What to do for Retirement Party?

Dear Ms. Cards Etiquette:

The front desk receptionist at our office is retiring after 30 years with the company, and we’d like to do something nice for her, to let her know we’ll miss her. What do you think we should do?

-Lost without Her

Easy-peasy, Lost! After 30 years at the company, I’d suggest that a retirement party is in order … if the company itself isn’t throwing one, you might get everyone in the office together to invite her out to dinner. Before the dinner, buy a Congratulations card or a “From All of Us” card, and have everyone in the office sign it with their well-wishes. Then present the card to her after dinner!

If organizing a dinner or small party is impractical, you might consider having everyone chip in on a gift, or gift certificate (if you know one of her favorite restaurants or stores, that’s a perfect choice), and give that to her with the card on her last day at the office.