If a friend you know is entering retirement, there is reason to celebrate! The party could commemorate the end of a spectacular career and the start of a brand new chapter in his or her life. But much like any other big event, there is etiquette that comes along with it. Here are a few do’s and don’ts to follow when throwing a retirement party:
Do send out invitations
Any party you throw calls for invitations. It’s a great way to set the tone of the get-together and make sure that every person you want at your event will be there. For a more formal retirement soiree, this Classic Retirement Invitation is simple and to the point. It creates the mood for the event in a classy and easy-to-read way. The host or hostess should mail out invitations at least two to three weeks before the date. Unless it’s a surprise party, consult with the guest of honor to choose a date that works best for everyone.
Do have the retiree’s wants in mind
When throwing a bash, think about what the retiree would want. If he or she isn’t a fan of big groups of people, you may want to have a more intimate event instead. Does he or she prefer a more casual setting? Or a formal dinner? This will help you to plan the basics of the party and ensure that the guest of honor will have a good time.
Do give thank you notes
If the retiree receives gifts celebrating his or her retirement, it’s common courtesy for him or her to thank that person with a quick note to show gratitude. As the host, make a list of the gifts he or she received so him or her can properly thank the guests.
Don’t rule out creative locations
While retirement parties are often held in homes, restaurants and country clubs, it’s OK to think outside the box for a more creative option. Think about the interests of the retiree. For example, a wine connoisseur may be ecstatic to have his or her party at a winery where everyone can toast with a glass of vino to the guest of honor’s wonderful career.
Don’t forget to mention dress code
Make sure to let your guests know what attire is appropriate for the get-together so they know what to expect. You don’t want one person showing up in a formal dress while someone else is rocking a T-shirt. Make note of the dress code on the invitation.
Don’t talk about work-related problems
A retirement party is for celebrating the retiree’s career, so the host/hostess and guests should focus on the positive, rather than talking about any work-related problems or issues from the past. Maintain an upbeat attitude throughout the event.