You can make going away party and gift(s) very simple and cheap or fancy and expensive. This is not necessary a function of your wealth factor, but also a function of your relation to people going away, and their personality. You must also consider a number of guest, and maybe make them accountable for some going away gifts or food for party can make it inexpensive for you.
Its also not the same party if you are making it for your poker buddy or your girlfriend, or perhaps for a close or distant member of family. Think twice what kind of party would they like, even if you don’t like doing it like they prefer. The most important thing if to get the party right and get going away gift or gifts something they might find useful on their destination.
Make sure the party is: special, sentimental and memorable. This party should help the person to remember the good old days. Here are some rules you must obey to make going away party and gifts they way they should be.
Photos, theme, food, drink
Try and find some photos of person with all of attendants. Try to put them in different places in the room/house or wherever you are holding a party. You can make some gigantic photos, or frame a dozen in one place. You can also make a slide show on walls if you got the means to do it. Remember to contact guest for pictures. You are not the only one with camera. You can also make one of going away gifts a photo album where every guest will bring a few photos.
Like any other party, you can have a theme. If a person going away likes Star Wars, rock music, certain part of history or certain part of science, you can use that to make him/her feel even more special. Just don’t make a mistake and call other people who know what’s a person’s special interest if you aren’t too sure.
Make a food simple, connected to theme if possible. It should be as tiny as possible to allow people taking it in hands of small plates with no forks and spoons. Finger food and some cheese will do the trick. Steak might be exactly the opposite and wrong.
OK, now lets talk alcohol…I mean drink, what am I thinking. You don’t want people to get too drunk, so it remains a memorable party without police :). Wine and beer or some other low alcohol drink will be much better choice than tequila or whiskey. You don’t want person going away to remember this party by some drunk friend throwing his guts out and talking or doing some nasty stuff.
Going away gifts
As we already mentioned, you must have some kind of going away presents. They can be individual or you can all collect some money and buy something expensive. Or you can do both. Personal going away gift can be a book, a CD, or some sweets a person really enjoys.
And don’t make dramatic speeches this is not the way anyone wants to remember their friends by. If you must make a speech, make sure it is humorous and doesn’t feel the person too nostalgic. After all party is all about fun, not your speech.