Retirement is an occasion to mark the years of service rendered by a person. One of the best ways to make the event memorable is by throwing a retirement party. Though a retirement party may be thrown by either the company, or family and friends, the guest list should comprise family as well as professional friends. Theme parties are in vogue, and they ensure that the event will be memorable and unique.
Decorations and festoons are the heart of any party. Therefore, the party should be well decorated. Also, one should take into consideration the various cutlery, dishes, and the menu, to make this party a success. Other than the normal decorations, there can be banners and balloons, marking the employee’s name and the tenure of his working with the company. The retiree’s colleagues could write a few messages expressing their sentiments about him. These messages could be the banner write-ups!
A retirement party is not only a chance to wish the retiree the best for his future, but also to look back on the events and happenings which have made his stint with the company a memorable one. A short film or a photo collage of all the various happenings in the company is a good idea as a retirement party takeaway. Making an impromptu video about the retiree’s time in the company; using skits prepared by the employees is also a good idea.
No party is complete without humor, and the same goes for retirement parties as well. A creative way of adding humor here is by making a speech. While long-standing members can elaborate over their experiences with the retiree, new employees of the company can speak about the number of things they have learned from him.
Years of hard work and toil would have been nothing less than stressful. So why not gift him a voucher for a rejuvenating spa experience, so that he can pamper himself and relax.
Put on Your Thinking Cap!
Quizzes are a great way of electrifying the atmosphere of a retirement party. The quiz can either be company- or employee-centric. The questions can have a humorous touch to them, to lighten up the mood. If the retiree is a foodie, you could conduct a quiz that has some anecdotal multiple-choice questions about his favorite dishes; these could be answered by the guests and the retiree alike. The quiz and the theme must complement each other.
All in all, a retiree can be made to feel special with a heartwarming and memorable gift. Employees can pool-in and gift the retiree a token of their gratitude, wishing him luck for a new beginning!