evening or weekend is best to have the biggest turn out.
WHERE SHOULD YOU HAVE THE PARTY?
If this party is not a surprise party, ask the retiree where they wish to have it. If it is a surprise and they are retiring from the corporate world, or a business who has a nice accommodation space for a lot of guests, having the party at the office is appropriate. Other options for places to host a retirement party are: restaurants, churches, parks, someone’s house or a community venue. Make sure when choosing the venue that it accommodates everyone on your guest list.
WHO SHOULD BE INVITED TO THE PARTY?
Again, if this party is not a surprise, ask the retiree for a guest list. If it is a surprise, then invite close friends, family and colleagues. Make sure you inform their spouse about the party you are planning and ask them if there is someone you shouldn’t invite. Sometimes colleagues are the best of friends but get along for the sake of work-related business only. Remember that this party is all about the retiree and don’t invite anyone they wouldn’t want there.
SHOULD GIFTS BE REQUIRED FOR THE PARTY?
This should be addressed on the invitation. Gifts are nice for the retiree. Although if you know the retiree doesn’t want gifts then note that on the invitation. If you receive an invitation to a retirement party that doesn’t specify gifts or not, it is safe to assume gifts are welcomed. If you receive an invitation that specifies no gifts, follow those rules as it is probably the request of the guest of honor.
WHAT INFORMATION SHOULD BE ON THE INVITATION?
The information that should be included on the invitation is:
- Name of retiree
- How many years they “served”
- Date of party
- Time of party
- Location of party
- If it’s a surprise
- If gifts are permitted or not
WHAT SHOULD THE INVITATIONS LOOK LIKE?
The invitations to a retirement party should follow the theme of the party. If it’s a casual backyard BBQ the invitation should make that clear. If it’s a formal corporate retirement party then the invitation should support that. The invitation people receive lets them know how to dress and prepare. Don’t mislead your guest with sending out invitations that don’t match the theme.
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