Retirement is something worth celebrating. A lifetime of backbreaking work is over, and a second lifetime of napping, traveling, and spending time with family and friends is about to commence.
Is someone you know about to retire? Then why not help them retire in style by surprising them with the retirement extravaganza of the century? Here are some tips for throwing the ultimate retirement party in honor of a special soon-to-be retiree.
Choose the Perfect Theme
Every good retirement party has an awesome theme. Sure, you can always just make the theme “retirement” and fetch generic decorations and a pre-made cake from the store. But where’s the fun and excitement in that?
When people think of retirement, the first word that comes to mind is usually “relaxation.” What comes to mind when you think of relaxation? Most people will say something along the lines of “sipping a piña colada on the beach” or “going golfing.” As you might have already guessed, some of the most common themes for retirement parties center around relaxing activities. Here are some reposeful themes to consider:
- Gone Fishing
- Couch Potato
The Cake (and the Snacks)
You can’t have a party without plenty of delectable snacks and an even more delectable cake. The next tip for throwing the ultimate retirement party is to stock up on food. For snacks, serve up classics such as veggies and dip, cheese and crackers, cold cuts, bruschetta, and those tiny sandwiches skewered with decorative frill picks.
To make the cake extra special, match it to the theme. Having a beach-themed retirement party? Go with a coconut or pineapple-flavored cake and decorate it with edible sand. What about a couch potato-themed cake? Go with a sweet-and-savory cake and top it with potato chips and pretzels. Sculpt a couch and a mini-figure of the retiree out of fondant, modeling chocolate, or Rice Krispies, and voila!
A Mound of Meaningful Gifts
It wouldn’t be much of a party without presents, either. Make sure to get the retiree a good one! For retirees that are more sentimental, consider getting them a personalized retirement plaque that commemorates their hard work. If the retiree is known for being good-humored, you can’t go wrong with a gag gift. How about a novelty cane, a day clock, or a coffee mug inscribed with a humorous message?
And remember—your gift doesn’t necessarily have to retirement-themed. There’s nothing wrong with presenting the retiree with a bouquet of flowers or something related to their hobbies instead.