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Throughout your childhood, you probably recall seeing your mother or father off to work each day. They worked hard to keep you and your family comfortable and happy by performing well at their jobs. However, now that you're all older, it may be time for them to retire and focus more on the things they like to do. To commemorate this special occasion, you may want to throw a retirement party. Here are some ways you can show your parents that you're thankful for the hard work they've done through the years.
1. Make it a surprise party. There's nothing more fun than scheming behind your parents' backs to plan a bash that they'll be sure to remember. Consider inviting people from their work, as well as family and friends who would want to wish them luck in their retirement. Make sure you come up with a good way to distract them on the day of the party so there's no chance they could catch wind of it.
2. Put together a photo collage. This is a great way to pull together events from your parents' lives and help them remember everything that they've had to get through to get where they are now. Ask your family and friends to contribute pictures they may have, then set them up on a poster to display prominently at the party.
3. Go all out when it comes to a cake. If you have a lot of guests attending the retirement party, you may want to look for large cakes online. Be sure to pick a flavor that your mom or dad loves, and don't forget to include ice cream in the offerings.
4. You're probably familiar with the idea of a "roast." It's a great way for your parents' family and friends to reflect on their relationships and poke a bit of fun at your parents. It would be really great if any coworkers could add to the festivities, as stories about workplace mishaps and drama could be pretty funny. Set up a chair for your parent to sit in, then give a microphone to whoever is going to contribute to the roast. Just make sure everyone plays nice.
5. If you can't think of the perfect gift for your mom or dad's retirement, you may want to give them something that will take up some of their time. Whether it's tickets to an upcoming event, a coupon for a set of classes or even a gift certificate to a spa, your parents will appreciate that they'll have something fun to do now that they don't have to go to work everyday. If these aren't in your budget, you could always opt for gourmet chocolate gifts. No one can refuse those.