The first step in retirement party planning is to check with the retiree. Most retirees will want some type of celebration, but not everyone will want a full-fledged 'party'.You should also consider the reason that prompted the retirement decision. Did the retiree make the decision on his/her own initiative? Did the employer make the decision for him/her? Was the decision prompted by health reasons? Appropriate retirement party planning will provide the best send-off for the new retiree.