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Relishing Retirement   Back to Events

Retirement marks an exciting new chapter in a retiree's life—filled with family, friends, favorite hobbies and perhaps travel or other new adventures. Whether you're in charge of throwing an office retirement party for a coworker or you're hosting a separate retirement party for a close friend, celebrate the retiree's years of service while kicking off a new life phase. 

Tie the honoree's interests and future endeavors into the party theme. Is she a jet-setting travel enthusiast looking forward to exploring the world? Does he spend his free time on the tennis court? Throw a multi-theme party that incorporates their favorite activities.

Invite family, friends and coworkers and put everyone in a festive mood with retirement-related decorations that match the party's theme(s). Let your neighborhood Publix take care of the food.

After dining, play a trivia game that tests guests' knowledge of the retiree's career accomplishments and outside activities.

Menu Made Easy 

Here's where we've figured out courses and servings for the party. Scroll down to see the Publix selections we suggest, then add appropriate sizes and/or quantities to your Planning List based on the estimated servings per course (see chart). If you're interested in other options, you may click View All to see everything else available by course. Or, you can use our Plan a Menu tool to build your own menu for the event.

# of Guests: 8 to 12 16 to 20 26 to 30
Course Recommended # of Servings
Appetizer 8-12 16-20 26-30
Entrée 8-12 16-20 26-30
Side Dish 8-12 16-20 26-30
Desserts 8-12 16-20 26-30

The recommended servings are meant as a guide and not an exact calculator. Please consider that many factors may require you to make adjustments: the mix of adults and children, time of day, length of event, etc.

Appetizer   View All
Fruit Salad
Fruit Salad


We search the world for the best flavor and variety to prepare fruit salad fresh for you each day. A refreshing mix of seedless watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, pineapple, grapes and strawberries. No preservatives, of course.  Serving ware shown not included.

1 -2 per lb. Servings Market Price


Side Dish   View All
Garden-Fresh Vegetables


Eat your vegetables - and love 'em! A bountiful harvest of carrots, celery, cucumbers, cauliflower, broccoli, tomatoes, zucchini, and yellow squash with appetizing dips.

(S) 8-12 Servings $24.99
(M) 16-20 Servings $29.99
(L) 26-30 Servings $34.99

light-bodied & fruity

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Details, Details
Extra help is here: We've made a list of items you may want to have on hand for this particular event. Check those you'd like to be reminded of when you go shopping, and then add to your Planning List along with your Publix selections.

balloons flowers serving dishes
condiments ice thank you cards
cups/glasses invitations utensils
decorations napkins
disposable camera plates

  • If the setting allows, extend the guest list beyond current coworkers. A long-time administrative assistant who's retired or a boss from a previous part-time job may be a welcome addition for a trip down memory lane.
  • When quizzing guests about the retiree's years of service, encourage them to share stories by including silly questions such as "What did Barb always bring for lunch?" or "How many times did George fix the copier?"