We had a retirement party for my father-in-law last year and I kept struggling with what theme to use for the party. I didn’t want the typical “retirement” type party. I felt he deserved something more personal than that and I wanted the party to have a more masculine feel. He had spent 50 years in the classroom as a teacher, both at the high school and university levels, and deserved to be celebrated in an extra special way.
Why a clock themed retirement party you may ask? Think about it…when you are retired, time is irrelevant. You no longer need to wake at a certain time, or be at work at a certain time. You can spend your days at leisure and it doesn’t matter what time it is! I had a blast planning this party! The only problem is that now I can’t wait to retire!
I created simple centerpieces with clocks that I printed from the internet. I glued them back to back with a bamboo skewer in the middle and placed them in some simple low vases with green styrofoam and green basket filler on top. It was festive, but had a masculine flare.
I decorated cupcakes to look like simple clocks…
I printed signs that read “Time is Irrelevant”, “Time does not matter”, and “Time is on Lew’s side” and placed them in Dollar Tree picture frames. I had them scattered throughout the party. My mother-in-law had a collection of antique clocks that I borrowed for the party and strategically placed them as decorations.
I also asked my father-in-law to bring anything of significance from his teaching career, and I put them on display.
In my opinion, the most amazing attraction at the party was a timeline that my father-in-law created of his 50 years of teaching. It was unbelievable to read about his entire career! I hung it on the wall for all of the guests to view.
The party was a success! My father-in-law is enjoying his retirement and truly doesn’t care what time it is!
Happy Retirement Lew!
“Wonder what I will come up with next”…