Retiring from an organization is a big step in one’s life. It not only marks the end of one chapter but also the beginning of a new one, hence it should be celebrated joyfully. Throwing a retirement part will not only show the particular employee that you will miss him/her but also the fact that you valued their work and appreciated the effort they put in. Here are some tips to use when planning.
Give it Great Start
If the beginning is lousy and boring, the rest of the day will follow suit. Make sure to decorate the place nicely, so that the guests would feel welcomed as soon as they arrive. You can even decorate the venue according to a theme, something that is related to the retiree. Prepare a small welcome speech to address the guests. Focus on the retiree’s achievements and service to the company to make them feel cherished.
Inviting the Family
Though it is an office function, you must organize the retiree’s family. It is a special moment in his/her life, and they would like to share it with their loved ones. You can even ask them to speak a few words about the retiree. Some family members usually contribute to the party by bringing food or snacks. This is unnecessary if you intend to order from office catering services. But it will nice if everyone can contribute a little something instead of just leaving the duty to the caterers.
Apart from cliché gifts such as a card or even a cake ordered from hotel conference rooms, you must give something that will be of use to the retiree. For instance, offering a weekend vacation at a beach resort would be appreciated. You can also a token of appreciation such as medal or a mug that values their effort. One of the one gifts is to make the retiree a bucket list to do since now they have plenty time of time in their hands.
Walk down the Memory Lane
This should be done in the very end since it can make the retiree and the guests emotional/sad and thus ruin the party mood. Therefore, go for something simple and try to make it entertaining. For instance, instead of blabbering about the retiree for hours, you can do a fun presentation about the retiree’s career from the very beginning. Thus, remember that a retirement is one time event in the retiree’s life. Thus, you must make it as memorable and enjoyable as much as possible.