Retirement party planning ideas include gathering co-worker stories, inviting old friends, providing games and making a slideshow. One of the most important aspects of planning a retirement party is to provide food for the party. For instance, the host should offer a sheet cake large enough to feed all the guests.
To commemorate someone's retirement, gather stories of her time in the workforce. The host can invite co-workers to share memories with the retiree at the actual retirement party in a roasting format or in a series of video collaborations. The stories can be burned onto a DVD, played during the party and then given to the retiree as a memento.
Along with the video stories, a picture slide show is another great idea. Gather several dozen pictures of the retiree from different sources, preferably spaced throughout the years.
Another retirement party idea is to invite old friends to the party, particularly those people who have had a part in the retiree's career. These old friend might be secretaries, managers, subordinates or co-workers who have moved on to different jobs.
For a great retirement gift, give people the option to donate funds toward a single, large gift such as an activity that the retiree enjoys.