Office farewell party ideas needn’t be sentimental or sad.
They can be a fantastic opportunity to celebrate your departing teammate's efforts, both work-wise and personally.
Thanks to these tips and ideas, you’ll have everything you need to give your teammate a cool send-off.
To make sure your friend gets the best send-off, you’ll need to organize some things in advance.
Your farewell party idea’s also best organized in secret, too. Email is the best tool for doing this.
Try and keep the planning as low key as you can. Someone leaving your team can be an emotional time for everyone.
Instead of making a big deal out of their impending departure, save all the excitement (and sadness) for the teammate’s last day.
This Has Been Your Life
For teammates that have worked a long time, host a ‘the life of our team’ farewell party.
Awards Ceremony For One
Why not create an awards ceremony, where your teammate is thanked for their best contribution to your team/company?
This is one of those dress-up farewell party ideas, so teammates should dress as if they’re going to a real awards show. All tuxedos and evening gowns, please.
Decorate and create catering to reflect the awards theme.
A Very Special Surprise Party
A farewell party is by itself a surprise party. But if you know your teammate is leaving ahead of time, you can try planning a surprise party for them.
This party doesn't have to be held in the workplace, and can also involve the guest of honor's friends and family.
You can surprise your teammate by pretending you're all going to a meeting or team lunch (even an exit interview) - and <bang> it's really a surprise party.
A surprise party like this is also perfect for a teammate whose retiring from the company, or is being moved overseas to another office. A maternity leave is another reason to plan these surprise party ideas.
Mystery Photo Shoot
Create a team portrait as the perfect going away gift. To keep it mysterious from your friend, hire a professional photographer.
Present your teammate with a large-sized team portrait at their leaving do.
How Well Did You Know Your Friend?
Intimate farewell party ideas work too, if your team insists on a private party.
Why not create a quiz party with your guest of honor as the quiz topic? Find out how well your team knows your departing friend.
Here are some questions you could use:
Take a photo of the winner with your teammate.
Make sure to create a lunch or dinner in your teammate’s honor.
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