A farewell party is held for many occasions, including when someone leaves work, leaves the country, or leaves an activity that they have been a part for a long time. Organizing a farewell party isn’t that different from organizing other types of parties, except that you need to consider how to honor the person leaving.
1. Party venue:
Firstly we should choose where to hold the party. It could be at an office, at a venue such as a restaurant, or even at your own home, depending on who is being farewell-ed. For a family member going overseas for a while, home is a good choice, while for a worker who is retiring or changing jobs, the office is suitable, or a local restaurant. Send out invitations well in advance so that most people will be free to attend.
2. Make decorations:
One of the principal decoration that you might like to consider is a banner that says “Farewell XXX (their name)”. As well, you could also theme the decorations depending on the reason for the farewell. Have little ships or planes for someone traveling overseas. Have little clocks, time-sheets, or similar work items for someone retiring. Have decorations representing a new country or culture for someone moving to a new country.
3. Organize the food:
Unless you’re planning a sit-down meal, finger foods are just fine. The only different food you might consider having is food from another country if the person is moving overseas. Try to choose food that you know the person being farewell-ed likes a lot.
4. Organize people who might wish to give speeches:
They could be speeches that talk about how great the person leaving is, how they have enjoyed working or spending time with them, etc. Ask those talking to keep it brief, to avoid dragging things out. Ensure that there is an opportunity for the person being farewell-ed to respond if they wish but don’t oblige them.
5. Organize a farewell gift:
It is usual at farewell parties to present a gift or more to the person leaving. For retirement, there are traditional gifts from a company but individuals should give things they know the person will like.For someone traveling, find things that help a person travel.
Take plenty of photos for the remembrance of the occasion. You can email the best of these to the person leaving to remember the event and everyone who attended it.