Retirement Party Ideas For Coworkers

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A retirement party is a way to celebrate your coworker’s past accomplishments and also to celebrate what the future will hold for them. Retirement is a big deal. It marks the start of another chapter in your coworker’s life.

Retirement evokes mixed emotions – you are happy for your coworker’s next chapter and then you are a bit sad at the thought of losing your daily time and interactions with this person.

So a memorable transition with the help of a retirement party celebration focusing on your coworker’s career will make their leaving a special event!
Here are some ideas for a retirement party – which could be anything that reflects your coworker’s wishes.

Plan a party

  • A luncheon – either in the office or out at a restaurant, with all their favorite foods and possibly a roast to them
  • After work drinks and appetizers
  • An event focused on their favorite hobby or people in their lives, like their spouses, children or grandchildren.


  • A memory jar – with a collection of all the very best memories of their time on the job
  • Bucket List jar – to place ideas for the retiree to do with their new found freedom
  • A retirement card – signed by everyone in the office
  • A retirement gift – It can be gifts related to travel, or their favorite hobbies or a personalized gift

Whatever you end up preparing your coworker will know how much you care and how much you will miss them. Be sure to keep in touch with them through Facebook or by providing coworkers with their contact information, as one the hardest aspects of retirement is saying good bye to your work family.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Carli April 11, 2018 at 12:10 pm

A memory book commemorating their many years at a company makes for a really nice gift, too!

Debra April 11, 2018 at 1:29 pm

After work drinks/apps is fun an easy! It is a nice way to get people together without being overly formal.

Sasha April 11, 2018 at 1:33 pm

Wish I was retiring soon! 40 years to go haha

Jin April 16, 2018 at 11:48 am

I think giving a card for everyone to sign is important because it gives everyone a chance to say goodbye

Joan April 19, 2018 at 8:47 am

Love the memory jar/book idea

Rebecca April 19, 2018 at 11:44 am

The idea to do something that is the person’s hobby is nice. Something different from the norm and they would enjoy the activity.

Brenda April 19, 2018 at 11:45 am

Happy hour is my go to for office events. The price is right and so laidback.

Bethany April 23, 2018 at 3:16 pm

What great ideas! I like the hobby based event idea- makes the day ever more special for the person retiring.

Joan April 24, 2018 at 1:08 pm

I think having a small office party shows appreciation for all the hard work and dedication. It also gives everyone a chance to congratulate them and say their Good-Byes.

Frannie May 8, 2018 at 11:07 am

After working so many years it is nice to see that people appreciate you and celebrate what you have contributed. Any celebration will accomplish this, but I vote for the office party.

Del May 15, 2018 at 3:46 pm

An office get together is nice. That eliminates the alcohol that an after work party could involve. And no “roasts” are necessary; keep things cordial. You’d like your retiree to leave with pleasant feelings for the years spent there.

Sammy January 24, 2019 at 1:51 pm

We had a retirement breakfast in the office recently. Lots of fun & a great send-off!

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