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6 Simple Ideas for Planning a Retirement Party for a Colleague

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Retirement parties are the perfect way to keep retirees feeling much appreciated. However, Planning a retirement party for a colleague can be difficult, especially if you’re unsure what to do. As a person in charge, you might be wondering what kind of celebration to have for your coworker before their big day. Here are some simple ideas that will add personal touches and help keep your colleague feeling loved and appreciated in their retirement.

1. Make It Personal

As much as possible, make the party about the person and what they’ve accomplished their whole career. Have the party be a reflection of their personality. If your coworker loves to golf, maybe have a golfing theme. Then, after the party, you can all go golfing together! Or, if they love doing community service, maybe have the party at a soup kitchen or animal shelter.

2. Keep Things Simple and Intimate

Don’t invite everyone from work. Keep it small and simple, maybe only a half-hour of gifts. Celebrating their retirement is something they’ve thought about and know will happen, but they’re still not going to be ready for it. Keep this in mind during the planning process, so you don’t overwhelm them with a big party full of people they don’t know. Keep the party simple and sweet.

3. Ask Guests to Bring Something Special

If you know your coworker’s hobbies, ask them to bring a special item related to the hobby. Coffee mugs if they love coffee or Action figures and Any items they enjoy their work with or their passions in life.

4. Keep Party-Planning Simple

Planning the party is a lot of work. Ask the guest to bring only one dish to the party. Then, have three simple desserts available, such as cookies and brownies. It allows those who are helping with the party to serve everyone else who is attending and it keeps things easy for you as a host.

5. Acknowledge Their Service

It can be done by getting pictures from each year that they’ve worked at your office or business. You can put these in a frame or something to give them as a gift on their last day. It is a great way to say thank you for all the service they have done for your business, and it also allows guests to reminisce year.

6. Plan the Decorations

Try to be creative while planning. It is a retirement party and you want it to be special for your friend. Get creative, but don’t take away from their accomplishments. Have the decorations reflect their jobs or hobbies instead of things such as balloons and streamers.

This is a great way to celebrate someone you may have known for most of your life. It’s a great way to show them that you have appreciated their years of service and that you look forward to continuing to grow with them outside the job. It is also a great time for people in the office or business to reflect on their careers, accomplishments, and ways that they may be able to continue growing in their lives.

Jacob Maslow is a Columnist at Disrupt Magazine. Based in the Middle East, he specializes in Journalism. He is the founder and editor of several news sites including Legal Scoops and Streetwise Journal.

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