Whether we like it or not retirement party planning is in the forecast. With such a large part of the population aging and retiring, it’s definitely in the cards. Good bye work, hello retirement. For so many of us, career goals usually include working hard, being successful and making a name in our own way. And as time flies, one of the key goals is to inch our way towards and make it to retirement. Retirement is definitely a momentous achievement. At a certain point, I can’t remember a week when my mother didn’t sing her own personal mantra “I can’t wait to retire, I can’t wait to retire”. Without question making it to retirement is significant occasion in anyone’s life. And with significant comes celebration. Making retirement party planning not only major-league but meaningful too. It’s an indication of one door closing while another one is opening. And because of all that and so much more, it should be acknowledged in the most special and unforgettable way.
There’s Lots to Consider when Retirement Party Planning
After spending the majority of our adult life working and hard. A retirement celebration is an appreciated milestone. It not only commemorates the occasion. But it helps with the shift internally and externally. There are lots of fun-filled retirement party ideas to help plan this extra special celebration. But before getting started there are also some things to consider. Who to include and send out those creative retirement party invitations to. When and where to hold the party. Naturally the style and retirement party theme must be thought out and decided on. Most importantly create a budget and use it. And be sure to outline all the components you think you’ll need: food, beverages, photographer, retirement decorations and if you’re including them retirement party favors. Just to name a few.
3 Things to Avoid when Planning a Retirement Party
For so many retirement is a unique time of life. Throwing a retirement party should echo who they are and the work life they have lead. No matter the type of retirement party, highlighting ones successes and triumphs are an important part of the experience. And as well there are some things you should always, absolutely stay away from. Remember….
Everyone doesn’t want a party. First and foremost it is important to find out what the person retiring wants. Some just want to retire and move on to other things. It has been said that a retirement party is like a funeral. It’s not up to the guest of honor and in the end it helps those not retiring with the transition. Whether that is true or not, it is imperative to be sure the retiree wants a party?
The party is not for you. I repeat the party is not for you. It is key that the focus and attention be on the guest of honor. It’s key to consider their wants and likes. What are their tastes? What are they partial to? Who do they want invited? Retirement parties come once in a blue moon so be sure that special retiree enjoys the experience to the fullest.
Don’t go with a funeral theme. Lots think the funeral theme is the best way to go. But a whole host of retirees agree it’s not. And I have to say I agree. Coworkers may be sad but they are definitely not in mourning. Choose an upbeat theme for the special send-off.