You Won't Forget Anything!

A Retirement Party Checklist is essential if there is to be a party. Here is a complete checklist. There are invitations, decorations and the party budget. There is so much to do that a list of "Things to Do" is the only way to insure that they all get done.

The first priority is to ask for help. Reliable people who will help will make the planning more enjoyable and fun. Planning a retirement party should be more exciting than it is work. It is always better to have a committee to discuss who will attend and where and when.

A Retirement Party Checklist will relieve apprehension and worry. Work your way down the list. Divide and conquer. Decide who on your committee will be responsible for each item on the list.

I will divide the list into major and minor listings. 

Always do the major items first. With those big things decided, worry and concerns are minimized.

Primary List

The first item is to consult with the retiree. She may not want to have a large formal party. She may not want any party. Maybe small and casual is her preference.

Determining the approximate number of people that will attend will limit the options of the party location. The location may lead to a menu of food choices. The party "theme" will influence the decorations.

First List:

  1. Consult with the retiree.
  2. Budget
  3. People to help
  4. Who will attend? (family, friends, co-workers, children, etc.)
  5. Where? (at work, restaurant, at home)

Second List:

  1. Theme
  2. Invitations
  3. Decorations
  4. Food & Drinks

Secondary List

Third List:

  1. Emcee
  2. Speeches & Toasts
  3. Music
  4. Games
  5. Entertainment

Fourth List:

  1. Gifts
  2. Memory Book
  3. Photographer
  4. Day of the Party

The emcee is the key to a successful party. Do not underestimate his or her importance.

Early Preparation

There is nothing that makes a party better than a retirement party checklist.  It alleviates worry. Sets priorities. And makes preparation more fun. Do not neglect early PREPARATION.

The limiting factors will usually be the number of attendees and the budget.  It would be great if there were no limiting factors.

Remember this is a-once-in-a-lifetime event. I'm trying to tempt you to "go for it". Make it a great party.

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