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Planning a Surprise Retirement Party

If you want to go about doing something special for a pension party, nothing works better than surprising the particular retiree by keeping an event when they thinks that all the actual festivities are already planned and announced. Here are a few strategies for planning a big surprise retirement party.

First, select a date and location that will not raise virtually any suspicion on the part of the particular retiree. This means staying away from the usual settings, such as the conference room at the office or a restaurant that is known for catering huge parties. Having the person show up for a special meeting at a residence of worship or even at a regularly planned meeting of a social club that he or she would attend normally ought to be adequate cover for the particular surprise retirement celebration.

As far as the invitee list, the number of people invited can be as personal or as extensive as the planners would like. The only real constraint will be the size of the facility where the retirement party would take place. If possible, contain persons who may well not currently be in the retiree’s life, but who are sure to invoke pleasurable memories. Be sure to obtain the invitations out at least a month in advance, and stress that secrecy will be vitally important. Have one or more or two people aligned to field Questions from anyone on the guest list. Ideally, these people would be individuals who do not live or perhaps work with the retired person, thus minimizing the probability of a conversation getting overheard.

When planning the food and entertainment for that retirement party, ensure that you take into consideration the shape of the retiree. If certain foods must be prevented by the retiree, don’t place temptation in the or her path. In addition to limiting the foods that the retiree should not consume, make sure that any dishes or goodies that the retiree loves and is allowed to consume are found at the get together in abundance.

When it comes to amusement for the retire celebration, take into consideration the personal enjoys and ethics with the retiree. That means if the retiree is more conservative, do not plan to possess a scantily clad male or female jump out of a wedding cake. While this may indeed make the occasion memorable, it would be so for all the wrong reasons. Use prudence and thing to consider in planning the actions.

Surprise retirement parties can be a lot of entertaining for everyone involved. After a little planning and a lot of tight lips, you can accomplish it and make the get together something that will be more popularly remembered for years to come.

Comments: 27

  1. Lavon July 19, 2013 at 5:22 am Reply

    Help! We are planning a retirement party this Friday night for the Fiscal Director who has been here for 20 years. My boss asked me to do a program.. We are going to put the retiree’s picture in front of it, but what do you put on the inside? It’s going to be a buffet dinner, from 6 – 10 PM, with a DJ and we got her some gag gifts and one big main gift. Can you help me come up with something????

  2. Glynis August 28, 2013 at 6:00 pm Reply

    I think a pinata is a fun idea for my mom’s retirement party, but what can i put in it besides candy?

  3. Jody September 19, 2013 at 2:43 pm Reply

    My father in laws retirement party is on sat. and i am in charge of bringing two deserts, i am a pretty good cook but my FIL has never had any thing i have made so he likes to belittle my cooking ability. I really want to make deserts that will knock his (and everyone else’s) socks off! any good preferably cheap and easy recipes?

  4. Ermelinda October 1, 2013 at 10:53 pm Reply

    Both of my parents retired from teaching for 29 and 34 years, respectively, and I’m throwing them a retirement party. What is the best way to word the invitation?

  5. Darwin December 13, 2013 at 6:48 pm Reply

    of service to General Electric. Anyone have any ideas about what to do?! I am clueless as to what goes on at a retirement party so any ideas will be helpful. Thanks!

  6. Quinn December 21, 2013 at 2:37 pm Reply

    I’m making a powerpoint slide show for my dad’s retirement party. He has been a Chemist for 35 years..but the music doesn’t have to be “scientific”. I just need some nice, neutral background music for the slide show…any suggestions?

  7. Ranae January 25, 2014 at 1:38 am Reply

    It is for a retirement party and the host will wear a suit.

  8. Marianne February 22, 2014 at 1:23 am Reply

    I haev to plan a retirement party for my boss. I want t to be realy nice.. Looking for a Martha Stewart Type Ideas. I looked on her site she doesnt have antying for retirement partys. I am looking for the whole shabang….From decorations to Menu’s… Any ideas would be helpful also….As far as my boss he was into antique Cars specifically 56 chevy….Space…Planets.. Please help 🙂
    Thanks

  9. Dino February 22, 2014 at 4:28 am Reply

    Next door neighbor just invited us to his retirement party. I think he did it to be polite because of cars parked in front of our house, noise keeping our kids up, etc. We don’t know him very well.. don’t even know his last name. Anyway, do you think he actually wants us to show up? And do we bring something? (If so, any ideas?) We are in our 20s and have never been to a retirement party before. Thank you!!

  10. Norberto February 22, 2014 at 4:29 am Reply

    Since Prez OhBama song happy birthday to Helen Thomas and we know how the white house loves to have parties during the worst times since the great depression perhaps they will throw her a retirement party?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58d1sMLDVvw

  11. Tyree February 22, 2014 at 8:45 am Reply

    we are taking a co worker out for her retirement party and I am in charge of makeing a “sash” for her to wear. What should I get written on the sash???? some suggestions are

    Im and old fart… Im retired
    You know what…. Im retiring

    any ideas… it would be so helpful..

    thanks

  12. Sharolyn February 22, 2014 at 8:46 am Reply

    I’m throwing my father a retirement party on august 14 and I’m trying to make it a party that no one will forget. I’m only 20 so ive never done anything like this before and no one has given me any ideas that I like which is why I’m asking here. Does anyone have any clever ideas for party favors or centerpieces for a carpenters retirement party? I want there to be a wow factor. I thought about getting a construction hat and putting plastic tools in it for centerpieces but I would like more options. Thanks!!!!

  13. Jared February 23, 2014 at 12:08 pm Reply

    He is in his early 20’s but retiring from his military career due to injuries he sustained serving our country? So I was thinking I should get the family and close friends together and throw him a retirement party? What do you think??? Any party ideas or theme ideas? Ill take all suggestions! Ive never planned a party.

  14. Edmond March 4, 2014 at 3:42 pm Reply

    My husband is retiring after 26 years in the Army – any party, gift, etc… ideas?
    We are both 43 years old. He is a green beret.

  15. Maria March 10, 2014 at 7:47 pm Reply

    My mom is planning a retirement party for my dad after 30 years at the same company. She wants to have a father/daughter song. Has anybody ever heard of this and do you think it’s a good idea?

  16. Antonia March 10, 2014 at 7:47 pm Reply

    My dad is retiringin on April 1. I would like to throw him a party. He likes hawaiian themes and loves to go fishing. Are these good ideas? Do you have a better idea? We live in MI.

  17. Glynis March 10, 2014 at 7:48 pm Reply

    My fiancee was invited to a retirement for a manager at his bank. He has been employed with the bank for slightly longer than 6 months. He wasn’t interested in attending, as he hardly knows the woman retiring and she’s an upper level manager who doesn’t work within the branch full time. He works there part time, as a teller. His boss has been prodding him to attend, so he finally looked at the email for the event, and they’re asking those who have been invited to deposit $40 into an account as a method of RSVP’ing. Frankly, I find this rude. I don’t quite understand the rule of giving money to people who are retiring in the first place, but I’ve just started in the full time work force as a recent graduate myself. Still, I don’t understand how an international bank can ask a 25-year old part-time teller (whose hourly pay is $14 an hour) and a full time graduate student to help finance a party for a 65 year old upper level manager who he’s only known for 6 months. My fiancee feels obligated to attend, but I’ve told him that he should in no way feel that this is obligatory for him and should simply explain that he would be happy to pay $10 towards the retirement fund, but that $40 is a significant amount of money, considering his salary, and that he has early morning classes and then work the next day. What would you do?
    Dez Pirate: Thank you for your input. I thought about this point too, but quite frankly, networking is the last thing on his mind … not that he hates his job, but he’s in school for an entirely different major and it’s really just money to help pay rent. I was once a teller too, was paid terribly, but we live in Brooklyn and his salary isn’t minimum, but it’s not much in the end. I guess it’s more the principle that’s getting to me … and my slight expectation that a bank owes more than that 😉

  18. Shelton March 11, 2014 at 9:09 pm Reply

    MY HUSBAND IS A RETIRING AIRLINE PILOT AND SINCE PILOTS OFTEN REFER TO THEMSELVES AS PIRATES WE’VE DECIDED TO HAVE A PIRATE PARTY BASED ON CPT JACK SPARROW LOSING HIS VESSEL, THE BLACK PEARL AND MY HUSBAND LOSING HIS VESSEL, THE 737. ANY FUN IDEAS OUT THERE? MY HUSBAND WILL BE TRANSFORMING FROM PILOT TO PIRATE AND TAKING THE PIRATE OATH FROM CPT JACK. THIS SHOULD BE A FUN ONE!

  19. Laurette March 11, 2014 at 10:34 pm Reply

    He has worked at the same job for 36 years.

  20. Carmon March 22, 2014 at 5:04 pm Reply

    I have the pic already done, Its a pic of the beach boys, and i got a photo of the guy who is retireing and inserted his pic into it with photoshop, but I dont know what to write for the invitation part or the main eye catching title .

    http://s110.photobucket.com/albums/n84/1mrswhite/?action=view&current=curtiscopy.jpg

    Here is the pic. he is the guy in the maroon shirt on the right.
    He actually just found out he has luekemia, so thats why hes retireing.
    And he loves the beach boys.
    any ideas would be great

  21. Van March 24, 2014 at 11:35 pm Reply

    planning a surprise retirement party. within 2 months and small budget.

  22. Iris March 28, 2014 at 4:52 pm Reply

    My husband just received and invitation to his mother’s retirement celebration. It was addressed just to him and there is no mention of “and guest”. I was of the understanding that there are work retirement parties and family isn’t always included. Have you ever heard of selective inclusion?

  23. Isiah May 2, 2014 at 4:16 pm Reply

    OK, sorry I posted this question a few days ago, and I could certainly use and appreciate any ideas for a Surprise car crazy hubby who will retire early with the buy-out but will officially retired, May 2010. Plan on inviting 150 guests. He owns a beautiful restored 65 GTO, and during the 30 yrs. he loved his job as much as his GTO. On our oter vehicle, the car tag reads “Generous Motors – I Love My Job”. He never missed a day, and got along excellent with his co-workers. Any ideas for (food, decorations, games, gift ideas, photos, invitation,phrases/quote, slides, karaoke, music, (not 50’s please) etc..ANYTHING on how to “get this party started” would be so appreciated! Must consider cost…Should I invited kids, if so, would it be tacky that they could share some fun for about 1-2 hours, then send them home – or just simply state “parents, please be responsible for your kids” there may be beer, no hard liquor. Just simply clean fun. Thanks again.

  24. Raymond May 23, 2014 at 1:04 pm Reply

    This elderly lady(Teacher) whom i worked with everyday as her asisstant, for 10 years was forced to take an early retirement, cause there was not enough children enrolled in our toddler progam. She actually took a step back on her own in a way cause my boss was going through a tough time with the loss of her husband. The other teacher is a young lady who has her career ahead of herself. So this lady decided forcefully to compensate everyone that she would just leave. Anyways we are now having a belated retirement party for her and she is still a little sour of the loss of not coming to work and being able to be among the co -workers. we talk alot cause i want to keep in touch with her. i would like to say some kind words to her but i dont want it to be an awkward situation, cause right now this is not a very happy retirment for her and she is not really enjoying it? Yet? maybe in time what should i say in the speach or toast?

  25. Antonia June 12, 2014 at 9:29 pm Reply

    Like What Kinds Of Gifts And Whatever Else You Do For A Retirement Part??
    My Uncle Is Retiring Next Saturday,And Theres gana be 13-18 year olds there,and I need ideas for gifts.

  26. Pearlie June 15, 2014 at 6:45 am Reply

    I have been at my currant job for less than three months. I have been informed that one of the managers will be retiring and there will be a retirement party at an upscale restaurant. I do not know this person very well. My question is , Should I Attend? Cost is $35 per head.

  27. Tad June 21, 2014 at 12:24 am Reply

    I wanted to have a retirement party for my dad. was thinking about possibly having it at some type of show that would run at about $60 a ticket. Its just family and close friends, should I tell them to buy their own tickets? Im not sure what the etiquette is on this, and I don’t have the money to pay for every ones ticket. I also do not want gifts to be given as I know he wouldnt want this.

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