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Anyone who has the privilege of celebrating retirement deserves a retirement party thrown in their honor and recognition for a life of hard work and achievement. If you are planning to host a monumental party for a soon-to-be retiree, here are some tips to celebrate the retiree’s many years of work and accomplishments.


Retirement Party Guest List Planning

Several considerations should be noted when planning a retirement party guest list such as past and present co-workers.

The guest list is the foundation of every party, so compile a list several months in advance of friends, family, and co-workers who are close to the retiree. Go back through the guest of honor’s life and find former colleagues from years earlier or old college buddies who haven’t seen the retiree in decades–in other words, cast as wide a net as possible, since the party is a culmination of a person’s career. Let them look back on their life and all the people who’ve helped them along the way through years of work.


Retirement Party Planning

Your guest list, of course, will determine the location size required.


Your guest list, of course, will determine the location size required. Make sure to secure something with potential to accommodate more than you plan for, because you will want this to be big!  For a party this important, people will want to make an appearance and participate in the festivities. Historically, invited guests accept invitations last-minute and plus-ones will become plus-twos or plus-fours.


Entertainment for Retirement Party

Consider the guest of honor’s taste when selecting music.


Consider the interest of the guest of honor and the type of music is appealing to them while being mindful of what will set a positive tone for the event. You might consider a DJ, Cover Band, or perhaps something more specific, like a Tribute Band. Whatever remains appropriate for the retiree, and the function should narrow your options when selecting the entertainment.


This is one component where you can keep it simple! However, if the guest of honor’s taste call for something more elaborate (from exceptionally elegant to tremendously silly), then by all means do that. But for a party of such significance, the focus should remain on the retiree, rather than over the top and potentially unnecessary centerpieces. Renting a venue which already has backlighting, tables and chairs and overall attractive foundation in place is suggested. Let the soon-to-be-retiree, the guests and the occasion take center stage.

Retirement Party Planning

The Roberts Centre can set the perfect back drop and set the pace for a retirement party.


Retirement is a big deal. It marks the start of a new chapter in someone’s life and the end of an era. Perhaps it is the start of a new career. With a big life change comes a celebration! The Roberts Centre can set the perfect back drop and set the pace for a retirement party. We can also ease the stress that may go along with planning such an event. Contact us today at 937-283-3272. We will walk you through every step of the planning process and answer any questions you might have.

About Roberts Centre

Roberts Centre is home to the region's largest convention center, a luxurious Holiday Inn hotel, and Ralph's American Grill. The flexibility of our space, combined with our location between three major cities in Ohio, makes us the perfect venue for weddings, banquets, meetings, pet shows, and other special events.

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