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A Retirement Party to Remember

The year is coming to an end; and with that, some of your coworkers or loved ones many be planning to retire. After decades of dedication and hard work, a retirement party to remember is the best way to show appreciation for a job well done. There are many ways to celebrate this milestone, but a blowout party in a banquet hall is one of the best. Below are a few tips to consider as you plan this celebration in the Glendale, California area:

Decide Upon a Retirement Party Budget

There are a variety of factors that come into play if you’re planning a party for a coworker. Some things to consider are the size of your company, the status of the departing employee, and time on the job.  Regardless of your total funding, if you’re planning the party for a colleague, it’s important to stay under budget. On the other hand, if the party if for a parent or significant other, you may have more wiggle room to play with. In either case, have a figure in mind and be sure to include all costs into that bucket. That means the fees for renting a venue, entertainment, decorations, food, and drinks, plus a retirement gift. A retirement party can be as thrifty or as extravagant as you need it to be. The experts at MGM Banquet Hall are happy to assist you with any questions you may have when planning it.

Don’t Do it Alone

If you’ve been selected to plan and organize the retirement party, don’t try to do everything alone! Sometimes, coworkers have fun ideas for interesting party themes and gift ideas. Colleagues or family members may be able to provide insights about the retiree you were unaware of. Try to remember that the party for the retiree, not yourself. So, think about organizing it in a way that he or she will most enjoy. And never be afraid to ask for help – it is much better than being overwhelmed and biting off more than you can chew.

Choose A Local Venue

Whether you’re looking for something formal, glitzy or more laid back, choosing a venue is a big decision. There are many halls in the Pasadena, CA area, but look for full-service venues for the best value and support. Establishments such as MGM Banquet Hall offer catering services, a custom dance floor, incredible lighting and much more. Choosing a well-established location for the party can streamline the planning process and help you every step of the way. We can offer suggestions for decorations, entertainment, the flow of the event and anything else you may need. A beautifully appointed banquet hall is definitely an important factor in giving your retiree a night they’ll never forget.

Purchase A Special Gift

When it comes to selecting a retirement gift for a cherished colleague or loved one, opt for something personal and sentimental. Awesome gift ideas include a photo album with personal messages from coworkers, a nice, durable set of luggage (if traveling is on the retiree’s radar), or even tickets for your colleague and their spouse to a tropical destination. Whatever gift you select, it should reflect the retiree’s personality and promote their interests.

Design The Program

Decide on the order you’d like the flow of the party to take. Will there be a cocktail hour? When is dinner served? When is the best time for slideshows and videos? Who is giving the speeches and presentations? There are many things to consider, but your colleague’s retirement party can take whatever shape you choose.  It is just important to have a program in place to keep the event running smoothly. One final tip is to leave plenty of time for socializing and dancing, too!

For more helpful tips on planning a memorable retirement party or to reserve MGM Banquet Hall for your next event, contact us today.