A retirement party is a celebration of the guest of honor’s newfound freedom. At the same time, it’s a sad farewell for coworkers who will no longer see the new retiree on a daily basis. And, in many cases, it’s also a solemn occasion for an employer to thank the departing employee for years of service.
Because of the bittersweet nature of the event, there are different approaches to crafting a good retirement party invitation. Whether you’re planning a formal invite, an informal message, or a flyer to hand out, getting the wording right can be challenging. To help out, we’ve put together the tips and examples below.
Note: If applicable, you may also want to check out our article on going away party invitations.
Retirement Party Invite Tips
First and foremost, make sure your invitation or flyer includes all the basics (date, time, RSVP instructions, etc). Beyond that generic advice that applies to all invitations, there are also a few things to keep in mind for retirement parties:
1. Watch your tone. In a lot of cases, a retirement party includes a mixture of close personal friends and more distant “work-only” acquaintances. Given the mixed audience, you may want to stick with wording that’s simple and inoffensive, rather than colorful and personal. Keeping things professional is particularly advisable if the employer is hosting the party.
2. Add some perspective. If the guest of honor has worked for a long time at the same company, or in the same career, it’s good to say so on the invitation. Be specific with the number of years (just make sure to check and double check that number). A few words of appreciation are also appropriate, especially for police officers, teachers, members of the military, or others who have dedicated their work lives to service.
3. Personalize it. While you don’t necessarily want to get too personal, you can add a thoughtful touch by incorporating something about the retiree into the design or wording of the invitation. For example, many retirement party invites include themes of golf, fishing, or travel – activities the person plans to spend their time on now that they no longer have to work.
Here are some examples of retirement party invitation wording that can be used as-is, or as inspiration for your own creation. Note that the following samples don’t include important information about the event, such as the location, time, and so on. Those details should be added after this text.
In Honor of Donald Weld
For 22 Years of Dedicated Service
To Join Us in Celebrating the Retirement of
To Join Us For a Retirement Dinner Honoring
Now it’s Time to Have Some Fun
Join Us For a Retirement Dinner For
On His Retirement
(Afterwards, He’ll be Too Busy Doing Nothing)
Join Us For a SURPRISE Party
Celebrating the Retirement of
A Retirement Sendoff to Remember
Join Us For a Surprise Party
Please Join Us For a Luncheon
In Honor of His 18 Years of Service
Join Us in Celebrating the Retirement of
“I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.” – Alexander the Great
Please Join Us in Thanking
For 25 Years of “Great” Teaching
Beverly Kline is Finally Graduating From the 3rd Grade
Join Us in Celebrating Her Retirement
Invite friends and family to watch you say I do (again).