Please help me plan a co-worker's retirement party!
June 18, 2014 7:17 PM Subscribe
I've been stuck with planning a co-worker's retirement party (I was happy to do it, but rather expected I'd have some help from other co-workers). Please help me out with advice in two main areas: the food and the gift! Details inside.
posted by skycrashesdown to Work & Money (10 answers total)
I work in the commercial real estate department of a bank, and my co-worker is the receptionist/administrative assistant for our department/floor. She's about 30 years older than I am, and I really like her, so I'm happy to plan the party. HR provides money for a gift and for a party; the caveat with the party money is that we have to invite everyone in the building. Our building has a couple hundred people in it, and they won't all attend but there's no great way to estimate a head count either.
Food: We have $150 to spend, and a company car to take us to Costco the morning of the party. I've asked some of the other folks in our department to bring desserts and several people volunteered, so I can spend the money on other types of food. (The company provides plates/napkins/silverware so I don't have to buy those, and there won't be any alcohol allowed.) How can I best maximum our $150 at Costco and feed an unknown number of people? We'll have access to fridges/freezers, an oven (maybe two? I can't remember), and microwaves, but no stove top. The only thing on our list so far is fruit that's easy to prepare (strawberries, grapes). Ideally we're looking for types of food that require little or no preparation and can easily be served buffet style (but that hopefully aren't full of tons of preservatives/high fructose corn syrup/etc).
Presents: We also have $150 to spend here, and I'm at a loss. No gold watches!
Relevant information about my coworker: She and her husband are moving to a home they inherited in a pretty rural location (lawn worthy of a riding mower) and I believe the home needs some work. She also has a niece who is 5 or 6 that she absolutely dotes on, and part of the reason for her retirement timing is so she can spend the summer looking after her niece much of the time. They don't travel much, but they do spend time on the coast in Oregon several times a year. (We're in Seattle.)
And help you guys can offer would be great, thanks!