If you have ever planned a party, you know just how much work goes into making it happen! There are so many decisions to make in a short period of time that many people are overwhelmed. This can be extra-scary if you are planning a retirement party, and scarier still if your office has decided that a surprise party would be the best way to send off the retiree! If you are thinking of a surprise retirement party for someone at your office, we want to help you with some tips about the catering choices.

When it comes to retirement party catering, the guest of honor should have some of their favorite dishes as part of the food. After all, there wouldn’t be a party without them! If you know the retiree well, then work with the caterer on your own, but if you don’t, then it’s time to do some research. Check with their friends, loved ones, or even ask for a restaurant recommendation from them to get an idea of foods they enjoy. After that, work in a variety of foods that will work for large groups of people and a couple of dishes that will work for those with dietary restrictions.

You will also want to make sure the guest of honor is appropriately occupied when it comes time for the catering company to set up. The last thing you want is to discover that they went out to lunch right before the party is supposed to start!