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Most people look forward to the day when they can retire. No more boss, no more alarm clock, no more late meetings. . . in short, a life of freedom. Retirement marks the end of work and the beginning of play. What better reason to have a party?

Retirement parties are both happy and sad. They are the end of a career, but the beginning of a new life. People who have worked together for a while become acquaintances and then friends. These relationships are special and though friendships can continue, they will be different than they were when you were working alongside someone. Leaving a familiar place and starting a new life can be challenging. A retirement party celebrates this challenge, remembering the past and looking ahead to the future. Your focus will want to be not only on the time that was spent at the company, but the opportunity that is on the horizon.

The retirement party should be a celebration of the person retiring as well as his or her family. Careers affect the spouse and children significantly, and the future will almost always involve more time with loved ones. Most parties involve toasts of the retiree, photos and stories of past milestones or accomplishments, and gift giving. Retirement parties can be a surprise or a pre-planned event. They are the best way to allow everyone the opportunity to express their appreciation for all that the retiree has done and wish them well for the future.

As with any party, you will certainly want to select the perfect invitation. You can select something classic and simple or an invitation with images of retirement activities, such as golf or fishing. Your invitation will not only let your guests know when, where, and what you are celebrating, but more importantly how you will be celebrating. Your guest of honor will feel important when they see the invitation, knowing you took time and effort to select the perfect invite. In addition, the invitation serves as a perfect keepsake from this once in a lifetime event. It will give the retiree something tangible to look back on and recall the party that celebrated their years of hard work and dedication to a career. Retirement parties commemorate a remarkable accomplishment in a person’s life. Set the tone for this celebration and create a long lasting memento for the retiree by selecting the perfect retirement party invitations!

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