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Planning a retirement party



They may have spent their lives working their fingers to the bone, dealing with difficult customers to the point they have lost count of how many stress balls they have been through, or perhaps they have been lucky enough not to have “worked” a day in their lives because they had a job they absolutely loved. Whatever the case, they deserve one last experience as they enter retirement. Planning a retirement party can seem daunting, but with a few basics considered, it can go off without a hitch.

The most important thing to consider when planning a retirement party is what the man or woman of the hour actually prefers. It would, after all, be highly uncomfortable and inappropriate to have hundreds of guests for a person who prefers to keep things low-key. Once you have established whether it should be intimate or an event of epic proportions, prepare a guest list accordingly. Choose a venue depending on the retiree's preferences, and this could range from hotels and restaurants to country clubs or yacht clubs.

You may want to come up with a theme that highlights the retiree's interests. This will also make your job easier as you will be able to plan everything else around a central idea. The next step is to create a budget, bearing in mind that more expensive does not always mean better quality. Work out the cost of the venue, food and drinks, and entertainment. If the venue caters for the food as well then that would be excellent, but if that is left up to you then make sure the menu is appropriate for the guests. This does not have to be extravagant, perhaps just a three-course meal and some snacks.

As far as the entertainment goes, that will depend on the retiree’s interests. It may also be a good idea to get one of the other employees or perhaps a close friend to be the master of ceremonies. This will help keep the evening going. Remember it is not everyday you will be planning a party for your friend or partner, so try to make the event even more special by decorating the venue in a way that highlights the retiree’s life and accomplishments. This may include putting out their awards, trophies and photos. Remember to add in that somebody special to make a speech.

To truly make this an evening they will never forget, remember that a picture or video can get the job done. You may want to hire a professional photographer, or if you have connections to somebody who can do as good a job then make use of that. Planning a retirement party need not be a hassle, once you have all your ducks in a row the rest of the party will create itself.




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