Your dad deserves the best retirement party, especially after a long career as a truck driver. It is also important to note that a party doesn’t need to cost an awful lot just for it to be the most memorable in your dad’s book. All you need is to make it meaningful and have all the people that matter, and you’re good to go. Also, remember to bring in some refreshments and some good music. Below are some of the things you’ll need to do to make your dad’s day:
For a gift to have a lasting effect, it has to be meaningful, not expensive. Since your retired dad has been a truck driver all his life, most of the gifts should always revolve around that kind of lifestyle. For instance, you can decide to get a toy version of the truck he loved to drive with an engraving ‘best dad in the world’ on it. This kind of gift might not be expensive, but it will mean the world to your dad.
You can also get your hands on one of those meticulous looking engraved plaques which you can have a custom message for your dad on it. Thankfully, there are several designs, as well as colors, that you can choose from. Feel free to get your dad a bottle of his favorite alcohol that has matured for as long as his career and so on.
In short, you can never run out of ideas to leave your dad impressed during this auspicious occasion. Your dad may not have clinched the title of the truck driver of the year during his long and illustrious career as one, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be the truck driver of the year in your book. All you’ll be required to do is make him feel special, and that’s it.
Where to Throw the Party
The first place you can throw your dad’s retirement party is at his former workplace. You can join forces with his former boss and throw him a surprise party where he’ll also have the chance to bid his old friends a farewell. If that’s not possible, then doing it in your backyard will also do you some good. It will not only be cheaper but will give the neighbors a chance to join in the festivities.
However, never sweat about the venue since all that matters is getting your family, a few colleagues, and close friends to complete the charm. Just remember to bring a few things to decorate and some form of entertainment. Once again, it doesn’t have to be the grandest party out there. As long as the people who matter are around, then your dad will most certainly be grateful.
The Kind of Food to Throw at The Event
Before you even get the drink, your first order of business ought to be sorting out the food. First of all, getting some meat and something to go with it shouldn’t be that much of a big deal. Also, bear in mind that some people might be vegan. To cater to them, you might want to call them in advance.
In case there is a vegan guest, then an adequately made vegan salad should do it for you. Bring some juice, soda, popcorn, biscuits, and cakes for the kids since they can’t be out there drinking beer with the big boys. Once you’ve sorted all the foods and drinks, you can get the beer for the big boys.
Being a truck driver can be a daunting line of work, let alone doing it for the best part of your life. It would, therefore, be an incredible idea for you to show some appreciation for your dad. For the umpteenth time, it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. As long as you do the planning right, you can end up throwing a memorable retirement party for your dad without spending a fortune on it.
Feel free to look for fresh ideas online if you run out of ideas. You can also resort to asking your friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues for ideas. Since different people know a different side of your dad, you will get various designs which will go a long way in making the party worthwhile.
*This article was contributed.