13 Memorable Retirement Party Ideas (2024)


Event venues on Peerspace typically cost between $80 — $220 per hour.

With around 10,000 Baby Boomers retiring every day, chances are good that you’ll need to host a retirement party at some point during the year. With that in mind, we’ve come up with these 13 retirement party ideas to help you throw a memorable event for your friends or colleagues.

No matter which of these options speaks to you and seems like a great fit for the retiree, you’ll need an amazing venue to host it in. That’s where Peerspace comes in. Peerspace is the largest online marketplace for hourly venue rentals and makes it easy to discover and book one-of-a-kind spaces. We can connect to any one of thousands of party venues across North America and beyond. From eclectic lofts to banquet halls and from mansions to cabins, check us out for the perfect retirement party venue! More on that ahead alongside our retirement party ideas.

1. Go back in time to fete the retiree in the style of a bygone era

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Is your retiree one of the few who has been at your company for decades? Then consider hosting a throwback party to the year that they were first hired.

Decorate the office or the party venue with sports memorabilia and newspaper clippings dating back to their first year on the job. Short on time? Consider booking a vintage venue through Peerspace that comes pre-decorated and brimming with retro vibes!

Some of our favorites include:

You get the picture! Make it a costume party by dressing up Mad Men-style or in other industry-specific attire. Don’t forget to create a playlist of hit tunes and serve popular drinks from that decade!

2. Send them on “vacation” to their dream destination

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Does your colleague have dreams of traveling the world when they retire? Be sure to give them a proper send-off with a “trip” to a tropical island or another dream vacation destination. Just rent a unique venue such as this tropical tiki bar on Peerspace with a pool and hot tub for a relaxing island-inspired getaway. Or, if they plan to visit Europe, rent out a European-style cafe to get them inspired with an authentic bistro meal.

It’s easy to bring your retirement party ideas to life with Peerspace. Just search for the perfect location to have your party. Then, reach out to your venue’s local host to see if they can help you book a professional caterer or photographer. They may also offer additional furniture and A/V gear to complete the space.

Here are 11 of our favorite staff retreat ideas to help celebrate all your coworkers!

3. Visit an escape room to solve problems one last time

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Escape rooms are great for team building, but they also make for a memorable retirement party idea. It’s especially neat if you can find one that’s themed to your industry. Work together to solve one last problem by stopping a bank heist or preventing a virus from breaking out of the laboratory. Many escape room venues can accommodate a small party after the game as well. For those who love puzzles, this is one of the most engaging retirement party ideas!

Be sure to toast to your success at a Peerspace bar and restaurant afterward.

4. Put together a slideshow to savor all of the good times

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Looking back at photos of your career can be an emotional experience, but it’s a must for any retirement party. Create a slideshow or video montage for your colleague, and present it on the big screen by using a home projector or renting a private theater. One of our favorite options is this awesome screening room in North Hollywood, CA with all of the professional equipment you need (and comfy seating!) to screen your slideshow. You can also have everyone in the office record a video message that your colleague can take home and watch later.

5. Have a comedy roast to keep the mood light

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Depending on the culture in your office, it may be appropriate to show your appreciation for your colleague with a roast. Ask your other coworkers for funny anecdotes to include in your speech, and choose jokes that are in good taste and don’t hit too close to home. Brush up on Season 5, episodes 14/15 of The Office if you need a reminder of how office roasts can go wrong!

6. Help them cross something off the bucket list

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If your colleague has always wanted to go skydiving or bungee jumping, now is their chance. Make it happen by planning a group trip for their retirement. If the real thing is too intimidating, you can always visit an indoor skydiving center and have a retirement party there instead.

7. Add some color and fun by taking them to “Drag Queen Bingo”

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Does your colleague joke about being stuck in a retirement home playing bingo all day? Help them get over their fear by showing them how fun a game of bingo can be. Take them to Drag Queen Bingo at one of many locations all over the country for a new spin on an old game.

8. Enjoy a family picnic in a beautiful outdoor setting

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Some retirement parties take place with colleagues at the office, while others are for family and friends. We think the best retirement party ideas should include everyone who’s important in the retiree’s life, from the boss to the grandkids (and the pets!).

Throw a retirement party the whole family can enjoy with a picnic in the park or the backyard of a Peerspace venue. One wonderful option is this spacious outdoor picnic area in Newport Beach, CA. It boasts multiple picnic tables, several barbecue grills, Adirondack chairs, and a fire pit, plus plenty of space to mix and mingle.

9. Spend the day at the spa

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Make it a luxurious retirement party with a trip to the spa for a relaxing massage treatment. Or, surprise them with a visit to a float tank where they can drift in a saltwater bath for 90 minutes. Some aficionados describe floatation therapy as taking the “best nap of your life.”

For more ideas on planning an amazing spa event, check out these luxe spa party ideas for adults!

10. Go glamping

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Enjoy the outdoors with a retirement party at a cabin or campground. Spend the evening sharing food and drink around a campfire, then stay overnight at this outdoor glamping experience near Austin, TX. Or, search Peerspace to find a cozy cabin available for rent near you.

11. Rent a hot air balloon

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Encourage your colleague to soar to new heights — both literally and metaphorically — with a ride on a hot air balloon. Hot air balloons are a classic retirement party theme, but not everyone gets the chance to ride in one themselves! This is a tamer adventure than skydiving but still offers a new perspective and the chance to reflect on the next stage of a retiree’s life.

12. Send them off in their favorite ride

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When the party’s over, send your colleague home in style with a trip in an antique or luxury car. Hire a driver to take them around town, or rent a car through a platform like Sixt or the Exotic Car Collection from Enterprise so they can take it on a road trip for the weekend.

13. Encourage them to sing their heart out during a luxury karaoke party

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No matter how shy or outgoing the retiree may be, everyone gets in the spirit of things when you take them out for karaoke! This goes double when you book a particularly awesome karaoke venue through Peerspace that provides you with a stunning ambiance and more.

For example, our friends in the New York City area can book this sleek, modern karaoke bar in Midtown Manhattan. Along with its beautiful, chill atmosphere, you and your retirement party guests can get down with some Japanese and Korean dishes as well as the venue’s full bar. So yeah, all the makings of an epic retirement party in one spot!

Retirement party ideas: conclusion

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The type of retirement party you plan will depend on your colleague’s personality and how long you’ve known them. If they’ve worked for you for decades, then they probably deserve an epic send-off rather than something low-key. On the other hand, you may be throwing a party for a friend or family member who doesn’t want to invite their work colleagues at all.

No matter which you choose, be sure to book an incredible party venue from Peerspace to celebrate in style. You’ll be able to choose whatever type of venue you think your retiree will love. Plus, there will be plenty of space for all your coworkers to celebrate them in grand style.

Speaking of style, Peerpsace venues are known for their incredibly stylish and versatile design. This means little, if any, decorating will need to be done on your part! Best of all, you can rely on your chosen venue’s local host to link you up with equipment rentals of delicious catering. No matter how big or small your event, use these memorable retirement party ideas to get inspired!

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