There are countless ways to word an invitation. But, the information is the same. It explains the “why”, “where” and “when”.
After that it can provide a theme, whether it is a “surprise” party, number of years with the company and much more listed below. To avoid ruining a “surprise” party, explain the timing and arrival time of the guest of honor. Make it explicit.
If there is a dinner or an open bar, note that on the invitation.
If guests are to bring a theme item (Ex. “Things that No Longer Work”), make it unambiguous
and give examples. Could bring a flashlight or video recorder or broken tool.
WHY – Retirement Party
WHO – Name of Retiree
COMPANY – (optional)
DAY – Ex. Saturday (this omitted too often and the recipient immediately gets a calendar)
DATE – June 11th
TIME – Ex. 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
LOCATION – Local Country Club
ADDRESS – 1234 Washington Street, Middleton, Illinois
RSVP – to John at 123-555-5555 or email JohnSmith@att.com (regrets only)
You can personalize this “lead in” in any way that you choose. Add pictures or a background. Use a folded card or a card and envelope or email or an invitation service. (Be careful with the services as some people regard it as junk mail and delete it.)
The invitation may be formal or informal. The formal invitation spells out each word. Example: “saturday, eighth of June, two thousand and fourteen at six o’clock in the evening”
Party invitations should be lively and fun.
There is a controversy about whether to mention “no gifts” on the invitation.
Be sure that you mention a theme, if there is one.
Hosted by … (is also acceptable)
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RETIREMENT PARTY CHECKLIST