Retirement Party Ideas

"No more pencils, no more books, no more teacher's dirty looks!" I forget who said it first, but I still hear kids saying it to this day as the final school bell rings, signaling the first moment of the freedom of summer! I think this is how a retiree must feel on that last day of work. This kind of feeling deserves a great retirement party! We have some fun ideas for a retirement party. These retirement party ideas will help you plan the perfect theme party for the occasion
 
Retirement Party Invitations
An occasion this important demands a great retirement party invitation! Here are a few great options:
 A fun and really great way to roast/toast the retiree is to use a caricature as the invitation. Have a caricature custom made by Party411.com and show a picture of the guest of honor in all his/her glory! Make sure to include some possible future hobbies for the guest of honor as well as a great background in which to practice the new hobbies (I hear Hawaii is nice this time of year). We have some semi custom caricature invitations already designed. Just drop a picture of the person of honor and you're ready to go!


Retirement Party Decorations
Make sure the celebrant feels special by decorating for their big day. Here are a few easy retirement party decorations that will make a big impact in your party space:

Retirement Games and Activities
A few fun activities will make the party a blast for everyone. Here are some great easy games and activities for retirement parties:
 
What will (name of retirees) do now that they are retired? - Have everyone write down what they think the newly retired people will be doing now that they are no longer working. Read everyone's answer to the question out loud, and award a prize for the most creative and outlandishly funny answer. If there are kids at the party, they will probably have the best answers!
 
Retirement Karaoke - Let the retiree's coworkers serenade (he or she will really be ready to leave!) Here are a few fun songs to have:
  • The Best is Yet To Come - Frank Sinatra
  • Manic Monday - The Bangles
  • Takin' Care of Business - BTO
  • I Can See Clearly Now - Johnny Nash
  • Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap - AC/DC
  • 9 to 5 - Dolly Parton
  • Bang on the Drum - Todd Rundgren
  • We Are Family- Sister Sledge
  • Stayin' Alive-  Bee Gees
  • You're Still The One - Shania Twain
  • Nobody Does It Better - Carly Simon
  • Unforgettable - Nat King Cole
  • Everybody's Working For The Weekend - Loverboy
 
Name the New Hobby - Divide the guests into a few groups. Give each group a piece of paper with the letters of the entire alphabet down the side of the paper. Next to each letter, they need to write an activity that the retirees can do that begins with each letter. (Example: Ape watching, Bingo, Car washing, etc.) (Give everyone about 10-15 minutes). When the time is up, call out one group's answers. If another group has the same answer then it gets crossed out. The most unique answers for each letter (that no one else has) get a point. The team with the most points wins! (If no one finishes the entire alphabet, that is OK).

Ring Toss Golf - Toss plastic skimmer rings into buckets that hang from the trees (or buckets in the sand along the beach). Move from bucket to bucket trying to sink the skimmer rings just as golfers move from hole to hole. Print the name and date of your party on each ring and let your guests keep them as a memento of your party.
 
Retirement Party Favors/Prizes

Send everyone off with a favor that reminds them of your fantastic party and the wonderful retiree they came to celebrate.
  • Personalized candy bar wrapper - a sweet and custom favor idea
  • Picture frames - this way they can keep the guest of honor with them at all times.
  • Mini address books - with the retiree's address already written in so that everyone can keep in touch
  • Work Sucks Lollipop - a funny favor everyone will get a good chuckle from
Have a happy retirement!