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    The Proper Send Off: How to Plan a Corporate Goodbye Party

    February 5, 2013

    Goodbye parties are an inevitable part of the working world. Employees retire, move away, and change departments or even careers all the time, and it’s up to their remaining officemates to give them a fond farewell. So what do you do when it’s your turn to plan the latest goodbye soirée? We’re here to ensure your boss, co-worker, or employee feels the love down to the very last moment! 


    Keep it Light: Believe it or not, goodbye parties can be a hot button issue in many an office. Some folks in the office might not be close with the guest of honor, or might be saddened at their departure and reluctant to celebrate. Therefore, a goodbye party needs to be as light as possible. The theme, speeches, and any other activities need to focus on celebrating your friend and coworker, not the bittersweet circumstances that brought on the party. And this cheery disposition should translate in the party décor, too; focus on bright colors or a venue with plenty of natural light.


    Lasting Memories, Old and New: We’ve heard it all our lives: a picture is worth a thousand words. Especially now, in the Instagram age, a picture might even be worth a thousand “likes,” so you’ll want to make sure you have someone snapping photos to remember the event. Also, your coworkers can all reminisce together, looking over photo collages of the time you’ve spent together. Asking everyone to bring in photos they might have of the guest of honor adds a personal touch to the experience – not to mention how easy it makes decorating! Some cute photo frames scattered around the event venue will give the event a homey, sentimental touch.

    Something to Say “Thank You:” It is customary upon an employee’s departure that the rest of the office chip in to get their former co-worker a little something to thank them for their hard work and dedication over the years. Giving someone a gift or thank you card as they leave their job is a great way to remind them that they are appreciated and you wish them the best. Again, much like the goodbye party itself, this is a subject that can escalate quickly in the office, so be careful when proposing the idea. Usually something simple like a gift card or other trinket will suffice – after all, it’s the thought that counts!  

    Of course, don’t forget that a corporate goodbye party is just that – a party! So, above all, have fun (But not too much fun)! And don’t forget to share your ideas with us here at Eventup on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or simply by commenting below!