Goodbye parties offer an opportunity to wish a new retiree a good retirement, to send off a student to college or graduate school, to wish "bon voyage" to someone about to embark on a cruise or long period of travel, or to express your feelings for a friend moving away. Goodbye parties should wish the leaving person good luck and good times ahead while celebrating all of the fun you've had together.
Collect and print out photographs of the departing person with other party attendees. Photos of work, class activities, social outings and previous parties can be put into a memory book or scrapbook that the leaving person can take with her. Ask friends and colleagues to contribute photos or to write short descriptions of favourite memories to include in the book. String copies of the photos together in a garland to hang across the party room or place the copies on a table for everyone to see.
Pack a Trunk
Set up a footlocker or old trunk with travel supplies and gifts for the person going away. If he's moving to a colder climate, place some mittens or ear warmers in the trunk; if he's going somewhere warm, include sunscreen and a straw hat. If the person is going into retirement, put some books or games in the trunk. Students could get trunks with notebooks and school supplies.
Toasting and Roasting
Ask two or three close friends of the person leaving to prepare toasts ahead of time. Set aside a time during the party to have them offer their toasts. Then, open up the floor or microphone for impromptu toasting or roasting. Let the departing person take the floor last to make any remarks.
Play music that fits the goodbye theme, such as songs like "Leaving on a Jet Plane," "Say Goodbye" and "Going to California." If the leaving person is going off to school, play the new school's fight song; for travellers, "On the Road Again" and songs about travel are appropriate.
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