Feeling perplexed about finding the event décor style fit for a retirement party? It’s perfectly understandable, especially when one’s in the thick of it with organization details and the event fast approaching.
However, the effect of a nicely decorated venue can never be underestimated. In fact, we’d argue that it helps set the mood and create a joyful atmosphere in the same way music does. So, how do you go about it and ensure? Reconciling retiree’s personal aesthetics with trending decoration ideas, we’re here to help you with our list of solutions. Below you’ll find a vast array of retirement party decorations for a visually appealing venue. Without further ado, let’s get in the groove!
Whether you decide to have an event theme or not, you’ll have to determine a color combination. It’s best this be your first decision decoration-wise, as everything will later depend on these hues. However, prior to determining the color palette, we suggest you go and see if they fit in with the venue. You’ll want to achieve a harmonious environment, so make sure your choice goes well with the walls and furniture of the venue.
The basis of your decision can be many things, like retiree’s favorite color or event’s seasonality. So, how about we spin the color wheel and show you the best combinations?
- Turquoise and lavander – if you wish to experiment, why not pair this unexpected yet bold combination? Lavander will give it a regal tone, fit for a retirement celebration, and turquoise complements it with a bright and dreamy feel.
- Garden-inspired – All flowery everything! Going with nature is always a great jumping off point for a color palette. Think green and brown as the base colors and then incorporate flowery design as an extra touch.
- Season-centric colors – Why not match the event colors with one of the four seasons? Seeing as the celebrant is approaching their autumn years, a rust palette might be a good idea.
- Black and gold – They don’t call them golden year for nothing, right? Not to mention that these are classic Bond theme colors – simple yet elegant, a timeless combination.
- Mono gradient scheme – Even shades and hues of a single color can be a great solution. No matter what color it is, the monochromatic scheme can be just as memorable and leave a lasting impression on the guests.
Once you’ve settled on the color combination, you can start looking for corresponding retirement party decorations. Before you begin, though, keep in mind that the supply is endless, so it’s quite easy to slip into decision paralysis. That’s why it’s necessary to determine what items the event simply can’t do without and what are some extra add-ons. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the classics!
There’s no better way to show appreciation to the retiree than with a custom celebratory banner. Make it stand out with originality, as they are usually one of the main decoration centerpieces. Even a classic “Happy retirement” one is fine, and can be easily found in a dollar store, but personalized ones are the real deal. If you’re more fore for funny retirement banner ideas, try messages like “Off the clock” or ‘Goodbye tension, hello pension”. Brighter colors or a flowery tone are recommended in order to accentuate the joyful mood. Also, try and find a good location for the banner so that it’s easily approached for the photo sessions.
What’s a party without some floating fun? Balloons are definitely among the essential items of any party, and a retirement celebration is no exception. Whether it’s an entryway garland or a ceiling installation, they’ll make a bold statement for sure. Plus, they’re much more budget-friendly than, say, floral arrangements. Add some glitter on them, or put a glow stick inside for a special effect. Heck, why not tie them to bags as part of retirement party favors and let the guests bring them home? They’re simply so versatile and, what with so many options, you’ll easily find your preferred décor style.
Photo booth props
Once you have a balloon centerpiece in mind, you’ll want to consider a photo prop kit. They’ll make for a more memorable group photo session, and custom-made ones are always the funniest. How about ‘roast a retiree’, but with photo booth props? Another option is to get theme-related ones, but keep in mind that personalized messages are always more interesting. They work well even outside the photo booth – place them on top of cupcakes on the buffet table or accentuate flower vases.
When it comes to decorations for a retirement party, confetti are a great way to toss in some color. They go especially well with monochrome color themes as they can add some whimsy as a final touch. Seeing as we’ve mentioned balloons, you can stuff them with colorful confetti as well! Include them in vases, as table décor or you can even glue them to the wall-art. A confetti cake topper is another winner of retirement party decorations. The fun phrases like “I’m retired – ask someone else” will automatically get a special shine with a touch of confetti glitter.
Thoughtful décor means making the ceiling stand out as well. Even just a minimalist approach with a couple of balloons representing clouds, for example, can do a lot for the overall atmosphere. Paper lanterns and pom poms are another cost-effective solution that can have great festive effects. A halo of flowers is another great addition that can fit in well with any theme, so take your pick!
And now for the table setting! The easiest round would be retirement-themed disposable party supplies, but if the party is more elegant they simply won’t do. So, let’s briefly go through the most important aspects of a killer tablescape that will leave a sophisticated feel.
Nothing is as eye-catching on the table as the centerpieces. They simply complete the look and are thus quite an important detail. It’s important they be compact yet interesting, and it’s best they be put at equal distance. Here’s our pick of the best ones fit for a retirement party:
- mini pumpkins, figs and succulents – a perfect idea for a seasonal autumn celebration
- decorative corn and pomegranates – an easy yet effective option
- antlers centerpiece – an untraditional but elegant choice for a formal dinner
- branch-shaped candles – here’s another natural touch that goes well with the garden theme
- photo bouquets – incorporate small photos of the retiree with the guests for a nostalgic feel
For the informal event, you should definitely consider the glasses with a funny saying. If nothing else, at least consider the shots glasses with “See you at the beach” or “Proud retiree” written on them. In case you want to go the extra mile, there’s always the option of personalizing them with oil-based, smudge-free markers. The end result will surely be the talk of the party, and the retiree pleased.
Yes, even napkins can be personalized! But make sure not to go overboard – a colorful napkin only works if the tablecloth is monochrome. In any case, a short message like “Nap kin(g)” can be effective and help amuse the party goers. If nothing else, a fancy napking folding will do the trick and be decorative enough. All you need to do is watch a tutorial on festive napkin folding, which is like a napkin origami, but simpler. Don’t worry, you’ll pick up the skill fast and then you’re ready to go!
Other than banners, you might want to include a retirement party backdrop for the sweets buffet or cake table. If you have a gift set up for the retirement gifts the guests might bring, a backdrop can also be placed behind it as well. It’s all about coordinating the decorations in such a way that they complement the venue space. Need some inspiration? Here are five DIY ideas to consider:
- paper fans
- paint-dipped feathers
- cardboard stand of a retiree
- art prints or posters
- framed pictures with friends and family
If the retirement party is held outside, then candles won’t be enough. So, why not make the event memorable with some light-show effects? Think tiki torches, recycled tin can lamps or hanging mason jar lightning. Garden lights hung from the trees are another magical solution in case you’re having a party in the backyard. Lighten up the beverage tub by burying glowsticks in the ice. Yes, it really is that easy to create a wow effect.
By the end of this article who even needs a party planner, right? Equipped with these ideas, you’re ready to start planning the party! Hopefully, you’re head is bursting with ideas and figuring out how to pair up all of the retirement party decorations together so they give off a charming atmosphere. Here’s to the retiree enjoying the party organized in their honor!