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BBQ Retirement Party

Hey party people!

Last Friday, my family and I threw my Dad a surprise BBQ Retirement Party. He’s retiring after 37 (I added an extra year to the graphics I made below…oops) years teaching elementary school PE. Can you believe he still has any energy left? 🙂 It was a really sweet party honoring an amazing man’s career and legacy. Whether you’re planning a retirement party OR just a BBQ…here are some great ideas and inspiration. 

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INVITATIONS

Let me tell that it is super hard planning a SURPRISE retirement party for a man who shares text messaging, an email address, and facebook page with his wife! 

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We decided Evite would be the best way to invite all his friends and family. We had already planned on getting BBQ catered, so this invite design was perfect!

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FOOD & DRINKS

We decided to let Shane’s Rib Shack cater our BBQ Retirement Party. My dad loves Shane’s and it’s a great price per person. It was $12.50/per person for BBQ Chicken, Pork, Buns, Coleslaw, Baked Beans, Peach Cobbler, and Sweet Tea. Talk about a southern feast! 

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I added a salad to the mix because I always like to have something for the gluten-free and vegan guests. 

BBQ Retirement Party by PartiesforPennies.com | Picnic, Cookout, Red Gingham, Sunflowers, Salad

Besides, the cobbler, I set up a little sweets & treats table. We encouraged guests to fill up a treat bag to take home with some of the goodies. 

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It was filled with all the goodies my dad loves – Peanut M&Ms (he has LOVED these ever since I can remember…we still always give him huge bags of them in his Christmas stocking), as well as a bunch of other kinds of M&Ms, peanuts, popcorn, and lemon meringue pie. 

BBQ Retirement Party by PartiesforPennies.com | Picnic, Cookout, Red Gingham, Sunflowers, Sweets & Treats Sign, Sweets Table, M&Ms

BBQ Retirement Party by PartiesforPennies.com | Picnic, Cookout, Red Gingham, Sunflowers, Sweets & Treats, Sweets Table, Desserts

BBQ Retirement Party by PartiesforPennies.com | Picnic, Cookout, Red Gingham, Sunflowers, Peanuts

BBQ Retirement Party by PartiesforPennies.com | Picnic, Cookout, Red Gingham, Sunflowers, Popcorn

BBQ Retirement Party by PartiesforPennies.com | Picnic, Cookout, Red Gingham, Sunflowers, Sweets & Treats, Sweets Table, Desserts, Lemon Meringue Pie

Dad hit up the M&Ms before he even got his BBQ! I’m telling you…the man loves his peanut M&Ms. 

BBQ Retirement Party by PartiesforPennies.com | Picnic, Cookout, Red Gingham, Sunflowers, M&M Bar, M&MS

BBQ Retirement Party by PartiesforPennies.com | Picnic, Cookout, Red Gingham, Sunflowers, M&M Bar, M&MS

BBQ Retirement Party by PartiesforPennies.com | Picnic, Cookout, Red Gingham, Sunflowers, M&M Bar, M&MS

BBQ Retirement Party by PartiesforPennies.com | Picnic, Cookout, Red Gingham, Sunflowers, M&M Bar, M&MS

DECORATIONS

At each table, we set out mason jars and this personalized paper bag with a napkin and plasticware. This is where I messed up…it was 37 years, not 38. He did say he subbed for a full year…so, basically it’s 38. If you want to learn how I printed on these bags, check out this old Parties for Pennies post. 

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BBQ Retirement Party by PartiesforPennies.com | Picnic, Cookout, Red Gingham, Sunflowers, Placesetting, Paper Bag, Cutlery Holder

BBQ Retirement Party by PartiesforPennies.com | Picnic, Cookout, Red Gingham, Sunflowers, centerpiece

In the center of each table, I set out these boxed arrangements I did using inexpensive Trader Joe’s flowers. 

BBQ Retirement Party by PartiesforPennies.com | Picnic, Cookout, Red Gingham, Sunflowers, centerpiece

Here’s the man of the hour…

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My Dad (on the left) and his friend Hal. 

Retirement Party - Meg & Clayton

ACTIVITIES/PROGRAM

My sister really handled the logistics for this and did a great job! After everyone got their food, we played a video she edited together. It was really sweet, funny, and had some great memories in it. Then we opened it up for anyone to say something about Dad. Everything turned out great and I think Dad felt really honored…so it was a success! 

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BBQ Retirement Party by PartiesforPennies.com

Clayton, Ned, and my sister’s husband David. 

BBQ Retirement Party by PartiesforPennies.com

Here’s our family, minus my brother Ned. 

Thanks so much to all my siblings and my Mom for all working together to make this possible for my dad! If you’re interested in any of the items I used for this party, check them out here: 

Party on!

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