Going away party ideas & gifts

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Going away party ideas & gifts
Give your co-worker a gift to help him succeed at his next job during his going-away party. (Group of business people working together in the office.. image by Andrey Kiselev from Fotolia.com)

Say goodbye to someone close to you by throwing a memorable going-away party. Throwing a farewell party will allow your guest of honour to see and visit those who are important in his life in a festive atmosphere. In addition, it will also celebrate him and his relationships with the party guests. Many themes and ideas are available to make this a party to remember, along with gift options that are sure to remind him of those he has become close to.

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Theme Ideas

Send your guest of honour off in style by throwing her a going-away party that has a fun theme. If she's moving to a new location such as Hawaii, throw a luau, suggests the Chiff website. If she's moving to France, throw a Parisian-inspired soirée complete with French fare, music and decorations. Be sure to ask that your party guests come dressed in clothes that fit the theme, such as flowered shirts or berets. If your guest of honour is headed off to college, decorate the venue with the school's colours, mascot and seal. Throw a nautical-inspired party if she's headed off on a sea sabbatical. Let the nature of your guest of honor's trip inspire you when creating a theme.

Gift Ideas

Sentimental gifts are a popular choice when it comes to going-away party presents. For instance, a picture of you and the guest of honour in a stylish frame serves as a gift, as well as a piece of nostalgia. If you are throwing a farewell party for a co-worker, give him gifts that will help him in his next job, suggests the Fond Farewell website. Similarly, if he's moving to an international location, provide him with an item he may need once there, such as a guide to the area. You could also help your guest of honour relax before the big move by treating him to a massage or spa package.

Party Activities

Provide your party guests with many opportunities to say goodbye to the guest of honour. Create a space in your venue that gives the guests an opportunity to have their pictures taken with her, recommends the Reason to Party website. Hang a decorative piece of fabric or balloon arch to serve as a backdrop. You could also create a DVD for the guest of honour that depicts each guest telling what they will miss most about her. Walk around the party with a video camera, or leave one at the picture station and give each attendee an opportunity to leave a message for the guest of honour. Similarly, you could also have each guest write what they will miss most about her on pieces of paper or cards. These types of activities will keep your guests occupied during the party and will create many mementos for the guest of honour.

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